Friday, November 17, 2006

A Psychopath Writes a Book: "If I Did It" By O.J. Simpson

The Seattle Post Intelligencer (11-17-06) and many other newspapers and television news organizations are reporting that O.J. Simpson, who murdered his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1994, has written a book called If I Did It. The book is due out on November 30, 2006.

Simpson is also scheduled to do a two-part interview on Fox titled "O.J. Simpson: If I Did It, Here's How It Happened" on November 27 and November 29.

The Washington Post (11-17-06) reports that If I Did It is being published by ReganBooks, an imprint of HarperCollins. Fox and Harper Collins are both owned by News Corp.

I am not going to watch this program or read this book. I think that book-writing murderers who have escaped justice should be shunned.

James Alan Fox, a professor of criminal justice, at Boston's Northeastern University, thinks that Simpson is "trying to get back some of the limelight...And this is the only way he can do it." [Seattle Post Intelligencer]

Judith Regan, Simpson's publisher, calls If I Did It Simpson's confession.

Regan says that "killers often confess first in hypothetical fashion before they come clean."

The Post Intelligencer reports:

"Saul Kassin, a professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said it is true that interrogators trying to coax confessions from suspects sometimes ask them to reconstruct crimes hypothetically...

W. Keith Campbell, a University of Georgia professor of psychology who has studied narcissism extensively, noted the attention Simpson got over the slayings was far from negative.

'He has a lot of supporters,' Campbell said. 'People were cheering him on the freeway. He's been away from that for a long while. It could be an opportunity to get some more of that.'"

Or it could just be that News Corp wants FOX to have a good sweeps month, so it is sponsoring this project. That's pretty cynical.

I sort of wonder if Judith Regan, who used to work for The National Enquirer, basically came up with this idea and perhaps even helped Simpson write his book.

On the one hand, publishing this book seems to be very mercenary and unscrupulous; on the other hand, Simpson reportedly comes very close to confessing to the double-murders. But we all know he did it.

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