For audiences of the popular FX television series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, based on Jeffrey Toobin's The Run of His Life and starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., John Travolta, David Schwimmer, and Courtney B. Vance. Named on Vogue Magazine's "American Crime Story Reading List" as one of the "eight definitive books on the trial of the century."
Twenty years ago, America was captivated by the awful drama of the O.J. Simpson trial. The Simpson "Dream Team" legal defense had a seemingly impossible task: convincing a jury that their client was innocent of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. In order for O.J. Simpson to get away with murder, the defense attorneys had to destroy the reputation of Mark Fuhrman, a brilliant Los Angeles detective who was the lead on the murder scene and had collected overwhelming physical evidence against Simpson. Now Fuhrman tells his side of the story in the #1 New York Times bestseller Murder in Brentwood, a damning exposé that reveals why and how Simpson's prosecution was bungled. Fuhrman offers a sincere mea culpa for allowing his personal mistakes to become a focal point of the defense's strategy but also stands by the evidence he collected, writing: "One thing I will not apologize for is my policework on the O.J. Simpson case."
With Fuhrman's own hand-drawn maps of the crime scene, his reconstruction of the murders, and interrogation transcripts, Murder in Brentwood is the book that sets the record straight about what really happened on June 12, 1994and reveals why the O.J. Simpson trial was such a catastrophe.
About the Author
MARK FUHRMAN received more than fifty-five official commendations during his twenty years with the Los Angeles Police Department. Prior to his police career he was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, having first enlisted at the age of eighteen. An avid outdoorsman and artist, Mr. Fuhrman now resides on a small working farm in northern Idaho with his family.
Read an Excerpt
From Chapter 2:
The phone rang at 1:05 the morning of June 13, 1994. I woke up and went into the kitchen to answer it, knowing full well it probably wasn’t a social call. I immediately recognized the voice of Ron Phillips, my good friend and boss in West LA Homicide.
“We’ve got a double homicide,” he said. “One of the victims might be the wife of O.J. Simpson.”
I wasn’t on call to handle a homicide that weekend, but I knew that if Ron called me, he needed the extra help. We agreed to meet at the station, gather our gear, and get a car.
On the drive over, I went through a mental checklist, as I often do. What would I need at the scene? What particular problems does a double homicide present? By anticipating certain challenges, I thought I would be better prepared to meet them. But there was no way to prepare for the case I was about to get involved in.
Ron and I met at the station shortly before 2:00 a.m. We got our briefcases, flashlights, and other gear, then drove to the crime scene at 875 South Bundy Drive, arriving at 2:10. Two black and white police vehicles were parked in the middle of the street. My friend Sergeant Marty Coon was standing nearby with Sergeant Dave Rossi, the West LA watch commander.
Officer Robert Riske had been the first on the scene. I knew Riske only casually from previous arrests, but my impression was that he was quiet, professional, and competent. His performance at this crime scene did not disappoint me. He did an outstanding job under the circumstances.
Riske told us how he had discovered the victims’ bodies, where he had been, and what he had seen. Even without Riske’s direction, it was easy to see the blood-stained sidewalk and large canine paw prints in red leading away from the residence.
Table of Contents
|PART ONE: The Investigation|
|CHAPTER 1 Nolo Contendere||3|
|CHAPTER 2 Murder in Brentwood||11|
|CHAPTER 3 The Rockingham Estate||25|
|CHAPTER 4 Costly Errors||45|
|CHAPTER 5 The Interrogation||59|
|CHAPTER 6 Slow-Speed Pursuit||77|
|CHAPTER 7 The Scheme Team||87|
|CHAPTER 8 Witness for the People||93|
|CHAPTER 9 The Defense Card||105|
|CHAPTER 10 The Allegations and the Facts||119|
|CHAPTER 11 Living in a Fishbowl||133|
|CHAPTER 12 The Judge and His Wife||141|
|CHAPTER 13 The Evidence||155|
|PART TWO: The Trial|
|CHAPTER 14 The Prosecution's Case||171|
|CHAPTER 15 The Murder Weapon||193|
|CHAPTER 16 Hypothesis of a Murder||207|
|CHAPTER 17 Marcia's Case||217|
|CHAPTER 18 Darden for theDefense||227|
|CHAPTER 19 Taking the Stand||235|
|CHAPTER 20 Crossing the Line||243|
|CHAPTER 21 Center Stage||255|
|CHAPTER 22 Defending the Indefensible||263|
|CHAPTER 23 The Tapes||269|
|CHAPTER 24 Taking the Fifth||285|
|CHAPTER 25 Closing Arguments||293|
|CHAPTER 26 Verdict||301|
|CHAPTER 27 Aftermath||313|
|APPENDIX A Interrogation Text||327|
|APPENDIX B Search Warrants||353|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I thought this was the most realistic account of what happened based on the evidence and eye witnesses. Whatever the author's personal issues, I believe this gave the most realistic of what actually happened. Some of the eye witness account were missed in the trial. The author's account takes you into that night as if you were viewing a documentary. It is just too bad that the murderer got away.
