Maddogg Guest Writer, OMIG Investigator, T.H. Johnson
THE FBI ENTERS THE ARENA OF THE SIMPSON TRIAL
A total of 4 FBI agents apparently offered to gain notoriety by volunteering to offer their expertise in the Simpson trial, two were immediately dismissed by Judge Ito when it was revealed that they had a history of slanting evidence in favor of state prosecutors, however, two others who did the same thing got by.
Revelations of a conspiracy to frame Simpson by participants within the LAPD and LADA’s office was threatened with going haywire when an anonymous LAPD insider suddenly provided information that reached the prosecution concerning OJ simpson’s contaminated blood. Although it came to the attention of several prosecutors in the DA’s office in November of 1994, it was brought to the attention of the defense lawyers in August and September of 1994 by someone who has become identified by OMIG (Ocean Medical Investigative Group) staff as the Distant Traveler. Another FBI agent attempts at self aggrandizement would become an utter failure when he attempted to step in and tilt the scale in favor of state prosecutors as well. There is no question in this instance of the contaminated blood that the FBI would decide to become deeply involved in this section of the conspiracy as well. Instead of making a public example of this individual’s malfeasance his bosses at the FBI decided to dig their heels in deeper and double down while attempting to secretly conceal his felonious act. His superiors apparently believed that this was the way to proceed in order to allow the agency to maintain its image of credibility while avoiding potential public ridicule.
It started when several agents at the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia accused another FBI agent, Roger Martz, of lying and committing perjury on the witness stand during OJ Simpson’s trial. Martz allegedly was attempting to help the prosecution by denying that the Simpson blood contained a high concentration of the anti-clotting preservative EDTA. This anonymous insider’s allegation indicated that OJ’s blood found on the gate at the crime scene came out of a blood collection vial and was planted drop by drop at the crime site by corrupt actors associated with the Los Angeles Police Department.
FBI Special Agent, Roger Martz, (L) Testifying in the Simpson Murder Trial
This was an issue that a deputy DA on loan to the Los Angeles D.A.’s office wanted cleared up completely. He demanded to know that there was no EDTA found at all in the blood of OJ Simpson. He, Rockne Harmon, from Northern California’s Alameda County in Oakland, apparently wanted to know if the L.A. DA’s office was concealing this fact to implicate Simpson in murder. Harmon was the one who drafted a specific letter to the FBI and ordered the swatch of blood from the back gate of Nicole Brown Simpson’s property sent along with material from Simpson’s socks to the FBI’s Quantico laboratory.
The LADA’s expert on DNA, Rockne Harmon, borrowed from the District Attorney’s office in Oakland, California. However, Harmon was allegedly kept outside the inner circle under the leadership of Marcia Clark.
The accusations of agent Martz committing perjury during Simpson’s 1995 trial was potentially a very serious matter because not only are people in general not entitled to lie under oath, but FBI agents are supposedly held to a higher standard and subject to dismissal and criminal charges pursuant to a Presidential Executive Order if other agents accuse them of lying under oath. If it had become publicly known that the USDOJ Office of the Inspector General had concluded from the complaint filed by other FBI agents that Martz had committed perjury on the witness stand that would have been a potentially devastating blow to the FBI’s credibility. This potential embarrassment was looming over the FBI because it knew that what Martz was being charged with in the OIG complaint was similar to other charges of impropriety and perjury in a 1990 death row appeals case in Florida. It was in the case of George Trepal v. The State of Florida, a death row appeal case, in which agent Roger Martz had also testified. He would later be found by the court to have offered bogus research, similar to what he did in the Simpson trial. The findings of the court regarding Martz in the matter of George Trepal vs. the State of Florida was still pending and had not come out yet when Martz testified in the Simpson trial.
Florida Death Row inmate George Trepal (R) and FBI agent Roger Martz (L). Martz was cited by the Florida court for entering bogus investigative research and conclusions in Trepal’s trial.
