Here it is, ladies and gentlemen, a review rejected by the Hipster Book Club! (For cogent reasons pertaining to the subject matter.)If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer
By: The Goldman Family (Author), Pablo F. Fenjves (Foreword), Dominick Dunne (Afterword)
O.J. Simpson’s 2007 hypothetical murder confession is worth your attention, not as a confession, but as a glimpse inside the man who is O.J. Simpson, the celebrity who flaunted getting away with murder. If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer
provides a new perspective on the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. As published, this book is truly the story of the Goldman family. The family wrote the forward, explaining their reasons for publishing the manuscript; the afterword was written by renowned crime journalist and close Goldman family friend Dominick Dunne. The eight-chapter story of the Brown-Simpson marriage and year preceding Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman’s murders constitutes the bulk of this text, but that narrative is best read in the context provided by this publication.
Simpson’s version of events places blame on Nicole Brown Simpson, who is portrayed herein as an emotionally unstable drug addict. He describes the two famous 911 calls during their seventeen-year marriage as isolated incidents for which both parties were responsible. He adamantly denies being an abuser; in Simpson’s portrayal of the marriage, he is the stable, responsible one who reacted to Nicole’s mood swings. A classic wife abuser, Simpson blames the victim, an unstable woman who drove him to extremes. The pair separated two years before the murders but had been in reconciliation discussions for the last year. By Simpson’s description, Nicole was prone to violent mood swings and changed her mind about reconciliation on a daily basis.
Co-author Pablo Fenjves, a Brentwood neighbor of O.J. Simpson and witness at the murder trial, interviewed Simpson over a matter of weeks to ghostwrite the confession. The sports star was forthcoming about his marital troubles and opinions on Nicole’s cocaine-using friends, but froze when it came to the material for “Chapter 6: The Night in Question.” Fenjves claims that Simpson wanted to exclude that material from the book, despite the fact that Simpson’s handlers had promised publisher Judith Regan that this would be a confession in every manner. When the project came to light, Simpson attempted to distance himself from the actual confession, but Fenjves is adamant that he has included only the words and sentiments of the man himself, and Simpson did sign off on the final manuscript.( O.J. Simpson’s hypothetical confession to the Simpson-Goldman murders reveals details that only the killer could know...Collapse )