Oscar Pistorius and 10 Murders Involving His Brother, Investigator, and the Judge

Oscar Pistorius Leads South African Team In the 2012 Summer Paralympics Opening Ceremony.

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During mid-August, 2015 Oscar Pistorius was to receive his release from prison after 10 months and to be placed on house arrest. Convicted of culpable homicide in the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp is now to remain in prison indefinitely. Justice Minister Michael Masutha, referred the release to the parole review board. Protestors did not want the Paralympian released during "Women's Month" in South Africa. [Reference: "The Guardian"; 8/19/2015]

The Club of Fallen Athletes Tried to Add Another

The world lost many role models among athletes to scandal and crime in the 2010s - Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong, dozens eliminated from World Class and Olympic sporting events for doping or cheating in other ways. Many people have warned the public that high paid or high profile amateur athletes are not the role models that our nation's youth need - that they are not the role models that our adults need.

Social scientists tell us that professional and amateur competition athletes are high risk takers and that this very quality not only allows them to excel in sports, but also leads them into negative behaviors - drinking to excess, drugging, infidelity in marriage, property damage such as trashing hotel rooms, fistfights, gunfights, even murder. The world looks at Oscar Pistorius, the beloved and controversial Blade Runner, and hope he is not guilty of premeditated murder.

It is fast becoming a world in which some rappers sing about murders and some athletes commit the murders. Should the world witness too many more such fallen athletes, then the world of sports may lose fans and dollars.

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  • Oscar Pistorius on February 20 gave evidence that he had received death threats in the past and always kept a firearm beside his bed. He panicked when he heard noises in the bathroom in the middle of the night after awakening.

South Africa's Women’s Month in August commemorates and honors over 20 000 women that marched together to the Union Buildings in August, 1956 to protest the expansion of Pass Laws that inhibited and oppressed black men. Black women were to be required to carry South African passport-like identification books, already required of the black men. The year 1986 saw an end to all these passes.

 Johannesburg, South Africa
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An Unhappy Valentine

Oscar Pistorius was taken to court on Friday, February 15, 2013 to hear allegations that he shot and killed his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. He listened as court officers reported that the woman was shot through a closed door in four different parts of her body: the head, the chest, a hand, and the pelvis. He listened as officers went on to describe how neighbors complained of hearing shouting noises from his home in a gated community in South Africa before the murder occurred on Valentine's Day. He brolke down and cried.

Adding to official suspicions was the record of Oscar's previous somewhat violent reocrd with a former girlfriend, one in which he slammed a door on her. He had a drunken boating incident. He likes to use guns and alcohol and guns surely do not mix well - an good example is one in which America's former VP Dick Cheney and his friend had been drinking while hunting one morning, leading to the VP accidentally shooting his friend in the face. One would think that intelligent people could monitor their behaviors in order to prevent these tragedies. Did Oscar Pistorius have another lapse in judgement on February 14?

Pistorius was charged with premeditated murder, but DNA evidence as well as fingerprints and the murder weapon needed to be examined.

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Characteristics Of a Murder

Reeva Steenkamp was a model for the UK's magazine called FHM: It's great to be a man. This sounds like high risk behavior to me already. Reeva modeled elsewhere as well, but still, here it is, this FHM.

Right now, they are advertising for readers to vote in the "100 Sexiest Party." We know that sex and jealousy can dovetail quite easily and end in murder -- It happens in my Midwest US city every week. I think models in these projects must think about being safe and must think about risks vs. rewards, individual morality aside the point but also important.

Looking at FHM, it's not the worst sexploitation magazine I've ever seen, but the street honeys section is rather crude. From my counseling work, I know that overall, modeling for these websites and magazines can result in stalkers, in boyfriends becoming jealous, and so on; so, one must ask oneself, "Is the well-paying wage of this type of modeling here worth the risk?" It's an individual choice.

