The man behind the disturbing book “If I Did It” is revealing explosive details from the making of the book that many consider O.J. Simpson’s confession to the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
Only “Extra” sat down with Pablo Fenjves, the man charged with putting Simpson’s words to paper.
Fenjves is not only Simpson’s ghostwriter from Simpson’s “memoir,” but Nicole’s neighbor on the night she was murdered. Fenjves was the prosecution witness in the 1994 trial who set the entire timeline for the murder when he testified that he heard Nicole’s dogs barking in a panic.
Now, as the book climbs the New York Times bestseller list, Fenjves is breaking his silence about the making of the book and admitting his true feelings for the former football star.
As Simpson and Fenjves convened to write the book, Fenjves recalled the moment of truth with Simpson.
“There was one instance where he exploded, saying, ‘Everyone assumed I was guilty,’” he said. “He looked to me to respond, and I said, ‘You know O.J., I’m sorry, but you know I thought you were guilty then, and I still think you’re guilty.’”
Even as Simpson dictated his words to him, Fenjves said, “He knew that I thought he was guilty.”
Simpson “recalls” in one chapter of the book how he was “covered in blood” on the night of the murders.
But Fenjves said that even with a hypothetical confession, Simpson was still defiant.
“There was one moment where he told me, ‘I’m not going to tell you I slashed my ex-wife’s throat and watched her eyes roll back in her head.’”
Fenjves said those words sent chills down his spine.
In addition to the occasional tantrum during the writing of the book, Fenjves said Simpson would sometimes slip into the first person when describing the murders.
In one chilling moment, Simpson described in detail how he would have escaped from the Brentwood murder scene.
Said Fenjves, “One of the very telling moments for me was when he left the alley, I was under the impression that he took a right at the end of the alley…and made a left up to San Vicente. And he said, ‘No, no, why would I do that? I made a left when I got to the alley…and went home from there.’”
Fenjves continued, “At that point he looked up, saw my face, and said, ‘That’s the way I would have gone.’ So there were a few instances where we lost the hypothetical aspect.”
Just as disturbing, said Fenjves, was that Simpson gave a hypothetical motive for murdering Nicole.
“This narcissist is describing this woman in the most unflattering terms and doesn’t even see it,” he said. “I think the message in that is, ‘If I did it, she had it coming.’”
Simpson is now distancing himself from the book, but Fenjves insisted that he was highly involved in its creation.
As the book received huge criticism for its publishing, Fenjves said Simpson griped, “I don’t get what people are so upset about. Geraldo Rivera can interview Charles Manson.”
Fenjves also insisted that Simpson had final approval of the book.
“He signed off on that book. He read it three times. He asked for changes; I made every change he asked for,” said Fenjves. “At the end of the day, that was the time to say, ‘Okay, we’re done,’ and it’s O.J.’s book.”