After reading the "confessional" story behind the infamous Simpson murder case, you might find yourself both perplexed and most definitely disturbed by its tale. The events surrounding the brutal murder case have become legend, and now Simpson has released a book, detailing his side of the story and what happened. Sort of.
If I Did It is the book that almost didn't happen, as this project has been milling around for quite a while. The furor that erupted, when the word of its release hit the industry, led to even more drama behind the scenes. Harper Collins had it at first, but then the Goldman family went to court and fought its release. O.J. eventually denied even writing it, calling it fiction and the work of a ghost writer.
Before the book could be released, it was pulled. So was the televised interview between Simpson and Regan. People backed away from it and it looked like the book would never be. The story of how it finally came to life is detailed in the foreword, written by The Goldmans. Their words and insights of Pablo Fenjves, who retells the writing of the book, and Dommick Dunne, ultimately gives us three stories in one book, all focusing on the same notorious incident. In the end, The Goldman family estate won the rights to the book, and have now re-released it, with proceeds going to the Ron Goldman Foundation For Justice.
If I Did It will raise the hairs on your neck, as the words of O.J. show how intense his relationship with his wife was. You hear his feelings toward her, often sounding bitter, cold and unforgiving. Once he gets into the chapter that details the murder and his depiction of the actual crime, his murky memory and outer body explanation is mild and light on emotion. His suicidal breakdown in his Bronco is only stalled by his anger, as he returns to face the authorities more in defiance than atonement. He returned to tell them what really happened and get the story right, not to grieve or pursue his ex-wife's murderer.
I read it until it started to bother me, and had to put it down for a few days. I returned to finish it quickly, like a class assignment gone wrong, eager to get past the one-sided admissions of Mr. Simpson. Whether or not he actually 'wrote' the book and his true connections to it, are all new sub plots to the continuing drama of the Simpson murder case.
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Newsweek article – A Friendly Ghost:When a naughty celebrity wants to write a memoir, he calls Pablo Fenjves.