Usually I would've never watched a series like "American Crime Story". But it got my attention because of my love for "Keeping up with the Kardashians". Love it or hate it, but this family sticks together – and this family dynamic is a rarity in today's society, so there's a huge value in watching how they support one another. So as I heard, that Selma Blair was going to portray Kris Jenner and David Schwimmer (of course I'm also a major "Friends"-Fan, but who isn't?) was going to portray Robert Kardashian, I was – at least – interested to get to know more about this project. Back then, when I first heard the news, it was just that: news. At this point the series was just starting it's production. It took quite some time before it was aired. So I kept this in the back of my mind.
Typical me, I started to research what the series was going to be about, just to get more informations. So I found out it was a series about O.J. Simpson. Of course I knew of him, but I didn't know anything in detail. I just remembered that he was involved in something and that it might be, that he was framed. Nothing more. At this point I didn't care to learn more about him.
"American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson" is about Simpsons "alleged" murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. It's all about the case itself, the details, the trial and about it's effects on society (at the time).
The day finally came and the first episode aired. What I could have never guessed what an impact this was going to have on me. I never liked gruesome stories, especially if they were true. So I'm most definitely not your typical "true crime" enthusiast. But "The People vs. O.J. Simpson" sucked me in. It sucked me in real deep. The first key scene was right in the beginning: you see a white dog barking – at night. Another dog owner walks his dog and stumbles upon the lonely white barking dog. He comes closer to see what's wrong, where the owner is and why the dog is barking. He sees that the white dog has bloody paws. He looks at them to see if the dog is injured. The dog runs to a close by entrance, and barks again. The man follows him and discovers a crime scene.
This scene seemed scripted to me, I thought that's certainly a good way to introduce the audience to the brutal crime. And of course I googled it right the second to get some details on this particular scene. To my surprise it turned out, that this did happen in real life. This fact alone intrigued me to find out more. But of course this scene wasn't the only shocking scene that got me hooked. The whole first episode and the story itself is – still to this day – something I still can't believe. There are so many details you just can't believe happened in real life. And as you watch episode after episode you think alright that's it, there isn't any more shocking details, but you're wrong this story is thrilling until the end, with all the twists and turns, all the details that come to the surface... It's a hell of a ride.
I can't remember, the last time something intrigued me as much as this story. While watching the series I started to google and research on a regular basis. I wanted to get as much informations on this as possible. Which also led to the fact, that I bought several books about this case. I wanted more informations as those available on the internet. And I wanted to get them from a reliable source. In my next blog posts I'm going to write about the books I've read, and why I chose especially those.
I've watched "The People vs. O.J. Simpson" at least 4 times already, and it's still – every single time – gripping. I just need to see or read a snippet of this story and I'm obsessed again.
* And aside from the story itself, the cast is spot on – take a look at my Pinterest pinboard to see photos of the cast next to the photos of the person they are playing.