On Sunday, March 11th, 2018, Fox aired the two-hour O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession special wherein O.J. Simpson described how he hypothetically killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Simpson was accused of the 1994 murder of his ex-wife and her friend Goldman but was later acquitted of all criminal charges. And yet Simpson’s innocence was one of the questions left most unanswered from the entire trial. However, in 2006, he described what “might have happened” on the night of June 12, 1994 during The Lost Confession special. The two-hour interview was filmed in 2006 but originally canned because of the traumatic and controversial nature of the program, until Fox decided to air it last night.
Many are wondering: Why did Simpson agree to explain how he “hypothetically” murdered his ex-wife?
In The Lost Confession, Simpson prefaces his “confession” with: “First of all, this is very difficult for me to do this. It’s very difficult for me ’cause it’s hypothetical. I know and I accept the fact that people are gonna feel whatever way they’re gonna feel.” He also recalled “blood and stuff,” remembered that “it was horrible” and discussed taking off his glove during the incident. You can read more of his horrific confession here.
But why do it? Why make this hypothetical account?
Sunday night’s interview of the hypothetical retelling was filmed in 2006 and meant to promote the 2007 book If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer that Simpson reportedly co-wrote with ghostwriter Pablo Fenjves. The book plainly outlines how Simpson pulled off the murder with the hypothetical (and grossly inappropriate) caveat, “if.”
There was a lot of back and forth on whether or not Simpson actually co-wrote it, but Simpson’s former manager Norman Pardo told HuffPost Live in 2014 that Simpson did not write the book, but agreed to take ownership of it and appear in any accompanying interviews (like the one aired last night) for a $600,000 payday, because he reportedly needed the cash.
So why did Simpson agree to walk us through the events of his ex-wife’s murder as if he’d done it? Because he needed the cash and thought “everybody thinks I’m a murderer anyway.”