25 years ago today: Gray D.C. bureau chief talks the O.J. Simpson trial

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - 25 years ago on this day, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered. Brown's husband, Football legend O.J. Simpson was arrested and tried for the murders.

This event changed the life of an Appleton native and UW-Madison alumna, NBC15’s D.C. bureau chief Greta van Susteren.

Susteren became a CNN legal analyst for "the trial of the century,” then went on to dominate cable news as an anchor on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

Wednesday she spoke with NBC15’s morning anchor, Tim Elliot. Susteren says what many people saw on TV isn't what the jury saw in the trial.

“I covered it gavel to gavel. What's the most interesting thing is most people watched a lot of it,” Susteren said. “But the most important thing to remember is this: even if you watched it all, you still did not see the trial that the jury did.”

“It's different than the court room,” Susteren explained. “There were many arguments that the lawyers had about evidence they might want to introduce or that they thought could be introduced, and that happened when the jury wasn't in the room.”

“So we at home heard evidence that wasn't admissible, we heard more than the jury. I think it's important to know. People criticize the jury but they decided the case based on evidence presented to them, and it's different than what the rest of us saw,” Susteren said.