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I would rather the money go the Goldman family than Simpson. Simpson is not an honest person (look at his recent actions) and he doesn't deserve a dime. I never understood why Americans honoured and admired celebrities so much even when they do crimes that the regular public would be hated for. Celebrities are so glorified and it's just plan sick.
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. Far from laying any ghosts to rest, it resurrects one of the most contentious American murder trials of the 20th century. Though, despite the title, Simpson stops well short of admitting the murders, he offers no alibi, points the finger at no other putative murderer, and even places himself at the scene on the night in question, together, mystifyingly with a stranger called Charley. He describes a verbal altercation with Goldman, who surprises him in the grounds of Nicole’s house, her dog wagging its tail at Goldman and Goldman squaring up to him and trying to throw karate moves. It’s impossible to know whether this is intended as a quasi-confession, a flight of fantasy or a hypothetical situation.
I don’t unreservedly recommend this book a) because it doesn’t add a great deal to what is known about the events of that night and b) because it’s not particularly well-written. At best it offers an alternative perspective on the Brown Simpson marriage, though why Simpson should take such pains to emphasise his indifference towards his ex-wife and then describe himself in her garden on the night of her death is unfathomable.
This isn't a typical review since there are more factors involved than a story and the author's ability to write it. Since a lot of what the author wrote came directly from Simpson, it's not his fault when the quality goes down accordingly; when Mr. Fenjves uses his own words, it's clear that he's a skillful communicator.
Simpson's version of his relationship with Nicole is even funnier considering that he expects people to believe it. Even if you didn't see the dog-and-pony show they called a trial, you can tell from this book alone that he twists facts about his relationship with Nicole and is inconsistent about other lies. Yes, he's a narcissistic, pathological liar, but not as smooth as he thinks he is. As to his version surrounding the event, it could've happened the way he described, and most likely did. Of course he “blacks out” the event itself, but not for the reason he gives.
It's also worth commenting on whether the Goldman's deserve criticism for taking over the rights to this book. I'd say they do not. I don't believe their intention was to exploit the murders for their own financial gain; it was to prevent the perpetrator from doing exactly that. That's why I bought the book, and it's none of my (or anyone's) business how the Goldman's spend the proceeds. People who gave them flack weren't grasping the fact that the proceeds were NOT THE POINT in the acquisition of this book -- they merely followed, and a portion goes to charity.
I was not interested in what Orenthal had to say the first time this book came around, and was no more interested this time around. My purchase was to support the Goldman's bold decision to stop this monster from gaining by it. All-in-all, the Fenjves, Goldman, and Dunne commentaries were far more interesting than anything Orenthal had to say; that's why I give it 3 stars.
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 that Oprah refused to read this book added good tension to that part of the book. The meat of the book is the part that OJ had written and it starts when OJ was told by his first wife that she wants a divorce which kind of leads him to the restaurant where 18 year old Nicole worked - basically the countdown to his life. In this book, OJ comes off looking like the victim after Nicoles goes off the rails. He attributes blame to himself too but does not specify. If the character he portrays himself to be is actually him, and it may well be, then he is basically a normal decent guy that loves and adores his children and his wife and provides for them in a big way. Nicole on the other hand is an erratic and spoilt (by OJ in my opinion) nouveau riche wag that comes to hate the humble servants working for OJ and slaps them like the lord of the manner slaps a wench. From my research all the characters around this sorry saga are an ugly bunch.
How often does a murderer beat the rap, then come back and tell why he did it? Rarely if ever.
This is the exception, and it's obvious that OJ wanted the world to know Nicole drove him nuts. Fine, we get it, she was a hormonal beoch that made Simpson crazy. If we killed every woman that was moody and started a fight there would be few women left, so it's not an excuse Mr.Simpson. The book was good, but short on text from Simpson about the night in question. There was too much pandering by the Goldmans explaining why they took the book and allowed it to be printed. Over and over, we hear their explanations, trying to convince the world this book is a good thing. I guess they heard some much criticism from the Browns, that they spend way too many pages going over in detail their reasoning. They don't owe anyone an excuse, not to Denise Brown, or Oprah.
