Kardashian's Involvement


    You have talked about Det. Bert Luper's TV interview in which he claimed that Kardashian had "an involvement" in the Bundy murders (top of the thread, "LAPD Det. Luper Incriminates Kardashian on O'Reilly!!"). You seem sure that is true, but you have not expressed an opinion as to what kind of an involvement Kardashian had. I also think that Kardashian had an involvement, and I have a rather specific idea of what it was. I discuss that idea here.

    TOO MUCH: But first, I must comment on other things that were said in that same thread. "Objective Observer" says, "You are doing too much supposing and understanding Dick." I think OO misunderstands my position on this. I do not claim that there is evidence which shows conclusively that my idea about Kardashian's part in the murders is correct. What I have tried to do is to imagine a scenario which fits all of the other things that are known. To the best of my knowledge about the case, I have done that. Such an exercise does not prove what actually happened, but it shows a thing that might have happened (since it does not contradict any facts that are known or believed.) It is useful to do this, because it shows a way that one can tie together a number of otherwise unconnected facts, some of which are a little mystifying.

    So, when I propose a candidate scenario to show Kardashian's part in the murders, I don't believe I am "doing too much supposing and understanding." Only if I claimed that my version were certainly the truth would it be "too much."

    In the same thread, Bob August's asks, "And what does this have to do with the murders?" Obviously, by answering Bob, I will have to do the very thing that OO objects to. But, I will risk it, and tell what I think may have happened.

    THE YEAR BEFORE THE MURDERS: I have tried to understand what was happening in Simpson's life (and Nicole's) in the year before the murder. Sheila Weller's "Raging Heart" and Paula Barbieri's "The Other Woman" have been helpful, and to a lesser extent, Faye Resnick's "...A Life Interrupted".

    Simpson was one of the best known of American celebrities, had a number of business enterprises, but relied most heavily on his connection with Hertz Rental Cars. He did a few commercials for them, but was most active as a golf companion to corporate executives that Hertz was anxious to ingratiate themselves with. In this capacity, Simpson was constantly on the go, moving from one golf course venue around the country to another in the spring and summer. Increasingly after August, he was involved with "providing color" (giving on-camera insight to the action and players on the field) for televised football games. Simpson's connection with Hertz was so close that when he was in LA, he drove a car that Hertz leased for him (the white Bronco, so often mentioned in the trial.) However, Simpson's arrangement with Hertz was not exclusive or consuming, and so he was also involved in the filming of a pilot for "Frogmen" in the spring of 1994, and had in preparation an exercise video, among other projects.

    Simpson had a rocky, on-again, off-again relationship with his ex-wife Nicole. By the spring of 1993, he and she had gone their separate ways, and Simpson had been seeing a young blond model, Paula Barbieri, on a constant basis. In May of 1993, Nicole pleaded for a reconciliation, Simpson dumped Paula, and resumed with Nicole. Things appeared to outsiders to proceed well until October 1993 when there was a loud argument between the couple that frightened Nicole enough that she called the police. That produced the famous "911 tape" that was played often after the preliminary hearing. There was another widely noticed tension when Simpson dragged Nicole from a Christmas party in December, '93 where he saw one of her former boyfriends.

    Even though Simpson supposedly had a monogamous relationship with Nicole from May '93 to May '94, Barbieri's book mentions a few clandestine encounters she had with Simpson from Thanksgiving '93 onward. Since these were occasions which were seen by other people who might have mentioned them if Barbieri had not, we are led to suspect that there might have been more, even, than these, that were not witnessed.

    Kardashian was an old Simpson friend that had met the football legend in their USC college days. They got together for recreation, as well as having business dealings in common. Simpson's trusted office manager, Cathy Randa, came to Simpson via Kardashian, for example. Apparently, though, during the year before the murders Simpson and Kardashian did not spend so much time together as they had in earlier days, but this could have been only because Simpson was travelling so often. If it were not for the circumstances related by two-bit hoodlum, Bill Wasz, we would not know that Kardashian and Barbieri had more than a passing acquaintance. But, if Wasz is right, there was some more serious connection in January, 1994.

    Kardashian had a law degree, and had been admitted to the California bar, but did not practice. He had made a fortune in the record (music) business, and had retired by the year before the crimes. He had considerable money, and lived in an expensive home in the Encino hills. Unlike Simpson, however, Kardashian had a personally rather modest lifestyle, and claimed to be religiously devout. Simpson (certainly) and Kardashian (probably) had a fascination with the Mafia, as indicated by an incident in Weller concerning a trip to New York to participate in a make believe Mafia gathering. Also, it is widely believed that organized crime has strong ties to the music industry, and it is not far fetched to think that Kardashian could have rubbed elbows with some real Mafia types in his music industry days.

