Mark Fuhrman
American police detective, writer and convicted perjuror
Mark Fuhrman
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.
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A Woman Managed To Shirk Jury Duty On The O.J. Simpson Trial By Lying About An 'SNL' Sketch
Huffington Post - 8 months
In the mid ‘90s, the O.J. Simpson murder trial dominated the news and our cultural consciousness. The obsession for all things O.J. has returned in recent months, thanks to FX’s “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” and ESPN’s epic five-part documentary "O.J.: Made in America." There’s so much to say about Simpson that it’s only in Part 4 of the 464-minute doc that we finally get to the trial of the century. The trial became an all out media circus that captivated the country from the moment the former NFL player was arrested on June 17, 1994 to his acquittal on Oct. 3, 1995. And when millions weren’t tuning in to CNN or Court TV for up-to-the-minute coverage of the trial, there’s a good chance audiences were laughing at its many preposterous moments on late night. Despite the fact that this case was about two brutal murders, the crazy court proceedings made the trial an easy target for jokes.  “Made in America” features a short clip from the cold open sketch that ...
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Courtney B. Vance: We're Paying Now for Not Paying Attention to Lessons of the O.J. Trial
Huffington Post - about 1 year
If America had paid attention to what was really going on at the O.J. Simpson murder trial, says Courtney B. Vance, we might not be suffering the trouble and the death we see in our cities two decades later. American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson, an intense 10-part series that launches Tuesday at 10 p.m. on FX, digs into the byplay, intrigue, maneuvering and general gamesmanship of the ultra-high-profile 1995 trial in which Simpson (played here by Cuba Gooding Jr.) was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Vance (above with Gooding) plays Johnnie Cochran, the attorney who guided Simpson's legal "Dream Team" to a come-from-behind victory that stunned much of America. Vance says it shouldn't have, but suggests he knows the reason: because too many of the people who followed the case made the same mistake as prosecutor Marcia Clark (played by Sarah Paulsen). "She didn't understand what the case was about," says Vance. "The jur ...
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Mark Fuhrman on frantic search for Jennifer Houle
Fox News - almost 2 years
Disappeared after night of bar hopping
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Dahmens ask Council what Pierz needs in a store
Hometown Source - almost 2 years
By Terry Lehrke, News Editor Allen and Jill Dahmen, owners of Pierz Foods, are  in the planning stages for a new store. They recently signed a purchase agreement for land formerly occupied by Pierz Implement and came before the Pierz City Council with one question: “What do you see Pierz needing in a store?” The Dahmens said that question will be asked of the community during a community meeting to be held so people can make known their wants and needs. The Dahmens want to build “green” so their store is environmentally friendly. The couple asked the Council what it wanted in a “green” business, since the city is pursuing Green Step City status. Allen said building a “green” facility could be taken two ways — building it to save utilities or building it with materials that were eco-friendly. City Administrator Scott Saehr said what would be desirable from the city’s standpoint would be a business that created jobs, was convenient to get to and had a way to connect to young re ...
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Unsolved mystery: The Lyons sisters case
Fox News - about 3 years
Mark Fuhrman reacts to the cold case
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Could girl found in Greece be Baby Lisa?
Fox News - over 3 years
Mark Fuhrman: 'Zero chance'
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VIDEO: Former LAPD Detective Mark Fuhrman ‘On the Record’
Fox News - over 3 years
Watch our conversation from last night’s show and sound off on the latest revelations about Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis. The post VIDEO: Former LAPD Detective Mark Fuhrman ‘On the Record’ appeared first on Gretawire.
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1990 Things From The 90s (Seriously)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school. Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough. Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.) 1. Scrunchies 2. "The Wild Thornberries" 3. Dawson and Joey 4. "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" 5. Mr. Feeny 7. MTV playing music videos 8. Snick 9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks" 10. Levar Burton 11. "Daria" 12. "Arthur" 13. "The Powerpuff Girls" 14. "Smart Guy" 15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings 16. "The X-Files" 17. Rosie O'Donnell 18. Bill Nye 19. "Dawson's Creek" 20. The Mighty Ducks" 21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark" 22. Cornholio 23. Rachel Green 24. Tim Allen 25. "All That" 26. "Beverl ...
