OJ Simpson-If I Did It

After a firestorm of criticism, Fox News Corp. says it has canceled its plans to publish the O.J. Simpson book If I Did It. The book’s release was to coincide with a two-part television special featuring an interview with Judith Regan.Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp., which owns Fox, says it was an “ill-considered project.”Some Fox affiliates said they would not show the two-part TV special that was supposed to air next week, in advance of the Nov. 30 publication of the book by ReganBooks — a publishing imprint owned, via HarperCollins, by News Corp.

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Simpson’s need to be in the limelight has been thwarted for now.

UPDATE:  The Goldman family has received rights to the book and it has just been released.  They say they will use the profits to help abused women.  I’m going to buy it, not read it, and then burn it.

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O J Simpson-If He Did It, How He’d Do It

Kind of convoluted, huh?  And what are we, a bunch of idiots?  IF he did it?  He’s publishing a book that will “explain” how he would have killed Ron Goldman and Nicole if he was going to kill them?  And there will be a TV show prior to publication to generate interest… I don’t know what this world is coming to but I hope the Goldman’s get every penny he earns, ( and I use the term “earns” loosely).  Some newspaper accounts quote Judith Reagan as saying that the money being paid to OJ is going through a third party ensuring Simpon’s children eventually get it.  Reagan also stated that she’s publishing the book because SHE was an abused woman-now that’s convoluted and I fail to make the connection there.  Border Books is going to contribute any profits made from the sale of the book to charity.  Barnes and Nobles is keeping their profits, so if anyone is tempted to buy this trash, and I hope their not, but if you are, take the lesser of two evils and go to Borders.

Simpson should do everyone a favor and step in front of a train.  He cannot find it in himself to ride quietly into the sunset and live a quiet life of reflection while raising the children of the woman he murdered.  He seems to have some perverse need to keep himself in the spotlight. 

Instant Karma’s gonna get you. 

Donald Rumsfeld Resigns

I got my mother into politics when she was about 60 years old.  She’s 71 now.  The first time she voted was when Bill Clinton was running for president.  She’s been a die-hard Democrat ever since and no one can say a bad word about Mr. Clinton as she defends him to the hilt.  That being said, yesterday she called me at work to tell me the exciting news:

“Ronald Dumbell resigned!  We won, we won!”

I really had to laugh because it was an astute observation and she didn’t even know it.

Death of a Friend

My good friend, Maria, died on October 25th, of cancer. When she was younger, she lost a kidney. Then, a few years later, she developed breast cancer. She won both those battles. About two years ago she noticed that a large birthmark above her temple had changed. She went to the doctor and had it biopsed. It was cancerous. They removed it. It spread; the doctor operated. She was on a course of interferon that made her very sick and the Maria I knew went away. Being on interferon was difficult, to put it mildly. She was tired all the time and it made her sick. She took it for ten months. Afterwards. she returned to being Maria again. Just like that she was back in the swing of life and I was glad to have her back. So was her family. After a few months the cancer came back. They operated again, going further down the side of her face and into her neck. We hoped that was it. It wasn’t. After a PET scan she was told that the cancer had spread. With other treatments there was only a 10% chance of beating it. Maria made the decision to stop fighting. She planned her funeral with her daughters by her side. The whole family went to Aruba-all 17 brothers, sisters, daughters, nephew, grandchild. She was never happier than being on the beach. It’s where she felt close to heaven. The sand, the sun, the surf. That was perfection to Maria. So, my friend, I will miss you. You were one classy girl. Enjoy the sand, the sun and the surf and one day we’ll meet again and enjoy a day at the beach together. God Bless and keep you close.

Katherine Kolodziej Unsolved Murder

SCHOHARIE, NY — Police investigators are looking for new leads in a nearly 25-year-old murder case — Schoharie County’s oldest unsolved homicide.

Katherine Kolodziej was a 17-year-old freshman at the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill when she disappeared the night of Nov. 2, 1974. She left her friends at a Cobleskill bar and wasn’t heard from again.

