November 17, 2006
The Confessions of OJ Simpson
OJ Simpson is writing a book called, "If I Did It," a book that supposedly is just a hypothetical theory of how he could have killed his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. There was an article in the New York Times today in which his publisher, Judith Regan (pictured above in an interview with Simpson), says that she believes this book is a confession. Ms. Regan is getting a lot of flack from the publicity surrounding the book by people accusing her of capitalizing on Mr. Simpson's crime. To complicate matters, her company paid a large sum for the rights to Mr. Simpson's story which Mr. Simpson is transferring to his children in order to avoid paying the $33.5 million dollars plus interest he owes from his wrongful death suit.
I'm looking forward to the publication of this book. O.J. Simpson is perhaps the most famous killer of the 20th century. Though he was acquitted, everybody knows he did it. He killed his wife and her friend, he led police on a three hour chase on national TV, and he escaped prosecution when Christopher Darden and Marcia Clark, perhaps the two most incompetent prosecutors in the history of American law, lost through their failure to assemble a good jury and to capitalize on obvious pieces of evidence (the glove, the blood in the car, etc.)
I support Judith Regan. I think that this is a historical confession that needs to be published. Even though he has already been acquitted, it would be dangerous for OJ to confess. If he were to go on TV and say that he did it, some redneck would probably kill him; plus it would destroy the lives of his kids (whose lives have probably already been affected by the fact that their dad killed their mom.) It would be a tragedy for this crime to remain an unsolved mystery, and so even though Simpson is beyond prosecution (and according to the article, he is also beyond any civil penalties as he has found a clever way to avoid paying the Browns and the Goldmans the money he owes them after his civil trial), I think it would be better for everyone if he told us how he did it.
OJ is safe with his $400,000 a year football pension and his Florida house (which the Browns and Goldmans can't touch), and he most likely will live to a ripe old age knowing that he literally got away with murder. But our law is our law, and we need to respect and abide by the decision that the court handed us. Even then, the world wants to know how OJ did it, and so I think it's a good thing that he has decided to share his story.
Edit: 11/20: It looks like Rupert Murdoch just cancelled both the TV show and the book deal.