SUMMATION

We have a woman modeling for a "sexy" magazine and a male double amputee (which condition causes stress at least some of the time) fighting athletics associations for a chance to run - and then not winning all his events, to his anger and disappointment - and other circumstances that we do not know. But we do have a dead woman, shot four times after a long round of argument and screaming by voices not yet identified.

We must see DNA, ballistics, and other physical evidence. No matter the outcome of the case, I hope Oscar Pistorius continues to receive support from his fans and family, and that he seeks counseling/therapy as soon as possible. His life has been one of upheaval and trials, as least for the least on the run up to the 2012 London Summer Olympics and Paralympics.

Olympic atheletes have minor downfalls after training hard and winning medals every Olympic year - Oksana Baiul had a drunken driving charge. Michael Phelps was photographed supposedly using drug smoking apparatus. The training and competition are very tough - Phelps spoke of his life as staring at the bottom of a pool for many years. Skaters rise at 3:30 AM for years. These are not average behaviors; not many people do that.

I liken atheletes' erratic behaviors post-Olympics to a lesser form of Plubukto, where igloo dwellers and polar explorers felt so confined that they suffered extreme cabin fever and paranoia, left their igloos and huts, stripped off clothing in sub-zero weather and ran into blizzards, where they suffered snow blindness, other sensory deficits, disorientation, and death.

Still, athletes and others must be responsible for their own lives and there are ways of handling burnout and cabin fever. Proven guilt in crimes should have consequences, and sometimes with mental health services attached.

Like our American individuals with mental health conditions that own and operate firearms, I think that high-stressed, high risk professional and amateur athletes also need some sort of preventive preparations to head off violence successfully before it can occur. Amputees often receive mental health services and support to stay healthy overall -- What about our high profile athletes?

© 2013 Patty Inglish

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Beth37 3 years ago

Yeah, what a story huh? So sad. Good essay!


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Yes, I am dismayed to have learned this accusation about Pistorius. We need to find other types of heroes, certainly. Thanks for commenting, Beth37!


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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica

Hi Patty, I am so upset. I am such a big fan of Oscar.....it's like I really can't believe it. I hope with all my heart that it was not premeditated. The first report we got was that he thought it was a burglar but then the neighbors started talking.....well the rest is history.

The people in charge know that high profile athletes go through cold turkey after every big event. There should be measures in place to help them adjust to normal life outside of competition. He must have been going through something to commit such an act.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Hi Cardia - I am much upset by this situation, also. The couple just got together in 2012 and suddenly, this tragedy - unless something was wrong all the time. I don't want to believe rumors of abuse right now and hope they are not true.


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someonewhoknows 3 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

Saw a photo of him posing with his girlfriend online and it's only my personal opinion but, when I see anyone who smiles and one side of their mouth appears to smiling and the other side not so much it reminds me of the fact that one side of our brain is the logical thinking side and the other side is the emotional thinking side and it seems to me that sincerity includes both sides rather than just one side. He may have emotional problems.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Your article is fascinating, Patty, but there is so much that we do not yet know. What we do know so far does not seem to point to a favorable outcome for Pistorius.


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Johnkadu123 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

This is just one of those stories that keep changing with the times. As information comes it, there is an impression that all was not well in the relationship. The arrest was another surprising thing. Hopefully the South African justice system will tell us more in the near future. Great hub...bye the way.


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xixi12 3 years ago from Everywhere but here. In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. You can never be truly free till you have the discipline to manage it.

Hi Patty, I think its really sad - for someone who has tried hard his whole life to overcome his disability only to end up this way(that is if he is guilty). I really hope its a mistake.

Given the high rate of crime in his country, this is not the first of its kind where a friend or family is killed because of mistaken identity as a burglar. But then again there was the loud noise heard, the strings of assault and the shooting through the bathroom door. Its not looking very good for him.

Oh well. Whatever the case the truth will eventually come out. Nice write up


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twoseven 3 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Great commentary. I really learner a lot from this and I appreciate how you placed this tragedy in a larger context.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

@someonewhoknows - I find it diffcult to think that someone who has been through as much as Oscar in his life has no emotional upheaval at all. Really, talking to a professional would help him, imo.

drbj - I wonder why they could not complete his bail hearing all in one day. He must sit until Tuesday and so must we, sit waiting.

Johnkadu123 - It was such a short-time relationship, too. Months, I hear form Oscar's uncle; and his dad never met her (?). Odd, that.

xixi12 - Many of us are waiting impatiently for the truth to come out. Thanks for writing!

twoseven - The context is larger every time something dreadful happens with another athlete. Help is needed. Thanks for stopping by!


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Annette Hendley 3 years ago from London, United Kingdom

Interesting perspective. We sometimes forget the type of stress these athletes have to deal with. I would be very surprised if it is premeditated murder. His recall of the night is not solid enough to make for a preplanned story. Maybe anger? He is attractive but the disability must be in his mind especially with such a beautiful girl and as you said a bit of a dangerous career. Maybe he is telling the truth? It is still extremely sad.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

I find it incredibly sad. It seems he is saying that he shot the woman through the bathroom door, thinking it was an intruder. If his statement is true, it speaks to some sort of mental distraction in my experience, surely, like steroids or other drug use or high anxiety. I don't know why no mention of counseling has been made to help him, so I'll keep following the news expectantly. Thanks for commenting, Annette Hendley!


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Annette Hendley 3 years ago from London, United Kingdom

I agree his reaction was strange. I use to live in SA and I can to some degree understand that people sometimes shoot because it is many times a question of who shoots first. But 4 shots is rough. I finished reading David Eagleman's book Incognito recently and again realised how much is going on in the sub-conscious mind and how we are genuinely not always in control.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for that information. I doubt that there are many mistakes, really - carelessness and drug use can cause tragedy, but the subconscious is strong.


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CynthiAnn 3 years ago from Indiana

I thought your essay is very insightful! Out of speculation from following the story itself, I do not believe Mr. Pistorius "intentionally" killed Reeva. I do agree that he probably wasn't in a right state of mind. Just because there was something sitting out along with needles, doesn't necessarily mean that is what was being injected at the time. I personally feel that regardless a steroid being herbal, those extra hormones are still going into the body, and really unless someone doesn't produce enough of the hormone it is supplementing, there is still risk that it could affect behavior and attitude. That's at least my unprofessional (not educated in area of medicinal industry) opinion.

I do see where you are coming from about modeling and Reeva's advertisement of herself, however, she had been modeling since she graduated law school, which was a few years ago. So, he too was probably already aware of her "title" and "sex appeal". I think the thing that is most astounding is that they were both very well known for their good Samaritan views. Reeva was not only a model for men's magazines. She had established herself as an Avon model...actually, the face of Avon for South America and is plastered all over my Avon catalogs as one of the models for the Anew product line. Avon is the company for women and has active fundraisers for the fight against domestic violence and Reeva herself spoke out very strongly against domestic violence on several occasions. That's why there are a lot of shocked people because Reeva probably wouldn't have put herself in a relationship where domestic violence is a prominent feature. Reeva even told one of her friends that if Oscar asked her to marry him, she would probably say yes, despite the short amount of time they had dated. I believe Oscar is carrying full of guilt for what transpired because I personally think that out of his anger he fired the gun (maybe just to scare) but misjudged or miscalculated the shots. I think there are holes in both his defense and in what investigators say what happened. Sorry, such a long comment...I really took to this story because I just started selling Avon a month ago and then this happened...To be honest, I hadn't even heard of Oscar Pistorius until this because I didn't follow the Olympics and don't normally follow the news. I just chanced upon this story the first day it came out when I was signing out of my hotmail account. :-P Good article though Patty! :-)


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for so many thoughts in your comment, Cynthi Ann.

