O.J. Book Battle: Goldmans

O.J. Book Battle: Goldmans

"Our first feeling was outrage that a murderer was going to be paid money to write a book about how he stabbed my son 30 times and nearly decapitated his ex-wife," says Fred Goldman, Ron Goldman's father.

Ron's sister, Kim, adds, "I had a visceral reaction to hearing about the book getting published and the killer being paid for what I thought was a manual for murder."

Before O.J. Simpson's controversial book ever hit the presses, it was cancelled, as was an accompanying TV show. Fred said at the time, "It took the voices of people throughout this country telling ReganBooks, 'This is disgusting.' And they finally got the message."

Kim says, "We made a decision to go after the book, but only in an effort to stop him from profiting. I am more proud of our efforts to acquire the rights to the book because it was the first success for us in 11 years of trying to satisfy the judgment that we actually were able to take away an asset of his." 

A Santa Monica judge ruled the Goldman family was entitled to all future income from the sale of, If I Did It.

"I think he hates the fact that we took something from him. He's made no bones about how he feels about our family and the fact that we just went pluck,' Kim says, plucking an imaginary book from the air, ‘feels fantastic, and I have no problem about ripping things out from underneath him. Reading the book, it's not a manual for murder. I do believe that it is his confession."

Fred poses a rhetorical question. "Would an innocent man write a book called If I Did It? 'If I murdered the mother of my two children, this is what I would do.' He doesn't contradict one shred of evidence. He puts himself at the scene. He explains things that were always an unknown. 'I kicked off my shoes and began to strip. I took off my pants and shirt, dropped the knife and shoes into the center of the pile, and wrapped the whole thing into a tight bundle.' And wrapping the clothes in a bundle may explain ultimately why there was less blood in the car than there was." He folds the book in his lap and averts his eyes. "I don't want to do any more."

"I believe my brother put up a very valiant fight to protect Nicole and to protect himself," Kim explains. "My brother had over 30 cuts to him, four fatal wounds. I have read the entire book, beginning to end. I've had nightmares about my brother being found with his eyes open and knowing that he watched his killer walk away. And my brother never had a chance. Yeah, that's hard. The coroner's report was that he probably lived for about a minute and a half after he went down. Selfishly, I hope he was thinking about me and my
dad, but I'm sure he was just thinking: 'Somebody save me.' In thirteen years, I don't think I've ever said that out loud," she wipes her tear-streaked cheeks. "I think I've always thought it, but I've never said it. There's no moving on from loss. It just becomes part of you. I have learned how to make room for my brother's loss and the killer's freedom."

"I think and hope that Ron would be proud of what we've done in his name, that we have pursued this bastard, and that we haven't left him alone," says Fred.

Dr. Phil begins by asking the Goldmans why they pursued and published O.J.'s book.

"I think it's a kind of a mixed bag. Initially, we were completely against it," says Fred. "If it had been left alone, the rights could have gone back to him, and he would have continued to profit from it, or he could have ended up potentially publishing it with another publisher. Ultimately, the court required that that asset, the rights to the book, be turned into money. We were asked if we would participate, so to speak, and it was either that or let it go and potentially end up back in his hands."

"He got a $630,000 advance, is that right?" asks Dr. Phil. "Were did the money go?"

"The money is spent," Kim asserts. "The money went to pay down his equity line, to pay off some IRS, outstanding bills. He bought a Lincoln Navigator with it and [paid] some other bills. The trustee for the bankruptcy court, it's their obligation to go after it because it's essentially deemed stolen money since it was coming from a fraudulent company. So that's just not our responsibility."

Nicole's sister, Denise, opposes the book. Dr. Phil asks Fred and Kim, "How do y'all feel about her attitude about it and the impact it might have on [Nicole's] children?"

"We certainly understand Denise's point of view," says Kim. "She's been very outspoken about how it's impacting Justin and Sydney. For me, I don't envy the position that she's in. Her niece and nephew signed off on the book deal. They sat down with their father around the kitchen table,
according to Arnelle Simpson's testimony, and they discussed the contents of the book, and then they became owners in the company that stood to profit from it. So she's in a tough spot, so we were the easiest targets, I think, to come out against it. I wish that her venom was directed more at the person who created it, which is [O.J.], for doing it to begin with."

Dr. Phil reminds Fred, "You had said, 'Our first feeling was outrage,
that a murderer was going to be paid money to write a book about how he stabbed my son 30 times and nearly decapitated his ex-wife. Disgusting.'"

"Absolutely," Fred replies. "There's been the term blood-money thrown around, unfortunately pointed at us. The real blood-money was when he received $630,000. That was blood-money."