Dennis Kilcoyne is standing in front of a large photo of Nicole Brown Simpson, though you can’t tell it’s her without the nearby caption.

Simpson’s blonde hair and all-American good looks are largely hidden. Instead, the photo shows her crumpled body folded onto itself at the end of a long walkway stained with blood. It’s shocking, horrifying and fascinating all at the same time — a rare look at exactly what homicide detectives found when they first uncovered evidence of the savage double murder that would bring an entire nation inside the courtroom.

Kilcoyne, an LA homicide detective and the president of the California Homicide Investigators Association marvels at the image for a moment.

“Juries need tangible things to understand,” he says, gesturing at the gruesome police photo.

The picture of Simpson is one example of the tangibles that the jury in the O.J. Simpson case was given and one of many similar police photos on display this week at an exhibit presented by the Los Angeles Homicide Department and the California Homicide Investigators Association at the Palms Casino Resort.

Behind the Scenes: The LAPD Homicide Experience, open free to the public and on display March 3 and 4 in conjunction with the annual California Homicide Investigators Association Conference, is both a primer in police work and a walk down a memory lane lined with violent criminals, gangland slayings and LA’s most prolific serial killers.
“Nobody’s every seen this exhibit before,” Palms co-owner Gavin Maloof explained Tuesday afternoon. “This is 100 years of files and murder cases. It’s just fascinating.”

March 3 and 4, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free.
Key West Ballroom at the Palms Casino Resort

Read the rest of Sarah Feldberg’s article at Las Vegas Weekly.

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