By Alan Duke, CNN
November 21, 2012
Los Angeles (CNN) -- A death row inmate told relatives and a criminal profiler he killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman while O.J. Simpson waited nearby, a new documentary claims.
O.J. Simpson was tried and acquitted in the June 12, 1994, stabbing deaths of his ex-wife and her friend, although the actor and football legend was found liable in a civil wrongful death trial.
Glen Rogers, who has been sentenced to death for murdering women in Florida and California, was arrested in November 1995 -- a month after Simpson's murder trial ended -- and charged with killing five women in several states. He told investigators at the time that he had killed at least 70 women, police said.
"I'm absolutely certain that my brother Glen killed Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman," said Clay Rogers, who narrated the film "My Brother The Serial Killer," which will debut on the Investigation Discovery channel Wednesday. "I know my brother did it because I've seen proof that he was there."
Fred Goldman, the father of Ronald Goldman, immediately rejected the film's contention.
"The overwhelming evidence at the criminal trial proved that one, and only one, person murdered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman," Goldman said in a statement to CNN. "That person is O.J. Simpson and not Glen Rogers."
"The fact that O.J. Simpson was acquitted was a travesty of justice that tarnished the criminal justice system," he said. "Now every guilty person prays to the altar of O.J. Simpson for deliverance from their crimes. A [hundred thousand] screaming Glen Rogers, packed in the Los Angeles Coliseum, all confessing in unison, would not absolve O.J. Simpson of the murders he committed."
Ronald Goldman's sister lashed out at the Investigation Discovery channel and film producers.
"I am appalled at the level of irresponsibility demonstrated by the network and the producers of this so-called documentary," Kim Goldman told CNN. "I'm disappointed at the way this story was handled. Is this a confession?"
David Monaghan, the film's producer, did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment on Goldman's criticism.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said the department would investigate Rogers' claims but does not believe he was involved in Simpson and Goldman's killings.
"The LAPD is quite confident that we know who killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. We have no reason to believe that Mr. Rogers was involved," Commander Andrew Smith said. "Nevertheless, in the interest of being thorough in this case, our robbery homicide detectives will investigate his claims."
Much of the documentary's support for the claim that Rogers killed Simpson and Goldman came from statements he purportedly made to his brother.
Glen Rogers was a drifter in 1994 when he arrived in Los Angeles after the Northridge earthquake to work on a repair crew, according to the film. One job took him to Simpson's house as a painter, it said.
"Glen told me, when he called, 'Guess who I'm partying with? Nicole Simpson,'" Rogers said, describing a call he said happened just a few days before the killings. "Actually, what he told me, he says, 'They got money, they're well off and I'm taking her down.'"
The brother also claims that Glen Rogers took a gold angel pin off of Simpson's lifeless body and mailed it to his mother in Ohio the next day. Their mother wore the pin, at her son's request, at one of his murder trials, Rogers said.
Criminal profiler Anthony Meoli, who exchanged dozens of letters with Glen Rogers and visited him on death row, said Rogers explained to him that O.J. Simpson had hired him to break into his ex-wife's condo to steal diamond earrings he had given her.
"Glen told me that O.J.'s instructions were that 'You may have to kill the bitch,'" Meoli said. "Those were his exact words."
Simpson told him about a spare key to the condo hidden outside the door, according to Meoli's description of Rogers' account. The attack happened on steps outside, though, when Goldman unexpectedly arrived, he said.
The documentary includes a graphic re-creation of how Rogers described the attack to Meoli.
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, Meoli said.
Los Angeles prosecutors matched a shoe print taken from the scene to the sole of an expensive Italian shoe they contended O.J. Simpson owned.
Rogers began a cross-country killing spree that included about 70 female victims after the Simpson and Goldman murders, the film said. He was captured in Ohio in November 1995, weeks after O.J. Simpson was freed from jail.
Rogers was sentenced to death in Florida after a jury convicted him of killing a woman in a Tampa motel. He was later convicted of murdering a California woman, which resulted in a second death sentence. No other states have tried him.
He is awaiting execution in Florida and has no more appeals, according to the film.
Assistant District Attorney Pat Dixon, who prosecuted Rogers in the 1990s, said Glen Rogers may have an ulterior motive for claiming to have killed Simpson and Goldman.
"Rogers is on death row in Florida and California. If he's close to execution in Florida, he may be hoping that California will bring him back here which would postpone the execution," Dixon said.
