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If I Did It: Confession of the Killer [Hardcover]

OJ Simpson , Ron Goldman LLC , Kim Goldman
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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18 Oct 2007
Every now and then a book seizes the attention of the world. IF I DID IT is one of them. In 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were brutally murdered at her home in Brentwood, California. Her former husband OJ Simpson was tried for the murder after fleeing on live TV in a Ford Bronco with a gun and thousands of dollars (and having a previous charge for domestic violence). In a dramatic criminal court case that was broadcast globally, Simpson was found not guilty to the surprise of even his friends. He later declared himself bankrupt to avoid payments in a civil judgement for wrongful death. In November 2006, the former sports and film star announced a six figure book and publicity tour in which he would reveal how he would have committed the murders hypothetically. In response to widespread outrage that OJ Simpson stood to profit from these crimes, booksellers and broadcasters refused to feature the book. It was withdrawn with a public apology and all 400,000 copies were pulped. In August 2007, a Florida bankruptcy court awarded the copyright of IF I DID IT to the estate of Ron Goldman to satisfy the unpaid civil judgement, which had risen to over $38 million. As the Goldman family saw the book as the confession of the killer they had waited for, they decided to publish the originally approved text by OJ Simpson. They added their commentary to the killer s confession and a selection of British domestic violence help charities.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gibson Square; First edition (18 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906142084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906142087
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Explosive.' Mail on Sunday --m

'The bereaved families have [the] last word.' Independent --m

Compelling.' Sunday Times --m

About the Author

The Estate of Ron Goldman was awarded the copyright of OJ Simpson's IF I DID IT in August 2007. Kim Goldman is Ron Goldman s sister. She is the director of a youth charity. She worked on publication of this book with her father, Fred Goldman, and wrote an introduction to If I Did It. Pablo Fenjves took the interviews for IF I DID IT. He was a neighbour of Nicole Brown Simpson s and a witness at the murder trial who heard the howling of her dog Kato. His contribution was not in the original plan for the book. Dominick Dunne was given a special seat at the murder trial by Judge Ito, and attended every day for Vanity Fair. He previously won praise for his coverage of the murder trial of the Menendez brothers and that of his own daughter.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Kikki
How he got away with it is hard to believe until you read all the books on OJ, the confession by his Manager, the Vincent Bugliosi law view etc...

It's amazing what money can buy you. I think the Goldman's made the right decision to publish this book, it is a confession from OJ and tells you pretty much everything. Shame you have to listen to his rambling complaints about Nicole, bit cheeky seeing as he stabbed her to death but then he has no scruples so to be expected.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Letting OJ Speak 6 Jan 2008
One of the things that Daniel Petrocelli, the prosecutor in the civil case against OJ realised was that the more OJ speaks the more he condemns himself. OJ's narrative account of his marriage to Nicole is fascinating, because it gives - against his intentions, presumably - a clear insight into his personality. Nicole, according to OJ, was an 'accident waiting to happen'.

The murder confession chapter is also enlightening to anyone still interested in this case. (Guilty, your honour!) OJ invents a kind of blackout at the point of killing Ron and Nicole, but even allowing for that, if one disregards the unsubtle lies and self-justifications of the account, bits of likely truth are clearly there in OJs description and attitude. 'Charlie' helped him kill them. That I don't doubt. Lethal stuff, especially if taken by a violent psychotic.

Worth buying, particularly as the money doesn't go to the murderer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars what you'd expect 19 April 2013
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OJ Simpson certainly does a good job of exonerating himself from some of the charges levelled against him – and I don’t mean the murders of his ex-wife and Ron Goldman. I can quite see why the Brown family refused to have anything to do with it. He quashes several widely-held beliefs by simply inverting them: according to him, he was by no means physically violent towards this wife; on the contrary, he was on several occasions attacked by her and sought only to retreat from her flailing hands and feet. The police were called and cynically decided that he was the ideal poster boy for domestic violence, thus did he earn his unmerited reputation. Likewise, he did not stalk his ex-wife; it was she who initiated then regretted the divorce proceedings and was constantly demanding to be allowed to move back into the marital home. She emerges from the pages as a high-handed airhead, developing inexplicable antipathies to his friends, imperiously demanding that he sack domestic staff and get rid of house guests. He hints at drug use, alcohol abuse and an obsession with remaining youthful. He mocks her choice of a short skirt for a recital at her children’s school: ‘What does she see when she looks in the mirror?’ In short, he implies, he could not have murdered her in a jealous rage because he had already tired of her. He depicts himself as resigned to her presence in his life as the mother of his children, a permanent and irksome feature as the result of her unpredictable behaviour, with which his own stoic forbearance contrasts so favourably.

