A top forensic psychologist says he was convinced O.J Simpson was a narcissist the second he saw the star’s house adorned with pictures only of himself.
Dr Kris Mohandie helped persuade Simpson to surrender after the now infamous car chase when he was wanted for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole and her pal Ron Goldman.
Simpson, 73, would go on to be found not guilty in what was dubbed ‘the trial of the century’.
Ex-Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) employee Dr Mohandie said it was not difficult to profile the American Football player-turned actor.
Ahead of the 25th anniversary of Simpson's acquittal on Saturday, he said: “I slipped on a bulletproof vest and was escorted through the backyard past two full-size statues of Simpson.
“Inside the house, the walls were adorned with self-aggrandising photographs.
“I do not recall seeing any photographs of family. They were all of Simpson, all the time. It was not hard to profile him, narcissistic – his ways, his needs, all about him.
“He wasn’t hard to profile – he was a narcissist.
"What he was worried about was not that two innocent people had been murdered, but his reputation.
"The negotiator, his job was to convince him that people still cared, which wasn't difficult given there were hundreds of people at the base of the street cheering and chanting for him.
"We played into his ego."
Simpson was found not guilty of killing his ex-wife and her friend on October 3, 1995 as an estimated 95 million people tuned in to watch or listen to the verdict.
He was later found liable for the wrongful death of and battery against Mr Goldman, and battery against Nicole, in a civil suit.
In a civil suit someone can be found liable on the balance of probabilities whereas in a criminal case the jury has to be convinced beyond all reasonable doubt of the defendant's guilt.
Simpson’s most recent legal troubles saw him imprisoned for a 2007 Las Vegas armed robbery. He was released in 2017 after serving nine years in jail for the crime.
When he was wanted as a "person of interest" in the murders of Mr Goldman and his ex-wife, rather than turn himself he became the subject of an infamous low-speed police chase, culminating in a stand-off at his house.
Dr Mohandie was called to the property as part of the LAPD negotiation team, and said he believed Simpson was at the very least a "high-profile intimate stalker".
He said: “Despite what you believe about his guilt or innocence in the killings, there is no doubt he had been stalking ever since they split. Even before.
“It’s what led up to the crime that is often overlooked in history.
“Simpson was the epitome of a stalker, whether you believe he killed his ex-wife and her friend or not.
“O.J Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson had divorced in the early 1990s after he pleaded no contest to a domestic battery charge.
“Nicole sought out police at the time, saying Simpson had hit her, kicked her and threatened to kill her.
“She said she had suffered beatings and emotional abuse for years at the hands of the former football great. It was finally enough, just all she could take.
“But over the years, Simpson couldn’t let the relationship go.”
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