Haiku Tuesday: Des Dillon


from Scunnered: Slices of Scottish Life in Seventeen Syllables (Luath Press, Edinburgh, 2011)

You don’t understand
because you are fuckin thick.
That’s the art we like.

Galloway writer Des Dillon is an internationally acclaimed award-winning writer and stand-up comic. His novel Me and Ma Gal was shortlisted for the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award and won the World Book Day ‘We Are What We Read’ poll for the novel that best describes Scotland today.

Domestic Abuse and the Police: Why Victims Don’t Report

9-1-1 call by Nicole Brown Simpson, 1989: the Aftermath

  • Simpson, according to police officer Ron Shipp, (who knew O. J. Simpson pretty well, who’d been dropping by Simpson’s house about once a month, to use his tennis court, sit in his pool, etc) “was very upset because he thought that he was going to lose Hertz and his image was going to be tarnished.” So the officer “went to his supervisors at the West L. A. station and asked that the case against Simpson be dropped . . .” and then Shipp “returned to Nicole to implore her to leave O. J.’s precious image intact.”

Toobin is very clear on this point:

  • In a trial that resounded on talk with conspiracies within the LAPD, this was, in reality, the only conspiracy: the one to help O. J. Simpson escape prosecution for beating his wife in 1989. Small wonder, then, that in the week before her death, Nicole called a battered women’s shelter, not the police, to report that her ex-husband was stalking her.

The Run of His Life: The People vs O. J. Simpson, p. 267

In effect, Toobin’s book is the justice that the O. J. Simpson trial, and the attending circus orchestrated by the defending lawyers, never afforded Nicole Brown Simpson and her fellow murder victim Ron Goldman.

She should have hired a lawyer. Why didn’t she? Gaslighting by O.J. perhaps? She was not the smartest, self will grant you. She was terrorized. Maybe she thought a lawyer wouldn’t believe her?

Self would still have called a lawyer. Five years later, Nicole Brown Simpson was dead. DEAD. DEAD.

Stay tuned.



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