O.J. Book Battle: Goldmans
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, â€˜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."
"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.
"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."
"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,
Dr. Phil reminds Fred, "You had said, 'Our first feeling was outrage,
"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."