Fred Goldman speaks out about O.J. Simpson's upcoming release from prison
Posted September 29
PHOENIX, ARIZ. — Our Mike Watkiss sits down with Fred Goldman to talk about the horrific event that changed Goldman's life 23 years ago -- the double murder of Goldman's 26-year-old son Ron and Ron's friend Nicole Brown Simpson.
Here is his report:
As we were setting up to interview Fred Goldman in the living room of his west Valley home recently, I asked him, "How many times have you done this?"
"A bunch," he said.
We clipped on some microphones and arranged a couple of chairs.
We then sat down to talk about the brutal double murder more than two decades ago.
"Every day is a reminder of what you don't have," he said.
I was among the first news crews at the grisly Brentwood crime scene on that unforgettable morning back in the summer of 1994 when the bodies of Ron and Nicole were discovered just outside Nicole's townhouse.
I covered the so-called "Trial of the Century" and I have interviewed Fred Goldman before.
This time, it seemed more like reminiscing.
"Ron would have already opened up the restaurant that he was planning," Goldman told me when I asked him where he thought his son would be today at the age of 49, if he were still alive. "He would be married. He would have kids. Not a question in my mind."
Of course, the occasion for this interview with Fred Goldman is the upcoming release of O.J. Simpson.
After serving nine years of a 33-year sentence for a slapstick armed robbery at a Las Vegas hotel, Simpson was granted an early parole and the Juice is now scheduled for release from a Nevada prison a couple of days from now.
"I have this weird notion that bad people who have committed crimes belong in jail," he said, "Not getting out early, not getting out at all in some cases."
Goldman never utters the name "O.J. Simpson," preferring instead to call him "the murderer" or "the killer."
I mention the word "closure."
"No such beast," Fred shot back. "None whatsoever."
Goldman told me that the last nine years, with Simpson behind bars, have given his family something of a respite. "We didn't have to deal with him literally on a day-to-day basis."
But Goldman knows all that changes when Simpson walks.
"I expect it will only be a short period of time," Goldman said, "before he will be in the public eye again-shooting his mouth off and at some point getting in trouble again."
"That's your prediction?" I asked.
"I don't think he's capable of remaining out of trouble, out of the limelight," Goldman said.
"Whatever it's going to be," Goldman said, "we will continue to live our lives-minus Ron-we'll continue to try to be decent human beings."
He then said with a sigh of resignation, "I think when he walks out, we'll have lost again."