Family’s pain over OJ book ‘confession’
THE FATHER and sister of the man killed alongside OJ Simpson’s former wife 14 years ago have spoken of receiving antisemitic abuse over their decision to publish Mr Simpson’s “confession”.
There was a huge public outcry last year when it was announced that News Corporation would be publishing If I Did It, by former American football player Mr Simpson. In it, he maintained that — although he had not committed the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson, 35, and Ron Goldman, 25 — if he had been guilty, here was how he would have gone about the killings. The pair were found murdered at Ms Brown Simpson’s Los Angeles home in June 1993.
The project sparked outrage and Ron Goldman’s sister Kim and father Fred mounted a sustained campaign which eventually led the publishers to pulp the book.
But in an unlikely twist, Mr and Ms Goldman now own the rights to the book and are heavily promoting its sales. They were awarded the rights in June by a US bankruptcy court, to prevent Mr Simpson from profiting from its sale.
This week in London, Ron Goldman’s father and sister told the JC of the public reaction.
“People have accused us of just doing this for money and of being gold-diggers. And many of the comments have attacked our religious affiliation — people saying that we are just like our surname and out for gold,” Ms Goldman, 35, a charity director, explained.
“Other people have made comments saying that all Jews care about is money and that we are just as bad as the killer. It’s extremely upsetting because the money is never what we focused on. Our mission has always been to hold him accountable for killing Ron and Nicole.”
Mr Goldman, 66, added that, by owning the rights to the book, they had taken what was Mr Simpson’s. That, he said, was the only justice they would ever receive.
The publication of the book and its hoped-for profits also goes some way to covering the $19m (£9.5m) Mr Simpson was ordered to pay the Goldmans after he was found liable for causing the deaths in a civil case in 1997. The money was never paid as Mr Simpson, now 60, declared himself bankrupt. With interest, the amount owed now stands at over $40m (£20m).
In 1995, he was acquitted of the murders in a criminal court, in a televised case that captured the attention of the global media.
This week, the Goldmans told the JC that Ron, a waiter and part-time model, followed Jewish traditions throughout his short life. He and his sister were raised by their father after their mother left when they were six and three respectively.
“We went to temple and were barand batmitzvahed,” Ms Goldman said.
Her brother was also involved with the B’nai B’rith youth movement during his teenage years. At the age of 13, he told his father that he wanted to go to Israel as his barmitzvah gift.
“He went with a tour group,” Ms Goldman said. “I remember while he was there he was in a bomb shelter, and he found it frightening and fascinating all at the same time.”
Both Mr and Ms Goldman admit- ted that they found If I Did It extremely hard to read, as “it was reading as the equivalent of a confession, if not a confession itself”, according to Mr Goldman. They have therefore added Confession of a Killer as a subtitle.
“It was very hard to read,” Ms Goldman agreed. “It frightened me hearing what Ron and Nicole were dealing with in their last couple of minutes. It made me sad, angry and resentful.”
But her father is adamant that the book should be read.
“As disturbing as it is, it’s important for people to read this as it’s an insight into the mind of a monster who should be vilified.”
Fred and Kim Goldman are publishing Simpson’s account of the killing