Double Murderer O.J. Simpson’s Las Vegas Crime Scene Is Being Demolished at Palace Station

One of the proudest moments in Nevada history was when a Las Vegas judge and jury put double murderer O.J. Simpson behind bars.

While the court system failed in 1995, it was redeemed in 2008. Exactly 13 years, to the day, after Simson was acquitted of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman’s murders, he was sentenced by a Las Vegas judge to nine-to-33 years for being a world-class asshat.

Well, that and 10 other charges including kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

Now, the hotel room where Simpson’s crimes took place, at Palace Station in Las Vegas, is being demolished.

The demolition is part of a larger project at Palace Station, and we’ve got all the demolition porn you could possibly ever want.

Palace Station demolition

Las Vegas is always making new things. It often makes a mess first.

An entire swath of Palace Station is being leveled.

Palace Station demolition

This whole area used to be a thing. Now, not so much.

The extensive Palace Station demolition includes the resort’s Courtyard Rooms.

It was in room 1203 in Palace Station’s courtyard complex that O.J. Simpson and his six bumbling cohorts confronted two sports memorabilia dealers, leading to Simpson’s arrest, conviction and incarceration in the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada.

Palace Station demolition

The stories those headboards could tell.

Here’s a look at where room 1203 resides. But not for long.

Palace Station demolition

It’s time to bid farewell to a Las Vegas landmark. We trust that giant red arrow will be demolished as well.

Here’s a handy map of the former Courtyard Rooms at Palace Station in case you’re a Las Vegas nerd.

Room 1203 became inexorably linked to Simpson’s downfall when jurors made a secret field trip to Palace Station in September 2008. Judge Jackie Glass apparently felt it was important for the jurors to see the site of Simpson’s misdeeds.

For a time, Palace Station kept room 1203 off-limits to guests. Over time, though, guests could stay in the infamous room.

O.J. Simpson’s crimes weren’t limited to the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman, of course. He is responsible for the rise to fame of the Kardashian family, also an unforgivable transgression.

The demolition of its Courtyard Rooms (ah, the irony) is part of a multi-million-dollar renovation project at the 41-year-old, off-Strip casino.

If you look closely, you can see the remnants of the resort’s train theme. The theme is being phased out as part of the overhaul.

The renovations have already resulted in a new valet area and bingo room, among other changes.

O.J. Simpson has a parole hearing on July 20, 2017, and we can only hope his being a model prisoner will have no impact on the decision to let him continue to rot in jail. The former athlete has served nine years to-date.

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We are not cleaning this up.

Big thanks to eagle-eyed reader Troy S. for bringing this story to our attention.

Here’s a plethora of photos from the Palace Station demolition.

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  • Annster

    Simpson aside, those courtyard rooms at the PS have been garnering some of the most scathing hotel room reviews in the city for a gaming property over the last several years, but they did offer a dirt cheap option for visitors close to the strip and downtown.
    The upgrade plan is sorely overdue and an exciting change; I am glad they are refreshing the property rather than taking out another aging contender (I still have not come to terms with ripping apart Stardust only to leave the land fallow for the last decade, ResortsWorld plans notwithstanding).

    • Ditto on the Stardust, and by the time they’re done, it seems Palace Station will be an entirely new offering.

  • LasVegasJunkie

    fyi… he was never convicted for the murders of Nicole Brown or Ron Goldman so calling him a “double murderer” is factually incorrect..

    • Manybar Goatfish

      True. When viewed from all perspectives, double murder and double standards share a lot of turf. Unfortunately.

    • I never said he was convicted of murder. I said he is a murderer, so factually correct.

      • RustyHammer

        speculatively correct.

      • LasVegasJunkie

        LOL 100% fact. You win Scott!

  • Laurel and Hardy

    I enjoyed staying in the PS Courtyard rooms. They were inexpensive, convenient to parking, the pool, and the casino, and remodeling was completed about 5 years ago. I didn’t know my stay in May would be my last there.

  • RustyHammer

    Don’t squeeze the juice.

    Or at minimum, feed OJ deep dish casserole.

  • JeffinOKC

    Scott used the phrase “demolition porn”. I think using the word “porn” in social media makes the post harder to find, because Google and other search engines filter items with the word “porn” in them. At least that is what happened to me on YouTube when I was looking for an old Mercedes-Benz groups video that they had titled “126 porn”.

    • Good to know, thanks!

    • There is a flip side to that as well. I have it set up so the top results in my searches are those that actually contain that word.

  • Marvin Mayorofneworleans Krant

    Horrible article. It starts by calling OJ a double murderer. Slander at it’s finest

    • Manybar Goatfish

      When the OJ trial was going on, my biggest problem was figuring out how to watch the trial on t.v. And not get fired from my job for not showing up to work. When the verdict finally hit the news, I was being handed my burger and fries from a drive-thru window, and I felt it was my duty to inform the fast food worker of OJ’s innocence. Much to my surprise, she couldn’t have cared less. That pissed me off because I had almost lost my job over it.

    • Hey, Marvin, as discussed on Facebook, it’s not libel because O.J. Simpson is, in fact, a multiple murderer. He was also convicted of a number of other crimes. So, it’s factually accurate that he is a double murdering scumbag who was the beneficiary of frustrations with a racist system and paranoia.

      • Manybar Goatfish

        Where feelings get hurt is that it took the OJ trial to give the “other side” of an imperfect system their first win. That made the score 1-million to 1 in their view. Ouch. That’s gotta hurt. I get it.

  • Bouldersteve

    Too bad the Juice was not still in that room when the wrecking ball hit.

  • Photoncounter

    Regardless of the OJ controversy here (I’d run him through a wood chipper feet first) thanks for all the great photos! Nice to see those rooms go.

    Very clearly this property is going upscale, which is nice BUT I do feel that the “value tourist” continues to get kicked in the ass. Between the parking fees, resort fees and demolition of the cheaper properties Joe Sixpack and wife are having fewer options.

    The city is booming with other tourists (hate to have to drive anywhere near the Strip) of different demographics. Should we hit hard economic times again the high end people who are heavily debt leveraged are the first to stop coming and Joe Sixpack will now be soured for life and won’t show up. I think the constant upscaling might be leaving too many previously reliable visitors behind.

    • Annster

      I agree with your comments but Station still has plenty of affordable properties, there are Ellis Island, Wild Wild West, lots of cheap joints downtown, Boyd’s Places including Sam’s Town, and many others. And Circus Circus still holds court at the low end of strip access. These rooms were old and tired but hardly the last of their kind.