In explaining “why I did it”—why she published OJ Simpson’s book If I Did It—publisher Judith Regan notes that I Did Not Pay OJ in the November 16th Drudge Report. She details her own experience as young woman in an abusive relationship and proclaims that “I made the decision to publish this book, and to sit face to face with the killer, because I wanted him, and the men who broke my heart and your hearts, to tell the truth, to confess their sins, to do penance and to amend their lives.”
In describing books she has previously published, Regan refers to the many on “the subject of sociopaths and their lack of empathy (Without Conscience and Snakes in Suits), and then speculates about OJ Simpson having a “sort of emotional autism”:
Is such behavior the result of a genetic flaw? Could it be caused by a head injury? Is it the result of a weak and damaged human will? Was this man suffering from a sort of emotional autism?
How did it happen? How could a man with so much have so little? And how could we, as a society, continue to protect him and others from the consequences of his wrong-doing?
While Regan refers to “emotional autism,” I find her associating autism and sociopaths, and violent crime, troubling and ill-informed.
As for the mention of autism in regard to OJ Simpson, this was simply unnecessary.