An alternative theory involving the 1994 murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman points to serial killer Glen Edward Rogers (b. 1962), who is currently on death row in Florida. Several documentaries and books detail this “Cross Country Killer” theory, which we will explore in this post.
From the late 1990s to the early 2000s, documentary producer Norman Pardo was part of O.J. Simpson’s inner circle and acted as his manager. He subsequently produced the 2019 film “Who Killed Nicole?” Pardo claims that from the time of his first one-on-one meeting with O.J. in 1999, he began collecting evidence in a “quest to find the truth.”
Authorities suspected Rogers of killing a dozen or more women between California and Florida between 1994 and ’95. Rogers claimed (and then later recanted) that his tally was closer to 70 and included Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. 70 is a likely exaggeration as the killer’s MO was to leave his victims in full display with no attempt at concealment.
“You won’t have to take me at my word,” Rogers wrote in a letter address to Pardo. “A full taped statement in the case was made in 1995.”
To what statement was Rogers referring?
In another Pardo video, called “The OJ Tapes: OJ Simpson in His Own Words,” Pardo asserts that “the L. A. prosecutor and district attorney have a file in which Rogers confesses, but they gave him a plea deal to get him out of the state.”
Pardo points out that evidence and files relating to this case have been strangely sealed and kept sealed.
Rogers also provided a “detailed account” of the Goldman-Brown slayings to criminal profiler Anthony Meoli, according to the documentary.
Meoli exchanged dozens of letters with Glen Rogers and visited him on death row.
According to Rogers, Meoli said, O. J. hired Rogers to burglarize Nicole’s condo and steal $20,000 diamond earrings that O.J. had given her. Meoli says Simpson told Rogers about a spare key to Nicole’s condo hidden outside the door and O.J. told Rogers, “You may have to kill the bitch.”
In Meoli’s retelling of Rogers’ account, he states that Simpson, who was waiting in his car nearby, walked onto the bloody sidewalk to check Rogers’ work, thus leaving his footprints at the crime scene.
There was a second set of bloody footprints on the scene in 1995 that have never been resolved.
An eyewitness neighbor described seeing a white male standing near Nicole’s gate in an aggressive posture.
The former football great thought he had hired a jewel thief and intimidator. Instead, what he got was a serial killer who framed him.
Pardo claims Rogers was living in Los Angeles under the alias James Peters. James Peters was Rogers’ 71-year-old roommate who he had murdered in Kentucky. Using this fake identity, Pardo claims the serial killer was able to get close to Nicole Brown Simpson as a painter, working in her home. Rogers also was a small-time drug dealer.
John Eckberg, a contributor at “American Crime Journal,” spent 30 years with The Cincinnati Enquirer as a reporter and served as director of media relations for The Cook Group. After years of extensive investigation, Eckberg, along with Stephen Combs, co-authored “OJ Simpson & Glen Rogers: The Juice, Road Dog and Murder on Bundy Drive.”
Eckberg corroborates Pardo’s story that Rogers claims he knew O.J. Simpson and paid the killer to steal a pair of earrings from Nicole’s house.
Pardo offers that Simpson was a gangbanger in his pre-football life and had a proclivity to hang around with thugs and sketchy characters. Pardo specifically states the Simpson imagined himself to be some sort of Godfather.
This was before Rogers was revealed to be and arrested as a serial killer. Pardo says although OJ was prone to tantrums he never witnessed violent behavior from him in nearly two decades of association.
That’s why, the documentary posits, Simpson never floated Rogers as a possible culprit to investigators. Simpson didn’t want his own accessory to murder dealings with Rogers exposed.
Rogers was sentenced to death for strangling and stabbing to death Peters and four women across four states, though evidence points to perhaps a dozen murder victims. He was arrested in November 1995 — a month after Simpson’s murder trial ended.
The coup de grace Colombian necktie deep throat slice administered to Nicole was a signature Glen Rogers killing.
The following video provides the background on Glen Roger’s murder rampage.
After a jury found Simpson not guilty, Simpson spoke with publisher Judith Regan and walked her through a “hypothetical story” of what happened the night Nicole and Ron were murdered. It was later turned into a book, “If I Did It”.
The next bizarre video below shows a FOX reporter interviewing Simpson about the book. She asks him about the “hypothetical” and he provides incredible detail about what went down at Nicole’s house while occasionally pausing to adamantly assert that he’s just talking hypothetically.
In his story, he recounts his “friend Charlie,” whom he says for some reason went to Nicole’s to snoop around. Various forms of stalking and spying seemed to be in play.