    During the trial, Nicole's sister, Denise, was discovered in the company of a reputed Mafia hoodlum, and Simpson's close friend and old football buddy, Al Cowlings, worked for a time for another reputed Mafia type. Cowlings is also said to have dated a former porno star over an extended period. Another of Simpson's inner circle hobbled around on crutches, good naturedly, for a couple of months after having had his knee cap broken in a "misunderstanding" with the mob. It appears to have been the value in this circle to consider that an association with gangsters was "cool."

    THE WASZ STORY: Bill Wasz was a young, good looking, small time crook that was staying one step ahead of the law in October, 1993, and was selling cocaine to patrons in an expensive Westside disco to make ends meet. What I describe here about Wasz' experience from October '93 to January '94 is based on Wasz' own statements to David Bresnehan, reporter for WorldNetDaily.com.

    Simpson and Kardashian were in the disco one night (October, '93) in the company of two young women that wanted cocaine. (The presence of the Simpson party on that night is independently confirmed. Simpson's recreational use of cocaine is also independently described.) Kardashian asked the bouncer, and a few minutes later Wasz showed up to make the transaction. Simpson and Kardashian considered that it might be useful to know a person such as Wasz, and phone numbers were exchanged. Over the subsequent months, Wasz often visited Simpson's estate on Rockingham to exchange his cocaine for Simpson's money. On at least two of these occasions, Nicole completed the transaction, instead of OJ. i_won!.jpg (22533 bytes)

    In January 1994, Kardashian called Wasz, and said he had a special job for him. He wanted Nicole followed, and photographed with any men she might meet. Wasz did this, documented in a brief diary a series of innocuous places Nicole went over two days, but saw her also go to lunch at the Encino Tony Roma's with a big black man that he later identified as Marcus Allen. He photographed Nicole and Marcus as they walked to a parking garage, delivered the film to Kardashian, and took his payment. (A "stalking diary" which plausibly details Nicole's movements in two days in January was recovered from the back of Barbieri's car. Wasz says he wrote it. The notebook also included the unlisted phone numbers of Simpson, Kardashian, and Barbieri.)

    Then Kardashian discussed with Wasz a more ambitious job he had in mind: Kardashian wanted Wasz to murder Nicole (with a 25 caliber gun that Kardashian would supply, and while Nicole was visiting at Simpson's Rockingham estate. Unknowable to Wasz, Barbieri had a 25 caliber handgun registered to her name.) In preparation for the crime, Kardashian wanted Wasz to steal Barbieri's car, and he told Wasz when and where to find it. After stealing Barbieri's car, however, Wasz smelled a rat (because of the screwy specifications Kardashian had laid down for the murder) and double-crossed Kardashian into paying him, anyway, and did not do the deed. Wasz went on a two-week crime spree, was captured in Barbieri's car after a gun battle with police, and went to jail in February 1994. After the Bundy murders, Wasz tried to get his story to the LAPD and the DA's office, but upon hearing it, Marcia Clark was disinterested (it would distract from convicting Simpson, which was her only objective) and thereupon the LAPD also lost interest.

    Wasz himself alternated over the months and years following, about telling his story. At some times he claimed he would be killed in prison if he talked. (Though this was odd, since his story did not directly implicate any underworld members, or anyone else who could do violence to him in prison.) At other times he wanted to get his story out. Several attorneys fronted for him on the prospect they could make money, somehow, from the Wasz story, but there was no serious publicity until a Marina Del Rey attorney, Lawrence Longo, got involved. Longo had recently before this been bounced from the District Attorney's office for getting too chummy with a man he was prosecuting, and accepting gifts and favors from him. The man who had done Longo the favors was a music industry executive. Oh.

    SIMPSON'S "FRIENDS" AFTER THE MURDERS: Immediately after the murders there was widespread disbelief that Simpson had killed his wife, but this was largely based on Simpson's former image and reputation as an "all around good guy," and friendly as a big dog. Little actual evidence was publicly known in those first weeks. And Simpson's appearance in public revealed an extremely distraught man, as an innocent Simpson might be imagined upon learning that his long time love, and the mother of his children had been so hideously murdered. Upon seeing that Simpson retained the most prestigious attorneys that money could buy, it was widely expected that whatever evidence the DA had would be satisfactorily explained away in the preliminary hearing.

