Like clockwork, we all tuned into The People v O.J. Simpson last night for an explosive new episode.
This week, the FX series focused on the Mark Fuhrman tapes. In case you aren’t familiar with the case, Mark Fuhrman was one of the officers at the Nicole Simpson-Ron Goldman murder scene and was later accused of being a racist who possibly planted evidence to frame O.J. Simpson for their deaths. While under oath, Fuhrman denied his prejudice against Black people, but later, tapes of his relentless usage of the n-word (and more) were uncovered.
It was a suspenseful episode, to the say the least, and as usual, we’ll compare the American Crime Story mini-series to the actual trial, courtesy of E!.
“This series is not a documentary,” The Run of His Life author Jeffrey Toobin, who’s a consultant on the series, told E! Online. “It is not a word-for-word recreation. But in terms of the essential truths of the events, in terms of the insights into the characters, it is brilliant and everyone will learn a lot and be entertained a lot.”
As for the latest episode, the site helps us fact check:
Hard to Believe: All of it. “Manna from heaven” for the defense is right.
Fact or Fiction: But the tapes, on which Fuhrman used the N-word more than 40 times, were far too real. The veteran LAPD detective resigned while the trial was still going on, in August 1995. When asked, many of his fellow officers described a man who was unrecognizable from the sort of person who would say such things as heard on the tapes, and Fuhrman later said his words were taken out of context. “I was forced to take the 5th because prosecutors wouldn’t assure me they would ask questions that I could answer in a narrative fashion,” the cop turned news pundit and author told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1997.
Hard to Believe: Clark apologizes to Darden for not heeding his warnings about Fuhrman, admitting she was too stubborn. He, in turn, says, “If we’re apologizing, then I’m sorry as s–t about those gloves.”
Fact or Fiction: FICTION. Clark told Dateline recently that Darden did at some point apologize for the glove debacle, which she called entirely “his call,” but there’s no indication she ever felt the need to apologize for Fuhrman. She told Vulture that all of the back and forth on the show between her and Darden about putting Fuhrman on the stand (i.e. all of Chris’ unheeded warnings) was “just absurd.” She blamed the purportedly factual source material. “Toobin’s idea was, why did we even have to call Fuhrman?” Clark said. “And that comes from somebody who really doesn’t know a thing about trial work. We cannot get away with not calling Mark Fuhrman. That’s a silly, ridiculous thing to say. So the question never was: Should we put Fuhrman on the stand? The question became, who is gonna put him on the stand?” Toobin didn’t really harp on that notion in the book, but he did note Darden’s initial distrust of Fuhrman.
While watching the show, an interesting tidbit was quickly brought to the world’s attention via social media. Mark Fuhrman (left) is currently employed by Fox – hardly shocking. From Vulture:
Right afterward, Fuhrman was charged with perjury, to which he pleaded no contest, received three years’ probation, and paid a $200 fine. (It was then expunged from his record.) He retired during the trial, and like many of the major figures involved, wrote a book about his experiences. Murder in Brentwood, published by Regnery in 1997, shot up to the top of the New York Times best-seller list, and positions Fuhrman as a victim of America’s racial inequities.
The site continues:
After the success of Murder in Brentwood, Fuhrman would embark on a true-crime spree, writing Murder in Greenwich, Murder in Spokane, and a number of others (his last book was 2009’s The Murder Business). He then became a TV and radio personality with his own talk-radio show, “It’s All About Crime With Mark Fuhrman,” and then “The Mark Fuhrman Show.” He is now a forensic and crime-scene expert for Fox News.
Watch FX next Tuesday at 10 p.m. EST for the final episode, “The Verdict.”
40 Photos Of O.J. Simpson & The Key Players In His Murder Trial
1. O.J. seen talking to his lawyers Robert Shapiro, Johnnie Cochran, and Robert Kardashian during a trial date.Source:Getty 1 of 28
2. The late Robert Kardashian defends his friend O.J. Simpson in court.Source:Getty 2 of 28
3. O.J. Simpson and his ex-wife Nicole Brown in seemingly happier times.Source:Getty 3 of 28
4. AI Cowlings, the friend who drove O.J. during his infamous Bronco chase.Source:Getty 4 of 28
5. Judge Lance Ito listens to defense motions to exclude Mark Fuhrman's testimony and the prosecutions' response to retain the information 11 September during a court hearing in the O.J. Simpson murder trail.Source:Getty 5 of 28
6. O.J. x Johnnie Cochran.Source:Getty 6 of 28
7. Deputy District Attorney Chris Darden asks Judge Lance Ito in the O.J.Simpson case 13 January to bar the defense from asking Los Angeles Police detective Mark Fuhrman if he ever uttered a racial epithet.Source:Getty 7 of 28
8. Did O.J. do it?Source:Getty 8 of 28
9. The scene around O.J.'s October 3rd trial date.Source:Getty 9 of 28
10. O.J.'s sister spotted near the crime scene.Source:Getty 10 of 28
11. The infamous Bronco chase.Source:Getty 11 of 28
12. The crowd cheers after hearing the verdict on October 3rd, 1995.Source:Getty 12 of 28
13. A much earlier photo of O.J. and his good friend AI Cowlings, circa 1979.Source:Getty 13 of 28
14. O.J. tries on a glove that was used in the murder of his ex-wife.Source:Getty 14 of 28
15. O.J. Simpson and his ex-wife Nicole Brown in seemingly happier times.Source:Getty 15 of 28
16. Deputy district attorney Marcia Clark is shown during testimony at the preliminary hearings.Source:Getty 16 of 28
17. O.J. Simpson and his kids at Nicole Simpson's funeral.Source:Getty 17 of 28
18. Robert Shapiro reads O.J.'s damning letter to the press.Source:Getty 18 of 28
19. O.J. Simpson with Nicole and the kids during happier times.Source:Getty 19 of 28
20. Johnnie Cochran lays down the law, circa 1995.Source:Getty 20 of 28
21. The Juice at his 1994-1995 murder trial.Source:Getty 21 of 28
22. Robert Kardashian sits through trial.Source:Getty 22 of 28
23. Robert Shapiro x O.J. Simpson.Source:Getty 23 of 28
24. Robert Shapiro in 2015.Source:Getty 24 of 28
25. O.J. Simpson leaving the courthouse after the civil trial that followed his murder trial.Source:Getty 25 of 28
26. O.J. heads to the place he knows best, court.Source:Getty 26 of 28
27. O.J. at an evidentiary hearing in 2013.Source:Getty 27 of 28
28. O.J. at an evidentiary hearing in 2013.Source:Getty 28 of 28
American Crime Story: Racist Cop From O.J. Simpson Murder Trial Currently Employed By Fox News was originally published on globalgrind.com