Remember all the big hoorah about O.J. Simpson’s book “If I Did It” being cancelled last year? All the “Oh, my God, how could he do that?” cries that rose from the Brown and Goldman family, along with the general public? Well, don’tcha know that last month a federal bankruptcy judge awarded rights to the book to Goldman’s family to help satisfy a $38 million wrongful death judgment against Simpson. And guess what they’re going to do with it?
Yep, it’s gonna be published. According to the news reports, the Goldman family and publisher have pledged to leave Simpson’s manuscript entirely intact. They’ll just add ‘key’ commentary. Of course all parties claim they will contribute portions of sales proceeds to the Ron Goldman Foundation for Justice.
The Brown family is in an uproar over the deal made with this book, and who can blame them. I mean, damn, will this murder ever die? I still can’t believe they’re going to publish a book that will basically be a step-by-step guide on ‘how he would have murdered these victims had he really done it.’
Without a doubt, this has to be one of the grandest cases of exploiting the dead I’ve ever seen. It made sense to me when Simpson tried to have it published. The shit-for-brains was trying to make a buck out of the deal. Hell, I all but held a party when I found out they pulled the plug on the publication of the book. To me, though, this is almost worse than Simpson attempting to make a buck off of a ‘get out of jail free’ card.
I do understand that the Goldman family has a right, as we all do, to do what we will with whatever property belongs to us. But is no one calculating the cost of this publication—like the Brown children having to see this in print—again?
We’re all rubber-neckers in one form or another, and I’m sure the book will sell a bagillion copies because folks want to know and see the macabre. But lawd for once I wish we would stand up as a nation and just say,
NO! ENOUGH ALREADY!
Do you see the publication of this book as a form of exploitation?