The Bruno Magli Charade in the O.J. Simpson Trial

Maddogg Guest Writer, T.H. Johnson, from the Ocean Medical Investigative Group (OMIG)

This Bruno Magli Lorenzo model shoe does not appear to be the shoes worn by Simpson in the Flammer photo above that caused the Brown plaintiffs civil trial attorney, John Q. Kelley, to rush back to Buffalo, New York to view during the 1996 Christmas break in the Simpson civil trial.

How did John Q. Kelley, the attorney representing the Brown family in the OJ Simpson civil trial, come to the conclusion that the shoes he rushed back to Buffalo, New York to see in the E.J. Flammer photo were Bruno Magli shoes? There was no way for him to be empirically certain the photo given to him represented a Bruno Magli shoe that OJ Simpson was allegedly wearing when he was photographed by Flammer with the Monday Quarterback Club. The scuffed up rounded toe construction seen on the toes of the Simpson shoes in the Flammer photo do not have the appearance of the Bruno Magli Lorenzo model shoes. The SILGA U2887 shoe sole on which the Bruno Magli Lorenzo is attached is a pointed toe shoe sole that narrows to a point rather than the rounded toe shoe that appears to be on Simpson’s feet. The shoe he’s wearing appear to be a relatively inexpensive $45-$85 utility sports shoe like those produced by Shoes for Crews or one of the Reebok models.

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SHOES FOR CREWS model above with a more rounded toe than the SILGA U2887 shoe sole on the Bruno Magli Lorenzo model allegedly worn by O.J. Simpson

Since the FBI agent, William Bodziak, was given a Reebok tennis shoe by the LAPD for comparison allegedly belonging to Simpson there is reason to believe that it is possible that Reebok provided O.J. with their dark utility sports work shoe like that below. I say allegedly because the Reebok tennis shoe that the co-lead detective Tom Lange said he collected from Simpson’s closet on June 13, 1994 were never turned in to the LAPD property department by Lange immediately in accordance with the evidence protocol outlined in the LAPD manual. In fact, the chain of custody was broken when Lange drove the shoes back to his home 50 miles out of town in Ventura County’s infamous law enforcement residential community of Simi Valley. Lange while under oath knew of no certain date as to when those shoes were turned in to the police property department or what exhibit number they were assigned. Since he did not follow protocol but gave them over to a non-sworn court officer on June 14, 1994, L.A. police employee, criminalist, Greg Matheson. As a result of the chain of custody issue the validity of those comparative Reebok shoes given to FBI agent Bodziak that left the control of the lead detective have a question mark hanging over their veracity as well.

The Reebok brand appears to be a more accurate representation of the shoe worn by Simpson in the E.J. Flammer photo shown above and taken with the members of the Buffalo Bills Monday Quarterbacks Club in Buffalo, New York in 1993. The shoes Simpson wears in the above photo appears not to have the narrow toe that is the construction of the Bruno Magli Lorenzo model shoe affixed to the pointed toe SILGA U2887 shoe sole.

The Bruno Magli Lorenzo model has a distinctive rubber band around the bottom edge of the shoe which is a part of the separately manufactured sleek, narrow toed, SILGA U2887 rubber shoe sole. The top of the shoe is separately made by the 4C company of Italy consisting of a suede top attached to the top of the SILGA sole. Together it gives the Bruno Magli Lorenzo high top a distinctive, sleek, low to the ground appearance. The rubber band around the bottom would unlikely give the appearance of a rounded worn toe as the shoes appear to be in the Flammer photo. The Flammer photo mysteriously showed up during the Christmas break in the Simpson civil trial and required John Kelley to return to Buffalo, New York to inspect those photos to compare with the Harry scull photo. The Scull photo is seen showing Simpson wearing the Bruno Magli Lorenzo (L) shoes in the Rich Stadium in the photo to the right below.

However, the problems with the original Harry Scull photo are numerous on their own. The negatives of those photos according to testimony left the United States and remained outside the country for about six months in the United Kingdom which is allegedly considered an expert nation for tabloid photo manipulation. Secondly, Simpson’s foot does not fit in the SILGA soles that made the prints at the murder site since some of those photos show prints inside the lines of an 11 and 1/2 inch sidewalk tile at Nicole’s Bundy residence.

When independent investigators saw this irregularity for certainty they asked to acquire a copy of the size 12/size 46 U2887 shoe sole from SILGA. The measurement tracing of Simpson’s foot by those investigators from OMIG imply that Simpson’s foot does not fit in those shoe soles. In fact, his foot is too large for both the shoes that made the prints inside the side walk tiles as well as the size 12 Silga U2887 shoe soles the OMIG investigators had shipped by SILGA from Italy to their office in U.S.

There is also the matter of the clothes Simpson was allegedly supposed to be wearing in the Scull photo, and what he was actually wearing during the inclement rainy day the Buffalo Bills played the Miami Dolphins on September 26, 1993. Due to the rain and blustery winds making for a cooler than normal afternoon many of the people wore rain gear and had umbrellas to protect them from the wind blown drizzle that afternoon. Simpson is seen during various points of the game wearing a dark wind blown trench coat. Given the continuous windy wet conditions during and after the game there is no evidence that O.J. would have taken off the trench coat to be captured on film by Harry Scull wearing nothing more than an open dark sports jacket while walking across the Buffalo end zone.

Thus, the photos of Simpson showing up almost two and a half years after the FBI agent started his unofficial investigation in the Simpson case in July of 1994 appeared to become publicly promoted to protect the questionable integrity of the FBI agent. He failed to aggressively expose the fact to the public that the construction of the SILGA shoe sole made it impossible to conclude with a 100% certainty that the shoe prints were made by a Bruno Magli shoe, as opposed to 20 other shoe brands carrying the same SILGA U28887 shoe sole.

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