A look back, 20 years after the events that led to the "Trial of the Century"

Ron Goldman's Dad: 20 Years After O.J. Trial, Grief "Is Like Yesterday"

Friday marks 20 years since the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were found outside her townhouse in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles

By Cathy Rainone
|  Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014  |  Updated 8:21 AM PDT
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Members of Ron Goldman's family say their loss still feels fresh 20 years after O.J. Simpson was accused of murdering Ron alongside Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson.

“It’s like yesterday, the loss is exactly the same, nothing has changed,” Fred Goldman, the victim's father, said Thursday on NBC’s Today show.

“It’s just become a new normal, minus my son, without any of the opportunity to share his life with him, his joys, his happinesses, his successes… all of that is gone."

Friday marks 20 years since the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were found outside her townhouse in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the murders in an eight-month trial that captivated the nation.

Ron Goldman’s sister, Kim Goldman, who wrote a book recently entitled, “Can’t Forgive,” about her brother’s murder, told "Today’s" Matt Lauer that she had to force herself to reclaim her life after the tragedy.

“I had to find what was important to me again,” Kim Goldman said. “At the age that I was in, early twenties, to be walking away from what I was supposed be doing. After my brother died I didn't know what that was because everything shifted and I was lost for a long time. It was hard to find that place.”

Kato Kaelin, who was living in O.J. Simpson’s guest house at the time of the murder and was a witness during the trial, reflected Thursday on how his life changed from being in the spotlight.

“One day I’m in a courtroom, I walk out of the courtroom and everyone is shouting my name,” Kaelin said. “I became this public figure and everybody had an opinion. I was Kato the character. Still to this day I can’t believe some of the hate that can come over social media. If I work, they say you’re capitalizing, if I don’t then I’m a bum. I can’t win, it’s a difficult situation to be in.”


 

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