- The Washington Times - Monday, February 26, 2001

DALLAS A private investigator has published a book about the O.J. Simpson murder case and, unlike most other authors, he thinks there is a strong possibility Simpson did not kill his ex-wife and her friend Ron Goldman in 1994.

William C. Dear said last week he had spent more than $600,000 and almost six years on the project.

His 339-page book, "O.J. Is Guilty, but Not of Murder," due out this month, offers several new views on the murders. He also, like others before him, castigates the Los Angeles police and county prosecutors for what he calls "a relentless rush" to convict the former football star, often overlooking possible evidence that should have been considered.

Unlike preceding books, Mr. Dear's tome offers a "strong suspect," Simpson's son Jason, and claims the Los Angeles Police Department bought Jason's alibi for the time of the slayings without seriously checking it.

Mr. Dear charges that the young Mr. Simpson, 24 at the time of the murders, was a mentally deficient alcohol and drug user who had exhibited intense rage, attacking a former employer and at least two ex-girlfriends. In fact, Mr. Dear says, he was on probation at the time of the slayings for attacking the former employer and had a history of attempted suicides.

"I'm not accusing him of murder," said the Dallas private eye, "but this man with a known history of intermittent rage disorder, who had with him that night a set of ultra-sharp chef's knives and who obviously lied about his alibi, should have been questioned at length."

Mr. Dear quotes Dr. Burton Kittay, the psychologist who treated Jason Simpson on several occasions over the past decade, as saying his ex-patient had mental problems but probably was not intelligent enough to commit the murders and get away with it.

In a 1996 deposition in the wrongful death trial, the young Mr. Simpson said he had never been questioned by any agency about the murders. Several Los Angeles detectives have said since the trial that Jason was never considered a suspect because he had presented an "airtight alibi" and because he had no motive.

By interviewing Jason Simpson's friends and co-workers, Mr. Dear says, he was able to redefine the time frame for the night of the killings and challenge his alibi.

The police believed that Jason Simpson, a chef, had worked at a Beverly Hills restaurant that night until about 11 p.m. The murders were never pinpointed exactly, but it was believed they occurred just after 10:15 p.m. The detective found that Jason Simpson actually left at 9:45 p.m. because business was slow.

Mr. Dear located a girlfriend who picked up Jason from work that night. She told him she got to the restaurant at 9:30 p.m., and the pair left 15 minutes later. She said they drove to her apartment, where they watched television until after 11 p.m.

In May 1996, in a deposition taken for the wrongful death trial, Jason testified he left the restaurant between 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and drove home to his apartment, where he watched TV until 3 a.m.

He said he carried his set of expensive chef's knives home that night.

Two respected British forensics specialists, Terry Merston and Peter Harpur, examined pictures of the victims and told Mr. Dear that rather than a stiletto like O.J. Simpson owned, the murder weapon was more likely one or two ultra-sharp Forschner knives those used by most professional chefs.

Mr. Dear gained access to Jason Simpson's medical records, including some psychiatric reports, and documented at least two suicide attempts. He quotes Dr. Kittay as saying, "If Jason is guilty, he would get off medically because of his mental problems. Besides, I don't think Jason is smart enough to have pulled off the murder and not gotten caught."

O.J. Simpson did not return requests for an interview, and Jason Simpson could not be located.

Among the medical records obtained by Mr. Dear were several reports indicating Jason Simpson once jabbed a knife into his stomach during an argument with a girlfriend and that he had spent time in psychiatric wards in Los Angeles.

In past years, said Mr. Dear, citing medical records, Jason Simpson had blacked out, heard voices and went into sudden rages, admittedly while drinking heavily or using LSD, cocaine and psychedelic mushrooms.

The British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) aired a documentary recently, "O.J. The Untold Story," in which Mr. Dear introduced some of his evidence. James Cron, former commander of the Dallas County Sheriff's crime scene unit and a veteran forensic specialist, reviewed Mr. Dear's investigation and dubbed his theories "extremely plausible and believable."

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