November 19, 2006

If I Did It: O. J. Simpson

Snapshots In My Time...
Of My Time.....Hauntings.

NEW YORK -- One of the nation's largest superstore chains, Borders Group Inc., expects O.J. Simpson's widely condemned new book to have "strong sales," but will donate profits to charity.

The nation's other large bookstore chain, Barnes & Noble, Inc., will also sell Simpson's "If I Did It," but has no plans to donate proceeds.

"Barnes & Noble will carry O.J. Simpson's new book, 'If I Did It,' just as we do every book in print," spokeswoman Mary Ellen Keating said Friday in a statement to The Associated Press. Keating said Barnes & Noble had not seen the book and did not know how it would be promoted.

Bill Nasshan, Borders' senior vice president of adult trade merchandising, said in a statement to the AP: "As always with publicity books like this, we prepare for strong sales, but ultimately it is up to the customers' reaction to the publicity."

Borders spokeswoman Ann Binkley said Friday that the book will have "easily visible" placement in stores, but there would be no special promotion and any profits will be donated to a charity that benefits victims of domestic violence.

"We believe it's the right thing to do. Period," Binkley said.

Numerous independent stores, appalled by Simpson's book, in which the former football star speculates how he would have killed his ex-wife, have said either they won't sell it or will offer limited copies and give away the proceeds.

"We probably won't stock the book, but if somebody comes and asks for it, we'll order it for them and then donate the money," said Lise Friedman, manager of Dutton's Brentwood Books, located in the Los Angeles County community where Simpson lived at the time of the murders.

"If I Did It" comes out Nov. 30, following a two-part interview on Fox Broadcasting, and interest appears strong, but not overwhelming. Since the book's announcement late Tuesday, it has steadily climbed on the best seller list of, reaching No. 20 as of Friday afternoon.

According to an official of the Mystery Writers of America, Simpson's book will essentially be treated as "true crime," a genre that traditionally sells best at superstores, with independent sellers preferring purely fictional works. Reed Farrell Coleman, executive vice president of MWA, also said independent stores had more reason to worry about anger against the Simpson book.

"An independent store depends more on a faithful clientele, which it can't afford to offend. Superstores are more likely simply to respond to public demand," Coleman said.

Earlier Friday, publisher Judith Regan of ReganBooks, a HarperCollins imprint, said she took on "If I Did It" because she was a victim of domestic violence and thought any proceeds would go to Simpson's children.

In an eight-page statement, Regan said Simpson approached her with the idea for the book, in which he hypothesizes how he would have committed the killings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.

"I didn't know what to expect when I got the call that the killer wanted to confess," Regan said in the statement titled "Why I Did It." "But I knew one thing. I wanted the confession for my own selfish reasons and for the symbolism of that act. For me, it was personal."

Although Regan has acknowledged that Simpson does not directly say he killed the pair, she said she considers the book to be his confession.

"My son is now 25 years old, my daughter 15," the publisher said in her statement. "I wanted them, and everyone else, to have a chance to see that there are consequences to grievous acts. ... And I wanted, as so many victims do, to hear him say, 'I did it and I am sorry.'

"I didn't know if he would. But I wanted to try. I wanted his confession."

Regan, known for such tabloid best sellers as Jose Canseco's "Juiced," said she did not pay Simpson for the book. "I contracted through a third party who owns the rights, and I was told the money would go to his children. That much I could live with.

"What I wanted was closure, not money," she wrote.

Regan's statement did not identify the "third party" or say what she would do with any money made from the book. Phone and e-mail messages from The Associated Press were not immediately returned.

My Thoughts On the Above:

Well I had always given O.J. the benefit of the doubt. Now I am not a big fan of his as I am not a real sports kind of girl. I just never believed he killed them. The stalker type personality that he has, the domestic violence...those type of killers do it quick and fast. Guns, hands, a knife with just a stab or two. Not all those stabbings. Plus I was always questioning that drug connection that his ex-wife and boyfriend had. They were into drugs. Could have been some sort of deal gone wrong. Anyway, I never believed that O.J. killed them. I always stuck to that, that he was found not guilty.

My mother and I always argued that point and of course we have been arguing it again this past week. She thinks he did it. With this book and interview I really thought it was in poor taste but it seemed to lend credibility to the fact that he did NOT kill them. Why would Fox publish a book and do an interview with him IF he had really killed them? I cannot see that. They must have thought he was innocent as well. They would be taking a huge risk with that. Do I still think he is innocent. Yes, I do. Think of his kids. They had to be told that this project was going on and they had to be okay with it. The money was put into their bank accounts. I know that if O. J. as a father had gone to his kids and todl them about this and they rejected it, I could not see him proceeding so all must have been a "GO!"

I did have just a little respect for him..just a little left. That now is gone. I still do not think he killed them, but he is ridiculous and ignorant in my eyes now.


  1. OJ...What a waste of a human and resource that could go to better and more deserving people.


  2. I agree with you! I am disgusted with him.

  3. Why should you be disgusted with him, if you really do think he is innocent? His detractors have with the help of the media ruined his life. Therefore, if he is inocent, he has a right to make a living, and if he can do that with this book, or could have, more power to him.

    More important than that, though, is he has a right to have his voice heard in this matter.