- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: GIBSON SQUARE; First Edition first Printing edition (2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906142084
- ISBN-13: 978-1906142087
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (447 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,649,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If I Did It Confessions of the Killer Hardcover – Import, 2007
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First, he gives himself an additional motive for the murder. Not jealousy, but the irrestible urge to silence a whining bipolar woman whom he thought was a bad influence on his kids. Driven-to-the-wall nuts like many a murderer before him.
Second, as Sam Goldwyn would say, the book is "chock full of omissions". Simpson presents the murders as spontaneous, and gives a reason for happening to have gloves and a cap in his car. He does not explain why he just happened to be wearing black dress socks and thousand-dollar teal shoes with a blue track suit. In reality, of course, he wore dark socks to minimize the show of blood, and wore a pair of shoes he had decided he disliked and had not often been seen in. (But he had worn them at least once, since a picture of him wearing them had been published in a magazine 6 months before the murders.)
He says that he talked with a fan at the airport about his Hall of Fame ring, and there was no cut on his ring finger. THEN he reproduces his first police interview in which he admits he cut his finger in L.A. and the cut opened up again in Chicago! Mr. Simpson, please read the books you "write"!
He invents an accomplice called Charlie, a casual acquaintance who just drops in on a first visit to tell him Nicole was doing immoral things. He and Charlie rush off to Nicole's house and Simpson does the deed while Charlie stands guard. This Charlie never comes forward and leaves no trace at the scene.Read more ›
The book begins with an introduction in which "the Goldman Family" explain how they came to be awarded the rights to "If I Did It" by the bankruptcy court and why they decided to publish it. As they point out, they (like me) would much rather see Simpson in jail, serving the life sentence he should have received. But since that is now impossible, they must settle for the next best thing -- doing whatever is legally permissible to punish Simpson by seizing his assets.
The book's ghostwriter, Pablo Fenjves, also provides an introduction, where he describes his involvement in the book project and his interviews of Simpson. Fenjves's intro actually contained what was, for me, the most chilling part of the book: When Simpson's narrative reached the moment of the actual murders, he looked at Fenjves and said, "I don't know what the hell you want from me . . . I'm not going to tell you that I sliced my ex-wife's neck and watched her eyes roll up into her head." Somehow, that strikes me as more of a confession than anything else in the book.
The "If I Did It" memoir itself takes up 196 pages.Read more ›
He then asks readers to understand that he could NEVER cut the throat of the mother of his children from ear to ear and stand watching as her eyes rolled back in her head. Absolutely chilling that he would include that detail. (Hypothetically, you see, he doesn't remember anything about the actual killings).
And, of course, there's Charlie, his "audience", for the actual murders. OJ's need for constant attention and his obsession with being the center of the universe apparently supply this phantom. He shows more pride and affection for the knife he used than he ever does for Nicole.
"What Jack says about Jill says more about Jack than it does about Jill" certainly applies to this man and this book. His portrayal of Nicole is a crude attempt to justify her murder, the slaughter of Ron Goldman a vicious and pathetic demonstration of how the older, spurned husband bests the handsome younger man.
Jealousy lurks on every page, and he protests far too often about "moving on." This was a tough read, but worth it if you want to understand the arrogance and cruelty that launched OJ at his victims. His smugness at the outcome of his trial is almost unbearable.
I bought this out of curiosity, but now understand and applaud the Goldmans' continuing campaign to seek the only justice they will ever see for Ron's murder, which is to thwart OJ's attempts at generating income for himself.
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RIP NICOLE AND RUN. A TRUE AMERICAN CRIME STORY. GOD BLESS ALLPublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I was torn for a while on whether I really wanted to read this book and drum up my past, angry feelings of a serial killer getting away with two Murders again, and publizing it for... Read morePublished 1 day ago by JD
The Criminal Justice System failed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman miserably. They allowed O.J. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Cheryl K White
I can see why the Brown's objected to publishing..the Killer is intent on making everything Nicole's fault and I can see where that is hurtful to the family. Read morePublished 4 days ago by booklover
The book is what it claims to be. A confession of a killer. The notes from the ghost writer and the Goldman family are nice added features to remind the reader of the reality of... Read morePublished 5 days ago by W. Hammond
I just got done reading this book. It was only 1.99 for the kindle edition so it wouldn't have been a big deal if it really sucked. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jill