However, Martz’s horrendous professional misconduct as an FBI expert witness asserting fraudulent research methods in the Trepal trial was widely known within the agency’s laboratory and certainly would have been to several administrators who should have known better and not have allowed him to testify in the Simpson trial. Examine the highlighted statements regarding agent Martz by the Florida court in the Trepal ruling below that came out well after the Simpson trial had ended.
Page 23 of the final circuit court ruling in the death row appeal of the state of Florida vs George Trepal where he’s denied a new trial but the court attacks the complete inadequacy of FBI Agent Roger Martz’s testimony, underlined and highlighted in red, during Trepal’s trial in 1990. This is the same thing that other agents in the FBI chemical laboratory complained Martz did during the Simpson trial in 1995, yet the senior administrators of the FBI allowed Martz to put the integrity of their image in jeopardy in that case as well.
Statements by the Florida court would allegedly lead to Martz being demoted from his illustrious position as head of the FBI’s chemistry laboratory to I.D. badge checker at the front door of the FBI in Washington, D.C. Even considering the damage to which Martz contributed in the fraudulent destruction of OJ Simpson by the Los Angeles law enforcement apparatus, it appears his superiors were still grateful enough for his service to allow him to make his full retirement age and draw his full pension.
During the latter part of the Simpson trial in 1995 that potential embarrassment to the FBI almost occurred when a group of FBI agents angered by the actions of Roger Martz approached another agent in the laboratory by the name of Frederic Whitehurst who was a Ph.D Chemist, and by most standards considered to be a top explosive’s expert at the agency. However, Whitehurst also was already infamously known to FBI management to be a whistleblower regarding on-going malfeasance of inaccurate research performed within the FBI’s laboratory to favor state prosecutors. Because he refused to go along and keep his complaints internally inside the agency and chose to go outside directly to the US Department of Justice, pursuant to the Presidential Executive Order, he was exiled to Quantico’s paint detection laboratory. It was while standing outside of that department in 1995 that Whitehurst was approached one day by other agents angered by the actions and statements of Martz in the Simpson trial. Naturally, after filing several hundred complaints, Whitehurst was seen to be a thorn in the side of the FBI, but he was chosen by the other agents to be the one to file the complaint with the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Justice. They were allegedly afraid to do it because they felt filing a complaint against another agent could damage their career.
However, Whitehurst was presented to the public with an aura of mystery surrounding him and downplayed particularly by the media and press during the Simpson trial as being simply a “disgruntled agent” as portrayed by CNN. According to that popular electronic press organization he was there in Los Angeles simply “to cast doubt on the prosecution’s lab testing”.
Former FBI Special Agent, Frederic Whitehurst
OMIG found in their interview with Whitehurst that he was much more than what CNN and others wanted to give him credit for being. He was a battle tested former US Army, Viet Nam vet and recipient of two bronze stars. Although he would argue the point Whitehurst could legitimately be considered a military hero even before volunteering to go to Viet Nam. As a 17 year old teenage member of the U.S. Naval Reserve on his way to report for his monthly duty he’d wind up jumping into a frigid body of water in Virginia to save one individual from drowning whose car had slid off the highway into deep water, where another passenger unfortunately would drown because Whitehurst could not get back in time to save them. However, the subsequent tests to his proven bravery beyond the episode of saving the drowning victim in Virginia would come in the rice paddies of Viet Nam. There, while put under enemy fire on multiple occasions, his fortitude of being a man of principle would be further honed and tested. He is a deeply introspective man as a result of his life’s experiences and again displayed his sense of noble humanity by refusing to destroy a diary of a member of the enemy forces of North Viet Nam found on the battlefield. 35 years later he would return to Viet Nam to give that diary back to the family of the deceased army doctor killed in action. That diary would go on to become a best seller entitled LAST NIGHT I DREAMED OF PEACE. Within the nation of Viet Nam for the posthumously awarded author Dang Thuy Tram it would be compared to the best selling diary turned novel by the victim of the Holocaust, Anne Frank, selling over 300,000 copies in a short time.
The book above became the novel created from the diary that Whitehurst chose not to destroy that was found on the battlefield of Viet Nam. He would return it 35 years later.