    The first cause for doubt came in mid-July when it was leaked that the defense would attack one of the most dramatic pieces of evidence -- a bloody glove behind Simpson's garage-- by claiming that a racist cop who claimed to have found it actually planted it (Det. Fuhrman.) This seemed so unlikely to most of the public that they began to suspect a "smoke and mirrors" defense, because Simpson might actually be guilty after all. Nonetheless, most people continued to expect that a rabbit would be pulled from the hat in the preliminary hearing, and Simpson would be released.

    Not only did the preliminary hearing pass without any convincing explanation of the evidence (or dramatic alibi) but immediately afterward, the October, 1993 "911 tape" of Nicole's frantic call to the police was played repeatedly. Public opinion flopped at that point, and most people began to believe that OJ had murdered Nicole and Goldman. Increasingly from that point onward, opinion about Simpson's guilt split along racial lines. Most blacks thought he was an innocent victim of an LAPD conspiracy to frame him; most others thought he had done the crimes with his own hands. (Of course, there was some minority opinion in both camps.)

    Against this backdrop of widespread public opinion, the actions of some of Simpson's closest friends is interesting. Although Bob Kardashian had not been that much involved with Simpson during the previous year, he dropped everything on the Monday morning that the crimes were reported, and plunged into support for Simpson. Under the circumstances of Simpson's conspicuous anguish in those first days, this could be thought to have been a simple act of charity and friendship on Kardashian's part. But, the degree of Kardashian's involvement was singular. He drove Simpson home from the police interrogation on Monday, was a party to most conferences between Simpson and his attorneys, accompanied Simpson most everywhere in that first week that Simpson was free, and sequestered him in his own house. It was Kardashian who read Simpson's "suicide note" to the TV cameras. Simpson had a circle of close friends, and none of the others did a fraction as much.

    Kardashian re-established his law license so that he could act as one of Simpson's attorneys (technically, but figuratively) and thereby could visit him in jail whenever he wanted, and was a constant companion to Simpson whenever he was in court. Before the criminal trial began, the public opinion among Kardashian's peers was solidly against Simpson, and Kardashian's continued fidelity to his friend must have cost Kardashian socially. Nonetheless, he continued till the end of the trial, and only a year or so afterward did he renounce Simpson on a Barbara Walters interview.

    Paula Barbieri had left a phone message for Simpson a few hours before the crime, and then left town for an iron-clad alibi in Las Vegas. In her phone message, she told Simpson that she was through with him forever. Nonetheless, within a day or two of the crimes she returned to LA, was re-united with Simpson at Kardashian's house, and became his constant companion until the end of the trial. After Simpson was jailed it was arranged that she would have the status of "material witness," and thereby she was able to visit Simpson in jail almost any time he was there. Between physical visits and phone calls, she was in contact with Simpson almost every hour he was not in court, where Kardashian was his constant companion. Between them, Kardashian and Barbieri stayed in a position to be aware of what Simpson was thinking, and to influence him until the end of the criminal trial.

    These two friends of Simpson's were so devoted to him that they virtually put their lives on hold for more than a year to stay near to him. It is particularly surprising that a young woman like Paula Barbieri would do this, and it apparently cost her a promising modeling career to do it; she has reverted to a homebody lifestyle after her former fling at glory and fame. When she went back home to Florida after the trial, she probably ran into a buzzsaw of antagonistic public opinion. The first time Simpson showed up there she sent him packing, and told the media that she was through with him for good. Really, this time.

    One other of Simpson's friends had a notable reaction after the crime. Cora Fischman had been Nicole's closest friend and confidant for many years until the spring of 1994. Among outsiders to her household, it was only Cora to whom Nicole had entrusted a copy of her house key. In this way, Cora occupied a position of trust with Nicole above Faye Resnick, or even above her own sisters or mother. Shortly after the preliminary hearing, all of Nicole's friends turned against OJ, began to cooperate with the DA, and began to find critical anecdotes about him to share with the press. But, Cora never turned on Simpson. In fact, she and her husband worked energetically to avoid service of subpoenas that would require them to say anything about Simpson in court. On the surface, it seems surprising that this, closest friend of Nicole's, would not jump on the bandwagon to blame Simpson. But, on the other hand, she more than any others would be privy to Nicole's deepest secrets, and one of those could reveal the true explanation of the crime, and show that Simpson was not the perpetrator.