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Here's the Latest in Race-Baiting Conspiracy Theories From the Right
Mother Jones - over 3 years
As we wait for final arguments and then a verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, Paul Waldman alerts us to the latest round of Zimmerman-related race baiting from the right-wing media. It turns out that in the days after Trayvon Martin was killed, the Justice Department sent a team of mediators down to Sanford to try to keep everybody calm. This team was universally praised for its efforts....until a couple of days ago: Conservative media have a different take on the CRS's efforts to diffuse the anger over the case, which came to their attention when the conservative group Judicial Watch obtained documents detailing the CRS's expenses of a couple of thousand dollars for their time in Sanford. In their reading, it's a Justice Department conspiracy, in which Obama and Holder are working with Al Sharpton to organize anti-Zimmerman protests. "Docs: Justice Department Facilitated Anti-Zimmerman Protests," said the Daily Caller. Fox News, which has been treating its viewers to th ...
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Former LAPD Detective Mark Fuhrman ‘On the Record’ on the Capture of Boston Bombing ‘Suspect No. 2′
Fox News - almost 4 years
Watch our conversation from tonight’s show and sound off!
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Former LAPD Detective Mark Fuhrman ‘On the Record’
Fox News - almost 4 years
Watch our interview from last night’s special on the Jodi Arias case and sound off!
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Murder in Pretoria? OJ detective says 'Blade Runner' evidence is overwhelming
Fox News - about 4 years
Attorneys for Oscar Pistorius, the so-called Blade Runner, are poking headline-grabbing holes in the forensic evidence arrayed against the South African double amputee, but none of it changes facts that show the Olympic sprinter killed his model girlfriend, said former LAPD investigator and author Mark Fuhrman. The former lead detective in the Pistorius case is facing an attempted murder charge stemming from an on-duty incident, prosecutors may have been too quick to say steroids were found in the Pretoria mansion of the suspect and detectives missed a bullet lodged in the bathroom wall. "So what?" says Fuhrman, who as a detective had a major role in the O.J. Simpson case and then went on to write several books analyzing the evidence in various high-profile murders. "The defense attorneys are doing what defense attorneys everywhere do," Fuhrman said. "When you look at the facts, even omitting all the forensic evidence the police have produced, it's crystal clear. "Here is ...
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Former LAPD Detective Mark Fuhrman ‘On the Record’
Fox News - about 4 years
Watch our discussion from last night’s show and sound off!
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Would You Put Jodi Arias on the Stand?
Fox News - about 4 years
What did you think of our ON THE RECORD special on the Jodi Arias case? If you were her defense attorney, would you advise her to testify? Watch former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman and our world famous ON THE RECORD Legal Panel break down her interrogation and possible defense strategy. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com
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Don’t miss tonight’s special ON THE RECORD at 10pm/ET: BRUTAL BOYFRIEND MURDER!
Fox News - about 4 years
Tonight ON THE RECORD at 10pm/ET takes an in-depth look at the trial of Jodi Arias, the woman accused of viciously murdering her boyfriend. Dr. Michael Baden, Mark Fuhrman and our legal panel break down the evidence in the case and weigh in on Arias’ trial thus far…tune in!
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A Pennsylvania pastor accused of killing both of his wives…details tonight ON THE RECORD at 10pm/ET
Fox News - about 4 years
A shocking suicide and extramarital affair leads police to take a second look at the deaths of a pastor’s two wives…Detective Mark Fuhrman, Dr. Michael Baden and our legal panel break down the case tonight ON THE RECORD at 10pm/ET…tune in! Follow me on Twitter @gretawire
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Detective Mark Fuhrman ‘On the Record’
Fox News - about 4 years
Watch our interview from last night’s show and sound off on the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.
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What Do You Think of the New Revelations in the Casey Anthony Case?
Fox News - about 4 years
Watch our interview with former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman from tonight’s show and join the debate!
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mark Fuhrman
    THIRTIES
  • 2009
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Fuhrman is a forensic and crime scene expert for Fox News, and he has been a frequent guest of Fox commentator Sean Hannity. He was also the host of the Mark Fuhrman Show on KGA-AM in Spokane between the hours of 8am-11am Pacific Time. The show covered local and national topics and included guest callers, and was a casualty of the sale of the station by Citadel Broadcasting Corp. of Las Vegas to Mapleton Communications, LLC of Monterey, California.
  • 2006
    In 2006, he published A Simple Act of Murder: November 22, 1963 (ISBN 0060721545), about the John F. Kennedy assassination.
    More Details Hide Details In it, Fuhrman advanced a theory debunking the Single Bullet Theory while still maintaining that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. He claimed that the Warren Commission was forced to ratify the Single Bullet Theory for political reasons. However, he said that a dent in the chrome above the windshield of the presidential limousine used that day vindicated the story told by John Connally that a first shot at President John F. Kennedy did not hit him.
