CrimeFeed took a walk down a back alley in L.A.’s Chinatown to give true-crime addicts a sneak peek inside the O.J. Simpson Pop-Up Museum.Related: Watch: Khloé Kardashian Eats A Fish Eye Rather Than Answer If She Thinks O.J. Did It
The exhibition, which claims to hold the world’s largest collection of O.J. Simpson T-shirts, along with original artwork and memorabilia related to Simpson’s murder trial, was on display at the Coagula Gallery from August 18 to August 22.
Simpson was charged with — and controversially acquitted of — murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1995.
Though the “Trial of the Century” was over 20 years ago, it’s clear that the public obsession with O.J. continues.
Outside the gallery, a white Bronco that is a replica of the one O.J. famously drove during the slow-speed freeway chase that captivated America was parked.One wall was lined entirely with approximatly 80 T-shirts with slogans including “O.J. Is Innocent” and “Don’t Squeeze The Juice,” which were provided by collector Martin Hugo.
The case also continues to attract controversy. On the day CrimeFeed visited, a few people were checking out the display — including a single protester who left the scene a few minutes later.
Curator Adam Papagan told The Hollywood Reporter that the O.J. murder case will always be connected with the city of Los Angeles — and that he hopes the collection will spark discussions about the media as entertainment in the United States.
The collection includes games like OJopoly, artwork, videos of Simpson’s life and career, and relics from the court case.
Papagan has revealed that he got most of the memorabilia from Ebay.
The case has become a sort of personal calling for Papagan: He conducts the O.J. Tour of landmarks, and also cohosts a podcast called Juicing: The People v. O.J. Simpson.
Of course, no visit to a museum would be complete without a visit to the gift shop, which was located in a tiny back room.Related: What To Know About O.J. Simpson’s Las Vegas Memorabilia Heist
Items for sale included O.J. T-shirts for $20 or replicas of his driver’s license for $5, as well as what was described as “original” tees from the civil trial priced at $100.
The gift shop also had a “selfie station” with blank space next to Simpson’s infamous mug shot.
Meanwhile, Simpson’s legal saga continues.Related: O.J. Simpson Granted Parole, Will Be A Free Man In October
On July 20, he was granted parole after serving nine years of a nine- to 33-year sentence in Nevada for armed robbery and kidnapping, and is due to be released as early as October 1.
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Main photo: T-shirts on display at the O.J. Simpson Pop-Up Museum [Catherine Townsend / Investigation Discovery]