Images of Whitehurst as a soldier in Viet Nam that others have had to dig up that he says little about unless he’s comfortable with the interviewer as the one from OMIG was allowed to probe deeply into his background.
Equally important, he is also considered a hero in the eyes of OMIG officials as well regarding the Simpson trial due tom his commitment to the integrity of justice. Whitehurst’s major problem was that he appears to be one of those people that believes that an agency such as the FBI must stand for what it’s image of integrity portrays. If the integrity of their environment is lacking, to people like him, they are not going to be satisfied with accepting the inadequacy of incompetence. Neither are they simply going to be a witness that remains silent, in order to go along to get along. These people are rare but their plight is often the same in corporate environments, dogged by those above in power because they will not submit to inappropriate conduct.
U.S. Army soldier Frederic Whitehurst and his associate South Viet Namese Army translator when Whitehurst was reassigned to U.S. Army Intelligence at Duc Pho.
Unlike some of the other agents who were brave enough to come forth but concerned about filing an OIG complaint on a fellow FBI agent and the impact it would have on their career within the FBI, Whitehurst was not afraid. If he was previously concerned, certainly by now he no longer had reservations since he’d already been black balled for filing over a hundred of such complaints regarding the errant conduct of scientists favoring state prosecutors with invalid research within the FBI’s laboratory at Quantico, Virginia. The complaint that Whitehurst filed with the USDOJ-OIG on this occasion is believed to specifically accuse agent, Roger Martz, of offering bogus research and committing perjury regarding testimony under oath of his alleged phony testing of the contaminant EDTA in Simpson’s blood. Martz, who was reluctant to answer questions directly when called as a defense witness would cause them to seek permission to allow him to be treated as a hostile witness in the Simpson trial.
Better known by its abbreviation EDTA is a chemical compound that lines a medical collection vial to keep blood from clotting and is identified by a purple cap on top. In essence, a higher concentration of that chemical EDTA found in the FBI labs actual research allegedly indicated that the blood belonging to O.J. Simpson came out of a collection vial and was planted drop by drop. A lesser concentration of the chemical as Martz was attempting to allege implied it was meaningless because many products contained EDTA. I use the word alleged since several requests by OMIG with the USDOJ Office of the Inspector General for a copy of the Whitehurst complaint under two Freedom of Information Act requests have not been granted after 5 months. Nevertheless, OMIG has interviewed Whitehurst’s in the midst of its Simpson investigation and he stated that the presence of EDTA was not the issue, but the concentration of the EDTA’s presence was the crucial issue. The agent Roger Martz was allegedly accused by his peers of attempting to down grade the concentration of that chemical preservative to favor the prosecution’s case against Simpson and using his invented junk science to do it. Hence, it is the concentration of the chemical that is significant and a higher concentration as that contained in the vial can be lethal if found in a human being’s body.
THE DISTANT TRAVELER IN THE O.J. SIMPSON CASE
Martz testified that blood on the gate at Nicole Brown Simpson’s home had not been treated with a preservative. The defense argued the blood on the back gate had been planted at the crime scene. This was the information that came to the attention of the defense from a distant traveler from Denver, Colorado. He had come to Los Angeles, in August of 1994, about a month and a half after the murders had occurred and presented other information before presenting the issue of contaminated blood first to Johnnie Cochran’s chief of Staff, Carl Douglas. He’d meet with Douglas and others in a meeting held in the conference room of Robert Shapiro’s office in Century City on August 08, 1994. On that occasion the distant traveler told how Detective Mark Fuhrman had carried the infamous glove he claimed to have found on Simpson’s Rockingham property after going there a second time earlier during the night and what other items at the time unknown to both the defense and prosecution would be found with the glove. This information like so much other coming into the defense and possibly the prosecution sounded preposterous, however, according to the distant traveler it was coming to them from inside the LAPD.
Attorney Carl Douglas (L) and his boss the famous now deceased attorney, Johnnie Cochran (R).
