The definitive account of the rise and fall of South African Olympic and Gold Medal-winning Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, from his personal and athletic success to the murder charge that rocked the world and put both the man, and post-Apartheid South Africa, on trial.Oscar Pistorius made history as the first amputee to compete against able-bodied runners at the 2012 London Olympics. A hero in his native South Africa, the “Blade Runner” as he is known for his futuristic prosthetic legs, became a global icon of resilience and determination.But less than a year later, Pistorius rocked the world once again when he shot his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, through a closed bathroom door in the early hours of February14, 2013. Charged with murder, he claimed self-defense, contending that he had acted in a blind panic, imagining an intruder had broken in. But as the investigation moved to trial—during which the prosecution sought to prove that he killed her in a rage after an argument—a picture emerged of a traumatized individual fascinated with guns and assailed, behind the heroic facade, by anguish and self-doubt.Acclaimed journalist John Carlin follows the trials of this fallen champion, detailing his fraught upbringing, his almost superhuman rise to athletic glory, and the mysterious circumstances surrounding Steenkamp’s death. At the center of Pistorius’s story is South Africa—a young democracy stained by a history of racial disparity and levels of criminal violence that are among the highest in the world.Thoughtful and probing, Chase Your Shadow offers a piercing look at this intriguing modern tragedy, bringing to life a complex figure and the troubled land that shaped him.
Recidivist Acts: Oscar Pistorius and the crime that shocked the world (Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial eBook Series 2)
“The life you led was without spirit. It was a wasteland filled with expensive toys and recidivist acts.” – Jani Allan, South African columnistIn Oscar we see ourselves. The hero and the fraud, the conquering champion and the blathering child. We see the peacock and the victim, pride juxtaposed with pathetic wretchedness. Above all we see the meaning – and the meaninglessness – of the entire human drama. It is a theatre we can ignore, but it’s one we’re fated to live in, whether we choose to or not. The horror of this story is that we watched a man fashion something out of nothing for the Life Force, and then reduce it all to ashes. One Phoenix slays another, and then, like Icarus, falls from the heavens. Oscar Pistorius' fall is not yet at an end. In Oscar we see the terrifying possibility where an object, where an identity – fashioned out of nothing – is an insignificant lie. It is terrifying precisely because it reflects that lie at us, and asks us who we are, and what object we are fashioning ourselves into, and what will it mean when it’s dropped into the confusion. Do our lives ultimately mean anything? Are our lives anything more than a lie?"Great research into Oscar Pistorius's athletics record. South African Photojournalist Nick van der Leek digs deep to assess whether Oscar Pistorius is indeed mentally disabled or something rather different. It puts a great deal of what we saw in court into perspective. And is a wake-up call for the Sultans of Spin and their collaborators, those compliant journalists who never had the guts to expose what they should have." – Alec Hogg, Editor, writer and broadcaster
One Tragic Night: The Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial
At 08:03 on the morning of Valentine's Day 2013, news broke that Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympic superstar known as the "Blade Runner," had shot and killed his girlfriend at his luxury home in Pretoria, South Africa. Within minutes, the story reverberated around the world as banners flashed across television screens broadcasting global news networks. At first glance, it appeared to be a heart-wrenching, tragic accident. The athlete had mistaken beautiful Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder. But as the morning unfolded, a second version of events began to reveal itself, indicating that the country's celebrated icon, its "Golden Boy," may have murdered his model girlfriend in a fit of rage. In this vivid and insightful narrative, South African journalists Mandy Wiener and Barry Bateman reveal the true story of Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp, from that horrific night to the announcement of the shocking verdict. Drawing on evidence from the trial as well as on-the-ground interviews with family and friends of Oscar and Reeva, this is the authoritative account of one of the most high-profile trials of the 21st century, from the night of the killings to the controversial verdict. .
The Murder Trial of Oscar Pistorius: The Judge's verdict vs. Common Sense
The Oscar Pistorius murder trial is one of the most significant criminal trials of the century. It threw up a most incredulous defense that caused many to be flabbergasted and confused by the not-guilty-of-murder verdict passed down by Judge Masipa. For them, it remains a mystery why such an improbable verdict was the outcome. Millions of astonished people were justified in asking the question: How is it possible for a man to be alone with his girlfriend in bed at 3 am, then fire four shots into his toilet and kill her without knowing it was her? Because of the perceived improbability of a not-guilty-of-murder verdict, many have voiced their opinion that such a verdict has to be because the judge was corrupt. The facts, however, do not support such a conclusion. Instead, what the author is suggesting is that the application of common sense is what was lacking in this case. Common sense is the highest level of knowledge we can aspire to, and when applied, it makes us the most effective we can be. Common sense is, essentially, the understanding and accurate interpretation of life, people, and the things that affect most or all of us, and then the use of this knowledge to live an effective and productive life. These qualities of common sense largely indicate why it is often said to be not common. This book aims to demonstrate how the application of common sense would have resulted in Oscar Pistorius been convicted of premeditated murder by Judge Masipa. It also aims to make a common sense case for a possible reason why Oscar Pistorius murdered Reeva Steenkamp.