    MY INTERPRETATION OF THE CRIME SCENE EVIDENCE: The foregoing is background information related to people associated with the Bundy murders, but it does not have to do with the murder evidence itself. However, there is a lot of evidence, too, and when I consider that, I arrive at several conclusions that I believe with very high confidence. To wit...

    * Simpson was at the scene of the crime at or after the time the crimes were committed. (Blood evidence, glove behind Simpson's garage, Shively sighting, Heidstra's observations, etc.)
    * Simpson himself did not do the crimes with his own hands. (Too little blood in the Bronco, nobody heard screaming victims, one assailant and two victims, timeline disconnect <murders were at 10:09, Simpson left scene at 10:35>, Goldman's body heaved into alcove after death, etc.)
    * Simpson never explained -- or even admitted -- his after-the-fact visit to the crime scene.
    * There was a deliberate effort to frame Simpson for the crime. (Not only was he lured to the scene to incriminate himself by transfers of evidence, depriving him of a good alibi, and putting him at risk of being seen <Heidstra and Shively>, but his own gloves and cap were introduced into the scene. Heaving Goldman's corpse into the alcove and jamming Nicole's feet under the fence also facilitated the frame.)
    * This leads to the conclusion that professional killers, antagonistic to Simpson, did the murders. Since great preparations had been made for this crime (killers in place, Simpson's clothing previously stolen to leave at the scene, gate unlatcher disabled, Simpson lured to the scene, etc.) it appears that Goldman's presence was not inadvertent, but that he was there as part of the plan -- as if to lure Nicole unsuspectingly into the open. Since Goldman's arrival on the scene was because of Nicole's mother's "lost" glasses, one is led to believe that someone at the Mezzaluna was also involved, "facilitated" the loss, and insured Goldman's availability to deliver them to Nicole that night.

    LOOSE ENDS: The foregoing indications from the evidence obviously give rise to a great number of remarkable questions, and a concept of the crime far different from the two popular versions ("Simpson did it," and "the LAPD framed him".) In particular, the conclusions from a close examination of all the evidence makes one wonder...

    * If professionals killed Nicole and Goldman, why was this done?
    * Why was Simpson deliberately targeted to take the blame?
    * What caused him to go to the scene of the crime immediately after, especially with his departure to the airport immanent?
    * Why has he never told the truth about this visit, especially considering the very great (and potentially even greater) cost to him of stonewalling?
    * What was the point of the failed January plot, involving Wasz, against Nicole?
    * Why was it so important to Kardashian and Barbieri to interrupt their lives for almost a year and a half to stay close to OJ during the trial? And, for Barbieri to scrap her modeling career to do this?
    * What does Cora Fischman know that caused her not to jump on the "OJ did it" bandwagon?

    Unless somebody (Simpson, Kardashian, Barbieri, or Cora) talks, or someone on the perpetrator side turns on his friends, there is no way we can know for sure what the motive for this crime was. But, we can guess, and I have. I begin with the observation that the crime involved a great deal of planning and preparation, and it was executed with great skill. From this, it appears that it was accomplished by professionals of the highest caliber. So, the crime was committed at the behest of someone with a great deal of money (to pay for the effort) and underworld contacts. At one point, I considered that this might be a wealthy person who was bigoted against a prominent black that flaunted his sexual conquests of white (and conspicuously blond) women, and spent a little of his fortune with mobsters to teach the arrogant Simpson a lesson. But, that scenario requires a rather contrived explanation for how Simpson was lured to the scene, and how he was induced to silence about it later.

    After considering several other possibilities, I settled on the idea that Simpson himself had some involvement with the mob, which Nicole knew about. The most obvious link between Simpson and the mob is Kardashian, who could have developed some such contacts during his time in the recorded music business. This then draws Kardashian into the story from the perpetrator's side. If the mob could create circumstances whereby Kardashian and Barbieri were at risk for being implicated in Nicole's later murder, those two would influence Simpson to be silent about what he knew, and take the fall if necessary. Hence, the Wasz plot, whose real purpose and complete details we do not know, but we know it did involve both Kardashian and Barbieri. If the perpetrators had some evidence (e.g., photocopies of checks) that implicated Kardashian in a plot against Nicole, he would be very motivated to do what was necessary to keep that from being publicized.

    AN HYPOTHESIS: This is the best explanation I can imagine for ALL of the things that are known about the crime...

