The Story of a 12th Scale House Inspired by the Life of Nicole Brown Simpson...
On Sunday June 12 1994 Nicole Brown Simpson became a public figure overnight for on that balmy Sunday evening she was senselessly and brutally murdered in the grounds of her home at 875 South Bundy Drive in the leafy suburb of Brentwood in California.
Her murder trial and that of her friend Ronald Lyle Goldman who had been murdered alongside her became known as the "Trial of the Century" with her former husband Orenthal James Simpson as the accused.
It is hard to believe that Nicole was murdered over twenty years ago for I can remember the BBC news reports and the iconic photographs of the bloody pathway lined with purple and lilac Agapanthus, the farcical "Bronco Chase", the sensational headlines week after week in 'The National Enquirer', the divisive court testimony of
Mark Fuhrman and the shock of the "Not Guilty" verdict the following year.
And yet what I most recall is the realisation of a grotesque dichotomy that despite the voluminous photographs of a beautiful and happy Nicole that she had in fact been abused by Simpson throughout most of their seventeen year relationship.
For despite the divisive issues that had surrounded the trial of Simpson, Nicole’s tragic death was to illuminate a much needed awareness about domestic abuse and many women who upon learning about Nicole’s life and death were to find a renewed strength and resolve to leave their abusive partners.
The first book that I ever bought about Nicole was in the Autumn of 1994 titled 'Nicole Brown Simpson: A Private Diary of a Life Interrupted' written by her friend Faye Resnick and I am STILL reading about her.
She was the subject of my Thesis in 1999 and remains the purpose for my work ever since.
There are literally hundreds of books that have been written about the life of Nicole and of her life with Simpson and the tales of glamour, celebrity, wealth and beauty have frequently made her appear remote, abstract and insignificant.
Yet it is the very tragedy of her early death that makes her life a compelling human story of hope, love, obsession and betrayal and that is why I choose to remember her...
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