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Ron Goldman’s sister reflects on his final heroic act and her lingering trauma 25 years after brutal murder

Ron Goldman
Ron Goldman was murdered on June 12, 1994.
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Ron Goldman’s sister is speaking out about his final heroic act 25 years after he was brutally murdered alongside friend Nicole Brown Simpson.

“He put himself in harm’s way to protect somebody else,” Kim Goldman, 47, told ABC News.

On June 12, 1994, 25-year-old Ron Goldman went to Nicole Brown Simpson’s home to bring back a pair of sunglasses from the restaurant where he was a waiter. He and Brown Simpson, 35, were fatally and savagely stabbed at her Brentwood, Calif. home.

“His last act of his life really showed you exactly who he was — his dedication and his commitment to his friends and all the people that he loved and cared about. Even Nicole, for all we know who was an acquaintance,” Goldman said. “He didn’t run.”

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The case dominated national headlines when Brown Simpson’s ex-husband, former NFL hotshot O.J. Simpson, was accused of the horrific crimes, and his notorious trial, remembered as “The Trial of the Century,” was televised. Simpson was controversially acquitted, but was ordered to pay the victims’ families millions after he was found liable for wrongful death in 1997.

In 2007, Simpson infamously published a purportedly hypothetical account of the murders, originally entitled “O.J. Simpson: If I Did It, Here’s How It Happened.” The Goldman family renamed it, “If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer” when they won the rights to the book.

“I usually reserve the peace and quiet of the [anniversary] to myself,” said Kim Goldman. “This is the year of confronting.”

Confronting Simpson, that is. Goldman’s 10-episode podcast, “Confronting: O.J. Simpson,” will go live on the 25th anniversary of the murders Wednesday, featuring interviews with prosecutor Marcia Clark and Kato Kaelin, a trial witness who stayed in Simpson’s guest house at the time of the crime.

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“Confronting” includes Kaelin’s memory of a conversation he said he and Simpson shared after the murders when the former footballer told Kaelin, “‘You know I was here with you.’ And I said, ‘No, I don’t,’” Kaelin recalled. “I was like, ‘Is he trying to use me for something I think he could’ve done?’”

The podcast is Goldman’s way of confronting lingering questions and, despite the notoriety of the case, “a lot of missed opportunities ... to ask questions that go a little bit beyond the obvious,” she explained.

“For me to be able to sit down with people I’ve had such a profound relationship with, or have been connected to for so long, seems like a great way to go a little bit deeper,” Goldman told ABC News. “I’m proud of how far I’ve come and my dad has come. I’m proud of the growth and the resiliency and the courage.”

Simpson was convicted for his role in a 2008 botched robbery in Las Vegas. He was released from prison in 2017 and spoke with AP earlier this week, saying “Life is fine,” but he and his family don’t wish to speak about the murders.

“We don’t need to go back and relive the worst day of our lives,” Simpson explained. “The subject of the moment is the subject I will never revisit again. My family and I have moved on to what we call the ‘no negative zone.’ We focus on the positives.”

Goldman has a harder time reconciling with the past and what her family lost, despite how far they’ve come.

“He would be 50,” she noted. “It’s really hard to kind of wrap my head around who he would have become. Those are ... realizations that are really hard for me, because they’ll never be.”

“I can’t argue with my brother. I can’t introduce him to my son,” Goldman said, noting that she’s told her 15-year-old about her brother’s manner of death, but hasn’t disclosed “the brutality.”

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“He knows that my brother died a hero,” she said. “He knows that my brother was my best friend. And I share as many stories of him as I can.”

Goldman wants other people to “hold dearly the people you love and care about, and not take it for granted,” noting that, “In a second, someone can be taken from you. I know how fragile life can be. My brother unfortunately taught me that.”

The Vice Chair for the National Center for Victims of Crime, Goldman now works as a victims’ advocate on behalf of issues such as gun control, adolescent mental health, and statute of limitations concerning sexual assault.

Goldman says she is overtaken by the anniversary’s significance “no matter what I try to do on June 12,” she explained. “Your body just remembers, it absorbs the trauma and no matter what you try to do, it stays with you.”

“Confronting: O.J. Simpson” will be available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.


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