As fragile as life is, sometimes it leaves you with unresolved mysteries. The unfinished stories and the vexing misery of “not knowing” arises diverse perspectives towards a single name.
Ron Goldman is one of those names that has not cooled down since more than two decades.
After a long time, the silver jubilee of the “trial of the century” has been evoked with the ten parts podcast series released by Kim Goldman, sister of Ron.
Murder of Nicole and Ron is a televised case that involved almost everything including crime, racism, and prejudice. This issue has forced every head in the tug of war imprinting the name “Ron” forever in our memories.
Ron Goldman: Childhood and education
Born on July 2, 1968, as the first child of Fred Goldman and Sharon (Fohrman) Rufo, Ron was a skinny but strong and happy kid.
He was more free-spirited in nature, completely happy go lucky kind of a personality and fun to be with.
Born and raised in a community of Buffalo Grove, Illinois Chicago, Ron lived most of his childhood living under Jewish influence with his younger sister Kim Goldman. He enjoyed playing soccer and tennis and was the clown of the room.
Ron grew up a difficult childhood with a single parent.
His parents got separated in 1974 when he was merely six. Having walked over by their mother must have led him to be a fierce friend, loving son, and protective brother throughout his life.
Ron spent a brief time in custody of his mother and then lived with father and sister.
Fred remarried to Patti Glass and moved to Southern California in 1987 to live with their three children when Ron was eighteen. Fred lives in Arizona at present.
The separation had a long term impact on his personality and studies. He attended a high school at Adlai E. Stevenson High school in Lincolnshire, Illinois.
Later on, he had to follow his family to Southern California, disrupting his studies.
As supportive and kind his father was, to make him grow up in a tight-knit family, they shared anything and everything with each other.
The grieved sister recalls her brother who was protective of her and did not allow any harm near her.
He was a courageous big brother, who pulled his terrified sister from a car wreck and rode to the hospital in the ambulance with her when they were teenagers.
They had a profound relationship, which increased with time.
As recalled by his father, Ron took pride in taking care of his sister more than anything in the world. Any guy had to cross through Ron to ask Kim on a date.
These are the memories that provide resiliency and courage to the grieved family to date.
Ron Goldman: Personality traits
|Full Name||Ronald Lyle Goldman|
|Height||1.85 m (6 feet 1 inch)|
|Eye Color||Light brown|
|Hair Color||Brownish black, long at the front and industrial style cut|
|Favorite sports||Surfing, Beach Volleyball, Rollerblading, Nightclubbing, Tennis, soccer|
|Nickname||Ron Goldman/ Ronald Goldman|
|Birthmark/ Tattoo||Inked an “Ankh” on his shoulder.|
|Fashion style||Formal style – Light Stripped shirts, Printed tie, Trendy canvas and|
Baseball cap, headband, flannel shirts over round neck white t-shirts for informal style.
Ron had a handsome built, charismatic personality, brilliant smile, loyal and protective nature, which made Kim share all her fears and secrets to her only brother who would go out of his way to help people in need.
Ron Goldman: Relationships
Tabloid insinuations were popular after his death which rumored his romantic relationship with Nicole Brown. However, friends and family argue otherwise, so, there is no solid evidence on whether or not the rumors are true.
As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Ron met Nicole six months prior to their death when he borrowed her Lamborghini to meet his friend Craig Clark for lunch.
Craig claimed that Ron mentioned borrowing a car but he did not introduce her as his girlfriend.
According to acquaintances, they had a platonic relationship. Their friendship grew as they held together with multiple hangouts like dance, coffee, and dinner.
Ron had dated Jacqui Bell for nearly two years and had a break up 3 months prior to his death.
Ron was pretty close to his family and friends. He shared everything regarding his love life with them. He was not the “secret dating” type.
Ron Goldman: Career
Ron could never fit into a mold. It may be the reason why he had diverse jobs throughout his short lifetime of 25 years.
He worked as a camp counselor when young, and volunteered to help disabled children.
After graduating high school in 1986, he joined a Psychology major for a semester at Illinois State University. He joined the Pledge Sigma Nu fraternity before he followed his family to Southern California at the age of eighteen.
While living in LA, he took some classes at Pierce College and worked as an employment headhunter and tennis instructor.
He had a string of waiter jobs and modeling assignments for Barry Zeldes.
He worked as the owner of a store Z90049, a promoter of restaurant bars in Century city dance club called “Tripps”, an event promoter and even contestant on a short-lived game show Studs in 1992.
He earned an emergency medical technician’s license before dying but did not pursue that career.
During his final days, he was working as a waiting shift at Mezzaluna Trattoria restaurant of Brentwood.
Son of an estate man and salesperson, Ron had a fair temperament for the restaurant business.
During the end days of his life, he wanted to open a restaurant- bar in the Brentwood area by the name of the ankh symbol.
It is an Egyptian symbol meaning “eternal life”.
Ron Goldman: Fought till death.
