The infamous white, 1993 Ford Bronco that led police on a high-speed chase to capture former NFL running back and actor O.J. Simpson in 1994 has landed in a museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The SUV, actually owned at the time by fellow NFL player Al Cowlings, has spent the last two decades out of the public eye, having been hidden away in a garage in the southwest.
“We are fortunate to have this piece of history in our collection,” says Janine Vaccarello, COO at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum in Pigeon Forge. “It’s something that many of us watched and remember, as it sparked so many conversations that influenced our views. This case was important for so many aspects of law enforcement from police procedures to DNA.”
Cowlings’ Ford Bronco, in which he and Simpson fled from Los Angeles police following the murders of his late wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, became infamous after an estimated 150 million viewers tuned in to watch the chase unfold. O.J. Simpson was later acquitted. The case has drawn increased attention lately thanks to shows like the ESPN documentary O.J.: Made in America and FX’s true-crime series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
“This is a part of our country’s history that millions are interested in,” Vaccarello continued. “Visitors are coming to the museum just to see the infamous Bronco and our other Simpson artifacts. There’s nothing quite like seeing such an iconic piece first-hand.”
(Source: WVLT Knoxville)