“The debut novel of the year.” —Vogue“A richly volatile study of grief, wonderment and love.” —Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal“A startling, poignant debut.” —The Atlantic “Raw and ravishing, this novel pulses with vulnerability and shimmering anger.” —Nicole Dennis-Benn, O, the Oprah Magazine“Stunning. . . . Powerfully moving and beautifully wrought, What We Lose reflects on family, love, loss, race, womanhood, and the places we feel home.” —Buzzfeed“Remember this name: Zinzi Clemmons. Long may she thrill us with exquisite works like What We Lose. . . . The book is a remarkable journey.” —EssenceFrom an author of rare, haunting power, a stunning novel about a young African-American woman coming of age—a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, family, and countryRaised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love. In arresting and unsettling prose, we watch Thandi’s life unfold, from losing her mother and learning to live without the person who has most profoundly shaped her existence, to her own encounters with romance and unexpected motherhood. Through exquisite and emotional vignettes, Clemmons creates a stunning portrayal of what it means to choose to live, after loss. An elegiac distillation, at once intellectual and visceral, of a young woman’s understanding of absence and identity that spans continents and decades, What We Lose heralds the arrival of a virtuosic new voice in fiction.One of the New York Times, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Marie Claire, Essence, Houston Chronicle, LA Daily News, Nylon, and Elle’s Books to Read This Summer
A visual book about the Reeva Steenkamp murder, investigating the question: Did Oscar know it was Reeva behind the toilet door? Containing nearly 600 crime scene-photos and never-before-seen material, this book painstakingly delves into this high-profile case.
Is Oscar's narrative, as a man, a valid one? Is his narrative of uniqueness, being exceptional, beating the odds, and enjoying no special advantages, authentic? Is it fair for a disabled man to compete with artificial limbs across both Olympic Games (able-bodied and disabled)? By examining his intentionality, and responses to reasoned criticism (especially by the IAAF, writers such as Sokolove and McEvoy, and scientists such as Dr Ross Tucker) Book #3 in the Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial series seeks to shed light more specifically on Another Oscar. Why would a disabled man seek to portray himself so aggressively as able-bodied? Not only on the athletics track, but off it. Are there consequences to the - sometimes constructive, sometimes painstaking, often exhausting - process of constantly manufacturing oneself (and one's narrative) for public consumption? Is there a cost to permanently projecting a persona of masculinity and invulnerability? Yes, if the rewards are great, the costs to the individual are proportionately great, because the compulsion to protect and conceal only increases. There are financial incentives involved in maintaining this fake diplomacy. But what sort of personal toll are we talking about? And who else is affected? And in the final analysis, how do we tell the real Oscar from the gleaming fake? Ray Wicksell, Oscar's former agent and manager, and a man who broke the 4 minute mile 24 times, shares his firsthand experiences with Oscar. Oscar and Wicksell's two daughters trained together, and attended the same meets with Oscar. Oscar was a close friend of the Wicksell family, which is why Ray Wicksell's account is both groundbreaking and moving. He shares the very real sentiments that "the world loved Oscar because he was lovable." Legal experts (including Ulrich Roux and David Dadic) discuss the possibilities of an appeal, which is Oscar's best hope at this point, of finding his way towards Resurrection. The media also provides a mountain of clues, most just sound and fury, but some messages stand out as significant. The failure of the media to participate in the specific narrative that Resurrection attempts to uncover shows the media - even this late in the game - don't want to burn their bridges with one of the greatest media stories in modern history. In case he comes back. In case he's acquitted. But by first participating and perpetuating Oscar's story to an unsuspecting public, and then failing to reframe this narrative when its validity is clearly called into question, the media mechanism also reveals itself as a fundamentally flawed, financially incentivised mechanism, and one prone to bias. Discernment, it turns out, is a precious faculty, and common sense in the world of sport, celebrity, and even the law, is fairly uncommon. By piecing together mountains of testimony, social media, and various disclosures by all the major players in Oscar's melodrama - not least of which are Oscar's and Reeva's own words - Nick van der Leek does what thus far has not been revealed. Not by the media. Not by the social media rumour mill. Not even by the state prosecutor. Van Der Leek manages to put it all together to reveal Another Narrative. And with it, a compelling case for MOTIVE is put forward for the first time. Note: Resurrection is the third in the series of 5 Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial eBooks. Resurrection specifically interrogates the validity of the various Oscar Trial narratives. Digital Rights Management applies to this manuscript. It may not be quoted from other than with the express permission of its author.
In the early hours of the morning on Thursday the 14th of February 2013, world famous athlete Oscar Pistorius shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead. Pistorius claims that it was a mistake - he thought it was a burglar. The police claim that it was a premeditated murder.This book offers the reader a quick-read biography of Pistorius's life, his amazing achievements as an athlete, and the events of that one tragic night. It looks at the facts put forward so far by each party, and asks a number of questions about the version of events given by the prosecution and the defence.
Oscar Pistorius. Can a singularity throw him into jail for life?
Were Reeva and Oscar really in love? Openly they professed unconditional love, but a close member of her family, in an interview on an American TV Channel said: “Reeva did not love Oscar”. Later he added: “the less I say the better”. Was he telling the truth? We will never know for certain. Adults rarely say what they really think. Usually they say what they like, depending on the situation. Only little children speak the truth because their brains are not yet fully developed. They have no memories to compare with given “live” situations. They cannot see lying as beneficial for them, until they start experiencing and accumulating this knowledge in their innate. Many people wonder why Oscar killed Reeva. In this book I try to give an answer to this question based on physiology and the functioning of the human brain. But this may be only one of the possible explanations as we live in a world we don’t yet fully understand. That is why I also pose several questions concerning the Theory of Relativity, which for me is as equally enigmatic as the functioning of the human brain. Although a part of the Universe, we live in a world created by our own brains, each one of us in a unique time frame. These time frames move against one another at different speeds and directions, back and forth. Reality, it seems, is not what we perceive, but what our brains build, based on strings of information received from a variety of sources, external, i.e. from outside of our bodies and internal, from the inside. Often this existence becomes upset by environmental factors coming our way or due to our own actions. These factors and actions throw our well organized lives out of balance for long periods of time, sometimes even permanently. In Oscar’s life this happened on the early morning of Valentine’s Day 2013.
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