It was a problem that plagued prosecutors during the so-called trial of the last century. Authorities said they had the bloody glove O.J. Simpson used into the stabbing death of his former wife and her friend, but they could never produce the knife that was used.

This absence fueled public intrigue, along with two decades of potential weapons that never panned out.

There was the 15-inch retractable blade that O.J. Simpson purchased at a downtown Los Angeles cutlery shop. And the blood-stained kitchen knife wrapped in a blouse discovered near Simpson’s Brentwood estate. Even a broken carving knife found in a waste tank at Chicago’s O’Hare airport was turned into investigators.

Now, 22 years after the killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, a retired police officer has handed over a knife given to him by a construction worker who helped raze Simpson’s mansion in 1998.

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