In 2006, the announcement of a book by O.J. Simpson that would give his allegedly hypothetical account of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and Ronald Goldman made waves.
With the planned title, “O.J. Simpson: If I Did It, Here’s How It Happened,” the book was to be published by ReganBooks, a division of HarperCollins. Shortly after the announcement, however, the book was canceled following outrage over the former football star profiting from the deaths.
Simpson was acquitted of the murders in 1995, but was found liable for the wrongful deaths of Brown and Goldman in a 1997 civil suit.
In 2007, the Goldman family was awarded rights to the book by a Florida bankruptcy court and went through with the publication, changing the title to “If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer.”
Since 2008, Simpson has been imprisoned in a Nevada jail for a different crime. He was found guilty that year of the armed robbery and kidnapping of two sports memorabilia dealers. Simpson has a parole hearing on Thursday that could get him out of prison by October, after having spent close to nine years in jail for the crime.
Here’s an overview of the chapters from”If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer,” in which Simpson accounts his life with Nicole Brown before the murders that night:
Chapter 1: OJ Simpson focuses on his first failed marriage to Marguerite Whitley and how he met and developed a relationship with Nicole Brown. Simpson describes his “pretty near storybook marriage” to Brown, but paints her as physically violent and says she had a “real temper on her.” He claims that she was always the instigator of the fights that led to the deterioration of the couple’s marriage.
Simpson and Brown dated for a number of years before his divorce with his first wife was finalized. He mentions a fight in 1984 that resulted in Brown calling the cops after he “accidentally” hit one of the rims on her car with a baseball bat. He proceeded to whack the hood of the car, too, but no charges were filed and the two got married in 1985. He also goes into the 1989 altercation between them that resulted in him pleading no contest to spousal abuse. Simpson was convicted and put on probation, completed community service hours, and paid a fine.
Chapter 2: With an understanding that his marriage was over, the second chapter goes into the couple’s divorce and Brown’s alleged obsession with getting back together.
This chapter also introduces Paula Barbieri, his on-again/off-again girlfriend at the time of the murders.
Chapter 3: Simpson and Brown make a plan to try and make their relationship work for a year, but more problems arise.
Simpson talks about how he hates his ex-wife’s group of friends, whom he describes as “hookers and drug dealers and unsavory characters.” The chapter also includes transcripts of two 911 calls made by Brown about Simpson in 1993.