I was very impressed with the detail of the O.J. Simpson trial that did not make it to the trial. Mark Fuhrman takes you there to walk in his footsteps, his disappointments, his humility, his background, his conclusions, his anger and most importantly, his reason's for writing the true account of these senseless murders. His asessment that the trial should have been based on domestic violence was right on and should not have been a white or black issue with race. Although I believe that there could have been a video of the murders and O.J. still would have gotten off because the make-up of the jury. There were others there with Fuhrman to back up his account but, the prosecution chose not to look at that but instead used him as a scapegoat for the LAPD's lack of proper invesigation and the prosecutions evidence neglected in the trial. It will never make sense to me that a 20 year police veteran could be charged with perjury and a murderer could walk free. Mr. Fuhrman was a victim of political correctness in a massive way and made to pay for a mistake he made years earlier. I could not put this book down. I hope that Mark Fuhrman gets back all that was taken from him and continues to publish good works like this, as he has given so much of his life to protect the public and he deserves a better ending to his police career. I would also wish that he would write a book about the Jon Benet Ramsey murder, as I believe he to be the only one who could solve this crime.
Found this book fascinating in recounting the ways in which this case was lost by prosecutors and manipulated by the defense. As far as the prosecution is concerned, the only law that seems relevant here is Murphy's Law! While this is not great literature, it may well prove to be a crime classic. Fuhrman rambles a bit in the beginning,trying to present events as they unfold, but the narrative becomes tighter as the case moves ahead to trial. At the time, facts were a rare entity, but the author reveals here many facts that were not known by the general public. Should Judge Ito have recused himself? How did the prosecution undermine its own case? How did the defense manipulate the media to discredit the evidence and "kill the messenger"? Fuhrman tells all in an account that proves to be a fearless and honest look at a case that stands as a poor parody of justice.
I read this book when it first came out, could not put it down. It was, I believe, the real testimony as to what happened in Brentwood that fateful day in 1994. It is atrocious that Justice was not served. Mark paid for what OJ did. How can you justify that? I believe Mark should have been allowed to process the murder scene and be the detective of record, all the mistakes that were made would not have been made by Mark. He is too intelligent, conscientious, and dedicated to have allowed evidence to not be protected, and processed according to law. I would also like to encourage him to keep the faith. The American public still needs to have people like Mark willing to put it all on the line and speak for those no longer able to speak and uncover the truth of what really happened. He is a very vaulable writer and civil rights activist. I wish I could personally write to Mark and let him know my opinion, and my respect for him. I, too, would like for him to investigate the Jon Benet murder case. Anyone interested in the truth as to what OJ Simpson did that day, MUST read this book to have the truth and 'examine' the evidence for yourself.
I have wondered for so long how so many things could go wrong....I felt as if someone held my hand through the whole book..Thanks
It's almost impossible not to see how badly the O.J. case was handled by Judge ITO, the prosecutors, and the lead detectives. You will have no doubt that O.J. is responsible.
Mark Fuhrman; I have been impressed with you for 15 years. Was totally horrified that "mr." Simpson did not that day stay in prison or be executed. Shame on the CA court system. Shame on all of you in the CA court system. You are shameless and have NO Backbones (B...s) Shame on all "Judges" in the Sate of CA!!
This Is A Inside Look At How Mark Furhman Didnt Mess Up, But How LAPD Messed Up. They Ignored Evidence And Allowed Furhman To Be Their Scapegoat For Someone Who Murdered Two Innocent People. To Many Spelling And Gramatical Errors Though.
This novel has no main theme. This novel is to basically inform the reader of the truth behing the lies in the media. If you believe everything you hear after this book you will think twice. Remember my words because they in fact our the truth. The novel is to tell the real case of the O.J. Simpson murder. Innocent or not? you decide after you read this. What you thought you knew about the case was just the top layer if you want to know the facts you got them. Remember I said the 'Facts' this book doesn't sugar coat anything. There once was a very respectfull detective his name was Mark Fuhrman. His life was grabed from him based on this case alone. Mark Fuhrman was the detective put on the O.J case without giving much away i'll just tell you this. Racisism can go so far and with the world today racisism takes on to much of its own power. Mark Fuhrman was played on racisism by lawyer Cockron. A top lawyer knows how to play the public in and get them on their side which wasn't so hard to start off with since their clint in fact was a celeberity. Mark Fuhrman is the author of this novel. This novel is his story on the case, his incounters with the suspect, also his incounter with the evidence. I loved this novel so much. I loved it so much due to the fact it gives you what you didnt get with the media attention the case got. What i heard when i was 6 was all false this book in fact proves it. It makes you think twice of the Public Opinion the courts and judges allow in. Don't ever believe what you hear! you'll be saying this after you read this novel. I would recommend this novel to anyone who ever wanted to prove something they believed in was right, yet never got the chance here it is.
As good a parody of LA Police, greed and hypocrisy.
Good in that it gives a very realistic portrayal of our legal system in non glorified terms, but I found it kind of boring because the whole book seemed so purposefully bent on defending Mark F. and how he was used as a scapegoat.