The Simpson and Goldman killings did not match Rogers' other killings, Dixon added.
"Rogers and O.J. Simpson's cases don't match except that all the victims were stabbed. Rogers was a good-looking guy. He would go to bars, pick up women, court them, sometimes live with them a while, then kill them. The one victim he murdered in L.A., he killed the night he met her. I'm not aware of any instance of violence outside that pattern. What happened to Nicole Brown was totally different."
O.J. Simpson is serving a 33-year sentence with the possibility of parole after nine years after being convicted of 10 charges related to an armed confrontation over sports memorabilia in a Las Vegas hotel room. He was convicted in 2008.
CNN was unable to immediately reach Simpson or his lawyer for a response.
Premieres November 21 at 9 PM E/P
Next This November, be thankful for your family, even if they're not perfect - not everyone is so lucky.
On November 21 at 9 PM E/P, Investigation Discovery Films premieres MY BROTHER THE SERIAL KILLER, a feature-length documentary that interviews the family of serial killer Glen Rogers, who claims to have murdered more than 70 people and chronicles what happened when those closest to him discovered how evil he was.
Among his many victims, the film also explores the family's claims that Glen was linked to the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. "When we hear of horrific crimes, we ask ourselves ‘Who would do such a thing?,'" said Henry Schleiff, president and general manager of Investigation Discovery. "Imagine the horror of discovering that the person who'd committed these gruesome crimes was sitting right next to you, your own brother."
MY BROTHER THE SERIAL KILLER digs deeply into the secrets of Glen Roger's past to reveal how he became a smooth-talking killer. Glen has been directly tied to 5 homicides, and is suspect in over a dozen others across the country. At one point, Glen bragged that he had killed "more than 70 people" and even claimed responsibility for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
Receipts show that Glen was working as a housepainter in L.A. in 1994, and family members claimed Glen told them that he was working for Nicole Brown Simpson, and that he said she was rich and he was going to "take her down." After Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered in June of 1994, Glen embarked on a cross-country killing spree that garnered national news coverage and landed him on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List. Glen's family tipped off police to his whereabouts and he was finally captured in November 1995 and received death sentences in California and Florida. Years later, Glen provided a detailed account of the Goldman-Brown Simpson slayings to criminal profiler Anthony Meoli. He is now awaiting execution on Florida's death row.
Glen's brother Clay tries desperately to explain Glen's actions: his violent upbringing, sexual abuse during juvenile detention, lost love, drug abuse, and mental illness, but nothing can reconcile Clay's love for his baby brother with the knowledge of Glen's horrific crimes. Devastated, Clay comes to the only conclusion he can, "I wasn't turning in my brother. I was turning in a serial killer. My brother hadn't lived there for a long time." MY BROTHER THE SERIAL KILLER is a co-production of Essential Media & Entertainment and Investigation Discovery. For Investigation Discovery, John Terp is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production and Henry Schleiff is president and general manager.
A couple of months ago, plus a couple of weeks ago, I was in LA. And had I not been in LA, I would have never known that Ron Goldman's best friend was murdered, because it didn't run back east. He's walking down the street with a lady, and two dudes run up and say "It's a stickup!" Shoot him dead, don't take nothing from him, and don't bother her. Then three newspapers reporters reporting on the O. J. Simpson Trial end up dead mysteriously. When I was in Jamaica, about three months ago (it was on a Wednesday), and I was looking at CNN. I do news like drug addicts do dope. CNN said four people (were) killed today in the LA crime lab. Boom. OK. I stay up the rest of the night, waiting. I hear nothing else. I live outside of Boston, and read the Boston Globe. I called up my wife the next day...and told her what I heard, and she said: "Yes, I heard it come over the news once, but they went out of their way to say it had nothing to do with the O. J. Simpson Trial." I told her to get the morning paper...it read, four people killed in an office building in LA. Later, when I get back...I see a couple of stories that say four people (were) killed in a building that housed the LA crime lab.
That was the same Wednesday that Judge Ito cried and released court because a friend of his who had been a deputy sheriff had been murdered. This guy was associated with the O. J. Simpson Trial. You see this whole piece. And the press won't put it together, because you don't expect the press to put things together. But you use your common God-given sense, and say "Now, wait a minute! I know that America doesn't care anything about poor people getting killed.... So why are they playing up this thing up like Queen Elizabeth has stabbed Prince Charles to death?" You start seeing things that don't make any sense. Here's a judge that's having a case whose name wasn't on the original list. They went out of their way to get (Judge Ito). If I got a Dream Team defense as my council, and the cops are going to frame me, and your going to leave a judge (there), when you can knock that judge off. Let that judge sit there who says that his wife is the number one ranking women with the police department. And who I'm saying framed me. Give me a break!
