What Does Serial Killer Glen Rogers Have To Do With The O.J. Case?
He was known as the “Casanova Killer” and the “Cross-Country Killer,” but his real name is Glen Edward Rogers.
Rogers was captured in November of 1995 after a national manhunt culminating in a high-speed, drunken car chase in Kentucky — during which he tossed an empty beer can at a police cruiser. He was known as a very charming, but volatile man, who had a penchant for strawberry blondes and redheads like his mother was. If he got drunk, however, that was when he got dangerous — he was known for once having injected Budweiser directly into his veins. He once claimed responsibility for 70 murders — although he later said he’d been joking.
Glen Meets Nicole
In 1992, at age 30, already with a criminal history of theft, pimping, assault, and a few suicide attempts behind him, Rogers was working as a construction worker and house painter in California, which led to him meeting Nicole Brown Simpson when she allegedly hired him to paint her condo. They reportedly “partied” together. Once Rogers discovered Nicole was wealthy, he is said to have claimed to friends that he was “going to take her down.”
After his arrest, Rogers told a criminal profiler at one point that he had been working with O.J. who had hired him to rob Nicole, because he wanted a valuable pair of earrings back that he’d given her, telling Rogers to kill her if she got in the way of the plan. He claimed responsibility for the murders of both Nicole and Ron Goldman.
Another story he told was that O.J. had hired him to intimidate some drug dealers to leave Nicole alone, as O.J. was sick of paying her debts. Intimidation led to a scuffle, which led to the murders.
Yet another tale Rogers spun is that he is not the one responsible for the infamous double murder, but that he was lurking outside the Brentwood home with a video camera, spying on Nicole Brown Simpson. He claimed that he captured video footage of the murders and proof that O.J. did it — although he’s conveniently not giving up the secret location of this alleged videotape.
The Confirmed Kills
Police believe his first kill was found in January of 1993 when the corpse of a former roommate was found under a pile of furniture near an abandoned home. Then, in September 1995, a woman Rogers had picked up at Van Nuys, California, bar was found strangled and raped inside a burning vehicle. The end of 1995 appeared to be a travel period for Rogers, as his next known victim was found stabbed to death in her Jackson, Mississippi, bathtub in November. Two days later, another woman was found dead in her motel bathtub in Tampa, Florida. A few days after that, the final known victim was found stabbed to death in Bossier City, Louisiana.
Rogers had a disturbing habit of leaving the toilets at his crime scenes full of feces — a habit reportedly dating back to his childhood, when his family said he would never flush.
Trials and Convictions
Rogers first went to trial in Tampa, Florida. On May 7, 1997, after just eight hours of deliberations, Rogers was convicted for the murder of Tina Marie Cribbs. It took the jury just another three hours to sentence Rogers to death. Before Florida could carry out the sentence, California charged Rogers with first-degree murder as well as arson.
He was extradited to California in October 1998 and stood trial for the strangulation death of Sandra Gallagher and her subsequent burning in her vehicle. He was convicted of Gallagher’s death on June 22, 1999. On July 16, he was sentenced to death. According to the extradition treaty between California and Florida, Rogers was transported back to Florida to complete his sentence there. Thanks to various appeals and delays, he remains in the Union Correctional Institution in Florida.
The documentary My Brother The Serial Killer explores Glen Rogers’ history of violence. In this clip, Glen’s brother discusses what is believed to be Glen Rogers’ first crime, petty theft:
Investigation Discovery’s six-part series, Is O.J. Innocent? The Missing Evidence explores new theories and never-before-seen evidence in the high-profile case. The three-night event starts January 15 at 9 p.m. EST on Investigation Discovery and ID GO.