An unconvinced Douglas subsequently went to the property department of the LAPD to check on the distant traveler’s allegations of collected evidence and did find that these items, a piece of blue plastic from a detective’s evidence collection bag and a piece of stick used to transfer the glove allegedly broken off of the fence of Nicole Brown Simpson’s condo were collected from O.J. Simpson’s Rockingham property. They would be later shown to detectives Fuhrman and Lange in police photographs during direct and cross examination 9 to 10 months later during trial. Even though it would be presented it would be done in a subdued and non-dramatic manner escaping the attention of the viewing audience affixed to testimony that was more sensational.
However, in August of 1994, Douglas and Cochran as well as others were mystified as to how this distant traveler from a thousand miles away would know the particulars about the Simpson evidence. To assure themselves that it was not a fluke and simply a lucky guess they would contact the distant traveler in Denver subsequent to visiting the property department and ask for more evidence being given from the anonymous source inside the LAPD. In September of 1994 the distant traveler would return to Los Angeles and this time with more powerful information, now what he came with concerned the planted blood of Simpson. Carrying information from the anonymous LAPD insider the distant traveler would give the defense the exact collection swatch numbers on the samples taken and how they could be certain that they came from a collection vial.
The distant traveler told them they needed to have the blood tested to prove it contained the high concentration of EDTA contamination that lines the inside of the vial. He even provided them with a blood specialist from the Denver Blood Clinic who understood the delicate process of testing for EDTA, something that the FBI agent Martz had no prior experience in doing. Cochran through Douglas informed the distant traveler that they were not going to test the blood for the preservative EDTA and so they did not. There are subsequent reasons why OMIG investigators believe that Cochran did not want to test the blood for EDTA in 1994, but I will reserve our opinion on that for another occasion.
Deputy L.A. District Attorney, Christopher Darden (in front), during Simpson trial and lead prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney, Marcia Clark (behind Darden)
However, by November 01, 1994, the allegation of contaminated blood would no longer be the secret exclusively of the defense, it would reach Chris Darden via the Los Angeles publisher of Dove Books, Michael Viner, who’d entered a verbal agreement with the distant traveler to publish a book about this conspiracy. Viner, who allegedly believed Simpson guilty, supposedly became concerned about his own obstruction of justice exposure given what he had in his possession in the distant traveler’s manuscript, so he and his lawyer went to the DA’s office to meet with Christopher Darden on that date.
The late Michael Viner, Publisher and Co-Owner of the popular Dove Books Company who published Faye Resnick’s book on the Simpson case first in ’94
Darden was already uneasy, with all of the neo-Nazi assertions swirling around the office as a result of a complaint lodged by Mark Fuhrman’s former West side division partner, Detective Andrew Purdy. He’d accused Fuhrman of planting Nazi swastikas on other officers’ lockers that he didn’t like for various reasons. Fuhrman allegedly placed one in or on Purdy’s locker due to his anger with Purdy’s engagement to a Jewish woman.
(L) The Nazi Swastika, (C), Iron Cross award for bravery, (R) SS bolts of the original Protection Squadron of the Nazi orgnization in 1929.
This was in addition to allegedly being allowed to parade around the precinct wearing Nazi paraphernalia on the weekends according to Purdy. The complaints officer in the DA’s office, Lucianne Coleman, had already cautioned Marcia Clark about an impending internal affairs investigation into the neo-Nazi activity of Fuhrman and the condoning of his activities by others in a higher command position. Fuhrman already had a bad reputation that traveled with him from precinct to precinct, in fact several officers from different precincts had come in to Deputy D.A. Coleman’s office after they found out that Fuhrman was a principal player in the Simpson case. So what Coleman was cautioning Clark to do only made good sense to go slow until they completed the investigation. Thus, it is hard to believe that Darden was not aware of the dust up between Clark and Coleman when Clark accused her long term associate of attempting to interfere with her case. It is alleged that Clark even heatedly cursed Coleman out for her interference. Hence, with the arrival of Michael Viner and his attorney in the DA’s office providing further allegations of Fuhrman’s nefarious and corrupt activity, it finally gave Darden a reason to hand the management assignment of both
Los Angeles Deputy DA Marcia Clark and Detective Mark Fuhrman
Fuhrman and Vannatter back to Marcia Clark. Overseeing the two detectives had been given to him by Clark but Darden did not trust either, Mark Fuhrman or Phil Vannatter. So in her attempt to maintain control over this recklessly swerving case Clark wound up taking control and overseeing both detectives. Eventually, they both would be charged with committing perjury for lying under oath on the witness stand.
