3. O.J. Simpson The O.J. Simpson case may be the most well-known and widely debated domestic violence case in U.S. history. When his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman were brutally murdered in 1994, the investigation and trial revealed how deceiving appearances can be. Until that time, O.J. Simpson was a beloved American football hero who no one would have imagined was capable of spousal abuse, much less murder. The televised trial, including 911 tapes documenting Nicole Brown Simpson’s abuse and repeated attempts to get help made the country take a closer look at how pervasive and hidden domestic violence is.