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NVC 53: OJ Simpson Interrogation Part Four

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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 a brutal murder of his ex-wife and Ron Goldman… Look at some of the questions that were asked… In some questions, the detectives give him the answer before he even answers! How many “yes or no” questions??? What does that yield for useful information to follow up on???

Simpson: About…the limo was supposed to be there at 10:45. Normally, they get there a little earlier. I was rushing around — somewhere between there and 11.
Vannatter: So approximately 10:45 to 11.
Simpson: Eleven o’clock, yea, somewhere in that area.
Vannatter: And you went by limo?
Simpson: Yeah.
Vannatter: Who’s the limo service?
Simpson: Ah, you have to ask my office.
Lange: Did you converse with the driver at all? Did you talk to him?
Simpson: No, he was a new driver. Normally, I have a regular driver I drive with and converse. No, just about rushing to the airport, about how I live my life on airplanes, and hotels, that type of thing.
Lange: What time did the plane leave?
Simpson: Ah, 11:45 the flight took off.
Vannatter: What airline was it?
Simpson: American.
Vannatter: American? And it was 11:45 to Chicago?
Simpson: Chicago.
Lange: So yesterday you did drive the white Bronco?
Simpson: Mmm hmm.
Lange: And where did you park it when you brought it home?
Simpson: Ah, the first time probably by the mailbox. I’m trying to think, or did I bring it in the driveway? Normally, I will park it by the mailbox, sometimes…
Lange: On Ashford, or Ashland?
Simpson: On Ashford, yeah.
Lange: Where did you park yesterday for the last time, do you remember?
Simpson: Right where it is.
Lange: Where it is now?
Simpson: Yeah.
Lange: Where, on…?
Simpson: Right on the street there.
Lange: On Ashford?
Simpson: No, on Rockingham.
Lange: You parked it there?
Simpson: Yes.
Lange: About what time was that?
Simpson: Eight-something, seven…eight, nine o’clock, I don’t know, right in that area.
Lange: Did you take it to the recital?
Simpson: No.
Lange: What time was the recital?
Simpson: Over at about 6:30. Like I said, I came home, I got my car, I was going to see my girlfriend. I was calling her and she wasn’t around.
Lange: So you drove the…you came home in the Rolls, and then you got in the Bronco…
Simpson: In the Bronco, ’cause my phone was in the Bronco. And because it’s a Bronco. It’s a Bronco, it’s what I drive, you know. I’d rather drive it than any other car. And, you know, as I was going over there, I called her a couple of times and she wasn’t there, and I left a message, and then I checked my messages, and there were no new messages. She wasn’t there, and she may have to leave town. Then I came back and ended up sitting with Kato.

 

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