LAPD Lead Detective Phil Vannatter
Hence, the allegations of the distant traveler of the collected blood containing EDTA made another deputy D.A. on loan from Oakland California, Rockne Harmon, concerned enough to contact the FBI laboratory in Quantico, VA to prove that there was no EDTA whatsoever in the Simpson blood collected by the LAPD.
Deputy D.A. Rockne Harmon, the DNA specialist on loan from Northern California became suspicious of the allegations of EDTA found in the blood samples and demanded that they be tested by the FBI.
After the knowledge of publisher Michael Viner’s visiting Chris Darden in the DA’s office, Harmon sent a letter and the blood off to the FBI laboratory at Quantico, Virginia to once and for all prove there was no EDTA whatsoever in the Simpson blood. Harmon stated that he did this in order to disgrace the distant traveler and while publicly exposing him as a charlatan run him and his presence out of Los Angeles. OMIG believes, however, that Harmon may have had other motives for sending the blood to the FBI. Below is the wording found in the Harmon letter sent off to the Quantico Laboratory.
“This letter is to describe the items we are sending to you in order to detect the presence or absence of EDTA in specific bloodstains which are of significance in this case.” It would go on to say, “Similarly, we would like you to test item 117 to refute the possibility that it could have come from Simpson’s reference sample, no. 17.”
Rock Harmon proclaimed that the distant traveler was a snake oil salesman promoting bogus unthinkable allegations of corruption by the Los Angeles justice apparatus; however, his main concern may have been a growing lack of trust in the leadership of this Simpson prosecutor, Marcia Clark. If it was the latter, I’m sure that Harmon being denied an invitation to counsel with Clark and others from L.A. was a minor insult compared to what now was being alleged with proof. Thus, for Harmon it was one thing to be denied entre into the inner circle but now it had become a sordid game of musical chairs with the potential of obstruction of justice charges falling on the heads of corrupt prosecutors attempting to frame an innocent man, O.J. Simpson. We are certain that Harmon and the other outsider, the deputy D.A. Woody Clark, (no relation) on loan from San Diego, California would want no part of such reckless conduct of Marcia Clark and her Los Angeles peers in the L.A. D.A.’s office if this contaminated blood indicated a framing of O.J. Simpson. Fortunately, this was not a capitol case where the sentence of death was on the line, because the penalty for prosecutors engaging in framing a defendant can be extremely severe, calling for the death of the prosecutors who engaged in such conduct.
By all standards of high profile prosecutors it is doubtful that Marcia Clark would have even had a chance of being a lead prosecutor in the Simpson trial. She was connected to the case because of an unorthodox move on the part of Detective Phil Vannatter who called Clark at her personal residence on the morning of June 13, 1994 instead of the emergency hotline monitored by a deputy D.A. on call to assist police at crime sites. Clark rode the case to the end and then retired shortly after the trial ended with an alleged $4.2 million dollar advance on her book deal regarding the Simpson case. Thus, Harmon using the distant traveler as an excuse to have the FBI examine the evidence and determine whether there was a high concentration of EDTA in the blood was worth the effort for him to protect his own behind.
FBI Science Laboratory is located in Quantico, Virginia in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
The research was conducted on the samples of blood by multiple agents in the chemistry laboratory. However, their research was confiscated and taken away from them and allegedly carried downtown to the main FBI headquarters, at the J. Edgar Hoover Building, in Washington, D.C. by Agent Martz. then chief of the FBI’s Chemical Laboratory department. These agents were angry because of Martz’s aggressive move and probably exacerbated by the fact that Martz was not an academically trained chemist nor did he hold a degree in chemistry. He was appointed to the title of head of the FBI’s chemistry lab because he’d previously interned in that department for four years. So the appointment by some agents was considered to come to Martz as department head by playing the company’s politics and “brown nosing” his bosses. This was something that Whitehurst apparently would not cooperate in doing. Whatever the case, once Martz absconded with the other scientists EDTA research he created enough resentment for them to decide to seek out Whitehurst’s help in filing a complaint with the USDOJ-OIG. Several agency scientists were already aware of his phony testimony in the Trepal trial and now Martz would give them their opportunity with his phony ‘testimony created from whole cloth in the Simpson trial.
