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The fate of the O.J. Simpson book

July 3, 2007 |  1:10 pm

The Associated Press is reporting that Ron Goldman’s family has purchased the rights to "If I Did It," the book canceled by HarperCollins in which O.J. Simpson presented a hypothetical explanation of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. The family is said to be interested in doing what Simpson failed to do--get the book published.

What the details in the early reports also suggest--indirectly--is something about the ongoing nature of grief, especially after a catastrophic loss. The family is said to be interested in changing the book’s title to "Confessions of a Double Murderer." The message behind this is dramatic, unmistakable. The Goldmans are also said to own just about everything else related to the book: "the copyright, media rights and movie rights...Simpson’s name, likeness, life story and right of publicity in connection with the book," AP reported, citing court documents.
Nick Owchar