Nonetheless, it is difficult to see why he should have co-operated with this venture, unless it was to thumb his nose at a justice system that cleared him of the charges.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Phoenix
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Even if he didn't do it, why oh why would anyone with any ounce of humane sensitivity (or even anyone mad as a box of frogs for that matter!)write a book with a detailed chilling description of them doing it?
In the words of Dr.Henry Lee(the defence team's Ace card and supposedly a blood spatter expert in the case) "Something Wong. Something wong."
For people who seek the truth of this case,the pages turn themselves and the hair on the back of your neck WILL stand on end when you get to that chapter.The Goldman's were so right to publish his words.
I believe the Goldmans took a very painful road to the publication of this book and I'm amazed at their courage.Courage like that is born not just out of hatred for someone who has damaged you irreparably but also born out of LOVE. Love for their fine boy Ron has steeled their spine to get this chilling read to publication and it IS their right. This book should be bought by anyone who can afford it and passed around to those who can't. Let this family have their say...Let them have their compensation from us.I hope I never have to bear their pain.The book itself deserved to be published so that the world AND that criminally shameful jury can know....He did it alright. I see it like this...Just as O.J says on the night in question his mind got locked into paranoid preoccupations about Nicole's separateness and he needed to assert his dominant control.It's clear he needed vengeance for perceived narcissistic wounds that she was inflicting upon him by getting over him.I think she probably did flail her limbs at him in outrage and shock when she saw him aggressively sparring with Ron on her pathway.I think when he knocked her brutally to the ground it possibly made Ron physical and then O.J.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mmmm, great read, but still not sure 28 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I've just finished this book. It must be good, because like the previous reviewer i'd read it in a day,once you start you cant put it down. Its a great read, but im still not sure what its supposed to be getting at. I wont spoil it for other people by telling you the story, but we all remember OJ on the run on the news,this fills in the blanks before that, and the life he had with Nicole before, there is a lot of believable stuff in it, and also bits where you cant believe why Nicole and OJ stuck together. I feel sorry for the Goldman family, as by the sounds of it, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.I didnt realise this when on the TV we saw him on the run 'allegedly'. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in crimes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book
Published 24 days ago by Stroudie
3.0 out of 5 stars It is not a confession. It is attention seeking at best
The prologue and epilogue are a little long winded so I skipped them as soon as I got bored. The Oprah incident between the Goldmans and the Browns was interesting and the fact... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Nicholaou
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book about OJ
I can't believe he wrote this book like a confession and got away with it and the police didn't get a conviction
Published 6 months ago by Paul Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Did he or didn't he...
One day in the office the topic of conversation was O.J Simpson, I felt a little out the loop so I went and got this book on my kindle. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Seressa
5.0 out of 5 stars Twas ror my daughter
I didn't read it. not my cup of tea, but my daughter loved it. tra la la la la la
Published 13 months ago by iain houston
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
hmmmm you really must read this book - i found it brought about more questions than answers., i actually stayed up all night to read it as i could not put it down
Published 16 months ago by dawn guthrie
5.0 out of 5 stars a true life confession
fascinating account of the confession of a killer...this is supposed to be a fictual account of what oj simpson could have done if he was convicted of the murders of his exwife and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. Davida A. James
1.0 out of 5 stars How to cash in on murder.
Let's face it, O J Simpson is not a nice man. Although he was cleared of the murder of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman in a criminal court, Simpson was liable for the wrongful... Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2011 by T. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
A real page turner, in fact i read the book in a day! I found OJ's description of events and his relationships incredibly narcissistic however perhaps this made it all the more... Read more
Published on 26 July 2011 by jen
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
A well written book that OJ originally intended to profit from until the Goldman family took him to court ( thank god )
Written by OJ and says what he 'thinks happened and if... Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2009 by True crime fan
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