The witch-hunt is practically as old as evil itself. The story of Sodom is the story of a witch-hunt, and it is demonstrated why almost everybody participates: when Lot defends the victims they all go after him. The witch-hunter joins in so as to dissociate himself from the victim, out of fear of being seen and treated like that himself. So when Jesus was mistreated and then shown to the public, they were all terrified and cried “crucify him!”.
It is the law of the witch-hunt that the target is always accused of the very last thing he would ever do. Oscar Wilde is a classical example of the target of a witch-hunt. In fact, his reputation has never been restored. He was a very decent, monogamous man, but up until this very day he is seen as promiscuous, a client of male prostitutes and someone who found his own behavior immoral. His novel “The Picture of Dorian Grey” is the complete analysis of the psychology of evil and could only have been written by someone who is himself completely innocent, but it is still seen by many as a confession…
It is not the only thing he has in common with the victim of the worst witch-hunt ever: Mr. O.J. Simpson.
It started with him being wrongly convicted for abusing his wife. She didn’t want that trial, neither of them were prepared to discuss their relationship in public, so the jurors jumped to their own conclusions. Mister Simpson is a gentle, kind person who couldn’t physically abuse anybody.
Here you have four people: 1. A man who, at least up until the age of 40, was never accused of any form of violence and was seen by everyone who knew him as incapable of it; 2. A wife-beater; 3. A raving lunatic who brutally stabs two people to death; 4. An armed robber. Can anyone believe that two of these four people can be combined in one person?
Mister Simpson is not the victim of this vicious witch-hunt in spite of the fact that he is the most innocent man in the world, but because of it.
For those murders he had, in fact, an alibi; he couldn’t possibly have had the time to do it. Many people have tried to undermine this alibi, bringing in all kinds of accomplices, but no one has ever been able to come up with a realistic story that fitted the facts. Without such a story there is no evidence; it should be the starting-point of the prosecution…
Moreover, there was a group of people Nicole Brown had contact with, one of them a woman who was connected with a very similar murder; right after that murder, she disappeared; right after this one she disappeared again. One can be practically sure that the murderer was a member of that group. Mister Simpson did everything in his power to make Nicole Brown break up with this group, thus being probably the only person who has tried to prevent the murders he has later been held responsible for. He gave the information to the police and the prosecution; they weren’t interested, anymore than they were interested in his alibi. He was arrested and prosecuted by people who knew him to be innocent.
There is something else that I find rather shocking. At first Lou Brown said he had last spoken with his daughter over the phone after eleven, which would have given Mr. Simpson an alibi no one could get around. Later he changed that to an earlier time. Much later it was realized by people working for Mr. Simpson that the phone records were never shown in court, something you would expect to be a matter of routine. They tried to get those records, they needed the signature of a judge, what they considered to be a formality; they took it to court three times, three times it was refused.
Which brings me to political issues. What is wrong with the judicial system all over the world is that it is organized like a contest. When the representatives of the system break the law and it is found out, they are not treated as criminals like they should, they lose points, they risk losing the game. In the very worst case they lose their jobs but that rarely ever happens. They are not so easily found out anyway as there is no system to investigate their behavior.