Mark Fuhrman

Police Detective + Writer and Convicted Perjuror

Mark Fuhrman, former detective of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), is known for his part in the investigation of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman and his subsequent felony conviction for perjury. He has subsequently written books and hosted talk radio.… Read More

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1952 Birth Born on February 5, 1952.


1970 18 Years Old In 1970, aged 18, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he was trained as a machine gunner and military policeman.


1973 21 Years Old Fuhrman has married and divorced three times, Barbara L. Koop from 1973 to 1977, Janet Ellen Sosbee from 1977 to 1980, and Caroline Lody from the early 1980s to 2000. … Read More
1975 23 Years Old 1 More Event
He served in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1975, having attained the rank of sergeant.
1981 29 Years Old In 1981, Fuhrman requested leave for workers' compensation. … Read More


1982 30 Years Old In a 1982 psychiatric interview, he claimed that he had "tortured suspects and conned internal affairs detectives", that he would choke suspects and break their arms and legs "if necessary”, and that he had pounded suspects' faces to "mush". … Read More
1983 31 Years Old In 1983, Fuhrman lost his case, and a subsequent appeal to Superior Court was rejected; therefore, Fuhrman returned to active duty as a police officer.
In 1985, Fuhrman responded to a domestic violence call between the African-American football player O.J. Simpson and his Caucasian wife Nicole Brown Simpson, and in 1989, a statement by Fuhrman about this call resulted in Simpson's arrest for spousal abuse. … Read More
1987 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Then, witness Natalie Singer—whose roommate had dated Fuhrman around 1987—testified that Fuhrman had told her, "The only good nigger is a dead nigger." … Read More


1995 43 Years Old Fuhrman retired from the LAPD in early 1995, after serving as a police officer for 20 years and earning more than 55 commendations.
1996 44 Years Old 1 More Event
On July 5, 1996, Lungren announced that he would file perjury charges against Fuhrman and soon thereafter offered Fuhrman a plea bargain. … Read More
1997 45 Years Old …  During 1997, he wrote a book about the Simpson case, called Murder in Brentwood (1997, ISBN 0895264218). … Read More
1998 46 Years Old He argued that Lungren had charged him to garner black support for a planned campaign for Governor in 1998. … Read More
2001 49 Years Old In 2001, Fuhrman published Murder in Spokane: Catching a Serial Killer (ISBN 0060194375), which investigated a serial killer's spree on the West Coast.


2003 51 Years Old In 2003, he published Death and Justice: An Expose of Oklahoma's Death Row Machine (ISBN 0060009179), on the subject of capital punishment.
2005 53 Years Old In 2005, Fuhrman published Silent Witness: The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo's Death (ISBN 0060853379), which emphasized gaps in the medical and legal records that might allow for the possibility that Schiavo was murdered.
2006 54 Years Old In 2006, he published A Simple Act of Murder: November 22, 1963 (ISBN 0060721545), about the John F. Kennedy assassination. … Read More
2009 57 Years Old In 2009, he published The Murder Business: How the Media Turns Crime Into Entertainment and Subverts Justice (ISBN 1596985844), which addressed the fine line between crime reporting and entertainment. … Read More
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