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Kato Kaelin by Marc Eliot
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Poor Marcia Clark. She was outgunned by an expensive legal team and undermined by LAPD's star detective. Now we see how she was stonewalled by what could have been a star witness. The trial dialog supplied by Eliot shows that she knew that Kato had answers, but, Kato's sympathetic character and surfer dude image helped him dodge questions with banal non-testimony.

In the early hours of investigation while Kato was being treated as a suspect could he have been given immunity? If so, would he have opened up on the stand? He'd have a harder time lying about the book and his observations of OJ's jealousy.

Kato seems to have neither empathy nor moral compass. He tells Nicole, who's neediness is obvious, she's his friend whom he'll do anything for, but as soon as he has the opportunity to trade up to OJ, he jumps at the chance. Kato believes OJ did it, and thinks there may have been an accomplice. He clearly has no sense of justice, and has not come through for Nicole.

What struck me, more than the psycho games of Nicole and OJ, was the emptiness of their lives. Both are so lonely that they need a house guest like Kato to fill their void. Nicole is obviously looking for love, and OJ's obsession is probably the best substitute for it she can find. Her family, all working for OJ, is in the background of this book, and probably of her life as well. OJ has everything, but seems to know that he has nothing. He seems to need an admiring Kato hanging around, and besides, it upsets Nicole.

For the 17 hours of tape, and the lengthy legal record, I expected more. It may not be the author's fault. This may be all there is.
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Started Reading
March 2, 2008 – Finished Reading
May 26, 2013 – Shelved
May 26, 2013 – Shelved as: crime
May 26, 2013 – Shelved as: law
May 26, 2013 – Shelved as: biography

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