This is capturing OJ on record saying He did it. Or the stupid hypothetical "IF" he did it. Obviously someone that vowed to hunt for the real killer forever was lying. This real OJ that explains "Hypothetically" driving over this street, turning on that street, telling Ron "lets see what you got tough guy", blacking out with blood all over him.
If there was no other evidence against him(and there was tons), then this book should convince any remaining doubters that he did the crime. Nobody innocent would ever write a make believe scenario of being there with Knife in hand, unless he was really there knife in hand. Case closed. Rot in Jail Mr.Simpson.
I ordered this book after seeing the ghost writer and Goldmans on Dr Phil. I read the whole book and even the imfamous chapter 6. In his own words he admits he did it. He does not go into graphic detail of HOW it happens, (he admits he knows WHAT happened but he can't remember exactly HOW it happened) At one point he even corrects the ghost writer on a few details. NO I didn't drive home THAT way I went THIS way....hypothetially. He even forgets and goes back and forth between hypotheic and reality. I got bored with the retelling of the drama of he and Nichole's fights, but it did help with understanding why he was so mad at her. As for weather or not Charlie was a real person....can't say for sure could go either way maybe he paid off this person to keep his mouth shut or maybe he killed him too....who knows. I believe he did this, and the one thing that shocked me most was how after he did it, he just jumps on an airplane flys to Chicago and is able to keep his cool and actually NAP on the plane!! WOW. Murder 2 people then take a nap. This guy is realy a phyco.
pick this book up if you need some brain candy for a long trip or you are stuck in bed with the flu or something. Its worth a quick read.
There are absolutely no surprises within these pages: "If I Did It" contains OJ's version of that tragic night of June, 1994 when he murdered his estranged his wife Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. There is NO actual confession; the fateful moment of the killings is "glossed over" in a "the next thing I knew" fashion. "If I Did It" thoroughly qualifies as a "he said-she said" story except that it is all from the "he" side with nary a hint of the "she". The Simpson's certainly had their marital tribulations. Readers will be steeped in the roller coaster marriage. That relationship is cast against a very upper class LA LA land backdrop with trips to fancy restaurants, parties and side trips to "Cabo". There are not just hints but outright- and unproven- accusations that Nicole was running with a bad crowd, doing drugs and hanging with other men during the couple's trial separation, which ended at about the same time of Nicole's tragic demise. This reviewer always believed that Nicole's night life was a shibboleth, a smokescreen raised by Simpson's defense team. To give the devil his due, "If I Did It" is fast, easy, and bizarrely entertaining reading. This is fine as long as we remember that OJ really DID it. Any connection between "If I Did It" and the Brown family is unclear but a purchase will at least bring some closure to the Goldman family, however belated.
I bought this book because I have always been fascinated by true crime and high profile cases such as the OJ Simpson case. The book is a very quick read and I found it hard to put down even though most of what was in it is common knowledge by now. What I found to be rather disturbing and twisted is how OJ tries to make himself sound like the all american loving husband. While reading this book, I actually found myself feeling sorry for this guy and then had to tell myself "Wait, this is OJ Simpson here". The part where I felt like throwing the book out is where "it all goes down". Instead of a true confession, which is what I was expecting, he says that he blacked out and wasn't sure what happened other than when he came to there was blood everywhere and Nicole and Ron were dead. I really did not need to read exactly how he went about it but since he was the only person that knows exactly what happened I guess I was hoping for a little more insight. Also dissapointing was the fact that this book does not touch on his feelings during the trial or while in jail. The book suddenly ends when he is taken into custody. Since this book was originally written as a hypothetical money maker, I assumed OJ would have taken the opportunity to stretch it farther than what most people already knew.