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Report: Knife Found Buried At O.J. Simpson's Former Estate

No - this isn't an advertisement for American Crime Story's The People v. O.J. Simpson - it's actual news. According to TMZ, a years ago - possibly as far back as 1998 - a construction worker found a knife buried at former USC star O.J. Simpson's former estate. The worker gave the weapon - a folding buck knife - to an off-duty officer across the street, who, for some reason, took it home with him instead of turning it in.

Here's more, via TMZ. Essentially, the cop, now retired, wanted to have the knife framed on his wall. Instead, it's now being tested for hair, fingerprints and DNA. TMZ also says that one source thinks it could have "blood residue" on it.

Our law enforcement sources say the construction worker took the knife to the street, where he saw an LAPD cop. He told the officer where he found the knife and the cop took it.

Turns out the cop -- who worked in the traffic division -- was off duty at the time, working security for a movie shoot at a house across the street on Rockingham. Our sources say the officer took the knife home and kept it ... kept it for years. 

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.

Simpson's former estate was demolished back in 1998. 

As a reminder, Simpson cannot be tried again for the murders of Nicole Brown or Ronald Goldman - due to double jeopardy. But Simpson is currently in jail - serving up to 33 years after being convicted of 10 different charges related to a robbery in Nevada.