MIAMI - O.J. Simpson has finally told the whole truth about the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman - now that he knows it - confessing that the ghostwriter for his ill-fated "If I Did It" book and interview project is the one who killed them.
"People have asked me how I found someone willing to lie about my involvement in these murders. I didn't. He found me - and he didn't lie about the murders," said Simpson.
"People have completely misunderstood a book they haven't read, not understanding it was written by someone who isn't me, but who is confessing to murders I didn't commit.
"I made it clear from the first day I met the writer that I wasn't involved," Simpson said in a telephone interview broadcast on Miami's WHUH-FM, adding, "I said, 'I have nothing to confess.'"
"The confusion comes with people thinking that "I" is O.J. Simpson. Well, I didn't write the book, "I" did, and "I" killed Nicole and Ron. The book is true. This explains very simply how the book could 'tell things only the killer could know.' The ghostwriter clearly confesses that he did it.
"So, instead of condemning me for collecting blood money, people should be thanking me for doing what I said I would -- find the real killers. This time, I, O.J. Simpson, am the one who did it -- find the real killers, that is," said Simpson.
Although Simpson said he knew the project would bring "an avalanche of negative publicity," he said he was willing to face it "if that's what it took."
"You guys are going to dog me no matter what," he told a reporter.
Despite his financial troubles, Simpson indicated he was not entirely unhappy the project was abandoned. "I feel like a man who's had the weight of the world taken off me," said Simpson.
The ghostwritten book, "If I Did It," which reputedly described how O.J. Simpson theoretically would have committed the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, was scheduled for release on November 30 following the airing of a two-part Simpson interview on Fox.
Fox Broadcasting and publisher Harper Collins canned the project after a public outcry and objections by advertisers and booksellers.
Simpson, who was acquitted of murder in 1995, was later found liable for the killings in a wrongful-death civil suit filed by the Goldman family.
Simpson has failed to pay the $33.5 million dollar judgement against him in that case, and his pensions and his Florida home cannot be seized.
He said Fred Goldman has helped drain his finances with "frivolous lawsuits," including one he brought recently attempting to deprive Simpson of the commercial rights to his name.
After Rupert Murdoch cancelled the book and interview, News Corp. subsidiary Harper Collins said all copies of the book would be destroyed. Alleged copies of the book have already been put on eBay for sale.
Copyright 2006 Douglas Salguod