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How I Helped O.J. Get Away With Murder: The Shocking Inside Story of Violence, Loyalty, Regret, and Remorse Hardcover – May 12, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; First Edition edition (May 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596985518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596985513
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

You Don't Know the Full Truth About O.J. Simpson and the Murders that Gripped a Nation.

But Mike Gilbert does, and after nearly two decades of being O.J. Simpson's sports agent, business advisor, and trusted confidant, Gilbert is breaking his silence and telling the full story of the man he idolized, but now despises.

Gilbert's shocking tale is unlike anything you've read before; it isn't his "version" of what happened--it's the unvarnished truth. The truth about O.J., the murders, and the infamous trial. Not as Gilbert imagined or would like it to be, but how it actually was. Gilbert doesn't spare anyone, not even himself--he helped deceive the jury and feels deeply responsible for the "Not Guilty" verdict.

So why is Gilbert speaking out now? Has he gone from sinner to saint? Is he making a play for sympathy or looking to make a quick buck? No. (Proceeds from this book are going to the March of Dimes and other selected charities with which Gilbert has long been associated.) Gilbert is writing this book because he regrets what he did for his adored, childhood idol. He can no longer find any excuse for how he has shielded O.J. Simpson; and he is determined that the full truth must now be told, including:

* O.J.'s late night confession to Gilbert
* How Gilbert was responsible for O.J.'s hand not fitting the murder glove
* Why O.J. murdered Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman (it was more than jealousy)
* Why Gilbert defended O.J. for so long--and what finally convinced him he could do so no longer
* How O.J. ignored his financial obligations to the Goldman family and milked the tabloids for money
* The real reason why an armed O.J. burst in on the memorabilia collectors in Las Vegas (Gilbert had what O.J. was looking for)

Told with searing candor, this book leaves no one's reputation intact--not even Gilbert's. But he casts a glaring light on how celebrity can corrupt, how power can mislead, and how friendship and loyalty can be perverted. His book is meant to set the record straight, to lay to rest the ghosts of that dreadful night that have haunted him ever since, and to now play what little part he can to forward the process the of justice.

From the Back Cover

From the Prologue of How I Helped O.J. Get Away with Murder

"I am not interested in anybody's forgiveness, but I do want to tell the real story. I want you to know what happened, why it happened, and how it happened. I want you to see us as real people, no matter how you may judge us by the end of this book.

"Before O.J. Simpson killed Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman on the night of June 12, 1994, we were all people you might have liked. We worked hard, kept our business affairs straight, kept discretions (in personal matters), and watched each other's backs. There were four of us in the innermost O.J. circle: Skip Taft, Cathy Randa, Al Cowlings, and me--the lawyer, the personal assistant, the best friend, and the agent. During the trial we were inseparable, but the pain and stress dissolved our bonds and now there's just resigned silence.

"We weren't evil, stupid, or crazy, any of us. We knew O.J., we knew Nicole, we knew their dynamics, and we could see the evidence. But unlike the rest of you, we had a profound conflict: We loved him...

"You are wondering why I decided to write this book now, and if it is `all about cashing in.'

"Nothing is `all about' anything. I wasn't ready before. I was still working for O.J. and I was still an apologist for him, for myself....I was hooked in by choices I made from day one, the day of the blast, June 12.

"Now I'm not.

"The simple reality is that I have a story that I know you will want to hear...not as I dream it, or imagine it, or would like it to be--but as it actually was."

*A portion of author proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the March of Dimes and other selected charities.


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Customer Reviews

I found this book to be very well written and hard to put down.
Elaine Baer
He claims in the book that he told OJ not to take his arthritus medication so his hands would swell up and not fit the bloody glove.
WorldTravelr
This book answered so many questions that I think many of us had about O.J.'s trial.
Isis Mani

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115 of 129 people found the following review helpful By alan kaye on May 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is no revelation to me. As a police officer, I looked at the evidence - evidence that was overwhelming albeit poorly handled. I always knew Simpson was a killer and it makes me sick to my stomach to know his attorney's knew this as well. Simpson told his first attorney Robert Shipero the truth and Shipero was going to try and get him the best plea deal he could, something he was known for. Then along came Johnny Cochran and the rest of the "dream team" who said "we can get him off if we attack the investigation." Knowing he was guilty - how do these people sleep at night? They lied to the court and to the world - their sin is as bad as Simpson's. With this book in print and obviously from an insider with first hand knowledge, I believe the feds should charge Simpson with a civil rights violation and try him again. Thanks Robert for finally telling the truth.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By research gurl on September 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who has followed this story knows OJ did it and knows OJ got away with it. The question remained: how did he get away with it? This book fills in the details to the questions the public always wanted to know.

