Browsing: Celebrity Crime

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O.J.-mania is once again gripping America this month thanks to The People vs. O.J. Simpson, a new FX series dramatizing the sordid trial that gripped the nation in the mid-’90s. But it was fifty years ago this year when Miami found itself in the center of one of America’s most unbelievable criminal cases — one that created its own tabloid frenzy with an equally unbelievable ending.

The case featured a beautiful woman, a young lover, and allegations of incest and murder, all to get millions of dollars of inheritance. And it all played out in downtown Miami to thousands of popping flashbulbs.

Seated in the waiting room of his empty Phoenix office, defense attorney Kirk Nurmi appears beaten and battle weary.

Since gaining notoriety defending convicted murderer Jodi Arias, Nurmi has lost 75 pounds, and his clothing drapes loosely on his deflated frame. Yet, at 6-foot-2 and still rotund, he remains an imposing figure.

Clasping both hands behind his head, Nurmi sighs as he opens up about the case that made his a household name.

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