Martz constructed his own bogus spin on what the Simpson blood contained and by the time of his testimony he pretended not to see any evidence of EDTA. When finally declared a hostile defense witness Simpson defense attorney Robert Blazier made Martz see that his own research indicated the presence of EDTA. Afterward, Martz attempted to reduce the concentration of EDTA found in the Simpson blood in order to assist the prosecution in implicating Simpson in committing murder.
The Office of the Inspector General had an obligation once it received the Whitehurst complaint and thus informed Simpson’s defense team that a complaint for perjury had been filed against Roger Martz, a witness in the Simpson criminal trial. It was at that point that Johnnie Cochran and Barry Scheck subpoenaed Frederic Whitehurst compelling him to come to Los Angeles in order to testify to refute that for which Martz had testified. This immediately triggered activity within the FBI since it has a paramount rule that was not secretly hidden or lost on any of its agents which unofficially supersedes the Presidential executive order and that is ‘thou shalt not embarrass the FBI. Thus, the FBI appeared to be in a more precarious position of damage control in 1995 concerning a major embarrassment to its brand during the Simpson trial than now during the Trump administration with its Congressional sniping of FBI agent Peter Strzok regarding his integrity and the FBI’s credibility recently in 2016 regarding Russia’s interference.
In review, it was the state prosecutor Rockne Harmon’s attempt to destroy the distant traveler who asked the FBI to test the blood. The result of that test backfired on multiple participants trying to prove the distant traveler wrong. It backfired first on the LADA and Rock Harmon, which found that the distant traveler was not lying about the contaminated blood of Simpson. Then it backfired on the FBI agent, Roger Martz, who attempted to help the prosecution and got caught lying to diminish the significance of the EDTA contamination. In conjunction with other bad testimony it ultimately led to his subsequent demotion allegedly to I.D. badge checker at the front door of the FBI building. By the time of this utter failure and cover up, around September of 1995, three African American lawyers associated with the Simpson case, Douglas, Cochran and Darden knew of the information alleging contaminated blood belonging to Simpson brought to their attention between 9 months to a year earlier by the distant traveler. Any one of them could have chosen to publicize this level of malfeasance but the defense chose to focus on Fuhrman being a racist cop that planted evidence. This was something that allegedly caused a heated and tense exchange between the distant traveler and Carl Douglas.
The distant traveler was concerned as to how failing to focus on the merits of Fuhrman planting evidence and the police planting Simpson’s blood would impact racial relations in America, if the defense took the easier road of simply proving Fuhrman a racist. The distant traveler felt that by conducting an examination on the blood to determine if it contained EDTA would be the more influential argument in swaying the jury’s decision and the extremely important public opinion. Of course Douglas would argue that the only mind that mattered was that of the jury and the issue regarding planting contaminated blood takes a back seat unfortunately to the sensationalized subjective argument of a racist planting evidence. It appears almost a quarter of a century later that the distant traveler was quite accurate in his assessment since the only lie that became prevalent associated with Mark Fuhrman was his lie of using the N-word within the last ten years after stating under oath he had not. It turned out that he was on tape using it over 100 times in the past few years. Nevertheless, it deflected the focus away from other important lies directly impacting the case that Fuhrman told, in particular, concerning his discovery of the glove at Simpson’s Residence; and the timing of when the photograph of the matching glove at the murder site was taken. The glove found at Simpson’s Rockingham estate is problematic because the testimony by detective Mark Fuhrman was that there was no blood trail leading to or away from that glove which sat approximately 160 feet or 60 yards in from the Rockingham gate.
