The saga of OJ Simpson is a seemingly never-ending one. From the fateful day in 1994 when his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend Ron Goldman were brutally slain. The epic trial of the century where OJ acquits, to his jail time for kidnapping and theft charges. OJ’s story over the past few decades is in the stuff of fiction. And of course, OJ would have us all believe that his involvement in the murders was fiction as well. It seems like the story of the murders in Brentwood and OJ Simpson. In general, loses its place in the spotlight, and another twist and turn will reveal itself.
In this case, there are new apparent revelations in recent years that purport to tell the story. OJ may have an accomplice when he murders Nicole and Ron. (And yes, we’re aware that he was acquitted of the murder. So you can assume that whenever we refer to OJ as having done it, we mean allegedly.) Join Facts Verse, as we present: OJ Simpson’s Murder Accomplice Takes His Story Public
OJ Simpson Was Arrested
After years of OJ Simpson’s arrests and tries for murdering two people in Brentwood, California, he keeps a low profile. In fact, he managed to actually get convicted of a different crime, and serve time in jail much more recently. He holds several people hostage in a Las Vegas hotel in 2007. He’s trying to get back memorabilia that stoles from him, Simpson convicts of multiple felonies. These included kidnapping, assault, and robbery. For these convictions, he served 9 years in jail, before being released on parole in 2017. In 2021, his parole was lifted, making him a free man once again.
The Brentwood murders of 1994 come back because of potential new revelations tying a second person to the crime scene. And the idea that OJ has an accomplice or a potential witness, makes people revisit of that fateful night.
It’s important to remember that OJ tries and acquits of double homicide in the Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman case. It means he can’t try again. But it doesn’t mean that if there was another person somehow involved, or there, they couldn’t be potentially charged for any crime they committed (or helped commit.)
In September of 2021, a Miami newspaper called New Times published a story about a man named Charlie Ehrlich. In it, they reported on a movie script that they’d received a copy of. It floats around Hollywood at the time, and they grant access, provides they didn’t give up any major secrets. But they still publish an expose on the script and claim to say about OJ, the murders, and Charlie Ehrlich.
The script was written by LA-based producer, Erik Laibe. New Times spoke to Laibe as they were doing research for their story. He confirmed that he wrote it based on purchasing the story option directly from Charlie Ehrlich a couple years before. He said that he has until 2026 to get it finished and produced, after which he loses the rights to the story. When New Times spoke to him, he said he was still working to corroborate the information in the story as told to him by Charlie Ehrlich. He even warned the paper that he might sue them for intellectual-property theft if they reported on the script.
Clearly they decided it was worth a lawsuit, and published their piece anyway. It told the tale of Charlie Ehrlich, a friend and associate of OJ’s, as being not only with him on the night of the murders, but also potentially being a part of the crime. And while there hasn’t been any confirmation of the allegation, the script does go into plenty of detail in recounting what potentially happened.
Who is Charlie Ehrlich?
Charlie Ehrlich is a former drug trafficker who is based out of Miami. He has also long the manager of Dean’s Gold, a strip club in North Miami Beach. Currently he’s involved in the social media and marketing of the club. And while some of the aspects of the script in question are in dispute, there are some aspects of his life that have been verified as fact.
For example, it’s known that Charlie was arrested in Atlanta in 1987 for a cocaine operation he ran. By coincidence, the DA who prosecuted the case was Nancy Grace, who went on to become a notable TV personality in the world of crime and justice. Grace even talked about Charlie’s case in her book, Objection, and labeled him a major distributor of drugs in the city. She elaborated that not only was he a major dealer, but a dangerous man to boot. She said that when cops entered his apartment, they discovered it was wired so that Charlie would know if anyone, including cops, ever tried to enter, and that among other things, the cops found a silencer in his closet.
Charlie Is Guilty
Grace convinced a jury that Charlie was guilty, and he ended up in prison. He served just over seven years of a 27 year sentence.
