Fred and Kim Goldman
The father and sister of murder victim Ron Goldman explain why they published “If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer,” O.J. Simpson’s gruesome, hypothetical account of murdering Goldman and Nicole Brown in an exclusive interview.
In 1994, Simpson was in the national limelight, on trial for the brutal murders of Goldman and Brown. Though he was ultimately acquitted of the criminal charges, he lost the ensuing civil judgment for wrongful death and the case remains a notorious controversy among Americans today. Simpson originally tried to publish “If I Did It” through HarperCollins in 2006, but the book deal was dropped due to public outcry.
Inside Scoop Live’s compelling 50-minute live interview reveals Fred and Kim Goldman’s initial reactions to “If It Did It,” their journey toward publishing the book and their take on Simpson’s most recent legal battles in Las Vegas. “Not publishing the book was not a [legal] option,” Kim says.
Fred and Kim Goldman fought for the book’s rights because they wanted to prevent Simpson from gaining any additional profit from it. As a result of Simpson’s August bankruptcy suit, a Florida court awarded the book’s rights to the Goldmans to satisfy their unpaid $19 million civil judgment from 1997. Because the court ordered all assets to be monetized, the Goldmans say they were legally obligated to publish “If I Did It.”
A portion of the book’s proceeds will be donated to the Ron Goldman Foundation for Justice, which works to support victim’s rights. Fred Goldman tells Inside Scoop Live he believes the book to be Simpson’s admission of guilt and confession. “[The public] will learn in his own words what kind of monster he is,” Fred says. “This man is a monster and a piece of trash, calling him a murderer is not enough.”
Kim Goldman says she and her father wanted to make sure the book was released with as much integrity as possible. “If I Did It” includes Simpson’s original manuscript along with several added chapters of insightful commentary. The Goldman family wrote the first section, about their loss and fight for justice. The second section contains personal details about working with Simpson on the original manuscript from Pablo F. Fenjves, Simpson’s ghostwriter. The book also includes a resources list at the end, with contact information for organizations supporting abused persons.
Inside Scoop Live’s revealing interview cuts through all the convoluted media hype, allowing the Goldmans to speak for themselves and clarify their controversial involvement with “If I Did it: Confessions of the Killer.”
If I Did It
Synopsis: 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 was ultimately found not guilty of criminal charges. The victims' families brought civil cases against Simpson, and 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 his confession, and has worked hard to ensure that the public will read this book and learn the truth. This is the original manuscript approved by O.J. Simpson, with up to 14,000 words of key additional commentary.