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Murder in Brentwood Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1997
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— Diane Sawyer
From the Inside Flap
Now the former LAPD detective tells his side of the story in a damning exposé that reveals why and how Simpson’s interrogation and prosecution were bungled.
Mark Fuhrman’s own hand-drawn maps of the crime scene and his reconstruction of the murders leave no doubt about what really happened on June 12, 1994.
Murder in Brentwood sets the record straight.
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Mark doesn't make excuses, nor does he suffer fools gladly. This is gritty & thought-provoking, hard to put down. Read it. You'll be glad you did. There's SO much in it that was never brought out...unread case notes from the 1st on the scene, identical gloves (same size as well, hmmm) in OJ's drawer, blood on the turnstyle latch on the gate, discarded wrapper from gauze, blood in OJ's entry as well as on the socks at the foot of his bed, sweatsuit in the washer, blood on lightswitch, in the car...mountains of evidence. The appendix includes the original case notes & drawings, the transcript of OJ's interview at the station, the search warrants, etc.
I purchased this book after reading one of Dominick Dunne's; the fact that Dominick respected Mark's ability as a detective spoke volumes to me. He respected his ability (& his guts!) enough to turn over info on the Moxley murder to him. I'll be reading Murder in Greenwich soon.
Started out with disgust at Mark's portrayal during the trial but trusted Dominick's recommendation enough to read this with an open mind. I'm glad I did.
Two books are required reading for a good understanding of the Simpson murder case: "The Run of His Life" by Jeffrey Toobin and "Triumph of Justice" by Daniel Petrocelli. Nevertheless, "Murder in Brentwood" by Mark Fuhrman contains information that I consider important and moderately critical, regarding Fuhrman himself and his role in the case.
During the criminal trial, Fuhrman was vilified by the proceedings and by the media. He was depicted as a chauvinist, a violent racist, and a corrupt detective who tampered with evidence. You will probably not believe that depiction if you read those two books I mentioned. Nevertheless, Fuhrman's own words present an even clearer, more believable picture of his true character.
"Murder in Brentwood" is not just an apologia. As suggested by its cover, it is a work of true crime. Fuhrman covers the physical evidence, giving special attention to the mystery knife used for the slayings. His own role in the case, with his partner Detective Roberts, is well described. But, though he does describe other aspects of the case, do not expect the comprehensive descriptions of characters and trial proceedings that Toobin gives for the criminal case and that Petrocelli gives for the civil case.
If you are worried about Fuhrman's credibility, be advised: He subjected himself to a polygraph examination by expert FBI polygraphist Paul Minor. The examination did not cover his entire book, only some important parts of it: Peggy York (criminal-trial Judge Ito's wife, who may have committed perjury), Detective Vannatter's pretentions of discovering evidence that he did not discover, and Fuhrman's supposed planting of Simpson's glove. Fuhrman does not give an account of the polygraph in the hardcover edition. Only in the Zebra Books paperback.
For a chauvinist racist pig, Fuhrman has an amazingly good writing style. It certainly beats O. J. Simpson's all to hell. You can verify that for yourself: Fuhrman provides a copy of Simpson's suicide letter. The paperback has a modest selection of photos, and some good diagrams and drawings. Toobin's book and Petrocelli's book are excellent, but neither of them has any photos or drawings. While reading them I was in serious need of drawings like Fuhrman's of the two crime scenes.
There was so much evidence in this case, that a hundredth of it would have convicted the average person...blood everywhere, eyewitnesses who saw Simpson driving that night, a KNIFE BOX in his bathroom that was empty...c'mon, people. I only disagreed with one point with Fuhrman. I don't think the prosecution, especially Darden, started out to further their careers. I think they got so caught up in it they lost sight...but I don't know them like he does, so maybe I am wrong.
This book is a terrific book to read. I believe every word of Furhman's account of this crime.