O.J. Simpson’s Son, Jason Simpson, Desperately Tries to Avoid the Spotlight After His Troubled Past

O.J. Simpson’s life story is probably one of the best-known celebrity stories in recent history. Despite a not guilty verdict, many people still assume that he did in fact murder his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.

That said, like many true crime stories, there is more than one theory at play. Most of those theories still conclude that Simpson did commit those murders, while there are actually theories that say that he didn’t do them. One of those “not guilty” theories involve his son, Jason Simpson, who now leads a very quiet life after the hectic years surrounding his father’s trial. 

A look at Jason Simpson’s troubled past

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O.J. Simpson poses for a portrait with his wife Marguerite (Whitley) Simpson, daughter Arnelle and son Jason on January 8, 1973 in Los Angeles, California. | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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Jason Simpson was not Nicole’s biological son, but rather, the oldest son from O.J.’s marriage to his first wife, Marguerite L. Whitley. And, according to Business Insider, Jason has had a lot of issues in his childhood, to say the least.

Business Insider reports he had been abusing drugs such as alcohol, cocaine, and ecstasy since he was a young teen. Not only that, but Jason also had a criminal history, even before his father got tangled up with the law.

Business Insider reports that Jason has had at least four run-ins with the police, including less serious crimes like driving with a suspended license. That said, Jason also committed more serious crimes, as he had attacked his girlfriend with a knife, according to Business Insider.

The theory that Jason Simpson committed the murders

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Jason was also dealing with some mental health issues, too. He was diagnosed with intermittent rage disorder, and he has even prescribed drugs to keep that under control. That said, his mental health issues almost pushed him over the edge, as Business Insider also wrote that he had attempted suicide at least three times. 

Because of those facts, Business Insider reported that a private investigator, William C. Dear, wrote a book called O.J. Is Innocent And I Can Prove It, which concluded that Jason was the one who actually killed Nicole and Goldman. Dear said that, Jason’s mental health issues, as well as his past crimes which involved knives, made him a prime suspect.

Additionally, Jason’s alibi on the night of the murders was flimsy in Dear’s eyes. Jason was working at a restaurant, and his time card was handwritten despite the fact that the time clock at the restaurant was working, according to Business Insider. As for how O.J. got wrapped up in this, Dear said that O.J. did visit the crime scene afterward, and he may have tried to cover up the crimes for his son. 

There are other smaller pieces of evidence that Dear said points to the fact that O.J. did not commit those murders, but rather, Jason did. As far as Jason’s potential motive though, Business Insider reported that Dear concluded that Jason was simply in a fit of rage since he was not taking his medicine at the time.

Where is Jason Simpson now?

That said, this was just a theory, and nothing has been proven in the court of law as far as Jason’s involvement is concerned. Despite that, his past issues, as well as his father’s issues, has encouraged him to lead a more private life as of late. 

As Heightline reported, Jason is living a very low profile and he has been out of the public spotlight for some time now. Heightline wrote that he may be living in Atlanta and he may still be working in the restaurant business. That said, due to how low of a profile he has, his personal life is, by and large, a mystery.