First off let's start with the author, Mike Gilbert. He puts himself up on the chopping block and rightly so. He did everything in his power to make certain his childhood idol, OJ, did not go to prison. He is not the only one. There are endless people in OJ's circle who did whatever they could to make sure he never went to prison and that his money and assets were carefully shipped off or put in other's names so the Goldman family received as little money as possible.

This book is truthful and telling, but be careful what you wish for. Knowing the truth in details about this fateful night will still make your stomach turn, perhaps even more so. It is sickening how fame and celebrity can corrupt people. Gilbert speaks of how everybody in OJ's circle KNEW he was guilty, they just never wanted to deal with it. That plus they didn't want their MEAL TICKET shipped off to prison as most of the people who helped him get away with murder depended on OJ for their income.

Some of the highlights are:

AC and the supposed Bronco chase:
When OJ was originally arrested for the murders, he was let go. (still can't figure that one out) He was told he could turn himself in a few days later. On the day he was to turn himself in, he had AC (Al Cowlings) drive him to Nicole's grave where he was going to kill himself. After AC was sitting in the Bronco for a few minutes, not hearing a gunshot, he went over to OJ and asked him what he was doing. OJ told AC, to more or less, give him a couple minutes because he was trying to kill himself.
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107 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Karen Spinnah on May 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book, surprisingly, is not trash at all, but reads like a great tragic American novel. The characters are unbelievably twisted but at the same time human and real and vivid. I actually could not put it down and read it all the way through this morning. People are grabbing it from my hands. Not only because of the staggering info it contains about OJ and the case but because of the way it is written. It is actually heartbreaking, in parts. Try to read it before you make promises of vomiting on it or burning it. The PR it has gotten does not do it justice. It is a real book--not just a cheap OJ slammer. It's complex and requires that you engage your heart, from page 1.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Linda Sue Canaday on May 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be an emotional rollercoaster. I have to believe what was written in this book, because the author wasn't trying to clear himself of any wrong doing, he was laying it out as it was, putting himself up as a target. I can only imagine what Mike Gilbert has had to live with all these years in the name of loyalty. Very good reading, hard to put down.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Isis Mani on May 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I finished the book in one day. Finally the truth after so many years. This book answered so many questions that I think many of us had about O.J.'s trial. It also gave rare insight to what happened behind the scenes. It was written with passion and conviction. A truly entertaining and exhilerating read. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know what really happened.
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There doesn't seem to be anything published in the last fourteen years regarding the O.J. Simpson double murder case that doesn't come across as being coated in sleaze, debauchery, or simply self-serving. This book written by Mike Gilbert fits directly into that mold with the additional feel of a "Sybil-like" multiple-personality disorder suffered by the author. After reading this book my feelings are even stronger than they were before I read this book, that there was no possible benefit to humanity by publishing this. Prior to the release of this book I had pledged to never put a penny in the hands of any of the people involved with Simpson either in the crime or the cover-up. You're probably asking how can that be so if I bought this book? Ah-ha! Good question! And here is where the multiple-personalities regarding integrity and lack of same by the author and publisher. On the inside book cover "jacket" it states: "PROCEEDS FROM THIS BOOK ARE GOING TO THE "MARCH OF DIMES" AND TO SEVERAL OTHER CHARITIES WITH WHICH GILBERT HAS LONG BEEN ASSOCIATED." That is why I took a chance buying this book, because I figured in the worst set of circumstances at least "ALL" of my money would go to charity.... BUT!! When I got home, I noticed that at the bottom of the back of the cover, a small black square similar to the warning on a pack of cigarettes states: "A PORTION OF AUTHOR PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS BOOK WILL BE DONATED TO THE "MARCH OF DIMES" AND OTHER SELECTED CHARITIES." Well which is it? All... or a portion? And if it's a portion how much?? Now with that bad taste in my mouth and the stench that goes with being mislead, I will now share with "possible" readers the personality and loyalty swings of the author.

Gilbert throughout the book boasts over and over how O.J.
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