Man Who Razed OJ's Home Calls Knife a 'Joke'

The latest on the newly surfaced knife
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2016 6:00 AM CST
Man Who Razed OJ's Home Calls Knife a 'Joke'
Crews demolish the former home of O.J. Simpson, Wednesday, July 29, 1998, in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Yesterday felt like 1994 all over again, with OJ Simpson grabbing headlines across America after TMZ broke the news that the LAPD is testing a knife that was allegedly found nearly two decades ago on Simpson's former estate. More comments and context as the dust settles:

  • The Los Angeles Times spoke with Mike Weber, whose Weber-Madgwick Inc. construction company demolished the Brentwood mansion in 1998. "I think it's a joke. No one on my crew found anything. I had instructed my people, 'If you find anything, don't keep it,'" he said, though he does concede, "Hundreds and hundreds of people were there after me."
  • TMZ keeps its story going by speaking to Dr. Irwin Golden, the Deputy Medical Examiner who examined Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman's bodies. He believes a knife with a 4-inch blade could have been the murder weapon; the newly found knife has a 5-inch blade.
  • NBC News' report throws plenty of water on the story. Its law enforcement sources tell it the knife is not consistent with the murder weapon but is akin to a small utility knife a gardener might carry, was given to now-retired LAPD officer in 2001 or 2002, and didn't have the appearance of having long-been buried.

  • Former prosecutor Marcia Clark weighed in, too, with comments to Entertainment Tonight. "It might be a hoax ... but, of course, I'm glad the LAPD is taking it seriously and subjecting it to testing so we can find out."
  • As far as those tests go, The Verge explains exactly how the forensic analysis will be carried out.
  • And should the knife actually check out? The Washington Post asks and answers a slew of "tricky legal questions."
Read more on the newly found knife here. (More OJ Simpson stories.)

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