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Topic: If I Did It - the OJ Simpson book (spoliers, gruesome details discussed)

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L. G. (L)
Subject: If I Did It - the OJ Simpson book (spoliers, gruesome details discussed)
Date Posted: 11/12/2008 3:36 AM ET
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Here is a review of the book along with my commentary on many things....

I got this from the library since it was the only book on the case that I hadn't already read.  It was such a sham in so many ways, but maybe not in the ways you'd expect.

Let me preface my comments by saying that I am one of probably only 3 people in the world who is not 100% convinced that OJ killed Nicole and Ron.  I am probably 90% sure, but I do have doubts.  My doubts stem from the fact that dirty cops were involved in the investigation right from the beginning and that Nicole was hanging around with unsavory characters.  For example - another employee of Mezzaluna restaurant had his throat slashed (like Nicole's) and was murdered a few weeks before Ron and Nic were killed - a fact that very few people are aware of, thanks to judge Ito.   Nic was giving sexual favors to at least one Mezzaluna owner (Keith on the couch, for those who know the case), and IIRC, dating two of them.  (Mezzaluna is the restaurant where Ron worked - it's the same restaurant the Brown family dined at the night of the murders.)  Fae Resnick and the people Nicole was hanging out with were pretty shady sorts and they were all into drugs.  So for me, it all blurs the case.  Anyway - my intention here isn't to debate the case - I am just giving background info so that you know what my biases are.

The book was originally set up to be written by a ghost writer, with OJ dictating what happened.  The book's profits were to be given to a sham corporation built in OJ's kids names, as a way to defraud the Goldmans by keeping them from getting any of OJ's money from the book.  The sham corporation went bankrupt prior to the book being published and the Goldman Family purchased the rights to it with their outstanding lien on OJ's income, with an agreement that 10% of the proceeds would be paid to the company (OJ's kids).  Personally, I think the arrangement is pretty scummy.  If the Goldmans were so desperate not to publish this book, why did they publish it for profit, themselves?  I know if the killer of my son wrote a book about it, and I received the rights to the book, there is no way in Hades that I would EVER want that book published, PERIOD.

Add to that the fact that the ghost writer is a guy who was involved in the case.  He's the guy who heard OJ's dog "wail" the night of the murder, and he testified against OJ at the murder trial.  Next - add to that the fact that this ghost writer and the publisher worked together for the National Enquirer (NE).  Yes, THAT National Enquirer - and the whole project is looking even more scummy. 

OJ supposedly said time and time again, that the book was not a confession - it was a book about him and Nic and what happened to him before and during the trial.  The former NE employess have said time and time again that they were under the impression that the book was going to be a confession.  After the book was written, OJ accused the ghost writer of writing the murder scene himself and that he didn't want it in the book.  They go back and forth.  In the end, the book is published, and OJ supposedly gave his blessing.  I want to roll my eyes at the entire thing, Goldman's included. (However, I have a TON of sympathy for them and the Brown family as well - they suffered a loss that no parent ever wants to suffer...)

The book reads as if OJ narrates it, but honestly, when we get to the murder scene, the phraseology isn't exactly the same and it's plausible that it's more fiction than fact.  They make up this character, "Charlie" that OJ supposedly says was his accomplice - I don't buy any of it, and I'm not sure who made that part up - OJ or the Ghost Writer.  

There is no great "gorey" scene - OJ has the knife, is arguing with Nic and Ron, blacks out and wakes up to find himself covered in blood, with Nic and Ron dead - brutally slain.  My first thought was "God, what a load of BS!"   And then after I thought about it, it really seems like something someone would just make up; it was completely fabricated and cheesy.  In terms of true crime writing, it is extremely poor.

There is really no new information in this book.  It was completely over-hyped and in hindsight, it's ridiculous that the Goldmans paid anything for this book, even just money on paper.  It's a shame they reduced OJ's debt to them because of this book.  Oj does a lot of finger-pointing at Nicole.  No surprises there.

What ever you do - DO NOT spend a credit on this book.  If you are curious, get it from your library as I did.  IMO, it's a waste of time, especially if you are a true crime buff, appreciate well-written true crime, and have read the other books about the case.

 

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 5:13 PM ET
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Thanks for the review!  It's a book that I've picked up several times to purchase, and somehow walked away without it.  I guess the whole premise seems a little slimey. 

Have you heard anything about the book How I Helped OJ get Away with Murder by Mike Gilbert?  I knuckled under and bought it, thinking there might be more real details.



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Date Posted: 11/12/2008 5:13 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/12/2008 9:57 PM ET
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Very interesting review L.G. ..thanks...I have passed on the book a couple of times.   My library has that ~How I helped OJ get  etc....~on audio...but I passed on that too.  I could believe OJ blacked out in a time of stress and it wouldn't surprised me if that is what happened to him.  He is so arrogant..I could see him actually telling the true story and enjoying how he put one over on the jury.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 11/13/2008 1:46 AM ET
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I have not read the Mike Gilbert book.  I'm not sure it could lend anything  to my knowlege of the case, which is sort of why I read true crime in the first place.  Lisa, please post a review if you read it.