CNN O.J. Simpson Trial

Letting go of Simpson case is hard to do

Estate

October 9, 1995
Web posted at 10:40 p.m. EDT

An essay by Correspondent Anne McDermott

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- There's nothing going on at O.J. Simpson's house, but the media are there...just in case. In case, perhaps, Simpson decides 'what the heck,' and spills his guts.

That hasn't happened yet, but...just in case...we're there. We can't let go, any more than all the peripheral personalities still working the airwaves. So many others will not let go, holding vigil after vigil after vigil.

The Simpson case will not die.

Maybe we -- the tellers, the talkers, the watchers -- simply can't admit it's over because we just got so caught up in it, right from the start.

And now it won't let us go, because of something few considered at the start of the case.

Race.

Polls say that how we are colored pretty much colored the way we viewed the outcome. And we can't simply 'let go' of such an enormous division among us. It must be talked about, or fester forever.

Some are starting to do that, but it is so much more fun to talk about the rumors. Did he go to the Dominican Republic? Has he remarried? Moving to Mexico? O.J. Simpson

Rumors. And loose ends -- there are plenty of those. Who gets the children? What about the civil suits?

Maybe that's why its hard to let go. There's been no closure. No nice neat, final ending. And no relief for the families of the victims.

No one for them to point to and say, 'this is the killer.' No one to bear the guilt for taking Ron and Nicole.


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