If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer by The Goldman Family

June 2, 2012

Synopsis (from the publisher): In 1994, Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson were brutally murdered at her home in Brentwood, California. O.J. Simpson was tried for the crime in a case that captured the attention of the American people, but was ultimately acquitted of criminal charges. The victims’ families brought a civil case against Simpson, which found him liable for willfully and wrongfully causing the deaths of Ron and Nicole committing battery with malice and oppression.

In 2006, HarperCollins announced the publication of a book in which O.J. Simpson told how he hypothetically would have committed the murders. In response to public outrage that Simpson stood to profit from these crimes, HarperCollins canceled the book. A Florida bankruptcy court awarded the rights to the Goldmans in August 2007 to satisfy the civil judgment in part. The Goldman family views the book as his confession, and has worked hard to ensure that the public will read this book and learn the truth. This is O.J. Simpson’s original manuscript, approved by him, with up to 14,000 words of additional key commentary.

Liked:

  • I never had any doubt that OJ was the killer, and this book merely confirmed my beliefs. Simpson shows himself to be arrogant and deluded to the very last — because, really, what kind of person would EVER pen a book like this?
  • It was fascinating (in a car wreck kind of way) to listen to OJ try to justify his actions. That’s what I believe he was doing in the chapters leading up to what happened on the night of June 12, 1994. He tried his damnedest to show Nicole in a bad light, tried to portray her as being abusive towards him (ha!), tried to make her seem unstable, and of course insinuated that she was using drugs and running with the wrong crowd. All that did, however, was make him come off as desperate and pathetic.
  • I’ve read in other reports about the Simpson case that OJ’s father was a homosexual and died of AIDS in 1986. In this book, OJ never mentioned the homosexuality, and said his father died of “cancer”. Just one lie of many, probably.
  • I usually don’t bother reading the Prologue of a nonfiction book, but this one (by the ghostwriter) really helped put things into perspective. The ghostwriter’s insight on what OJ was like during the interviews for the book will make it clear to everyone that this scumbag did it.
  • I love how the word “If” is barely visible on the cover, making it seem as though the title is I Did It. Well played, Goldman family.

Disliked:

  • The infamous “Chapter 6” was pretty much a letdown. Not only did OJ skip describing the slayings themselves (conveniently blaming a “blackout”), but he also invented some companion named “Charlie” who was supposedly there with him. I have no idea why the Charlie character was necessary, especially since OJ didn’t come right out and pin the crimes on that guy. Maybe it was OJ’s way of dissociating himself from the crime so he could talk about it more clearly.
  • The last two chapters of the book were jarring in the way they contrasted so much with the content of Chapter 6. In Chapter 6, he threw the word “hypothetical” into the narrative ONE time, then proceeded to describe events as they (presumably) actually happened. But then in Chapter 7 and 8, it was right back to denying, denouncing, and decrying what was happening to him. Poor OJ, everyone was wrong about him, yada, yada, yada. It was sickening to read those rants.

Rating:

I would never have read this book if the proceeds were going to OJ Simpson himself, but since the Goldman family and their lawyers pulled a fast one on him and secured ownership rights to the manuscript, I decided to check it out. While it’s not as revealing as I had hoped, it was still definitely worth the read. I’m sorry that Nicole and Ron were killed by this psycho, and even sorrier that CSI debuted in 1999 instead of 1989. It’s hard to imagine a modern jury overlooking all that DNA evidence and returning with a Not Guilty verdict. But anyway, OJ is in jail and now we finally have a better idea of what happened that June night 18 years ago. For that, I give the book 4 stars out of 5.

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