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Ron Goldman's father says his grief remains fresh 20 years after O.J. Simpson saga

Kato Kaelin, O.J. Simpson's houseguest at the time of the 1994 killings, says he became a "celebrity" and a "pariah" overnight.
By Frances Burns   |   June 11, 2014 at 1:55 PM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, June 11 (UPI) -- Fred Goldman, whose son Ron was killed with Nicole Brown Simpson on June 13, 1994, told NBC's Today on Wednesday that his grief remains fresh.

"It's like yesterday," Goldman said. "The loss is exactly the same. Nothing has changed."

The bodies of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson were found outside her Los Angeles home shortly after midnight. Since then, Goldman has lived through the eight-month criminal trial that ended in O.J. Simpson's acquittal in 1995 and a four-month civil trial in 1997, where a jury found that Simpson had killed his ex-wife.

Goldman said life has been a "new normal minus my son."

Kato Kaelin, who was living in one of the guesthouses at Simpson's estate in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, said that night also changed his life forever.

"One day I was a struggling actor and the next day, the media flexed their muscle, and I became a celebrity, a pariah, the world's most famous houseguest, a traitor, a dummy, a liar, a freeloader, and even an assassin's target," Kaelin said in a recent op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times. "Never has a man done so little to be recognized by so many."

The killings occurred in the infancy of the Internet, long before the advent of Facebook and other social media websites. Kaelin said he now gets "hate" from those sites.

"If I work, they say you're capitalizing, still to this day. If I don't, then I'm a bum," he told Today.

Simpson is now in a Nevada prison after being convicted of robbing a sports memorabilia dealer. The jury in the civil trial awarded more than $30 million to Ron Goldman's family and to the estate of Nicole Simpson and the two children she had with her husband, although only a fraction has been paid.

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