|O.J. Simpson during his murder trial where he was acquitted|
O.J. Simpson is now entering his 9th year in prison since his imprisonment for armed robbery and kidnapping of a Las Vegas sports memorabilia dealer. His manager, Norman Pardo, said the "Juice"
is drying up in that he is now a broken man. He has becoming more and more of a recluse and now weighs 300 lbs. If he is not granted parole anytime soon, he will be out in 24 years when he will be 92.
Is it normal for someone to lose his mind in prison? What is the psychology behind this?
I am no stranger to prison as I sat 43 months for a white collar crime. During my long stay in prison, I came across a lot of books and one of them written by Viktor Frankel, called Man's search for Meaning, explored the mind of man interred in a concentration camp. Dr. Frankel noticed that as long as someone had a purpose in living, he/she would survive. If the inmate had nothing to look forward to, that person would simply die.
I don't know what is on O.J.'s brain but what I can tell from the interview of a former guard, Jeffrey Felix, that things are not so rosy for OJ since the ex guard says that Mr. Simpson keeps a picture of his murdered wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, near his bed. That would tell me that he is living in his past and not coming to terms that she is gone.
|Lovelock Correctional Center where O.J. Simpson is incarcerated|
I spoke to many people in jail as well and one wise convict told me that you start losing it after 15 years. If that is the case, then there is some time before O.J. loses his mind.
This tells you what life is all about in that you can be on top of the world, and in the blink of an eye, in a lonely prison cell. We see this with the first word of the Torah, Bereishis/Genesis, where, it can read as rosh bayis, or the head of the house, or rearranged, it can read, shvi to'ar, a cursed prisoner.
A movie is soon coming out about the OJ Simpson trial, I have a questions. If he makes any money on it, will the Goldman family attack it for their judgment? Did OJ Simpson have to give consent to make the movie about him? The movie news is here....http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/gallery/cuba-gooding-jr-as-oj-852201/1-cuba-gooding-jr-left-and-oj-simpson
To read my prison story, go here.....http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011GTWLOG