On Nov. 28 of that year, her body was found five miles away in a Richmondville field. She was naked from the waist down and had been stabbed repeatedly in the back.

After years of fruitless investigation, police held a press conference Wednesday in Schoharie in an attempt to drum up new leads and finally solve Kolodziej’s murder.

“The purpose of this is to heighten awareness of what occurred, hopefully to develop the one lead that would break this case,” said Maj. Bart Johnson, Troop G commander. “This also reinforces the fact that (unsolved) homicide cases never close.”

Since Kolodziej’s death, more than 3,000 people have been interviewed, Johnson said, including the entire student body of Cobleskill Tech. The initial investigation revealed the following:

On the night of Nov. 2, at about 1:30 a.m., Kolodziej left a Main Street bar called the Vault (no longer in existence).

Partway between the bar and the campus, an elderly woman looking out a second-story window observed a woman matching Kolodziej’s description climb into the passenger side of a yellow Volkswagen Beetle.

About 15 minutes later, a delivery man at Agway near the campus saw a yellow Volkswagen Beetle in the parking lot and heard a woman yelling inside.

Police conducted a nationwide search of cars matching the description, but found nothing.

“We’ve been unable to identify the yellow Volkswagen or even that those events did take place,” Johnson said.

Soon after her disappearance, police were notified that a shoe matching a description of one belonging to Kolodziej’s was found on McDonald Road in Richmondville. On Nov. 28, 1974, police found Kolodziej’s body a half-mile from the shoe, in a field, on a low stone wall lined with trees and bushes.

“She was right on top of the rock wall,” said Investigator Peter Scotti.

No murder weapon was recovered, but police said she had been stabbed repeatedly with several different types of knives. Her wounds were in the back, back of her neck, and shoulders.

Police would not comment whether Kolodziej had been sexually assaulted. But police have DNA evidence of an unspecified type.

Serial killers such as Theodore “Ted” Bundy and Louis Lent were even interviewed in connection with Kolodziej’s death.

“It was determined they were not responsible and had nothing to do with the disappearance or homicide,” Johnson said.

Senior Investigator Michael Guiry said friends described Kolodziej, a Ronkonkoma native, as friendly and popular.

“I would say she was just an average 17-year-old girl,” he said. “She seemed to be happy-go-lucky.”

Her parents, Edward and Hedwig, still live on Long Island. The renewed push to solve the murder has raised painful emotions with her mother, Guiry said.

“Her father, his attitude was, it’s been 25 years. Forget about solving it. It’s not going to happen,” Guiry said. “But they’re 100 percent behind this.”

I submitted this article to A & E’s Cold Case File.  Maybe they will investigate.  I went to Connetquot High School  with Kathy.  I didn’t know her well but my friend, Ramona did.  Ramona would visit Kathy’s parents.  They lived a few blocks from me.  Her mother always had roses growing along the fence and in the yard.  I think one or both of her parents may still be alive.

Kevin K. Singer
Staff Writer

The Daily Star

Thank you to all who have posted comments and memories. If any one has information regarding Kathy’s murder, or perhaps you were one of the students who was never interviewed, but have information, please contact the New York State Police as noted, below.

Additional Information
Incident: On November 2, 1974, seventeen year old Katherine Kolodziej of Ronkonkoma, NY was reported missing from the campus of the State University of New York at Cobleskill. She was in her freshman year at this college, and lived on campus. She was found murdered, on November 28, 1974. Investigation revealed that she was last seen leaving the Vault Tavern on Main Street in Cobleskill, NY.
Last Seen: Date: 11/02/1974
Location: Vault Tavern, Main St., Cobleskill, N.Y.
If you have any information, please call: 

Agency: New York State Police
Address: Troop G, SP Princetown
Phone: (518) 630-1700
OR
Agency: New York State Police
Address: Troop G, Major Crimes Unit
Phone: (518) 783-3211
or e-mail the information to:
nysvicap@troopers.state.ny.us
Please include your
name, address and
telephone number.

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