Wednesday, November 15, 2006
'IF I DID IT' BOOK & TV SPECIAL WILL HAVE O.J. SIMPSON COMMUNICATING IN THE THIRD-PERSON (PAST SUBJUNCTIVE)
THE UNITED STATES--We are a happy culture, aren't we? Some will say that this approach being taken by O.J. Simpson is somehow 'new', but it isn't. Having a murderer write-about or talk-about their crimes in the third-person began with the book 'Ted Bundy-Conversations With a Killer' in the mid-1980s. The work came from a brainstorming-session between interviewers Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth, after it became apparent Bundy wasn't talking because it could threaten his appeals from death row. So they decided to ask Bundy the questions about a 'hypothetical-killer', and Bundy could cut-loose on nearly everything he did. It works well, and yet Michaud & Aynesworth felt Bundy didn't give them what they wanted (to cover their advance from the publisher):
HA [Aynesworth]: It's frustrating, Ted, to bounce up against this stone wall. What does it matter if you tell us the truth now? ...
TB [Bundy]: That's your problem.
What did they expect? A full-confession? It boggles-the-mind, and now O.J. and some other publishers are going to trample on the graves of someone else's children. At least the Bundy book has socially-redeeming value to it, it's used in criminology classes, and by FBI-profilers. But the real catch was that it was partially in the past subjunctive, through the hypothetical-experiences of someone else in the recent-past, and even more abstract than that at-times. O.J. seems to need money--and desperately. The bills for the civil trial, and the victim-restitution he has to pay the Goldmans must hurt. And so, ironically, Bundy had nothing to gain from his interviews, except furthering the understanding of the modus operandi and psychology of certain serial-killers. This is actually commendable, even for a serial-killer.
However, O.J. was convicted in the civil trial, so he's probably putting himself at-risk, which desirable. It's a testament to the doddering-insanity of a washed-up athlete who always lived a life based around violence. Rumor has it that a wealthy-businessman in Michiana (who was a USC alumni when O.J. was playing there) has O.J.'s Heisman trophy, and secretly sends the chump money to support-himself. You cannot say Americans don't take their Football seriously--they might kill you. Besides, it's not as if O.J. Simpson is the first athlete to talk about himself in the third-person. Bundy was even approaching the poetic in his final-interviews when he said, 'Oh well, who'll remember us in a hundred years?' Yes, who will? But they will remember O.J. and Ted Bundy. Anonymity is preferrable.
One For the Ages:
Yes, Bundy's Even Linked-to Masonic Conspiricism: