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Families of Victims Linked to OJ Simpson Criticize Book Plans


Plans by former football star O.J. Simpson to publish a book about how he would have murdered his ex-wife and her companion are getting strong reactions from the families of the victims.

Fred Goldman, father of murder victim Ronald Goldman, said on U.S. television late Wednesday that people should neither buy the book nor watch a television interview with Simpson scheduled for later this month.

In a statement, Denise Brown, sister to victim Nicole Brown Simpson, said O.J. Simpson has awakened a nightmare. She accused the book's publisher Judith Regan, of promoting the wrongdoing of criminals.

Simpson's publisher told the Associated Press she considers the book O.J. Simpson's confession.

Simpson was acquitted in 1995 of murder charges for Goldman and Brown Simpson in a highly controversial, racially-charged verdict.

He was later found guilty in a civil trial and ordered to pay the families of the victims $33.5 million.

Simpson was accused of the murders after neighbors found the bodies of Goldman and Brown Simpson on June 14, 1994, in front of Brown Simpson's home in an affluent section of Los Angeles. They had been stabbed several times and Brown Simpson's throat had been slashed.

Millions of Americans watched Simpson's trial on television, as his team of high profile lawyers painted the Los Angeles police department as incompetent and biased against blacks.

Simpson has always maintained his innocence. He has vowed to hunt down the real killers.

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