The “white Ford Bronco” incident led by O.J. Simpson may be the most famous police chase in history
In the chase, Simpson’s ex-NFL friend A.C. Crowlings was driving while Simpson cowered in the backseat with a duffel bag filled with money, a gun, and a fake beard. But the low-speed chase all came to an end—live on TV—when the Bronco parked in Simpson’s drive and he surrendered to police. It was reportedly watched by nearly 100 million viewers on TV.
Now, a new crime museum, “Alcatraz East,” opening in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, will lease it for people to view, Forbes magazine has reported. The 1993 Bronco will be displayed prominently at the location.
“Alcatraz East is leasing the Bronco from its’ owners,” said Janine Vaccarello, who is the chief operating officer for the museum, reported Forbes.
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“The O.J. Simpson case was such a large part of American history. Not only did it introduce discussions on DNA and forensics to the public, it also forced a dialogue about the evidence collection process. The white bronco from the police chase is synonymous with this case and time period. It’s a piece of history on display for the public to learn about the sub-sequential impacts to our society.”
The 1993 Bronco will be in a part of the museum that features other vehicles used by criminals, including the Hudson Essex Terraplane driven by gangster John Dillinger. Bonnie and Clyde’s “Death Car,” a 1934 Ford V-8, that was used in the 1967 move of the same name will also be featured there.
The Bronco wasn’t owned by Simpson—but by Crowlings, AP reported back in 1995. The vehicle has been consistently bought and sold over the years.
Inside Edition reported a few months ago that the Bronco’s whereabouts have remained a mystery for the past 20 years. It revealed that Mike Gilbert of Hanford, California, owns the vehicle.
“Two Hundred million people watched the Bronco chase,” he told the NY Observer a few weeks ago. “And everybody can remember where they were when that was going on, just like when JFK was killed.”
He added, however, that he is “in no hurry to sell it.”
“It’s a very famous piece of American history,” he added.