It was the trial of the century: NFL star OJ Simpson accused of murdering his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. And when a jury acquitted Simpson, it sent shockwaves across the country. If a new documentary is to be believed, the jury came to the right decision.
“My Brother the Serial Killer“, an Investigation Discovery documentary, focuses on the life and crimes of 50-year-old Glen Rogers, currently housed on Florida’s death row. Rogers says he killed more than 70 women in a year-long spree that earned him the moniker “The Cross-Country Killer“. Rogers was convicted of murdering women in Florida and California, and is suspected of killings in Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky and elsewhere.
Glen Rogers was not interviewed for the documentary. The film is narrated by his brother Clay Rogers, who relates conversations in which Glen Rogers admits to the killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Clay recalls Glen saying he met Simpson’s wife and was brought into OJ’s web of intrigue: “What he told me, he says, ‘They got money, they’re well off, and I’m taking her down.”
Anthony Meoli, a criminal profiler, exchanged numerous letters with Glen Rogers — even visiting him in prison — also appears in the film. Rogers allegedly told Meoli that OJ hired him to break into the Brentwood condo to steal back an expensive set of earrings. If Nicole was on the scene, Simpson allegedly told Rogers “you may have to kill the bitch.”
Meoli relates Rogers’ play-by-play of the events on the night of June 12, 1994. Rogers said Simpson told him where to find a spare key to Nicole’s home, and that the attack happened outside when Goldman arrived out of the blue. Simpson allegedly waited in the car while the crimes took place, but then walked over to the scene thereby leaving a bloody footprint.
Prosecutor Pat Dixon, who helped convict Rogers on the California murder disputed Rogers’ account. “He would go to bars, pick up women, court them, sometimes live with them a while, then kill them,” Dixon told CNN. “What happened to Nicole Brown was totally different.”
But Meoli puts forward some corroborating evidence in the documentary. He points out that a second unidentified bloody footprint was found at the scene, and that a white pick-up truck (similar to the one Rogers drove when he worked construction) was seen near Nicole’s home shortly before the murders. Rogers even told Meoli he kept a souvenir — a diamond-encrusted gold angel pin, which he took from Nicole’s body and gave to his mother.
In an interview with the Associated Press, former Ohio law enforcement officer Dan Frazee explained why Rogers might confess to a notorious crime, even if he had nothing to do with it. “He’s got nothing to do in prison right now but sit there and play games.” The film says Rogers has exhausted his appeals in Florida, so he might be hoping these revelations delay his execution. LAPD officials told CNN they don’t put any credence in Rogers’ story but plan to investigate.
The always-outspoken Goldman family excoriated the film’s premise with a statement from Fred Goldman: “The overwhelming evidence at the criminal trial pointed out one and only one person who committed the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. that person is O.J. SIMPSON.”
As the controversy around him swirls anew, Simpson remains in a Nevada State Prison where he is currently serving a nine to thirty-three year term for robbery. An appeals hearing is set for May 13, 2013. Simpson is expected to testify at the hearing in which he hopes to prove his legal representation was so ineffective, a new trial is warranted.