Get ready to hear the name Mike Gilbert for a while.
Gilbert, a former associate of Simpson’s, claims in his new book that O. J. Simpson (yes, that O. J. Simpson) confessed to killing his wife while high on marijuana in 1994.
The book, “How I Helped O.J. Get Away With Murder: The Shocking Inside Story of Violence, Loyalty, Regret and Remorse” (Regnery Publishing, 232 pages, $27.95), is due in stores Monday, and has other details of Gilbert’s dealings with the former Heisman Trophy winner.
Gilbert describes the night where he and Simpson discussed what actually transpired. From the AP via YAHOO! NEWS:
He said Simpson had smoked pot, took a sleeping pill and was drinking beer when he confided at his Brentwood home weeks after his trial what happened the night of June 12, 1994. Simpson said he went to his ex-wife’s condominium, but did not bring a knife with him. Simpson told him Nicole Brown Simpson had one in her hand when she opened the door.
In a soft mumble, Simpson told him: “If she hadn’t opened that door with a knife in her hand … she’d still be alive.”
“Nothing more needed to be said,” Gilbert writes. “O.J. had confessed to me. There’s no doubt in my mind.”
Gilbert and Simpson’s current lawyer, Yale Galanter, are now embroiled in a tet-a-tet over which one is the bigger money-grabbing scumbag. Galanter claims Gilbert has had problems with drugs and the IRS, which Gilbert has not denied.
He writes that he was not alone in helping Simpson beat the murder charges, but “I hope to be the first to finally confess.”
Gilbert said he funneled money from autograph signing appearances to Simpson under the table so the Goldman family could not get it. Gilbert said he paid Simpson 80 percent, kept 20 percent but had to pay taxes on the whole amount. He said Simpson repeatedly told him they’d settle up later.
But they never did and when pushed Simpson reminded him of the Goldman debt: “Hey, at least you don’t owe $33.5 million.”
“Yeah, I didn’t kill anybody either,” Gilbert replied. Simpson scowled.
Gilbert also deals with some of his reasoning when helping O.J. famously beat his double-murder rap:
Gilbert blames himself and other Simpson friends for failing to act when they detected domestic violence in the Simpson marriage. But he says each time there was a fight between the couple or a call by Nicole to police it was dismissed as part of their obsession with each other or they pretended it didn’t happen.
“O.J. mattered more,” he said. “The fringe benefits that came with being one of O.J.’s friends mattered more — or at least we thought they did.”
Gilbert wrote the book for many reasons. It wasn’t just to make money or hurt Simpson.
“Nothing can hurt O.J.,” he said in an interview. “He doesn’t have the emotions we have.”
So O.J. actually did it. In related news, water is wet and the sky is blue.