THE CRIMES THAT SHOCKED AMERICA - REVISITED!

Published on: August 25, 2012
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Special update on the central figures in America’s MOST notorious cases! But WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The ENQUIRER knows!

O.J. SIMPSON BEHIND BARS: FAT FAT FAT!

In the so-called “trial of the century,” former pro football star O.J. SIMPSON was accused of murdering his beautiful wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman in cold blood. Although he was acquitted of the heinous crimes, O.J. was later ordered to pay more than $33 million to the victims’ kin in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the families in civil court. Now 65, O.J. is finally where he belongs – behind bars! The disgraced athlete was convicted of armed robbery and other charges in 2008 and is serving nine to 33 years at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. He’s gained a considerable amount of weight and has become a fantasy football enthusiast.

JONBENET DAD STARTS NEW LIFE

In a sensational new book, tragic JONBENET RAMSEY’s father John shares the shocking moment he discovered his daughter’s lifeless body in the basement of their Boulder, Colo., home and why he’s so sure an intruder murdered the 6-year-old beauty queen. The savage 1996 Christmastime killing has never been solved. But John recalls that he and his late wife Patsy went out to a friend’s house for just a few hours that fateful night, and it was “enough time for someone to crawl through a broken basement window, select a hiding place, write a ransom note and wait,” he writes. In his riveting book, “The Other Side of Suffering: The Father of JonBenet Ramsey Tells the Story of His Journey from Grief to Grace,” John also recounts the heart-wrenching moment he found JonBenet covered with a blanket: “I fumble to flip the light...little arms tied over her head…I found her! I tried to untie her hands. The knot is too complicated. I hysterically pray she is just unconscious...I lift my little girl from beneath her arms. Her body is stiff and cool. I scream like a madman. Scream and scream.” JonBenet’s mom, Patsy, 49, died of ovarian cancer in 2006. John Ramsey, 68, married Jan Rousseaux, 54, in July 2011 and now lives in Michigan.

SCANDAL RIDDEN AMY FISHER

Dubbed the “Long Island Lolita,” AMY FISHER was just 17 years old when she rang the doorbell at the home of her lover, Joey Buttafuoco, then shot his wife Mary Jo in the head. Mary Jo survived the attack, and Amy was charged with attempted first-degree murder. She eventually pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated assault and served six years in prison. Joey, who was 36 at the time of the affair with Amy, served four months behind bars for statutory rape. Amy went on to a career as a stripper and porn star. She married Lou Bellera in 2003 and recently purchased a mansion in the upscale Wellington community near Palm Beach, Fla., for $575,000. Reports claim Amy, now 37, and Lou have separated. Mary Jo and Joey moved to California and remained together until 2003. She remarried print shop manager Stu Tendler. Joey has been in and out of trouble over the years, and reports say he and second wife Evanka have split.

JENNIFER HUDSON TRIUMPH OVER TRAGEDY

The “American Idol” finalist and “Dreamgirls” star JENNIFER HUDSON was at the top of her game when tragedy struck in October 2008. Her mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and brother, Jason, 29, were gunned down in their Chicago home by the estranged husband of the singer’s sister. Three days later, police found the body of Jennifer’s 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, in an abandoned SUV. Jennifer’s brother-in-law William Balfour – an ex-con who had served seven years for attempted murder – was arrested for the horrific triple murder. Although he pleaded “not guilty” to the crimes, he was convicted of multiple felony charges and, in July, was sentenced to three life terms plus 120 years behind bars. Courageous Jennifer, 30, is now planning her wedding to Harvard-educated lawyer-turned-professional wrestler David Otunga. The couple has a 3-year-old son.

JAYCEE DUGARD: PRIVATE SURVIVOR

JAYCEE DUGARD was just 11 years old when she was abducted while walking to her school bus stop in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., on the morning of June 10, 1991. For the next 18 years, Jaycee lived as a captive in tents and storage sheds in the backyard of Phillip and Nancy Garrido’s Antioch, Calif., home. She was raped repeatedly and gave birth to two daughters during her captivity. Jaycee was finally freed in 2009, when Garrido’s evil scheme came to an end. On June 2, 2011, Garrido was sentenced to 431 years to life in prison, and Nancy received a sentence of 36 years to life. Last year, Jaycee released her memoir, “A Stolen Life.” She was also awarded $20 million by the state of California for failing to find her despite the fact that Garrido was a supervised parolee. “Jaycee is doing very well now – she’s living her life,” a spokesperson for the now-32-year-old told The ENQUIRER. “She is a public figure not of her own making. She was in captivity for 18 years, and she wants a private life now. She is a survivor.”

CASEY ANTHONY: POST-PROBATION GETAWAY

In July 2008, CASEY ANTHONY’s mother Cindy dialed 911 to report that she had not seen her 2-year-old granddaughter Caylee in 31 days and that her daughter Casey’s car smelled like there’d been a dead body in it. Casey gave conflicting stories about what happened to the child and was charged with murder in October. In December, Caylee’s skeletal remains were found in a wooded area near the Anthonys’ Orlando home. Although acquitted of the murder, Casey, now 26, was sentenced to a year of probation for writing a bad check. She recently lived in the West Palm Beach, Fla., home of a private investigator but her current whereabouts remain a secret. She has said she plans to move to Costa Rica when her probation ends in late August.

SCOTT PETERSON: DEATH-ROW ROMEO

Laci Peterson was eight months pregnant when her husband SCOTT PETERSON reported her missing from their Modesto, Calif., home on Christmas Eve 2002. At first, Laci’s family supported Scott – until Amber Frey entered the picture. The pretty blonde massage therapist, who had started dating Scott months before, went to police after learning that his wife was missing. She also revealed that Scott had told her he’d “lost” his wife more than two weeks before Laci disappeared. On April 13, 2003, the body of Laci’s unborn son Conner washed up just north of Berkeley Marina, where Scott had claimed he’d been boating the day his wife disappeared. Laci’s badly decomposed remains washed ashore the following day. Scott was arrested on April 18 and was convicted of murdering both Laci and Conner. He now resides on death row at California’s San Quentin State Prison, where insiders say he still receives love letters from female admirers. Scott appealed his conviction in July. Amber Frey now lives in Fresno, Calif., where she has a massage business working with doctors and physiotherapists. She married a prison guard two years after the trial, but the union ended in divorce.