  • 2005
    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.
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  • 2003
    In 2003, he published Death and Justice: An Expose of Oklahoma's Death Row Machine (ISBN 0060009179), on the subject of capital punishment.
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  • 2001
    In 2001, Fuhrman published Murder in Spokane: Catching a Serial Killer (ISBN 0060194375), which investigated a serial killer's spree on the West Coast.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    He argued that Lungren had charged him to garner black support for a planned campaign for Governor in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details Despite being told that Lungren's case was "flimsy at best", Fuhrman said he pleaded no contest because the odds were so greatly against him that it wasn't worth having his family being hassled by the press. He stated he could not afford to defend himself effectively; he already owed thousands of dollars in legal bills, and the area's Police Protective League would not help him pay them. He also claimed he could not afford living expenses for a trial that would take several months (or years, in case of an appeal). He also said he did not think he could get a fair trial in the racially charged climate of the time, and thought an acquittal would cause a riot similar to the events of 1992. Fuhrman has said he believes the LAPD could have arrested Simpson on the afternoon of June 13, based on the blood evidence and his apparently contradictory statements during questioning. However, he believes senior LAPD officials didn't want to take a chance on being wrong about Simpson and wanted to wait until the preliminary genetic evidence came in.
  • 1997
    During 1997, he wrote a book about the Simpson case, called Murder in Brentwood (1997, ISBN 0895264218).
    More Details Hide Details It includes a foreword by Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor of the Charles Manson case. In the book, Fuhrman apologized for the racist remarks on the audiotapes, terming them "immature, irresponsible ramblings" made because of a desire to make money; he contends that the tapes were merely part of a screenplay.
  • 1996
    In a television interview with Diane Sawyer in October 1996, Fuhrman claimed that he did not plant evidence in the Simpson case.
    More Details Hide Details He stated that he is not a racist and he apologized for his use of racist language. He said that he had forgotten about the existence of the audiotapes and that they were merely part of a misguided effort to have a fictional screenplay produced. A police investigation of the claims of violence on the tapes found that Fuhrman had grossly exaggerated, and many of his minority former coworkers have expressed support for Fuhrman and claimed that they do not believe that he is a racist. Vincent Bugliosi, in his book Outrage on the Simpson trial, argued that planting the glove would have required a far-reaching (and unlikely) conspiracy between Fuhrman and other police. Anyone involved in such a conspiracy would have been risking their life, because California law at that time stated that anyone who fabricated evidence in a death penalty case—as the Brown and Goldman murder case might have become—could be sentenced to death themselves. Bugliosi further stated that Fuhrman was one of the victims in the case and that his lying under oath about racial epithets did not rise to the level of indictable perjury because it was immaterial to the actual facts of the case.
    On July 5, 1996, Lungren announced that he would file perjury charges against Fuhrman and soon thereafter offered Fuhrman a plea bargain.
    More Details Hide Details On October 2, Fuhrman accepted the deal and pleaded no contest to the charges. He was sentenced to three years' probation and fined $200. He is the only person to have been convicted of criminal charges related to the Simpson case. Fuhrman's probation ended early in 1998, and his conviction was expunged 18 months later.
  • 1995
    Fuhrman retired from the LAPD in early 1995, after serving as a police officer for 20 years and earning more than 55 commendations.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Roderic Hodge then testified that while he was in police custody in 1987, Fuhrman had said to him, "I told you we would get you, Nigger."
    More Details Hide Details Ultimately, the jury was only allowed to hear two excerpts from the Fuhrman tapes, which did not include the inflammatory violent content or material related to potential misconduct. Jurors heard Fuhrman say, "We have no niggers where I grew up," and, "That's where niggers live." With the jury absent on September 6, the defense asked Fuhrman whether he had ever falsified police reports or if he had planted or manufactured evidence in the Simpson case. Although he had earlier responded "no" when asked this question, this time he invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination on his lawyer's advice. During his closing argument, defense attorney Johnnie Cochran referred to Fuhrman as "a lying, perjuring, genocidal racist" and he analogized Fuhrman to Hitler. He argued that Fuhrman had planted the bloody glove on O.J. Simpson's estate as part of a racially motivated plot against Simpson, which could be traced back to his first meeting with the interracial couple in 1985. Although there was no evidence to suggest that Fuhrman had planted the glove, his perjury regarding use of the word "nigger" was widely seen as severely damaging the prosecution's credibility in front of the mostly black jury (especially in the wake of the Rodney King trial), and it has been cited as one of the key reasons that Simpson was acquitted.
