Is O.J. Simpson selling infamous murder weapon?

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Javier Soto and Kaley O'Kelley

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 19 at 1:04 PM

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Do you think O.J. Simpson got away with murder?

If a report in The National Enquirer is to be believed, O.J. Simpson wants to sell the knife used to kill Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman 18 years ago. The asking price? $5 million. Cash.

"He’s looking for a strictly cash deal so that the money can be deposited in offshore accounts and can’t be traced directly to him," a source, identified only as somebody close to Simpson, told The Enquirer.

Acquitted for the July 1994 killings in what was dubbed "the trial of the century," many thought the NFL Hall of Famer got away with murder. Rumors of the alleged knife sale just might cement that belief.

Despite the extensive searches that were part of the investigation, the knife used to stab Simpson's ex-wife and Goldman to death was never found and speculation has run rampant over the years.

According to the Enquirer, the agency supposedly handling the unconfirmed sale doesn't know where the knife is. "Insiders" are betting on the Bahamas, which is easily accessible by boat.

Julie K. Brown of the Miami Herald talked to Patrick McKenna, the West Palm Beach private detective who was part of Simpson's defense team.

“It just defies logic that he would have the knife," he told her.

Brown also tried to talk to Simpson's current lawyer about the rumored sale, but was unable to connect with him.

Despite the significant money troubles Simpson has been reported to have, this sale -- if it's real -- supposedly does not spur from that.

“It’s not just about the money,” the unnamed source told the tabloid. “O.J. will get sick satisfaction from putting one over n the cops and Ron Goldman’s family. He’d love to think he’s outsmarted them.”

Two years after being acquitted for the murders of Brown Simpson and Goldman, a civil jury found the former NFL star liable for Goldman's death and awarded Goldman's family more than $33 million.

Simpson's plummet from grace didn't end there.

"The Juice" was arrested for stealing sports memorabilia from a Las Vegas hotel-casino in September 2007. He claimed the item had been stolen from him. He was convicted in October 2008. The conviction was upheld by the Nevada Supreme Court two years later.

Simpson is serving a 33-year-sentence at the Lovelock Correctional Center. He will be eligible for parole in 2017.

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