Once allegedly over the fence, the culprit was still about 150 feet or 50 yards from where the 8 or 9 alleged blood drops were found in that vicinity starting inside the gate. The mystery still is how one could go the distance of one NFL football field and not drop any blood; or allegedly climb over the fence 160 feet in from the street and double back to the Rockingham gate by-passing the path to Simpson’s front entrance to begin dropping blood? It is the minutia regarding evidence that is important and not the broad stroke of tabloid assumptions that the media has tended to embrace in promulgating its theories of how Simpson committed these murders. You would suspect that if Simpson was bleeding as they alleged then there would be blood in the dry leaves around the Rockingham glove and on both sides of the fence leading back to the Bronco but there was not. As a famous criminalist said in the Simpson trial, “something wrong here”.
Glove Fuhrman found behind Kato Kaelin’s guesthouse well into Simpson’s Rockingham property around 6:30 AM on June 13, 1994.
Then there’s another major problem with his testimony. Fuhrman testified under oath he was ordered to return to the murder site after finding the glove at Simpson’s residence which is the only evidence that ties Simpson to the murders. He alleged that he was further ordered by lead Detective Phillip Vannatter to locate the police photographer, Rolf Rokahr, once he got back there and take a picture of the matching glove at Bundy after 7:00 AM that morning of June 13, 1994. Fuhrman would claim that the photo was taken around 7:10 AM at Nicole’s condo on Bundy Drive which was approximately one-and-a-half hours after sunrise. However, after Fuhrman was dismissed for perjuring himself regarding his use of racial slurs the photographer, Rolf Rokahr, took the witness stand and testified that the time the photo was taken with Fuhrman pointing at the matching glove at the murder site was before Fuhrman and Vannatter and others went to Simpson’s residence. In fact, Rokahr testified that the photo was taken in complete darkness with a flash bulb around 04: 15 to 04:30 AM or about one-and-a-half hours before sunrise. This raises the possibility that out of envy for being notified that he was being reduced to assisting the Homicide detectives, Fuhrman may have plotted to frame Simpson during that one-and-a-half hour time period the West side officers stood down, from 02:45 to 04:15 AM. According to Fuhrman’s testimony they allegedly did nothing but stand in the street awaiting the arrival of the newly assigned lead detectives, Lange and Vannatter, from robbery/homicide’s S.I.D. division. Fuhrman’s own tell-tale biography paints a picture of a jealous and envious junior detective who considered Vannatter, the lead detective to be an incompetent idiot. Thus, Fuhrman in his book MURDER IN BRENTWOOD implicitly appears offended by the fact that he had been demoted to assisting the senior detectives from Robbery/Homicide when given the notice at 02:45 AM on June 13, 1994. The question is did he do nothing as he stated during trial for the next 90 minutes or did he visit Simpson’s Rockingham residence the first time assured that he would find evidence as stated by the Distant Traveler. Fuhrman may have knowingly placed himself into an indispensable position and thus upstaging the lead detectives when he allegedly found the glove on Simpson’s property. His failure to remember he took the photo of the matching glove before going to Simpson’s residence is indicative of a planned act of framing Simpson by carrying the other glove to Simpson’s Rockingham property.
Detective Mark Fuhrman pointing at the glove at the Bundy murder site around 04:15 AM and not 07:10 AM as he lied during testimony. Although it looks like daylight it was actually taken in complete darkness according to the official LAPD photographer approximately 1.5 hours before sunrise. The photographer, Rolf Rokahr, testified that he asked Fuhrman to point at the glove due to the darkness and shot the picture with a flash bulb.