    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."
    More Details Hide Details On the television show Leeza, Singer would later state that Fuhrman had also claimed, "Yeah we work with niggers and gangs. You can take one of these niggers, drag 'em into the alley and beat the shit out of them and kick them. You can see them twitch. It really relieves your tension." However, Judge Ito restricted her from giving her complete statement during the trial.
  • 1985
    After McKinny, witness Kathleen Bell testified. She met Fuhrman at a Marine recruiting station in 1985 or 1986, where he expressed animus against interracial couples and stated, "If I had my way, all the niggers would be gathered together and burned."
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    First, Laura Hart McKinny took the stand. Between 1985 and 1994, Fuhrman gave taped interviews to McKinny, a writer working on a screenplay about female police officers.
    More Details Hide Details Fuhrman was working as a consultant for McKinny, under the understanding that he would be paid $10,000 if a movie were produced. The recordings contain forty-one instances of the word "nigger" used as recently as 1988, including references in which he claimed to have perpetrated violence against African-Americans. In the recordings, Fuhrman also describes how, as a police officer, he thought lying was sometimes necessary and claims that he has provided testimony regarding events that he did not actually witness.
    Fuhrman was familiar with O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown because of the 1985 domestic violence call.
    More Details Hide Details Fuhrman left Brown's condominium with Ronald Phillips and lead detectives Tom Lange and Philip Vannatter, and they went to the Simpson residence. At the Simpson residence, Fuhrman found a number of blood drops in and on a white Ford Bronco parked outside. Fuhrman then climbed over the wall of the property in order to let the other detectives in. They later testified that they entered Simpson's estate without a search warrant due to exigent circumstances—specifically, concern that Simpson himself might have been harmed. In Simpson's guest house, detectives found Kato Kaelin, who told detectives that he had heard thumping sounds earlier in the night. An investigation of the property by Fuhrman produced a second bloody glove, which was later determined to be the right-hand mate of the glove found at the murder scene. The glove found on the Simpson estate, which—according to DNA testing—was soaked with the blood of both victims, was considered to be one of the strongest pieces of evidence for the prosecution. (However, Simpson attempted to put on the gloves during the trial, and they appeared to be too small. The reasons for this have been debated.)
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Fuhrman was promoted to detective in 1989. In 1994, Fuhrman successfully worked to prove the innocence of Arrick Harris, an African-American male who, Fuhrman believed, had been falsely implicated for murder.
  • 1983
    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.
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  • 1982
    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".
    More Details Hide Details He claimed that he was afraid that he would kill someone if he were returned to street patrol. Although several psychiatrists recommended that he be removed from duty completely and others recommended that he not be allowed to carry a gun, the City of Los Angeles argued that his statements were merely part of an elaborate ruse to win a pension.
  • 1981
    In 1981, Fuhrman requested leave for workers' compensation.
    More Details Hide Details During a psychiatric interview regarding this claim, Fuhrman expressed racist sentiment, stating that he stopped enjoying military service because of alleged insubordination from Mexican-Americans and African-Americans, whom he described as "niggers". Fuhrman received workers' compensation and remained on paid leave until 1983. During this time, Fuhrman attempted to leave the police force permanently and receive a stress disability pension.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1975
    After leaving the military, Fuhrman entered the Los Angeles Police Academy, also graduating in 1975.
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    He served in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1975, having attained the rank of sergeant.
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  • 1973
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The marriage to Lody produced two children, a daughter Haley and a son Cole. He has a younger brother, Scott. Fuhrman was a collector of various war memorabilia and decorations of bravery, including Nazi German decorations from World War II, which has sometimes been misreported as his having "collected swastikas". Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman were murdered at Brown's Brentwood condominium during the night of June 12, 1994. Robert Riske and his partner were the first police officers on the scene in the early morning of June 13, and Riske found a bloody left-hand glove at the scene. At least 14 officers who arrived on the scene before Fuhrman reported seeing only one glove. Fuhrman and his superior, Ronald Phillips, were the first detectives to arrive; Fuhrman's partner, Brad Roberts, arrived later.
  • 1970
    In 1970, aged 18, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he was trained as a machine gunner and military policeman.
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  • OTHER
  • 1952
    Born on February 5, 1952.
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