I was wondering why I’d received over a thousand hits today on an old blog post I wrote about OJ’s murder of Nicole Simpson, so I googled and discovered that the Goldmans — the family of Ron Goldman, also killed by OJ Simpson — have published OJ’s book, If I Did It. Judith Regan, the book’s original publisher, was fired for agreeing to publish the book and most copies of it were trashed when bookstores refused to carry it.
But Goldman was given the rights to the book and has now republished it with the subtitle, “Confessions of the Killer”. The book has not been edited, but it includes an introduction entitled, “With Exclusive Commentary, “He Did It,” by the Goldman Family.” The Goldmans get all the proceeds, and judging from presales, there will be a lot of proceeds. Although Nicole’s family is entitled to 10 percent, Denise Brown, Nicole’s sister and spokesman for the Brown family, says they won’t take one red cent.
Denise Brown, a tireless advocate for domestic violence victims, says that this is a book in which OJ, in typical abuser fashion, trashes Nicole, describing her as an abuser of drugs, a partier and in other ways, as though to justify her murder. Those who have read the book agree that it is a confession; there is nothing hypothetical about it. Goldman says he was shocked when he read the book, thinking it would offer gory details, only to find out that only one chapter dealt with the actual murders; the rest of the book was an attack on Nicole Brown, his former wife and the mother of their children. The book, in other words, was and is a final “fuck you” to everybody who has watched in horror as OJ has continued to live the life of luxury, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars every year while paying less than $10,000 of the $33.5 million dollar civil judgment against him, moving on with his playboy, celebrity life without missing a beat. Thanks to the Goldmans, he leaves a final legacy for his children: a book in which he trashes their mother in the most vile and despicable way, 13 years after her murder.
Denise Brown says this is blood money and she wants nothing to do with it. I think she’s absolutely right. As to Fred Goldman and his horrifying lack of concern for Nicole Brown, her children, her family, her memory, as to his willingness to sell it all down the river to pay his bills and in some way — anyway, whatever the cost — punish OJ, I think he’s so wrong. Nothing is going to bring back Ron Goldman, nothing is going to bring back Nicole Simpson, and above all, OJ Simpson is never really going to pay for — or even acknowledge in any meaningful way — what he did. The Goldmans are just participating in OJ’s ongoing hearty and resounding “fuck you” to an entire watching culture.
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