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If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer

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Publisher's Summary

In 1994, Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson were brutally murdered at her home in Brentwood, California. O. J. Simpson was tried for the crime in a case that captured the attention of the American people, but he was ultimately found not guilty of criminal charges. The victims' families brought civil cases against Simpson, in which he was found liable for willfully and wrongfully causing the deaths of Ron and Nicole by committing battery with malice and oppression.

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.

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    Debra McMinnville, OR, USA 10-27-09
    Debra McMinnville, OR, USA 10-27-09 Member Since 2006
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    "True OJ"

    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.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Lora Albuquerque, NM, USA 12-09-07
    Lora Albuquerque, NM, USA 12-09-07
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    "Chilling"

    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.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    KB 08-25-15
    KB 08-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Can you say narcissistic?"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David el segundo, CA, USA 12-28-08
    David el segundo, CA, USA 12-28-08
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    "If I did it"

    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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Quana Moore, OK, United States 02-10-13
    Quana Moore, OK, United States 02-10-13
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    "One For The Goldmans"
    What did you love best about If I Did It?

    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%.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    If you could give If I Did It a new subtitle, what would it be?

    I'm O.J. Simpson. Enough said.


    Any additional comments?

    Publicly, he was bigger than life. Privately, he was a horrid little man.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Rovelta fishers, IN, USA 10-05-08
    Rovelta fishers, IN, USA 10-05-08
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    "The system finally gets OJ!"

    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!

    Idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Good listen though for a Sunday afternoon.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy CHESTERFIELD, MI, United States 03-09-16
    Kathy CHESTERFIELD, MI, United States 03-09-16 Member Since 2013

    I love contemporary romance novels!

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    "In memory of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown."
    What would have made If I Did It better?

    If OJ actually told the truth!!!!!!! It is not like he could have been tried again, Double Jeopardy applies. When the Killer started the story he spoke of Nicole as the love of his life and I thought that was actually sweet. He spoke of their marriage and how good it was and then when it wasn't. He said Nicole wanted the divorce. I don't know, I wasn't there? He spoke of friends of Nicole who after their divorce,she hung around with drug abusers and drinkers who were shady. I thought the Killer was going to lead us to believe this was a drug killing. Nicole had a friend who was stabbed to death over drugs so I thought for sure that was where this hypothetical story would go and you know if the Killer actually did that I might have bought it. His version was just too far fetched for me to believe. I believe OJ did it. I just don't think it went down the way he said it did. There where just too many lose ends to wrap up if that was how he did it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I kind of want to buy other books about this case but I don't want anyone else to profit from these 2 innocent people who lost their lives.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, disappointment, disgust, and sadness. I was disgusted because The killer Aka OJ invented a theory of what might have happened to Nicole and Ron. His theory seemed even more far fetched then what actually happened. I just can't believe what a cluster "f" this case was. On all sides of the case. From the defense to the prosecution, to the judge and the police misconduct and evidence mishandling which of course could only lead the jury to come back with a Not Guilty because of the blunders from the LAPD. I also think the jury failed their job because they were fatigued by testimony, they were bored by the DNA evidence and didn't necessarily understand the science behind it. They were sequestered for 8 mos they missed their families, jobs, t.v and everything else they were deprived off. I believed at first 22 years ago that they let him go simply because he was OJ Simpson, The Juice. After hearing this book, watching Dateline with Lester Holt and hearing Marcia Clark speak, I understand how there was in fact doubt in this case not because there wasn't sufficient proof but because of the blunders of the LAPD.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked Kim Goldmans prologue. I loved knowing they received the profits and not OJ?<br/>

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. Twitchel 09-12-14
    A. Twitchel 09-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't help myself"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    possibly, I liked the author because he seemed to convey his feelings that his subject was a self absorbed lunatic, but didn't really come out and say it.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Typical OJ, but his version of "what happened" is even more delusional than I would have imagined.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was great! He gave a excellent performance - really creepy and with plenty of narcissistic attitude, perfect for the role of OJ. He was very suspenseful and my heart was pounding when they got to the unfortunate night of the murders.


    Do you think If I Did It needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO! I'm glad this worked out in the Goldman's favor, but please stop OJ from doing any more damage. The only reason I considered this purchase was because it did NOT benefit OJ.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good listen, but be prepared for alot of whining and complaining about how HE was treated poorly by everyone, especially Nicole. His crazy viewpoint is what makes you shake your head and say OMG all throughout the book. for people who are interested in this case, this is worth a listen, especially because you will need to keep reminding yourself that it's not really OJ speaking - that's the best thing about it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Los Angeles, CA, USA 02-21-08
    Pam Los Angeles, CA, USA 02-21-08
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    "He did it!"

    ...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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Parker Redondo Beavh, CA, United States 05-06-16
    Ryan Parker Redondo Beavh, CA, United States 05-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Crazy..."

    The basically confesses. I think he did it. But, having said that, I also tend to have a very different view of the entire thing. If this had been ten years ago I would have said most of it is bs. But, I believe a good portion of what he is saying having lived through something very similar. Don't get me wrong, the man's a killer. But, you have to take both sides into account in circumstances such as these if you SINCERELY seek the truth. Even when it means hearing things you wish you hadn't... I would lime to say thank you to the Goldman Family for releasing this book. My heart goes out to you. Father to father, son, and sibling. I hope you have managed to find some peace in the years since. Be it no replacement for a son taken. Keep fighting the good fight. People do think about, and support you and your efforts even now. And to the Browns, my condolences. I hope your pain has diminished over the years. Peace to all of you....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Paul Price
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    "excellent and chilling, chapter 6 is particularly"

    amazing. excellent performance by the reader doing OJ. I was hooked and learned a lot

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kimber
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    "Mindblowing"

    This books is just shocking! I feel so sorry for Goldmans. And the killers story of the night is chilling, horrific.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    7/28/17
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    "Bizarre!"

    Probably one of the most bizarre books I've ever read/listened to. The whole way up until the point where he discribes the murders, he paints the portrait of an innocent man. Making himself out to be a loving, caring, patient husband, and making Nicole out to be the erratic, violent one. He then describes how he carried out the murders, reminding the listener that this chapter is "hypothetical". Then he goes back to claiming he had no idea about the murders and would never have done such a thing. I don't think anyone will ever be able to understand how this man's mind works and why he chooses to act the way he does.
    This is a thoroughly interesting book to listen to, I must admit that he even has you fooled at times, but then you remember all the evidence and that an innocent person would never write something like this!

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