You start seeing interesting things when the judge starts picking the jury. They have a lottery. He reaches into the box. And what number does he come out with? 0032. That's O. J.'s jersey number. Then we go to the end of the trial, and there's seven seats left for the verdict for the spectators, so he picks the lottery. What number does he pick? 187. Which is the code number for homicide across the country. So you start looking for all this craziness.
Mark Lane and I did a book about the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Because of that book and Mark Lane's ability to muster people together, the Senate and Congress were forced to have Kennedy/King assassination investigations. I mention it because of the book a lot of people started calling us with information. Freddie Prince called me one day, and he came into some information on the Kennedy assassination. I'm trying to tell him my phone is tapped. I told him that I was coming to LA the next day, and I have a fantastic script he might be able to use. He didn't hear me. He kept talking and talking and wondering why I wasn't interested. He died that night. They called it suicide. You know enough about this country that if someone trying to give you some information and they fall dead the next day, that's no accident.
I say that to say this: John Belushi called Mark Lane and said "I have some information to share with you about the Kennedy assassination." So Mark called me. I couldn't rearrange my schedule. They were supposed to meet in Detroit. The night before they were supposed to meet, John Belushi was murdered, with that overshot of drugs, and that woman from Canada. If you're sitting where I'm sitting, that's a CIA hit. Who's the Canadian woman's lawyer? Robert Shapiro.
If you look at Marcia Clark. Her first husband was on the Israeli air force, and he's a lightweight alcoholic and gambling thug. So she divorces him. Her second husband is Gordon Clark who comes out of the church of Scientology, and they were married by one of the high priests in the church of Scientology, named Bruce Roman. Bruce Roman, for some unknown reason, ends up shooting her first husband in the head. And as we talk he lays somewhere in LA a vegetable. None of that is important except that Bruce Roman's lawyer for that case was Robert Shapiro. So when does conflict of interest kick in? So when you're armed with all this, you start to see this whole manipulation.
People call me. I do radio shows all over the country, and they say "Look, what do you think about white folks reaction?" I understand. It was manipulated. White folks don't understand. There was two trials: there was one trial going on for the jury, and one trial going on for the masses. Why would 41 tapes of Fuhrman saying "Nigger".... It is not the N-word to me. It's nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger. When Jesse Jackson said "Hymietown" they didn't refer to that as the H-word. It's kind of interesting. If all of us lived in Russia now, we would think that all those black folks in America are crazy. Because we heard that they got upset because someone said N-word. So Russians look up N-word in the dictionary, and they find out it's the X amount letter in the alphabet.
Suppose that we were on a jury, and we heard a woman say that she had one miscarriage. Then they shut the jury down, and for the television cameras and the rest of the world, we hear that same woman say that she had twenty-two abortions. We the jury don't know that! When we come back, and the case is over, we are wondering why everyone is reacting to this woman. This is what is going on! It's a manipulation. They can create a racist document by asking black folks and white folks (what they think). More Chicanos live in LA than black folks. Nobody's ever polled them to know what they think about the O. J. Simpson Trial. They have never polled women as women to find out what they think.
Ain't it funny? Nobody has asked black folks what we think about Cuba. Or what we think about Bosnia. If I went to black folks and said make like you're going on a picnic next week, what's the first five things you put in your picnic basket. And then I say the same thing to white folks. Look at the difference! So anytime you want to manipulate that difference. I was looking at Geraldo when the verdict came in. I was surprised. I thought that they would find him guilty. He would be killed in jail, and they would make it look like suicide.
I suspected how in LA county where there's only 4% black folks, how nine got on the jury? That has always bothered me. When there was Rodney King, we couldn't get none. How come we can't get any black folks? Well, they just won't show up. We tried everything: we tried barbecue ribs, watermelon, we even tried naked white women, it just ain't coming. Somewhere when you think about all the odd things that have happened. What we saw when that trial ended. That was act one. Act two will be in a few minute. It's the whole manipulation of how they're doing it, and why they're doing it, I don't know.