Simpson's involvement with the memorabilia dealers he's accused of robbing began in the cell he sat in days after the 1994 murders of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman. The LA Times reports Simpson asked agent Richard Gilbert to push memorabilia signed behind bars, merchandise he claims Gilbert later stole that Simpson believed was in the hotel room he stands accused of raiding.
Gilbert, who was not involved in the robbery, says he sold Simpson memorabilia to Bruce Fromong, a dealer allegedly threatened in the break-in. Fromong testified that Simpson's collectibles had become virtually unsaleable at his civil trial, though he, Gilbert, and Simpson continued to hawk autographed gear. Fromong recently traveled to the Cayman Islands to explore offshore accounts to hide Simpson's memorabilia earnings.