Dirty secret’ of O.J.’s former sis-in-law: mental illness
LAGUNA NIGUEL – The seeds of depression were planted in Tanya Brown’s mind years before the vicious killing of her sister.
And it wasn’t until a decade after the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman on June 12, 1994, that Brown suffered a mental breakdown and was hospitalized after a suicide attempt.
Now, as the 20th anniversary of the killings in Brentwood approaches – a crime that culminated in the acquittal of football legend O.J. Simpson – Brown is hitting the media circuit to promote her just-published book, “Finding Peace Amid the Chaos: My Escape From Depression and Suicide.”
Although Brown’s book, co-authored by Kentucky-based author William Croyle, devotes substantial time to Simpson, the murders and the media-soaked aftermath, it’s no tabloid rehash of one of the most picked-over crimes in history.
“It’s about hope and direction and encouragement,” says Brown, 44, of Laguna Niguel, who takes medication for major depressive disorder and general anxiety disorder.
Brown also says that her book isn’t a cynical money grab timed to cash in on the 20th anniversary of the double-slaying.
Her comment comes on the heels of projects by others reportedly in the works, including a theatrical movie and a Fox TV miniseries.
Even bit player Faye Resnick, who penned a book about her friendship with Nicole Brown Simpson, is getting into the game, with a possible role on the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” says Radar Online.
Brown and Croyle started talking about their book in December 2011. They had hoped to have it out by early 2013. But Brown’s graduate studies and her father’s failing health (Lou Brown, 90, of Dana Point has late-stage Alzheimer’s disease) delayed the publication.
Brown and Croyle selected a small, independent publisher in Texas to have more control over the book, they say; they wanted to focus on mental health and not on Simpson and the killings.
They received no advance. And any money they end up earning (barring a runaway best-seller) will come in the form of modest royalties.
Brown launched her book in early March when she was keynote speaker at San Diego Women’s Week. People magazine did a spread on her, and she has an upcoming appearance on Katie Couric’s talk show.
Brown says she hopes her book will serve as a positive counter to what she anticipates will be largely negative media coverage of the 20th anniversary of the killings.
She figures most coverage will focus on the infamous, low-speed Bronco chase, the trial that lasted more than eight months and, of course, Simpson, who is serving nine to 33 years in prison for an unrelated crime.
Tanya Brown holds one of her favorite pictures of older sister Nicole Brown Simpson, upper left, taken shortly before her 1994 killing. Her family photos are included in her new book, “Finding Peace Amid the Chaos: My Escape From Depression and Suicide.” June 12 will be the 20th anniversary of the killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
Tanya Brown, 44, of Laguna Niguel plays with her parents’ dog, Winston. She has written a self-help memoir. Brown’s older sister Nicole was killed in 1994.
Tanya Brown’s 2004 wedding was canceled four days before when the groom got cold feet. It triggered her to self-destruct, she says. The Laguna Niguel resident thumbs through her memoir, “Finding Peace Amid the Chaos: My Escape From Depression and Suicide.” The life coach, speaker and mental-health advocate is the younger sister of Nicole Brown Simpson.
Tanya Brown has a master’s degree in counseling psychology. The life coach, speaker and mental-health advocate has written a memoir, “Finding Peace Amid the Chaos: My Escape From Depression and Suicide.” She says she battled with depression well before her sister Nicole Brown Simpson’s 1994 slaying. Brown says she masked her depression.
The highs and lows of Tanya Brown’s life are included in her new memoir, “Finding Peace Amid the Chaos: My Escape From Depression and Suicide.” She earned her master’s degree in counseling psychology in 2013 from Argosy University.
A collection of crosses near a picture of Juditha Brown, center, with her parents are displayed at the Laguna Niguel home of Juditha’s daughter and Nicole Brown Simpson’s sister, Tanya Brown.
Tanya Brown, 44, of Laguna Niguel wears a heart-shaped amethyst necklace with essential oils around her neck, which she says helps with clarity. The life coach, speaker and mental health advocate has written a memoir, “Finding Peace Amid the Chaos: My Escape From Depression and Suicide.”
Tanya Brown is all smiles around her parents’ dog, Winston, 5. She plays with him at William H. Beck Park near her parents’ Monarch Bay home.
Helicopters hovered over her family’s home everyday for months and their family had to get 24-hour security after the 1994 slaying of her sister Nicole Brown Simpson. The invasion of privacy was one of reasons Tanya Brown says she could not grieve properly.