What’s also known is that Charlie was a close confidant of OJ Simpson. Charlie moved from Miami to Los Angeles in the late 80’s, and through various connections, became close with the former football star and actor. Charlie had been apparently moved in order to help traffic cocaine for another dealer, one with ties to Simpson. So eventually the two met and became friends. It’s unclear whether Simpson’s needs were drug based, or for something else. Or even if they were simply friends.
But when OJ entered the Las Vegas hotel to retrieve his stolen memorabilia in 2007, Charlie was with him. That we know for sure. Charlie was actually convicted right alongside OJ. But for some reason didn’t end up serving any jail time for his crime. In an interview with 20/20, Charlie admitted to helping out OJ, because he was a friend. He said that he made a stupid mistake by coming along with Simpson, and never should have been involved.
Was He There For The Murders?
According to the script written by Laibe, which is called Juiced, Charlie was most definitely there on the night Nicole and Ron were murdered. It tells the tale of Simpson hanging out at home, ready to leave in the next hour or so for a trip to Chicago. Charlie arrives at his house to ask about a cocaine debt. OJ then gets enraged, blaming it on his ex-wife, Nicole, as well as her friend Faye Resnick.
In the script, the two decide to go confront Nicole about it at her house. And then, of course, things go south very quickly. In the script OJ apparently hands a bloody knife as well as his clothes to another man. But it isn’t explicitly said to be Charlie. However, the inference certainly seems to be there. The script is narrated by the character, Charlie, and in it, he refuses to admit whether or not it was him who was there that night, helping OJ.
Things got more complicated when OJ put out his infamous book, If I Did It, in which he describes the night of the murders in chilling detail. He does it under the guise of “here’s what hypothetically COULD have happened, if I did it.” It’s a bizarre book that most people seem to think is his way of confessing to the murders, and making money off of the notoriety. But since he’d already been acquitted, he was safe from prosecution. In the book, OJ corroborates the story being told in the screenplay, Juiced. He talks about this ‘hypotehtical’ series of events, and includes another person as having been there with him. He even named the person “Charlie” in the book.
OJ even went on FOX for a one on one interview, where he talked about the events as he wrote them in the book. In a fairly surreal several minutes, OJ talks about how things all went down, even laughing a bit when he occasionally points out that he’s only talking in hypotheticals. And he talks about his friend Charlie, who it is assumed is Charlie Ehrlich, as the one who carried the knife, as well as who got rid of the evidence. And in real life, OJ’s bloody clothes and the murder weapon were never found.
Charlie Denies It All
Of course, Charlie would face serious legal repercussions if he ever admitted to being involved in the murders of two innocent people. So, he’s been, at the very least, cagey about admitting what happened. But he has made claims that the screenplay contains inaccuracies, and that the writer never finished up the deal to secure the rights to the story.
And in more recent times, Charlie has brought a lawsuit against the Miami New Times for publishing their 2021 story about the screenplay. The suit claims that the article makes it explicit that Charlie was a participant in the grisly murders, despite knowing they were getting their information from a screenplay, rather than by first hand accounts or actual evidence. He’s currently seeking $20 million in damages from the New Times, but time will tell if he’ll win that suit.
Never Ending Story
While it is certainly an odd and interesting twist to the seemingly never-ending story of the OJ Simpson saga, it seems unlikely that too much will actually come from these newer revelations about Charlie Ehrlich. A private investigator took a deep dive into the story and found there was enough corroborating evidence that police might feel compelled to revisit the case. However, he also said it seems unlikely. A big reason for that is that it would be supremely embarrassing for the LAPD if they somehow completely missed that there was an accomplice involved. The state tried OJ as a solo assailant, and it would look very bad for the LAPD if it was shown they were that far off. So the odds of the case being reponed are pretty slim.
Now it’s time to hear from you. Do you think OJ had help when he allegedly murdered Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman? Let us know in the comments section below!