Whitehurst’s entry into this circle of deception unbeknownst to him was also related to the Distant Traveler. It was the Distant Traveler that brought the allegations to the defense in August of 1994 that Fuhrman planted the sole piece of evidence that ties Simpson to the murders, the glove found on his property at Rockingham. To prove that the evidence Cochran and Douglas found as stated with the police evidence department was not a fluke the LAPD insider told the Distant Traveler to tell the defense to test the alleged contaminated blood. It was deputy prosecutor Harmon’s attempt to destroy the Distant Traveler’s credibility and agent Martz attempting to help the prosecution by committing perjury regarding the EDTA contamination associated with that blood. The latter is what ultimately brought Whitehurst to the L.A. Superior court. He would remain in Los Angeles for 8 days until he would be called to testify as to the alleged bogus testimony that Martz had provided. That is when a fourth crucial black man would enter the picture, he was sent to Los Angeles to salvage the integrity of the FBI and protect its credibility from any potential embarrassment should Whitehurst take the witness stand.
Steven C. Robinson, Senior Counsel for the FBI sent to Los Angeles to neutralize the testimony of author of OIG complaint, FBI Agent Frederic Whitehurst subpoenaed to testify in the Simpson trial against agent Roger Martz.
The agent subpoenaed to testify for the defense, Frederic Whitehurst, was deposed and according to him subjected to rigorous examination by the FBI’s enforcer, Steven C. Robinson, the African-American senior counsel for the FBI whose duty it was to impeach Whitehurst’s testimony. Robinson was a friend to then FBI director, Louis Freeh, both had served in the southern district of New York U.S. District Attorney’s Office and when Freeh took the FBI position Robinson went to the FBI with him. Now Freeh did not need any more controversy himself considering the controversial engagements the FBI had experienced during his watch with the 1993 World Trade Center bombings, Ruby Ridge, to the Waco burning of the building and the followers of David Koresh. The FBI was now facing extreme embarrassment with Johnnie Cochran threatening to destroy Martz and the FBI with Whitehurst taking the witness stand. In this widely publicized celebrated Simpson “trial of the century”, stopping Whitehurst from testifying had to be prevented at all costs.
FBI Director, Louis Freeh, was at the helm of the Agency in 1995 when the Simpson trial occurred.
Subsequently, Whitehurst sat outside the courtroom waiting to be called into the on-going Simpson trial to testify; however, a secret discussion was being held inside, and an agreement reached by all parties to keep Whitehurst from taking the witness stand. In essence, Whitehurst would not be called to talk about the allegations in the OIG complaint alleging the false testimony of FBI agent Martz regarding the contaminated blood of Simpson. Whatever agent Roger Martz had done in the past would appear less relevant as it related to this highly racially charged trial involving this iconic black sports fingure, O.J. Simpson. Thus, in order for the FBI to duck this extremely damaging bullet, so to speak, some type of deal had to be struck that all could live with.
Whitehurst’s personal attorney, D.C. lawyer David Caliapinto, would emerge from the courtroom and tell him that his testimony would not be required. Within a few years of the Simpson trial the FBI figured that it was better to give Whitehurst a settlement with the understanding that he would resign from the FBI. Around 2000 they would agree to pay him over one million dollars through annuity payments until he reached 57 which was the FBI’s full retirement age. Whitehurst would accept the settlement and retire to his home state of North Carolina. Darden, Shapiro and Cochran all lawyers associated with the Simpson case would receive multi-million dollar book deal advancements along with Marcia Clark for their involvement in the Simpson trial. Clark and Darden soon after receiving their first paychecks would leave that D.A.’s office and that treadmill in downtown Los Angeles on the 18th floor of the superior courthouse on North Temple Street. It all may have set up in the manner that Johnnie Cochran was seeking well before the Simpson trial got underway and because of it he may have gotten what he needed as leverage in an unrelated case. In the meantime, as I interrogate the distant traveler about the egregious acts of betrayal of the public trust, he just shakes his head and quietly laughs at the depth of the tomfoolery that allows the American public to continuously be bamboozled into believing fraudulent stories offered by their public servants for their selfishly own pecuniary gain.
T.H. Johnson is the author of three books on OMIG’s Simpson investigation, Pursuit of Exhibit 35, The People Vs. OJ Simpson, and Conspiracy of Assumptions in the OJ Simpson trial as well as a documentary on the trial entitled SERPENTS RISING: The OJ Simpson Conspiracy.
Serpents Rising Documentary- – – The Distant Traveler literary work in progress http://www.serpentsrising.com