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With The People V. OJ Simpson television series the subject of many a water-cooler talk, the recent unearthing of what could be the murder weapon couldn’t have been better scripted. Twenty-two years after the infamous murder of Nicole Brown Simpson took place, it’s being reported that a construction worker found a blood-stained knife buried on OJ Simpson property years ago during the demolition of the former NFL running back’s estate.

Right after discovering the knife the construction worker walked it to the street where he handed it to an off-duty LAPD cop who was working security for a movie set at the time. But instead of turning the knife in, the police officer took it home and kept it as some sort of OJ Simpson memorabilia. For years.

Reports TMZ:

In late January of this year, after the cop retired from the LAPD, he contacted a friend who worked in LAPD’s Robbery Homicide Division (RHD). The cop told the friend about the knife and said he was getting it framed to put on his wall. He wanted his friend to get the DR (Departmental Record) number for the Nicole Brown Simpson/Ronald Goldman murder case, which he planned on engraving in the frame.

We’re told the friend was indignant, and told his superiors. The brass was outraged and demanded that the retired cop turn the knife over, which he did.

Our sources say the knife is currently being tested for hair and fingerprints. It will be moved to the Serology Unit next week, where it will be tested for DNA and other biological evidence.

One source familiar with the investigation tells us, cops who eyeballed the knife think it could have blood residue on it, but it’s hard to know without testing because it’s extremely rusted and stained.

The investigation is top secret. It’s been logged into the LAPD’s computer system outside the official case file to maintain security. Our sources say, since O.J. was found not guilty, it’s still an open case. That means cops can continue investigating, but O.J. cannot be prosecuted again — double jeopardy.

Whether this is actually the knife Simpson (allegedly) used to complicate his life or a failed attempt to plant evidence by say, a cop who didn’t like Black people and collected Nazi memorabilia, is anyone’s guess. But what’s puzzling in this case is the LAPD’s decision to make a top secret investigation out of a knife that could be tied to a case that’s dead, buried, and cannot be brought back to life.

Also, LAPD confirmed everything TMZ reported.

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Photo: Ethan Miller via AP, Pool