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If I Did It Confessions of the Killer Hardcover – Import, 2007

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Product Details

  • 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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Once, in being questioned about some comment in his very first autobiography. Simpson said that he had never read the book. The same seems to be true here. His ghostwriter gave him away, and Simpson either didn't read the book, didn't understand the book, or had already signed away his rights to make changes to the text.

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.
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Like many people, I bought "If I Did It" because I support the Goldman family's efforts to get some sort of justice. The man who murdered Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown went free. But, by being awarded the "If I Did It" manuscript in a bankruptcy case involving Simpson's corporation, the Goldmans have finally been able to collect, to a small extent, on the judgment they were awarded in Simpson's civil trial. The more money the Goldmans make on this book, the more money they will have "taken" from Simpson.

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.
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Of course, I, as everyone else, was very familiar with the details of the actual murders. But this book spends most of its time with the year or so prior to the murders. Since it is told by O.J., it is difficult to determine how much of it is true. The actual "confession" part is very sketchy: he sort of blames the whole thing on an imaginary accomplice named Charlie, and conveniently goes blank exactly when the murders take place. I read somewhere Barbara Walters said this was one of the most chilling things she's ever read. Maybe I've just been desensitized, but he just didn't say enough to qualify this as a confession. I realize just the idea that he would agree to something like this is enough of an admission of guilt (and stupidity, of course), but this was not the bombshell book I expected. I hope this gives the Goldmans some peace; for me, I was hoping for more of a concrete admission and a better sense of closure than this offers.
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OJ's rambling narrative is his attempt to re-write the history of his physical abuse and infidelities (bad for his public image) prior to Nicole's divorcing him. Through endless repetiton he so sweetly and with enormous concern and affection paints the worst possible picture of Nicole. He contradicts himself throughout, but he always remains, of course, The Loving Father and Family Man of the Year.

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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