In 2006, HarperCollins announced the publication of a book in which O. J. Simpson told how he hypothetically would have committed the murders. In response to public outrage that Simpson stood to profit from these crimes, HarperCollins canceled the book. A Florida bankruptcy court awarded the rights to the Goldmans in August 2007 to partially satisfy the unpaid civil judgment, which has risen, with interest, to over $38 million.
The Goldman family views this book as Simpson's confession, and has worked hard to ensure that the public will read or listen to this book and learn the truth. This audiobook was produced from the original manuscript approved by O. J. Simpson, with additional insight from the Goldman Family, Pablo F. Fenjves, and Dominick Dunne.
©2007 Ron Goldman, LLC; "HE DID IT" ©2007 Kim Goldman; "Prologue" ©2007 Pablo F. Fenjves; "Afterword" ©2007 Dominick Dunne; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
First I applaude the Goldman family for making sure OJ didn't profit from this very slanted version of what happened in Brentwood California in 1994. He isn't someone prone to taking the blame for his own actions and tried to direct all the problems in their relationship to her door. It's funny how innocent he still wants everyone to think he is, even after admitting he killed them both. Its the classic, she sleeps around she's an unfit mother, he sleeps around and he is a handsome stud. He made fun of Nicole for needing to understand herself and he states rather proudly how all eyes are riveted on him as he enters a room. The guy's ego is almost unbelievable. I think this part of his personality makes all the pieces fall in place. Someone with an ego like his would find it hard to allow Nicole to walk away. Someone with his ego wouldn't want to loose the adulation of the public by going to jail so he puts a gun to his head and goes on a slow Bronco ride as people line up and cheer him on. Seeing signs urging him to run probably made him think, hey, I just might get away with this. And only someone with the EGO of OJ would think he could write a book and make everyone believe he was this great guy who did everything for his family and was somehow forced to kill his ex-wife and an innocent young man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Outstanding narration! Guy sounded just like OJ.
This book is a must listen for anyone who has interest in this tragic double murder. I've never doubted Simpson's clear guilt and this book only reinforced what I already knew. Simpson is a narcissistic sociopath who finally confesses to this brutal crime and calls it "hypothetical". The chapter covering that tragic night is absolutely chilling to listen to while the chapters before it and after it just reinforce that this man has a sociopathic psyche. That chapter practically puts you there at the time of the double murder and Simpson describes the entire event in a way only someone who was THERE could... such shocking detail, revealing things only the killer could know.
It is a sad and tragic event to relive but this is a necessary listen for those who have any interest in this crime or have any doubts about Simpson's guilt.
I applaud the Goldman's for putting this book out there, I would never have bought it if O.J. was getting any of the proceeds. The book is only interesting because it is a confession of sorts, most of his drivel is typical O.J. taking no responsibility for anything. Interesting how he can't make Nicole or Ronald look bad no matter how hard he tries. Sad to realize that those two wonderful people are no longer here to grace our earth.
The main thing this book does is show how incredibly narcissistic OJ is. Good on the Goldman family for using his own words to show his true colors.
If you're looking for a description of the murder, he kind of blacks out during that part. It's mainly about how he views his relationship with Nicole.
There's not a lot to love about a person getting away with murder. I never would have read this book if even one cent of the proceeds went to Simpson, but I applaud the Goldmans for their perseverence in going after the murderer in any way possible. They have been criticized for trying to capitalize on Ron's murder, but they make it clear that their intent is not monetary gain, but to expose Simpson for what he really is and what he did. God bless you, Goldman family. I'm behind you 100%.
The most interesting aspect of this story is that Simpson is trying to manipulate the reader into seeing how superior, wonderful and grand he is. He only succeeds in revealing how sick he is. Those who can't see past his glory days on the gridiron need to read this book and get a good look into the depraved mind of the person you admire.
Simpson turned against his ghost writer when he revealed too much and tried to blame him for making it up. You got the sense that Arrogant Simpson wanted brag that he got away with murder, but Celebrity Simpson worried about damage to his public image. Never at any time, though, did he express even a moment of remorse. He was good at blame, though. Always blaming everything on Nicole.
