Simpson shows up at horror convention

Oct. 1, 2005 at 11:08 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- O.J. Simpson signed autographs at a horror convention in what was billed as his first Southern California public appearance since his double-murder acquittal.

The former football star and criminal defendant signed autographs at prices ranging from $5 for a photograph to $195 for a football helmet. He spent more than an hour at a strip mall in Northridge, flanked by promotions for horror movies and vendors selling horror kitsch, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Monday is the 10th anniversary of Simpson's acquittal on charges of killing his ex-wife, Nichole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.

Simpson called the location "kind of unusual."

"People who aren't fans don't need to come," he said.

Simpson moved to Florida with his two children by Nichole after his acquittal and a civil verdict that found him responsible for the wrongful deaths of his ex-wife and Goldman.

The Times said Simpson was expected to be at the convention on all three days it is scheduled -- joined Sunday by Al Cowlings, his longtime friend and driver of the white Bronco during the famous slow-speed chase before Simpson's arrest.

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