Book Review: If I did it: Confessions of the Killer by Fred Goldman and Kim Goldman

Title: If I Did It: Confessions of The Killer

By: Fred Goldman and Kim Goldman

Genre: Non-Fiction

Pages: 240

Release Date: September 8th, 2008

Publisher: Beaufort Books

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

On July 31, 2007 Federal Court Judge A. Jay Cristol awarded the Goldman family the rights to If I Did It. Thus began one of the strangest odysseys in publishing history.

The book, called “one of the most chilling things I have ever read” by Barbara Walters, skyrocketed up bestseller lists across the country in fall 2007 as the national media relentlessly covered O.J. Simpson’s dramatic Las Vegas arrest for armed robbery and kidnapping.

Originally written by O.J. Simpson, this edition includes essays by the Goldmans and a member of the Goldman family legal team that reveal the fascinating story behind the bankruptcy case, the book’s publication and the looming court proceedings, that would eventually lead to his conviction.


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As a kid, I remember watching the O.J. Simpson trial, but not really understanding what was going on. I knew enough to realize someone had killed Nichole Brown and Ron Goldman, but everything else was foreign to me. 

Although reading this book made me feel morbid and dark, I couldn't put it down. Its like my husband always says, "It's like a train wreck. You just can't look away." 

To know that O.J. Simpson wrote or had a hand in writing most the book, is disturbing, but paints a picture of the days leading up to the murders and also his mind set. I found him very narcissistic. He thought he could do no wrong and that everything that happened was Nicole's fault. Although we will never be able to hear her side of the story, I couldn't help but feel that she was a victim in all this, no matter what she contributed to the problems in their marriage. 

Don't get me wrong, this was a disturbing book, but very enlightening. 

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