I'm O.J. Simpson. Enough said.
Publicly, he was bigger than life. Privately, he was a horrid little man.
but, you cannot blame the system. You can only blame him. He kept putting itself in the way of the system until it finally ran him down!
Good listen though for a Sunday afternoon.
I was hesitant to get this book because I don't agree with the Goldman family profiting from it, however, I couldn't resist. The narrator was absolutely wonderful! He "became" O.J. both in sound and temperment. My feelings about the outcomes of both the criminal and civil trials weren't changed at all.
The book IS a bit one-sided, but that's because it is from O.J.'s perspective. There are other books that skew to Nicole's side...the truth lies somewhere between the two (we'll never truly know).
The introductory "thanks" were annoying!! Just start the story already!!
I would definitely recommend this book. No matter how you feel about the trials, the fact still remains--two people were shamelessly murdered--here's a look into the "innocent" or "guilty" O.J. Simpson's mind.
In true form to one of the weirdest criminal trials in history, this book is equally as bizarre, unsettling and cryptic. The work is a seething nest of inconsistencies: Simpson's rage, during that infamous moment of passion is fueled by Nicole's flagrant disregard for their children's welfare, (engaging in sexual and illicit activity with the children under the same roof). Yet did he consider leaving her partially decapitated corpse on the front steps responsible? Every chapter, except one, attempts to explain, why O.J is a misunderstood, mercilessly vilified and profoundly innocent man. But the key chapter (and the one reason why anyone would ever read the book) is clearly confessional, even if written in a cliche, 'Film Noire' style, i.e. "my mind went completely blank and only when the fog lifted, did I realize that my hands were covered with blood. . . "
By far the most disturbing aspect of the book is its' outrageous inference that the murders are a mere footnote to a far greater 'crime'. To Simpson, that injustice lies in the fact that we have all been hoodwinked by the lies of the media and the prosecution and blinded to the real reason why he would ever dream of committing such a heinous act. The evidence presenting him as a paranoid psychopath trying to rekindle a dead relationship was maliciously false. In reality it was Nicole who was badgering him. He, on the other hand, was completely over her and trying to move on with his life. Ultimately he was the true victim, trying to escape her and her crazy, obsessive, drug fueled lifestyle (at times Simpson barely conceals his utter contempt for her). While there may well have been some truth to these assertions (we will never know), in the end it really doesn't matter nor does it make the killings any less horrific.
The book offers little if any contribution to literature but hopefully it will be the final nail in the coffin of a subject that should have been long buried.
...he convinced me. It was all Nicole's fault. She badgered him into marrying her. She badgered him into divorcing her, then she badgered him into killing her. It's all so clear now. And Ron Goldman? He irritated The Juice with his karate moves. Had to kill him! None of this is a surprise - the narrative, the 'reasoning', the victimization of OJ by OJ: Simpson comes off as a pitiful, self-serving narcissist. Every time he says "to be honest..." you think, 'yyyeah. Here it comes...' and he launches into another intricate rationalization of why he's such a nice guy. Why he did his best! But it was everyone else's fault. SHe contradicts himself at almost every point. And some of his points are believable, even credible. But even if you granted him everything about Nicole - drugs, hysteria- it never adds up. Obviously not to murder, but...his own behavior doesn't make sense! He sounds like a child! - throwing up anything possible to justify what he didn't do but if he did he had reason to but he didn't so, uh, there. The narrator does a spooky imitation of Simpson. The writing is good and well-paced. The introduction by Kim Goldman feels unnecessarily long, however real and sincere. Almost as interesting as the text itself is the forward by the Pablo Fenjves - that memorable witness who heard the 'baleful moaning' of the Akita, and the ghostwriter of this book. He comes off as more than credible and fair. For me, this book put a sound 'period' on the end of the OJ chapter. Listening to the intricate elaborations of a bad liar took that "IF" right out of the title. He Did It.
This books is just shocking! I feel so sorry for Goldmans. And the killers story of the night is chilling, horrific.
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