PART 5: 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?
Lange: OK, what time was this again that you parked the Bronco?
Simpson: Eight-something, maybe. He hadn’t done a Jacuzzi, we had went and got a burger, and I’d come home and kind of leisurely got read to go. I mean, we’d done a few things…
Lange: You weren’t in a hurry when you came back with the Bronco.
Lange: The reason I asked you, the cars were parked kind of at a funny angle, stuck out in the street.
Simpson: Well, it’s parked because…I don’t know if it’s a funny angle or what. It’s parked because when I was hustling at the end of the day to get all my stuff, and I was getting my phone and everything off it, when I just pulled it out of the gate there, it’s like it’s a tight turn.
Lange: So you had it inside the compound, then?
Lange: Oh, OK.
Simpson: I brought it inside the compound to get my stuff out of it, and then I put it out, and I’d run back inside the gate before the gate closes.
Vannatter: Simpson, what’s you office phone number?
Simpson: (number deleted by STAR)
Vannatter: And is that area code 310?
Vannatter: How did you get the injury on your hand?
Simpson: I don’t know. The first time, when I was in Chicago and all, but at the house I was just running around.
Vannatter: How did you do it in Chicago?
Simpson: I broke a glass. One of you guys had just called me, and I was in the bathroom, and I just kind of went bonkers for a little bit.
Lange: Is that how you cut it?
Simpson: Mmm, it was cut before, but I think I just opened it again, I’m not sure.
Lange: Do you recall bleeding at all in your truck, in the Bronco?
Simpson: I recall bleeding at my house and then I went to the Bronco. The last thing I did before I left, when I was rushing, was went and got my phone out of the Bronco.
Lange: Mmm hmm. Where’s the phone now?
Simpson: In my bag.
Lange: You have it…?
Simpson: In that black bag.
Lange: You brought a bag with you here?
Simpson: Yeah, it’s…
Lange: So do you recall bleeding at all?
Simpson: Yeah, I mean, I knew I was bleeding, but it was no big deal. I bleed all the time. I play golf and stuff, so there’s always something, nicks and stuff here and there.
Lange: So did you do anything? When did you put the Band-Aid on it?
Simpson: Actually, I asked the girl this morning for it.
Vannatter: Do you have the keys to that Bronco?
Vannatter: OK. We’ve impounded the Bronco. I don’t know if you know that or not.
Vannatter: …take a look at it. Other than you, who’s the last person to drive it.
Simpson: Probably Gigi. When I’m out of town, I don’t know who drives the car, maybe my daughter, maybe Kato.
Vannatter: The keys are available?
Simpson: I leave the keys there, you know, when Gigi’s there because sometimes she needs it, or Gigi was off and wasn’t coming back until today, and I was coming back tonight.