Simpson says Charlie came over to his home, told him what was going on and Simpson responded, “Whatever is going on it’s gotta stop!”
Pardo proposes that jealousy wasn’t the issue. O.J. didn’t care for the crowd to whom Nicole was exposing his children. He characterized them as druggies, ne’er-do-wells and prostitutes. Pardo also suggests that OJ was being blackmailed for a photographed domestic abuse incident when Nicole was badly bruised. OJ himself claimed that Nicole was the instigator of abuse. OJ had large expenses in dealing with his ex-wife.
Unfortunately, Regan didn’t ask Simpson what Charlie the stalker said was going on. The other accounts state that OJ had intel that Goldman was going to show up.
Simpson says, hypothetically, he and Charlie drove to Nicole’s with a cap, gloves and a knife under the seat and parked in the alley. Simpson says he walked around the property and Ron Goldman appeared, saying he was at the restaurant where Nicole dined and was returning the sunglasses her mom left behind.
OJ then claims he blacked out during the violence, but then took the knife from “Charlie”.
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One of the main anomalies in the trial was the revelation that O.J. walked away with only a cut finger and no other signs of injury. In reality, Ron Goldman, who was trained in martial arts and was a young 26 year tennis player, fought to the bitter end. One of the main stab wounds taken by Goodman was to his femoral artery, possibly punctured during a kick strike.
Rogers, the killer, was reported to be quite beaten up afterward, including a lost tooth. Goldman beat on somebody’s face before he died, but it wasn’t O.J.’s. It was Rogers’. An MRI less than two years later would show that Rogers had broken bones in his face — several broken bones. 47 year old O.J.’s face in the mug shot was untouched.
O.J. fled the scene when the lethal struggle between Goldman and Rogers ensued. There was unknown DNA under Nicole’s fingernails and her body was mined for jewelry. Only Rogers would have been capable of such lethal activity. Simpson was hobbled by old injuries.
Rogers then set up O.J. to take the fall. Rogers — not the police — left the sock with a single drop of blood in the upstairs bedroom, the hat and glove at Nicole’s residence and the other glove at Rockingham. He put the blood on the Bronco. Glen pounded on the wall of Keto’s cottage out back when he left the scene. Glen held the knife, not O.J.
Eckberg adds: Swabbed footprints; a blood drop that was on both sides of a sock at Rockingham, meaning no leg was in between when the blood was applied; a glove that was too easy to find; a knock on a cottage wall to make certain that glove was found. Rogers consistently left false clues at robberies or breakings-and-enterings throughout Ohio and Kentucky along the Dixie Highway for most of his life. He did the same at Bundy. Rogers consistently left behind gruesome crime scenes.
According to the Pardo theory Rogers then returned several hours later to murder Nicole, luring her outside for a $2,000 in cash drug deal, robbery and murder.
Partially frozen Ben & Jerry’s ice cream was found in Nicole Simpson’s condo the night of the murders. According to Simpson’s lawyers, the fact that it had not melted when police discovered it shows that the murder occurred later than the prosecution says. If Nicole had been killed at 10:15 p.m., when the prosecution says, the ice cream would have been completely melted when police saw it shortly after midnight.
In a separate earlier documentary called “My Brother the Serial Killer,” Rogers’ brother Clay gives an interview to filmmakers in which he says, “I’m absolutely certain that my brother killed Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman.”
Rogers was confirmed working as a house painter in Los Angeles at the time of the murders, according to this documentary. A few weeks before Brown and Goldman were killed, Rogers told his brother and sister he was hanging around with Brown and said she was rich and he was going to “take her down.”
According to the documentary, Rogers was a transient in 1994, arriving in Los Angeles after the Northridge earthquake to work on a repair crew. As fate would have it, one job brought him to Brentwood and ultimately Nicole’s home as a painter.
Clay states that his brother Glen called him a few days before the murders and said, “Guess who I’m partying with? Nicole Simpson.” Clay states the Glen just thought OJ “was a former football player” and had little idea of his fame.
“Actually, what he told me,” Clay said, is “they got money, they’re well off and I’m taking her down.”
Clay asserts that his brother took a gold angel pin — removing it from Simpson’s lifeless body — and mailed it to his mother in Ohio the next day. According to Rodgers, their mother wore the pin, at her son’s request, to one of his murder trials.
After years of gathering evidence, Pardo said he went to the authorities. He told “Vanity Fair” magazine in 2016:
We tried to talk to the police, but they took all my stuff regarding the incidents,” Pardo said, failing to elaborate on what he meant by “we” and “the incidents.” He added, somewhat mysteriously, “We had people working on it, and when we talked to the police about it, they raided my office and took it all.”