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How I Helped O. J. Get Away with Murder

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  547 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
You Don't Know the Full Truth About O.J. Simpson and the Murders that Gripped a Nation.
But Mike Gilbert does, and after nearly two decades of being O.J. Simpson's sports agent, business advisor, and trusted confidant, Gilbert is breaking his silence and telling the full story of the man he idolized, but now despises.

Gilbert's shocking tale is unlike anything you've read be
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Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2008)
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Eric Bjerke
Jun 13, 2008 Eric Bjerke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
The most interesting thing about this book are the sections that describe how it was that O.J. was acquited of double murder when everyone in the world knew he did it except for the stupidest people on the face of this earth: that jury (and, it seemed by the coverage, some of the media).

He told how they had absolutely no case at all: The prosecution "had the motive, evidence, witnesses, and science on their side. We had nothing." He tells how, as someone who helped develop strategy and give advi
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Liz
Jun 07, 2011 Liz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Reeeeeeeally not sure why I read this. Let's go with the "I'm a lawyer and am interested in all true crime stories" excuse. I'm glad I got this at the library and didn't spend any money on it. I need a shower.
Meowbie
Oct 02, 2011 Meowbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with an interest in psychology
As someone who tried very hard to let the whole OJ trial circus pass him by back in the 90s, I felt I needed someone to give me a retrospective look on the whole thing, and especially to add some context and nuance. This book did it for me.

Mike Gilbert is particularly credible as the narrator of this version of events. He doesn't come out looking particularly noble, but he does seem human, as do all the people he talks about. In their idiosynchratic ways, each player in the OJ saga reveals their
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Ritarose
Jan 31, 2017 Ritarose rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Watched the OJ documentary on ESPN, so thought I'd try one of the books by one of the major players. This is trash. Continually explaining how much he loved OJ, but in 2008, he needs to write a book to explain himself? Blah.
Lisa
Like quite a few others I have become re-immersed in the O.J. trial through the FX Networks’ The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. I remember watching as a kid and seeing all the articles posted in the National Enquirer (my Grama loved the tabloids). I have been watching a lot of documentaries online (so much so that I am having a hard time finding ones I have not watched, I think I basically need to be watching the full length of the trial at this point) as well as trial highlights ...more
Cindy
Mar 20, 2012 Cindy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nothing earthshattering is revealed. I found that the author was believable, but the nagging suspicion that he profited from the information shared was w/me the whole time I read. Gilbert does seem to be somewhat sorry for his actions & does admit what he did was tied to profit. The writing was fine. Gilbert's chapter on what he believed really happened to Ron Goldman & Nicole Brown Simpson didn't really hold any surprises, but I found the timelines & OJ's actions compelling. Mike Gi ...more
Dionne
Aug 19, 2008 Dionne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the Simpson case
Shelves: true-crime
This is probably the best book I have read so far on the O.J. case. Mike Gilbert appears to be very genuine and remorseful for the part he played in aiding O.J. He offers unique insight into what really happened since he was so close to O.J. I highly recommend it if you have any interest in the case.
Lori Courville
Although this book is interesting it left me wondering if this was just another person jumping on the oj money train...was this written out of pure remorse and confession or because peaked curiosity equals money... I still don't know what to believe
Jennifer
Jan 11, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again, just made me believe even more that he did it. What a sick man to help someone get away with murder.
Jodi
Nov 09, 2010 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting insider take on how the Simpson case progressed the way it did - less about the courtroom, more about the personal aspects of it.
Sarah
Jan 26, 2017 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I wasn't sure if I'd get interested into this book but I read it in hours. WHY has no one interviewed this guy with this book in the recent investigations into that night?! GEEZ!!! LOTS of great information we haven't been privy to in other places talking about these horrible murders. I definitely devoured the book.
Christy
A different perspective, but there is a lot about the book that is obviously self-serving - which would be fine, except the author goes to great lengths to keep saying that it is not self-serving.
Kristy Hoffman
Jan 07, 2017 Kristy Hoffman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the best books I've read on the Simpson case and murders. Mr. Gilbert does seem to regret his role in what happened, and to me it takes guts to put it out there and admit you were wrong. I for one always thought OJ did it from day one. I hope Nicole and Ron are at peace. OJ will pay for it someday.
Kara
This book is hardly "shocking." It is disturbing, though, in the author's chronicles of how he helped OJ Simpson make money--lots of it--during, and even as a result of, his arrest and trial. It's not an uplifting book and I can't say I recommend it.

Jennifer
Oct 25, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of true crime, those who want the inside track on the trial of the century
I read a lot of true crime. I always take what I read with a grain of salt, especially when I think the person writing it is just trying to capitalize on another person's misfortune. And most of the time, I can tell when the author has used a ghostwriter, which I feel takes away from the authenticity of the book.

This book, however, resonated strongly with me. I could feel the author's pain, his sorrow, and his ultimate guilt. He tells the inside story of what went on away from the eyes of the me
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Niles
Nov 09, 2016 Niles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about loss - Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman lost their lives and the author, Mike Gilbert, lost his hero and idol. The O.J. Simpson murder trial was billed as the trial of the century, and indeed during 1994-1995 the story dominated the news. This is a history of what went on behind the scenes.

O.J. was Mike Gilbert's idol. He wanted to be just like him, but he lacked the athletic skills to be a professional football player. When he got a chance to be O.J.'s marketing manager, Mik
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Jared Tipton
Mar 30, 2016 Jared Tipton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read most of the major books on the O.J. saga, and this one — along with Vincent Bugliosi's "Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away with Murder" — are top of the class. I'll never forget being in my college classroom watching the verdict being read live on TV, and sitting stunned as the majority of my fellow college students cheered (yes, cheered) the verdict. I often wonder how those same people feel today. At the time, I chose not to get caught up in the wave of red herrings ...more
Ann Major
I enjoyed this book. It actually helped me process an event in my extended family. When something bad happens, family and friends close rank. They support people who do bad things because they love them and for all sorts of reasons. It is not a black and white process, and it can be disturbing on profound levels. OJ certainly was not all bad, but he was VERY bad on one night of his life. So, I found this author's perception of the various characters involved in this drama interesting.

