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OJ Simpson book labelled his confession

AM - Friday, 17 November , 2006 08:20:00

Reporter: Emma Alberici

TONY EASTLEY: More than 10 years after he was acquitted in the double murder trial that shocked the
world, OJ Simpson has secured a book deal that is being labelled his confession.

In it he tells for the first time how he would have killed his wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron
Goldman if he were the one responsible for the crimes.

The book has also become the basis of a two-part Fox Network special, to air in the United States
at the end of the month.

Emma Alberici reports.

EMMA ALBERICI: Judith Regan, a Rupert Murdoch protégΘ and widely considered the most successful
publisher in the United States is marketing the OJ Simpson book as a confession.

In it, the former football hero gives an account that explains how his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her
friend Ron Goldman were slaughtered outside her Los Angeles home in 1994.

In her daily column, Sara Nelson, the Editor in Chief of America's Publishing Weekly this morning
unleashed on the Regan books deal.

SARA NELSON: I mean it's an outrageous book and it's clearly meant to be shocking and meant to get
everybody's attention.

EMMA ALBERICI: Regan Books is a division of Harper Collins.

For the parent company News Corporation, it's a double coup having also secured the rights to what
is being billed as the hottest two-hour interview special since Michael Jackson.

VOICEOVER: On Monday November 27, the interview that will shock the nation.

INTERVIEWER: You wrote, "I have never seen so much blood in my life."

OJ SIMPSON: I don't think any two people could be murdered without everybody being covered in
blood.

VOICEOVER: OJ Simpson. If I did it, here's how it happened.

EMMA ALBERICI: A Los Angeles County criminal jury found OJ Simpson not guilty of murder, but a
later civil suit held him liable for the slayings, and ordered him to pay $33.5 million to the
families.

To date, the Browns and the Goldmans have received only a few thousand dollars. Whether or not the
proceeds of his book will go to them remains unclear.

Double jeopardy laws mean Simpson can never be retried for the murders.

Despite the riches likely to come from the book and the television special, Sara Nelson says there
won't be too many in the publishing community wishing it was them who brought it to the masses.

SARA NELSON: If he wanted to confess, he should've confessed to the police or to the... If he wanted
to confess because he was guilty and it was weighing on his heart, then he should've confessed on
the witness stand or he should've confessed to the police or whatever.

I mean, you know, why is he confessing now? If indeed he is confessing, which I don't think any of
us really can tell, I mean the reports are very conflicting, but if he is indeed confessing, why
should somebody pay him to do what is his moral responsibility to do anyway?

EMMA ALBERICI: So are you saying if OJ Simpson came to you with this deal, knowing how lucrative it
would be, that you personally would've turned it down?

SARA NELSON: Yes.

TONY EASTLEY: Publishing Weekly's Sara Nelson ending that report from Emma Alberici.