The nation was stunned to learn that 14 years after the Trial of the Century, O.J. Simpson was back in the news again. Police say the former football star and five accomplices burst into a room at the Palace Station hotel in Las Vegas and robbed two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint. If convicted, O.J. could face life in prison.
When Kim and Fred Goldman last appeared on the show, they were locked in a controversial battle for the publishing rights of O.J.’s book, If I Did It. Now that O.J. is on trial again, father and daughter hope that justice will be served for the man they refer to as “the killer.”
“Since the last time we were on the Dr. Phil show, my dad and I have spent countless hours lobbying, campaigning and being victim’s advocates,” Kim says.
“Our only goal in this, not money, is getting [O.J.] punished. The only punishment we’re able to create is taking things away from him,” Fred says. “If it’s not his money, I’ll take his shoelaces.”
Kim says she refuses to stop fighting for justice. “The pursuit of the person who stabbed my brother to death is something I’m committed to until he dies,” she declares.
“You guys fought to get the rights to If I Did It, and you’ve been criticized for that,” Dr. Phil observes. “What have your critics had to say?”
“I don’t know how people feel today about it, but I know that we’ve lived our lives with pride about it. People still accuse us of being flip-floppers, and wanting to go after just lining our pockets with blood money and greed,” says Kim.
Dr. Phil applauds the Goldmans’ tenacity. “I am so glad that you went after that book. I am so glad that you published it,” he says. “You added a chapter to it that talks about all of this, and that was enlightening as well. This was a horrible tragedy. As I’ve followed this, and then gotten to know you, I’ve really admired the class and dignity with which you’ve handled yourself in this manner, and I hope you stay after him until one of us is dead.”
“He wanted to publish this book; one, for his own financial gain and expected that once it was out, he would make that much more money. He also did it “I’m certain, in this insane manner of hypothetical ” to glorify himself in some way,” Fred says. “I think we’ve turned it around and used it to vilify him and prove the monster that he really is.”
“One of the other things that has bothered us for all these years is that people still want to shake his hand and take pictures with him,” Kim chimes in. “For whatever morbid curiosity they have, maybe if they read his own words about how he slaughtered two people, they would think twice about doing that.”
If I Did It is now out in paperback and contains new commentary from the Goldman family. Dr. Phil reads an excerpt. “On page 131, he says, â€˜I look over at [Ron] Goldman, and I was fuming. I guess he thought I was going to hit him, because he got into his little karate stance. He started circling me, bobbing and weaving, and if I hadn’t been so * angry, I would have laughed in his face. I noticed the knife in Charlie’s hand, and in one deft move, I removed my right glove and snatched it up. “We’re not going anywhere,” I said, turning to face Goldman, and then something went horribly wrong, and I know what happened, but I can’t tell you exactly how.'”
Dr. Phil turns to Kim, who wipes away tears. “That’s not a hypothetical. I don’t believe that in any sense of the word, and people would not have ever known that, they would not have ever heard that if this book hadn’t been released,” he says. “I thought you did a great service in doing this. The detail involved in this would not have been known had this book not been put out there for people to read.”
“He even explains some unknowns. He explained a little bit further on why there wasn’t more blood inside the Bronco. He took off his clothes and rolled them up,” Fred says.
Dr. Phil explains why he believes If I Did It was a confessional. “He got caught up in telling these stories and a part of him needed to say this. He needed to get this out,” he says.