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If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer

Author: The Goldman Family
Publisher: Beaufort Books
Genre: True Crime
ISBN: 978-0-8253-0588-7
Pages: 208
Price: $24.95

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In 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were brutally murdered. Although O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of criminal charges in their deaths, he was found liable for wrongful death in a civil suit. Since the Goldman family was unable to collect payment in this suit, they have published this book to raise the funds Simpson legally owes them.

According to Pablo F. Fenjves, O.J. Simpson wanted to tell his story, “as if” he had committed the murders. Assured that this would be a confession, Fenjves wrote this book for him, based on a series of interviews.

Although it’s apparent that O.J. Simpson loved his wife at one time, that love had turned ugly over the years. This account was clearly one-sided, but it was disturbing to see how he turned against Nicole, painting her in the most unattractive light. At times Simpson expresses his deep love, and at other times complete disdain for the woman he shared seventeen years with.

My concern in reading this was not knowing how graphic the details would be in describing the murders. I was relieved to see that although they are discussed, and O.J. Simpson clearly places himself at the scene, there was no blow by blow description of how he might have done it. Instead we see a man panicking, trying to figure out what to do, and inventing an imaginary friend who he claims was there with him.

If you believe he’s guilty, you’ll find this book to be an interesting look inside a criminal mind. And if you think he’s innocent, you’ll find out some of the missing details of the case as Simpson shares them with you. Either way, it’s a fascinating read.

Reviewer: Alice Berger