We are all
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Amanda
Aug 12, 2016 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I mostly read this book out of morbid curiosity. I've read almost every book by key players of this horrible true life tragedy and I wondered if there was anything else that this person had to add. There were definitely new bits and pieces of information that were shared, but the general feeling that I have coming away from reading this is that the author is a crappy excuse for a human being. Not for his support of a murder necessarily, but for the fact that he mentions no fewer than three times ...more
Ron Chmielowiec
Jan 31, 2016 Ron Chmielowiec rated it did not like it
Regrets?

Sad, pathetic, no moral compass, greed, no regard for the value of human life. These are just a few of the thoughts running through my mind. How dare you think for a second that the children of Nicole and the Goldman's should forgive you. You have regrets that will torture you for the rest of your life. That is your punishment and the burden you bear. Forgiveness comes by doing something positive for those people. All your clever ways to make money, you should be able to come up with som
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Brooke romney
Sep 24, 2013 Brooke romney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little under a 4, but so intriguing. OJ's case was the first real news story I remember watching and wondering about as a kid, so to see the real insider details from a man who lived it all was much more interesting than I thought it would be...I couldn't believe how the lawyers and friends fabricated and lied enough to get OJ off. I couldn't wait to read it each night even though I knew the ending. I was shocked and saddened by who OJ really was but I found the honesty and regret Mike Gilbert ...more
Koeeoaddi
Jun 08, 2006 Koeeoaddi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: absolutely nobody!
I picked this up at the library, but let's get this straight -- that's no excuse. There are so many things wrong with this book that IT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO USE MY INDOOR VOICE. [Sorry] In fact, I can't think of any altruistic motive -- even cheerful, prurient curiosity -- that will wash away the taint of only a casual association with it.

I dutifully read about half the thing and there is nothing this guy says that isn't infuriating, obvious and about 14 years too late. Oh, did I tell you? A
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Ellie Revert
Aug 04, 2008 Ellie Revert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
The author truly does not care what any readers might think. He feels badly himself, not for his friendship with OJ, and how he continued that with the police and the trial, but his genuine disappointment that OJ seemed to do even worse things after he killed Nicole and Ron.

I am trying to understand this situation due to the death of a dear friend, whose husband served on this jury. And how the trial ruined their lives---not OJ's or his friends.
This seems to be taking me down a path that is ver
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Betsy Willing
This book is pretty much like reading a very long tabloid article. While you will breeze through it in about a day, you will be left feeling pretty slimy in the end. It's good if you wanted an "inside" perspective on life with OJ pre and post the murders. At the end of the book I couldn't help but feel that this auther was a leech, who stayed with OJ for as long as he could possibly suck money from him, sacrificing his family and his virtue for the almighty dollar. You may be like me and also be ...more
Karen E.
This book is written by OJ's former agent for promoting OJ sports memorabilia. He admits to being under the aura of OJ's charisma until just recently, when he decided that OJ was not worthy of his near worship of him. The revelation, he says, came from realizing that OJ doesn't care about anyone or anything but himself, and in particular, from seeing how he has little regard for his children. I consider this one of my "trash" reads --it's not good literature or even very good history, but it's f ...more
Karen B.
Mike Gilbert was OJ's agent, and loved his client. He had become good friends with him and relates in this book his own part in helping the man he suspected of murder to "get away with it". Initially Mike's love of the charismatic OJ, his friend, causes him to believe in OJ's innocence. Yet he relates here that OJ was a controlling person who cared about his image as much as he professes to have loved Nicole. Mike has seen OJ change from the man he originally knew and loved and finally Gilbert's ...more
Stefanie
OK, so here I am slumming again, but I think I'm fairly human in being unable to turn away from a train wreck, no matter how old. This book, be it fact or fiction, provides what sounds to me like the most reasonable explanation for how things went down that night (with one exception). In any case, if you choose to believe the author, it's an interesting behind-the-scenes look at what was happening in OJ's inner circle before and after the murders. Proceeds from the book go to the March of Dimes ...more
Whitebeard Books
Quite frankly, I was very disappointed. Rather than what Mr. Gilbert suggested in the subtitle, this is little more than an unknown using a media icon's name to sell his own story. While he does offer a theory, with emphasis on that word theory, there is no evidence that any author couldn't get hands on. In other words, nothing new and certainly nothing to afford any basis to alter anyone's existing position on the guilt of O.J. My theory is that since Mr. Gilbert lost a meal ticket when O.J. wa ...more
Xanthi
Jan 12, 2015 Xanthi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I often wondered what went through the minds of those closest to Simpson, during the whole double murder trial. Did they think he was innocent and if so why? Were they in denial despite all the evidence? Did they have any suspicions and fears that it might be true - their hero, their friend, their meal ticket, was actually a violent thug and murderer? What was the psychology behind those that stuck with him through the trial and afterwards? This book gives some insight to that, and for me, that ...more
Tina
Jan 06, 2013 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sad and somewhat interesting. I was expecting more insight as to why the author abetted OJ for such a long time, even going so far as making a suggestion that helped ensure the infamous gloves "didn't fit" and later helping him hide assets from the Goldman family. In the end, it seems like the author's admiration and belief in OJ just wore down. From Gilbert's perspective it would seem there was enough firm evidence to leave no doubt about OJ's guilt. An interesting read if you want insight into ...more
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