“O.J.: Made in America” – Part 3 Recap

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Updated: June 16, 2016

In its third segment, O.J.: Made in America finally confronts the murders and subsequent car chase that caused time to stand still. Additionally, we also get into the beginning phases of “The Trial of the Century” and how the selection of the jury turned out to be extraordinarily beneficial to the defense.

Much of this content has been rehashed a million times (most recently in The People v. O.J. Simpson), but filmmaker Ezra Edelman’s ability to mix in new footage and interviews with people who haven’t spoken on this topic in X amount of years (or never before in some instances) makes this “must-see”.

Shocking to me to this day due to the firestorm already surrounding him at that point in time was O.J.’s appearance at Nicole’s funeral. Such a brazen move on his part, and amazing still that no one forced or instructed him to leave. One of the more moving moments is this episode was Al Cowlings’s appearance at Nicole’s wake and the touching speech he gave. His devotion to O.J. was absolute, but she obviously was his friend and her death caused him great pain.

A portion of Simpson’s cohorts clearly stood behind him in the immediate days and weeks following the murders, many of them still having difficulty reconciling what had occurred with someone they had known for so long. I assume this will start to flip in the next episode when the overwhelming blood evidence against him continues to mount, and, like Ron Shipp, they will begin to shift their thinking.

As for Marcia Clark and Gil Garcetti, they both seem nice enough on film and their interviews are forthcoming and informative, but both (especially Clark) seemed unable to control the volatile situation that this case was turning into right from the start. They weren’t helped at all by the detectives who butchered the ‘interrogation’ of O.J. at police headquarters the day after the killings, but Clark’s arrogance in thinking she would be able to connect to the jury in this case like she had in previous ones shows that she didn’t truly appreciate what a different animal convicting Simpson would be.

The evidence made it a slam dunk, but the racial turmoil in L.A. circa 1994 allowed a level of doubt to creep into the minds of those in the downtown community, doubt which Johnnie Cochran would exploit at every turn.

 

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