An LAPD spokesman has confirmed a TMZ report that detectives are investigating a knife said to have been found on the former estate of OJ Simpson—possibly a weapon involved in the stabbings that killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, the AP reports. LAPD Capt. Andy Neiman said the knife was allegedly found by a construction worker, maybe during the home's 1998 demolition, and turned over to an off-duty cop moonlighting at a nearby movie shoot who kept it as a souvenir, the New York Times reports. That officer retired in the late 1990s, per ABC News. Neiman said the department first got wind of the knife within the last month, but he cautions that "maybe the story is bogus from the get-go." The knife "has been submitted to our lab [and] they are going to study it and examine it for all forensics, including serology and DNA and hair samples."
The weapon used in the 1994 killings has eluded police for more than 20 years, though this knife isn't the first one to be presented as possible evidence. Prosecutors initially thought a 15-inch knife Simpson had purchased may have been the murder weapon, but forensics tests proved that knife to have zero scratches or bloodstains on it, the Los Angeles Times reports. Then, later in 1994, a woman turned in a kitchen knife with red stains on it that she says she found less than a block from Simpson's home (it appears that knife was also ruled out). Regarding the newly emerged knife, one of the lawyers on OJ's original legal "dream team" told the LAT on Friday that the story is "ridiculous." "It's amazing how the world cannot move on from this case," Carl Douglas says. As for Simpson himself, he's in a Nevada prison for a 2008 armed robbery and kidnapping conviction.