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Kim and Fred Goldman met me in a London hotel room earlier this week to take me through those intriguing twists and to explain why they thought it a good idea to publish a book still overwhelmingly written - or at least dictated - by a man whose name they cannot bear to pronounce. The idea that this monster could make money out of this book just appalled us.
But most of the allure of the book to the prospective publishers focused on chapter six of Simpson's account, in which he set out in great detail, albeit hypothetically, what he would have done on the night of June 12 had he killed his ex-wife.
In the US, long obsessed by the one-time all-American sporting hero's trial for murder and by the issues of race, celebrity, domestic violence and justice it incarnated, the prospect of Simpson's hypothetical confession was eagerly anticipated: In a fittingly weird twist, this strange book had been ghostwritten by screenwriter Pablo F Fenjves, who was Nicole's neighbour and who had been a prosecution witness at Simpson's trial.
Fenjves had testified hearing the plaintive wailings of his neighbour Nicole's dog in the aftermath of the murders, yet 11 years later he was hired to spend weeks in Florida hotels interviewing OJ for the book.
But before the book was published, a wave of disgust convulsed the US. An online boycott was launched and the Goldmans organised a petition, eventually signed by nearly 60, people.
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Some booksellers refused to stock the book, while the Borders chain said it would donate any profits to charities for victims of domestic violence. Then the publishers got cold feet and Murdoch decided that allcopies would be pulped.
The Goldmans decided they would get the rights to Simpson's book and publish it themselves. Florida is very friendly to debtors: He declared himself bankrupt to avoid paying us.
We couldn't get any money from him - not that we wanted the money for ourselves, you understand, we just wanted him to suffer - until the prospect of us buying up the rights to his book became a possibility.
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The Goldmans' lawyer, David Cook, said at the time: Justice has arrived in Miami. He had escaped our reach for nearly 11 years, but not this time. Instead it is credited to "the Goldman family". The title, If I Did It, appears on the dustjacket, but the "If" is printed in grey and is barely legible while the words "I Did It" are printed in lurid pink.
It is not the first time that the Goldman family have published a book about Ron's murder: Our Search for Justice. There is now a little library of books about the two murders that have long intrigued Americans: What do the Goldmans hope to get from publishing the book?
The Goldmans say they will not benefit financially from the book. Bizarrely, however, OJ will. Ron deserved justice and he deserved to live," says Fred. Simpson speaks of having been visited at home on June by an acquaintance called Charlie who tells him that his ex-wife and her friend had been "partying".
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Charlie, whom he had met a few weeks earlier "at dinner with some friends", came along for the ride. Outside Nicole's house, Simpson met Ron Goldman, who told Simpson he had visited Nicole's house to return a pair of her mother's glasses she had left in a restaurant where he was working as a waiter.
But Simpson did not believe that story. The exchange continues, with Simpson saying: Probably a nice bottle of red wine breathing on the counter, waiting for you.
You think I'm fucking stupid or something? She fell hard on her right side - I could hear the back of her head hitting the ground - and she lay there for a moment, not moving. I looked down and saw her [Nicole] on the ground in front of me, curled up in a foetal position at the base of the stairs, not moving.
Simpson's ex-wife," said Mike Pincus, 25, of Agoura Hills, who had known Goldman since they were in kindergarten together in Chicago. Whenever he was dating someone, we all knew about it. He had moved from Chicago in and quickly became enamored of the California lifestyle, becoming an avid surfer, volleyball player and nightclub hopper. At one point, Goldman appeared on the Fox television dating show "Studs.
There really isn't a scale for me. After work on weekends, the two would hit one club after another, from the Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas to the Westside or even Orange County, winding up early Monday morning with breakfast.
Even so, Goldman did not drink or take drugs and stuck religiously to a low-fat diet, friends said. Clark said that when Goldman moved to Brentwood 18 months ago he cut back on socializing but still spent weekend nights on the town, often getting in for free because he knew the clubs' owners. Goldman recently promoted a nightclub party himself, inviting the guests to a hot Century City club called Tripp's.
Clark said that Goldman told him it was Nicole Simpson's car, but that he did not say she was his girlfriend.
Goldman's relationship with Simpson was platonic, said Jodi Kahn, a friend of his who also was acquainted with Nicole Simpson. Although Goldman seemed to thrive socially, he also was struggling to find himself, family members said. He had lots of dreams, according to friends, but few of them panned out. He had completed a year of college in Chicago before moving to California and took some classes here, but he did not get a degree.
A neighbor who lived nearby on Gorham Avenue in Brentwood said Goldman was struggling to make the rent until he got a new job this year as a waiter at Mezzaluna, an upscale restaurant.