Former American cop turned best-selling novelist Mark Fuhrman is worth $3 million. The killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in the O.J. Simpson case propelled Mark Fuhrman to fame.
In 1989, Mark Fuhrman joined the police force, and during his 20 years there, he rose through the ranks to detective and was awarded more than 55 commendations before retiring in 1995. Famously, he assisted with the O.J. Simpson murder investigation, which led to the conviction of Ronald Lyle Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson. Mark entered Simpson’s home without a search warrant after discovering two bloody gloves during the murder inquiry. One bloody glove was allegedly put on the property by him.
His usage of racial slurs was a topic of inquiry throughout the trial. Dan Lungren, the state’s attorney general, brought perjury charges against Fuhrman, and he pleaded no guilty in exchange for three years of probation.
Mark Fuhrman chronicled the Simpson trial in his book “Murder in Brentwood.” Murder in Greenwich is his account of the events surrounding Martha Moxley’s death. In 2002, a film adaptation of the novel was released on television. He has written tomes on such topics as the death penalty, Terry Schiavo, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He’s a regular on the talk show circuit.
On February 5, 1952, Mark Fuhrman entered this world in Eatonville, Washington. His parents split up when he was seven years old, and his mother remarried for a short time.
Mark Fuhrman joined the Marines when he became 18 years old. During the Vietnam War, he served as a machine gunner and military policeman aboard the USS New Orleans, an amphibious assault ship based in the waters near Vietnam. His military career lasted until 1975 when he was honorably discharged after reaching the rank of sergeant. Soon after his discharge from the military, he enrolled and later graduated from the Los Angeles Police Academy in 1975.
Mark Fuhrman earned a bad rep for his racist comments made while on the force. In 1981, he filed a workers’ compensation claim that required him to take time off work and submit to a mental evaluation. He made several racially insensitive remarks about his service in the military and as a police officer throughout the interview. Mark Fuhrman was given worker’s compensation and placed on administrative leave until 1983. During this period, he applied for and was denied a stress disability pension to formally resign from the police department.
During psychiatric evaluations, he acknowledged torturing detainees, lying to police and investigators, and mistreating others while on the job. The City of Los Angeles countered the recommendation that Fuhrman is dismissed from duty by saying he was trying to scam the department into paying him disability benefits. As a result, he had to go back to work as a police officer.
O.J. Simpson Case
Mark Fuhrman intervened in a domestic dispute in 1985 involving former NFL star O.J. Simpson and his then-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson. Eventually, this phone call would become crucial evidence in the O.J. Simpson case. Fuhrman was promoted to the position of detective in 1989.
When the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman occurred in 1994, Fuhrman and his supervisor, Ronald Philips, were the first investigators on the scene. They were discovered on the sidewalk outside Brown’s Brentwood apartment. Before Fuhrman and Philips’ arrival, some 14 other police officers had already arrived and reported finding a single bloody left-hand glove.
Mark Fuhrman left the crime site to go to Simpson’s Rockingham home with three other investigators because he knew something about the relationship between Nicole and O.J. Simpson from the domestic violence incident a few years before. Fuhrman noticed many blood splatters in and on the parked white Ford Bronco. Then Mark Fuhrman scaled the wall of the property to let the other police officers inside. Since they were working under the presumption that Simpson himself would be injured, they entered the home without a search warrant but later claimed they did so due to exigent circumstances.
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Kato Kaelin, who they located in the guesthouse while searching the Simpson property, said he had heard thumping sounds earlier that night. A second bloodied glove, subsequently identified as the right-hand glove of the one found at the crime scene, was also discovered by Fuhrman. The glove, which was covered in blood from both murders, became a pivotal piece of evidence in the prosecution’s case against Simpson. When questioned by police, Simpson reportedly pled not guilty.
To support his claim that Fuhrman put the second glove at Simpson’s residence out of racial animus, Simpson’s defense counsel relied on accounts of Fuhrman’s previous use of racist language. Even if the psychiatric evaluations were declared inadmissible, a New Yorker piece about them may have swayed some of the jury members. A prosecution witness, Fuhrman testified with other prosecution witnesses. The defense attempted to prove Fuhrman’s racism and history of violence towards African-Americans once more during cross-examination.
Several witnesses testified, and video evidence confirmed what police officers had suspected all along: that Fuhrman had used racist epithets and admitted to violent acts against African-Americans while on the job. However, not all of this evidence was shown to the jury. At times, it appeared as though the trial of Fuhrman and the larger crime were given more attention than the actual murders.
Only Mark Fuhrman, who lied under oath about not using racial epithets, was found guilty of a felony in connection with the O.J. Simpson case. Fuhrman left the LAPD in 1995 after 20 years of service. Fuhrman has given interviews since then, during which he has refuted claims that he is a racist and a plant. In 1997, his book “Murder in Brentwood” was released; it is about the case.
Fuhrman’s triad of weddings is a testament to his promiscuity. He wed Barbara Koop from 1973 to 1977, Janet Sosbee from 1977 to 1980, and Caroline Lody from the early 1980s until 2000. During her marriage to Lody, she gave birth to two kids.
Fuhrman was a hobbyist collector of military artifacts and awards.