He was a few weeks shy of his 26th birthday, a fine Sunday evening when Ron received a call from Nicole Brown Simpson – ex-wife of former NFL player and media personnel O.J. Simpson.
Earlier that evening, Nicole dined with her mother in the restaurant where Ron served, Her mother accidentally left sunglasses.
Ron did not serve them, however, he searched for the glasses and found them in a street gutter outside the restaurant.
Ron had a good friendship with beautiful blonde Nicole. Being an ex-waitress herself, it was easy for her to connect with him.
He agreed to drop the glasses at her home on his way back after work.
Ron stayed fifteen minutes at the bar before he punched out at 9:33 and stopped by his Brentwood apartment.
He spoke briefly to his roommate who worked at the same place and they made a plan to go out later that night. Ron never made it.
Ron was later discovered by police shortly after midnight. He was found dead next to the body of Nicole at her home in LA. During the reconstruction of events, police came to believe he must have arrived shortly after Nicole’s death on 12 June 1994.
Neighbors were alerted when Nicole’s Akita named “Kato” howled consistently with a bloodstain in his belly and neck.
They reported the police. The officers discovered thirty-five-year-old Nicole’s body in the walkaway corridor, Ron was lying a few feet away in the bush.
A phone call from the Coroner’s office informed Fred about the death of his beloved son.
He broke the crushing news to Kim who fell to the ground in despair. They were told, their son was the “other victim” of the murder case of Nicole Brown.
Eyewitnesses believe he was putting up a fight, was shouting, and trying his best to save her.
Nicole was stabbed 12 times and slashed across her neck while Ron tried to defend the attack.
More than 25 stabbed wounds were reported in his autopsy.
Ron Goldman: Fame of the “other victim”.
O.J. Simpson was the prime suspect of the crime. Ron Goldman became the “other victim” at the brutal crime whose verdict’s highlights were a celebrity figure as the defendant and his ex-wife as a victim.
“Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman were slain”– the hype of this news was much towards the star of color, prejudice existing in the society, and many other facts associated which led the “other victim” out of the spotlight.
Ron was an innocent bystander who just happened to be at the wrong place and wrong time.
He was victimized because he could not flee but went to prevent and help. It was nearly a year-long televised trial which ended with Simpson being acquitted in 1995.
Fred and Kim continued their legal protest against Simpson with everything in their power.
The case of national obsession revived itself after a civil trial of 1997 where Simpson was found liable to the wrongful death of the victims and fined $33.5 million.
Ron’s family was not satisfied by the decision of Jury as the “Dream team of attorneys” were successful to free the suspect, whom they believed was guilty.
They indefatigably tailed Simpson for years and created a moral pressure on him.
In 2007 Simpson’s case was re-highlighted when he was imprisoned in Nevada for robbery and kidnapping and paroled in October 2017 in Las Vegas.
Thus the talk about Ron never ended throughout the period of more than two decades.
Release of books – His name is Ron: Our search for justice (1997) and If I did it: Confessions of a killer (2007), and movies “The O.J. Simpson Story” and Russ Russo in “Reenactment of the century” enacted Ron which added fuel to the effect of tailing.
The podcast– confronting O. J. Simpson, where Kim interviewed members of the jury and key person related to the infamous case of Ron Goldman stirred up the name in the media again.
Ron Goldman: Net worth
Famous as “an American Waiter” in the last days of his life, had he been living, Ron would have approximately one million to five million U.S. dollars of net worth by 2019. (According to trendcelebsnow.com)
Ron Goldman: Controversies.
The first controversy of Ron’s life was regarding his relationship with Nicole, which was disqualified because of a lack of substantial evidence.
The biggest controversy of his life was whether proof of Simpson being guilty was disregarded. It set OJ free and non-guilty during the trial.
The third controversy about Ron is still running. His name after his death is being used by Kim and Fred to milk money out of Simpson.
Some key persons of the case, close to Simpson also claim about Kim being mentally traumatized gold diggers.
Ron Goldman: Charity after death.
Though he did not raise funds himself for any cause, the murder case of Ron and his name in Ron Goldman Foundation for justice which received a portion of proceeds from the book If I did it, has been serving for advocacy of victimized survivors of violent crimes.
The family suffered a tragedy in the spotlight, millions of dollars received as the liability of his death from Simpson along with proceeding rights, charity collections, and fundraisers across the world has helped the foundation’s services.
Ron Goldman: Social media
Though Ron was not a part of any social media while he was alive.
His young sister’s determination to honor his legacy by lending her voice in advocacy of victims through her non- profit organization has led him popular in SNS.
Forty-five years old Kim has named her son Samuel Ronald Hahn in memory of her brother.
She truly believes him as her hero and her Instagram walls are loaded with pictures of both Ronald’s, time and again.
Ron Goldman: Eternal life on the grave
Victim of Officially unsolved murder mystery, Ron Goldman died a vicious death with his eyes wide open.
His sister could never see the last pictures of her brother but she cherishes him and his bravery to have fought and not fled till the very last breath.
His body rests beneath the ankh- headstone in Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village, California.