This interrogation of OJ Simpson was conducted by Philip Vannatter and Thomas Lange, the Los Angeles Police Department’s chief investigators of the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman. With this article, we are focusing on the types of questions. Remember in previous articles I have spoke of the value of Cognitive type questioning where we ask the person to commit to a story and then ask the individual(s) “to tell me, explain to me, describe for me”. Remember they are investigating the brutal murder of his ex-wife and Ron Goldman. In some questions, the detectives give him the answer before he even answers!
Lange: Were you arrested at one time for something?
Simpson: No. I mean, five years ago we had a big fight, six years ago. I don’t know. I know I ended up doing community service.
Vannatter: So you weren’t arrested?
Simpson: No, I was never really arrested.
Lange: They never booked you or…
Vannatter: Can I ask you, when’s the last time you’ve slept?
Simpson: I got a couple of hours sleep last night. I mean, you know, I slept a little on the plane, not much, and when I got to the hotel I was asleep a few hours when the phone call came.
Lange: Did Nicole have a housemaid that lived there?
Simpson: I believe so, yes.
Lange: Do you know her name at all?
Simpson: Evia, Elvia, something like that.
Vannatter: We didn’t see her there. Did she have the day off perhaps?
Simpson: I don’t know. I don’t know what schedule she’s on.
Lange: Phil, what do you think? We can maybe just recount last night…
Vannatter: Yeah. When was the last time you saw Nicole?
Simpson: We were leaving a dance recital. She took off and I was talking to her parents.
Vannatter: Where was the dance recital?
Simpson: Paul Revere High School.
Vannatter: And was that for one of your children?
Simpson: Yeah, for my daughter Sydney.
Vannatter: And what time was that yesterday?
Simpson: It ended about 6:30, quarter to seven, something like that, you know, in the ballpark, right in that area. And they took off.
Simpson: Her and her family — her mother and father, sisters, my kids, you know.
Vannatter: And then you went your own separate way?
Simpson: Yeah, actually she left, and then they came back and her mother got in a car with her, and the kids all piled into her sister’s car, and they…
Vannatter: Was Nicole driving?
Vannatter: What kind of car was she driving?
Simpson: Her black car, a Cherokee, a Jeep Cherokee.
Vannatter: What were you driving?
Simpson: My Rolls-Royce, my Bentley.
Vannatter: Do you own that Ford Bronco that sits outside?
Simpson: Hertz owns it, and Hertz lets me use it.
Vannatter: So that’s your vehicle, the one that was parked there on the street?
Simpson: Mmm hmm.
Vannatter: And it’s actually owned by Hertz?
Simpson: Hertz, yeah.
Vannatter: Who’s the primary driver on that? You?
Simpson: I drive it, the housekeeper drives it, you know, it’s kind of a…
Vannatter: All-purpose type vehicle?
Simpson: All-purpose, yeah. It’s the only one that my insurance will allow me to let anyone else drive.
Lange: When you drive it, where do you park it at home? Where it is now, it was in the street or something?
Simpson: I always park it on the street.
Lange: You never take it in the…
Simpson: Oh, rarely. I mean, I’ll bring it in — and switch the stuff, you know, and stuff like that. I did that yesterday, you know.
Lange: When did you last drive it?
Vannatter: What time yesterday?
Simpson: In the morning, in the afternoon.