Callers Flood Phone Lines With Simpson Tips With US-Simpson-Slayings
Monday, October 15, 2007 12:41:00 AM
by William Bill Pavelic
|From tales about a footloose dog to a burglar's reports of mysterious screams, tips are pouring in on the hot line set up in the O.J. Simpson murder case.
From tales about a footloose dog to a burglar's reports of mysterious screams, tips are pouring in on the hot line set up in the O.J. Simpson murder case.
Simpson attorney Robert L. Shapiro said Wednesday that the toll-free telephone line established by the defense had recorded 250,000 calls in a week.
'It's beyond belief,' Shapiro said.
Simpson has also offered dlrs 500,000 for information leading to the arrest of the 'real killer.'
'We're hearing from every psycho and every crazy person,' said Bill Pavelic, an investigative consultant working with the Simpson team. 'But if I get one call in a hundred that's a good lead, it's worth it.'
A Santa Barbara woman called police and the hot line suggesting that Nicole Brown Simpson's white Akita could have carried a bloody glove from the murder scene to Simpson's estate two miles (3.2 kilometers) away.
She suggested tests of the glove to see whether the dog's saliva was on it. So far, neither police nor defense lawyers have requested the tests.
A Maryland woman has called the hot line repeatedly, telling of dreams in which she sees another killer. To her frustration, lawyers haven't called her
Investigators for the defense and the police are looking into many of the tips in the June 12 slayings of Simpson's former wife and her friend Ronald Goldman.
'There's people that are giving us theories, there's psychics, that kind of thing,' Detective Dennis Payne said. 'And then there's people who have
information. We're checking it all out.'
Some officers said they are concerned defense lawyers will present a huge number of tips to police, then argue that the investigation wasn't thorough if all aren't tracked down.
One caller who identified himself as a burglar said he was casing homes in the neighborhood the night of the slayings. He said he heard a woman scream and saw two white men fleeing the crime scene about the time of the killings.
The burglar said he isn't interested in the reward money.
'I just want to straighten this out,' he told the Los Angeles Times, speaking on condition of anonymity.