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[User Picture]From: marsinthestars Date: November 17th, 2006 - 08:22 am (Link)
Thank goodness for LJ keeping me up to date on US news! I thought the issue was (and for me still is) who the hell writes a book about "how I would have killed the two people I say I didn't kill, if I had."

It sounds like flaunting double jeopardy laws to me, and pretty stupid if you really are hoping that SOMEDAY you can walk into a diner without people associating you with murder.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 17th, 2006 - 08:39 am (Link)
well, you can look at it one of two ways.

either he killed them and got away with it, in which case he is protected from double jeopardy and yeah, why not just confess and brag about it.

or he didn't kill them but his life has been ruined for the past 12 years and why not just give the people what they want and if you're lucky enough to sort out the whole civil suit mess (which I was against from the start on like a million different levels, which I cou but decided not to cloud the issue in the rant), maybe make a buck for your troubles.

Whether he did it or not, I think OJ, certifiably insane though he may be, realized over a decade ago that life as he knew it was no more. The day is simply never going to come when he can walk into a diner and not have people point and stare. That part of his life is over. The rules are different for him than they are for you and me, and I believe that he is playing by those rules. People keep saying "how could he do this thing?" I'm thinking "how could he not?"
[User Picture]From: marsinthestars Date: November 17th, 2006 - 11:17 am (Link)
The day is simply never going to come when he can walk into a diner and not have people point and stare.

I don't actually buy that, because even if he can't walk into his neighborhood restaurant without people pointing and staring, he could easily walk into my neighborhood restaurant and I wouldn't have recognized him at all... until his picture was on the internet news I read yesterday. But assuming that your assumtion is true, then we have those two options you mentioned.

If he killed them, got away with it, and is now bragging about it, that is scary and means he's a psychopath and, as I said, scary. I can't just say "yeah, why not."

If he didn't kill them but his life has been ruined for the past 12 years then why the hell would he put his name anywhere near "murder" again? Why not write "how the public judicial system screwed me over?" or "what my life would have been like without all this, and how I've made it through in spite of being the defendent in highly publicized trial."
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 17th, 2006 - 01:33 pm (Link)
not recognizing him - you're an anomaly. You don't watch TV and you don't recognize a lot of people. And you were pretty young when it happened. The vast majority of Americans would recognize him and would point and stare. I in no way believe that is ever going to go away. If it was, the 12 years later, you'd think that this wouldn't be as a huge a deal. If anything, he's more notorious now. That's simply not going to go away in his lifetime. If we were talking Phil Spector or Bobby Blake, maybe you have a point. For OJ, not so much.

if he did it - Yes, he would be a scary psychopath. That makes him interesting. I'm not saying to forgive that. I'm saying that if such people exist in the world, don't you want to know about them, rather than sweeping them under the rug and pretending they aren't there? If you had the opportunity to see Hitler or Bin Laden or Hussein or Walt Disney, say in their own words why and how they did what they did, wouldn't you want to take it? And no matter what, I don't think anyone things OJ is in that league of evil.

If he didn't do it - He tried that. It didn't really go over. No one believes him, nor will they ever believe him. At the end of the day whether he did it or not, for the rest of his life he is going to be viewed as "OJ Simpson: Murderer who Walked." No want wants to hear the murderer who walked proclaim their innocence. People have out and out told him he's full of shit for years. However, despite their protestations. People do want to hear him confess. It does them no good, mind you. But they want to hear it. By giving the people what they want to hear, he is playing into them, and might make something of his life, or at least some money (assuming he gets to keep it, which he should be able to, but may not because of the ridiculous civil suit). At the very least, people who already hate him are going to listen to him as opposed to just disimissing him out of sorts.

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