Publisher Judith Regan is back in the spotlight after revealing that O.J. Simpson allegedly confessed to her that he murdered Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. Learn more about her here.
1. She tried to publish O.J. [Simpson]‘s book, If I Did It in cooperation with O.J. Simpson in 2006: O.J. was finally willing to publish a book that included the alleged details of the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. The head of ReganBooks at the time, Judith Regan, claims that there was no “if” in the title; O.J. allegedly confessed the murders to her, but eventually they included “if” in the title, “so he would have deniability with his children,” she said in an interview. The book was later cancelled after strong public backlash. However, a Florida bankruptcy court in 2007 awarded the rights to the book to Goldman’s relatives.
In 1997, a judge had awarded the Goldman family $33.5 million in a wrongful death suit filed against O.J., and the sale of the book would help cover the debt. The Goldmans released the book as, If I Did It: Confessions Of The Killer, publishing the new version under a different company.
2. Regan gave an interview about the alleged murder confession 12 years ago: the interview was shelved after O.J.’s book was cancelled, but Fox will share Regan’s interview as part of the Sunday, March 11 special O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? at 8:00pm. In a snippet from the 2006 interview (see above), Regan says, “I received a phone call from an attorney who said that O.J. was ready to confess. And, actually, I thought it was kind of a scam, and didn’t believe him, and I thought that this guy was a lunatic. But I took his number and said I’d call him back.”
3. She’s also a producer: along with being a book publisher, Regan’s also produced several programs and TV movies. She served as the executive producer on The Siege at Ruby Ridge, House Arrest Starring Chris Colombo, and the documentary O.J. Simpson: If I Did It, Here’s How It Happened (in which she also starred), according to IMDb. She’s also producing the upcoming TV series I Know This Much Is True.
4. She’s had two of her own talk shows: before becoming a publisher, Regan wrote for the National Enquirer. She also had two talk shows. She hosted Judith Regan Tonight on Fox News and currently hosts a talk radio show on Sirius.
5. She actually has a Law & Order episode about her: The 2007 Law & Order episode “Murder Book” is “loosely based” on Regan. Here’s the synopsis: “Green and Cassady investigate the death of a publishing agent who approved a book written by an ex-athlete which describes how he would have murdered his wife, if he was in fact the real killer.”