My 20-Year Battle with O.J. Simpson
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Don’t tell her she needs to find closure. Don’t ask her
to forgive and forget.
When Kim was just 22, her
older brother, Ron Goldman, was brutally killed by O.J.
Simpson. Ron and Kim were very close, and her devastation
was compounded by the shocking not guilty verdict that
allowed a smirking Simpson to leave as a free man.
wasn’t Kim’s first trauma. Her parents divorced when she was
young, and she and Ron were raised by their father. Her
mother kidnapped her, telling her that her father didn’t
love her any more. When she was 14, she was almost blinded
from severe battery acid burns on her face during an
automobile accident, requiring three reconstructive
But none of these early traumas compared
to the loss of her brother, the painful knowledge that his
killer was free, and fact that she could not even grieve
privately—her grief was made painfully public. Counseled by
friends, strangers, and even Oprah to “find closure,” Kim
chose a different route. She chose to
Repeatedly, Kim and her family pursued Simpson
by every legal means. Foiled over and over again, they
ultimately achieved a small measure of justice.
story is one of tragedy, but also of humanity and, often,
comedy. Living life as one of America’s most famous
“victims” isn’t always easy, especially as a single mother
in the dating market. She often had bizarre first date
experiences, with one man even breaking down into tears and
inconsolable with grief after realizing who she
Ultimately Kim’s story is that of an ordinary
person thrown into extraordinary circumstances at a very
young age, and who had the courage—despite the
discouragement of so many—to ignore the conventional wisdom
and never give up her fight for justice.
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