OJ Fact Check: Did Mark Fuhrman Really Own Nazi Medals?

The L.A. police detective on the Simpson case is speaking out, and still sticking his foot in his mouth

Episode 5 of “The People v. O.J. Simpson” ends, shockingly, with L.A. policeDetective Mark Furhman looking reverently upon a Nazi medal. It’s the first moment that foreshadows how devastating Fuhrman’s racism will be for the case against Simpson.

It also feels too on-the-nose to possibly be true. But is it? Welcome to O.J. Fact Check.

BUT FIRST, A FEW WORDS FROM MARK FUHRMAN

Fuhrman told the New York Post in an interview published Sunday that he won’t watch “The People v. O.J. Simpson”:

“At this late date, FX is attempting to establish a historical artifact with this series without reaching out to any prosecution sources,” he complained.

But speaking of prosecution sources, the story of the medal is consistent with the account of one very prominent prosecution source: none other than prosecutor Chris Darden.

THE FACTS

Darden wrote in his book, “In Contempt,” that Fuhrman told him, in a roundabout way, that he collected Nazi medals. Here’s an excerpt, via Newsweek:

“What are your hobbies?” I asked.

“I like to collect World War II memorabilia.”

“What kind of memorabilia?” I asked.

“Well, medals.”

“Any particular kind?”

He shifted in his chair.

“Well, don’t take this the wrong way, but I collect German medals.”

In World War II, “German medals” meant “Nazi medals.”

THE VERDICT

Fuhrman had some medals, according to one of those “prosecution sources” he’s so fond of.

ANYTHING ELSE?

The upcoming episodes of the show make Fuhrman look even worse. And Furhman can’t contest the things the show has him saying on tape… because he said them on tape.