LOS ANGELES - In another 180 degree about-face, ReganBooks, Fox TV and OJ Simpson say they will publish a new book with accompanying interview to replace the cancelled ones -- not about what OJ Simpson would have done if he had killed his wife, but what he would have done if he had written a book about killing his wife -- and gotten away with it.
According to Simpson, the new book entitled "If I Had Written a Book . . ." reflects more honestly on events than the cancelled book as it takes into account that he did not actually write the original book. The new book will tell the story of writing a book, if he had written a book, about murdering his estranged wife and the mother of his children, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman, which was to have read just like he did murder them.
Simpson said he feels compelled to produce a new book as copies of the original cancelled pseudo-confessional book, called "If I Did It," have already been bootlegged. The cancelled book which had been shipped to bookstores, and even though retailers had been asked to return all the copies, some are now reported to be for sale -- and commanding record prices.
So, said Simpson, there is every likelihood that pirated copies of the original book, as well as the TV interview, which is finished being filmed and edited, will soon be on sale on the streets. Simpson said he is outraged at this criminal behavior -- but decided to respond positively.
"It's now clear if I am to profit from a book about the murders, it will have to be a new authentically confessional book, which tells things my ghostwriters could not have known, besides how I might have killed Nicole and Ron, which everybody knows already," said Simpson. "For example, besides the blood and guts, it will tell how I managed to graduate from the University of Southern California and how I get the kind of scores I turn in at Pebble Beach."
ReganBooks, a subsidiary of Harper Collins, itself a subsidiary of News Corp, which is itself an appendage of Rupert Murdoch, who also owns Fox Television, which will cover extensively the new Simpson book and interview, as well as the originals, because, according to Murdoch, the public has a "right to know what despicable and detestable lows the news media are willing to go in order to boost sweeps month ratings."
Simpson said one motivation for the new book was to include a phrase he really liked that he could not get "them" to put in the original: "If it is writ, you cannot acquit." Simpson said that even as he finishes final edits on "If I Had Written a Book . . ." he is starting a new book about what people really want to know: "How to Get Away with Murder."
Legal experts say it is unlikely that OJ Simpson can be forced to hand back the reported $3 million that was paid in advance by Judith Regan for the original cancelled book and interview.
The families of the murder victims, Brown and her friend Goldman, say they are so confused at this point that they will have no further comment until they have carefully studied both books and interviews.
Copyright 2006 Douglas Salguod