    In1993 the Mafia was in the process of bringing on stream a premier sports betting resource, utilizing for the first time the (then-) novel technology of the internet, as well as incorporating more familiar tools. It was heavily financed, had internet web sites, high speed sports wires, (800) numbers for betting, a computer book, off-shore banking, and every imaginable bell and whistle. But, it was also illegal, and so it could not be promoted as a new Las Vegas hotel/casino would be. (In the seven years since, the legal landscape, as well as the technological possibilities have changed considerably, and now internet sports betting enterprises of considerable size and sophistication, based on Caribbean islands, flourish openly on the internet, and do a billion dollar-a- year business.)

    It is the tradition among illegal gamblers to seek "high rollers" who will wager much in a single visit. Not only does this minimize the exposure of the gambler to the smallest number of patrons for a particular volume of business, but there is a status attached to doing business with the rich and/or famous that the underworld likes. And so this new enterprise needed a connection to politicians, business executives, and rich celebrities, who were also of a sporting persuasion. OJ Simpson knew such men, and rubbed shoulders with them on the links almost every week of the year. Someone in the mob knew Simpson's friend Bob Kardashian, and a meeting was arranged. The proposition: Simpson should steer golf conversations to professional betting resources with any men he met who seemed rich enough and interested, and pass along an (800) number that they could use by mentioning Simpson's name. For every such referral, Simpson would get a "finder's fee," for doing practically nothing, except a favor to a fellow golfer. It was like found money (off the books) and Simpson jumped at it.

    In this way, in the late summer and early fall of 1993 Simpson began to refer well-heeled sportsman he met on Hertz golf tours to the mob's bookmaking operation. But, in late September Nicole found out about it (Simpson probably bragged to her) and she went through the roof. She remembered the recently previous scandal involving Pete Rose and gambling, knew that a person's affiliation with professional sports could be destroyed by any connection to professional gambling, demanded that OJ quit his referral sideline immediately, and denounce the mob to those he had previously referred. (She did not want to see her gravy train derailed.) Simpson tried to do this, the mob was furious, and Simpson demurred that it was not his idea, his ex-wife was "making him do it." That was no better in the mob's eyes. The mob contacted Nicole and tried to make her see reason, but she had not done anything wrong, and was adamant that if they did not let OJ go quietly, she would go to the authorities herself.

    (When this issue with the mob first came to a head in October 1993, Simpson confronted Nicole in her Gretna Green house, and there was a violent argument about her refusal to go along with the mob's demand. Nicole was intransigent, and when OJ threatened violence, she called 911. Still raging in the background, he changed the subject to her relationship with unsavory people, and this was later understood to be his irrational jealousy about her sexual contacts a year earlier. This "911 incident" marked the first known crack in the reconciliation that had started the previous May, and its timing is almost perfect to match the kickoff of a series of events that would lead to the Wasz incident in January, 1994.)

    The mob's plan to neutralize the effects of the Simpson group was to 1) murder Nicole (so she couldn't talk about the mob's involvement with Simpson), 2) Frame Simpson for the murder (to ruin his public image and discredit him in the eyes of those he had denounced the mob to), and 3) Create a terrifying object lesson to any outsiders (such as Cora Fischman) who knew about the Simpson/mob arrangement, so they would not talk. If done in classic Mafia style, the murder/frame would require that Simpson himself be lured to the crime scene and caught there, or incriminate himself by the visit. But either way, he had to be checkmated into not talking about his arrangements with the mob and his suspicion that the mob was actually responsible for the crimes.

    So, among their earliest activities in preparing for the crime, the mob approached Kardashian, in a spirit of some anger, and told him that they would be satisfied with nothing less than Nicole's murder. They then proceeded to advise him how to go about it, using a plan that also involved Barbieri, but did not implicate Simpson. The result was the failed Wasz plot. (Working from the other side, the mob intercepted Wasz and whispered into his ear to cause him to be suspicious of Kardashian, setting the stage for Wasz to double cross Kardashian.) But this murder plan was a sham from the outset, and intended only to manufacture evidence in the hands of the mob that would incriminate Kardashian and Barbieri in a murder plot against Nicole. Then, when the real murder occurred, the mob had those two, who were very influential with Simpson, in their pocket, and could count on them to keep Simpson from talking about the mob. With Simpson potentially neutralized by the end of January, the mob began in February with their operational plan for the murder. The mob's man was installed in the Mezzaluna then, and immediately hired a nobody Brentwood hanger-on, Ron Goldman, as a waiter, to be used as an eventual goat when a finished plan was formulated.

    And, that's how I think Kardashian (and Barbieri) were "involved" in the Bundy murders.

    --dick wagner

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