I think one of the most hazardous behaviors of both Reeva and Oscar was to move in together so soon; by reports, they knew each other only from November 2012 to Valentine's Day 2013. My 25+ years experience helping targets of violence say that a 9mm gun beside the bed is a red flag to 1) violence in the home or 2) violence directed toward the home (the death threats he reports he received). The entire 10 weeks or so of relationship suggest to me additional problems and perhaps these will be uncovered during trial. The prosecutor's investigator being removed for his own 7 charges of attempted murder does not help the sense of confusion surrounding the case, nor do the irregularities in the original investigation and apartment search. I sense a mistrial, but maybe not.

I am happy to hear that Reeva was more involved with Avon as a model than with the magazine I saw online.


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Annette Hendley 3 years ago from London, United Kingdom

Another interesting perspective Cynthi Ann. The crime in South Africa is another factor that needs to be considered. There was a case where a father shot his daughter because he thought she was someone stealing his car. It recently happened in Rochester where a grandfather shot his granddaughter outside the house as he thought she was already inside and he assumed it was an intruder trying to get into the house.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Thank you, Annette.


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MelChi 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

Patty, good article and you've raised some interesting points here. The murder of Reeva has not only shocked us all here in South Africa, but the rest of the world as well. It's horrible, and everyone has their own opinions on the matter. I only hope and pray that the truth will come out at trial, and that justice will be served.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

I am waiting along with you! - truly, I am sad with this situation and appalled by all the murders surrounding it.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

This hub gives a good picture of the pitfalls of being an athlete. You described each situation well and your knowledge/research backs you up on each story. I think that the hub is objective and does not evoke personal opinion. Your writing is easy to follow and can be read quickly. It is very sad that such an athlete chose danger and risk taking. The sadness of two brothers in the same family with problems is a great burden to bear for any family. Great hub!


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Claire Evans 2 years ago from South Africa

What a stellar hub! It is extremely interesting. Oscar is losing fans in droves obviously due to the court case. His lawyer, Barry Roux, is making a huge fool of himself. It's not due to low intelligence. There just is nothing to defend. This murder was clearly a crime of passion. Jealousy was the pivotal role.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for the comments!

It is discouraging that someone with the determination to enter both Olympics and Paralympics commits a shooting murder with hollow point bullets. Some kind of extreme hypervigilence and near-paranoia operating makes me suspect drug involvement.

I agree about the jealousy and envy as well - He was criticizing other para-runners for their style of running blades being "unfair advantage." Perhaps the court will order psych analysis as well as a prison sentence.


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica

I can't listen or watch anything to do with this case. :( I am so disheartened still. A big part of me thinks he's guilty but that other part of me says it was a terrible accident.


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Claire Evans 2 years ago from South Africa

It's a tragedy that Oscar has thrown his life away. His trigger happy ways should have been nipped in the bud a long time ago. He should have been charged with discharging a gun in public at the time. Maybe that would have deterred him and this whole tragedy could have been avoided.

He has some mental issues. I think he could never come to terms with being an amputee. That is why he insisted on running in the Olympics. Guns made him feel powerful. I think he thought other men, especially his girlfriend's ex boyfriend, were more complete and that made him insecure.

We only have a bit of the whole story. The events in his life and what he chose to do with it set the foundation for what happened.

He apparently hurled in court. It's horrifying how Reeva died. The best thing would be for him to go to prison and reflect and repent for his soul's own sake. The worst thing would be to set him free. What life does he have anyway?? He has no money left. His career is dead.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

@Cardisa - It's a complete catastrophe. I think he should not have had access to a gun and if he was being threatened - too much high anxiety- maybe he should have moved. I don't know the answers.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

@Claire Evans - You may be exactly rights about his inability to accept his disability.

I appreciate his running in the Olympics, though, even if for the wrong reasons. It showed that the running blades are not an unfair advantage, taking wind out of the arguments to the otherwise, stated among IOC people.

Hi career is certainly over, as you say. I cannot see either of the Games allowing him back.


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Claire Evans 2 years ago from South Africa

As the story goes on, it is getting worse and worse. As a South African, I have the latest information. You may know this already but I was state just in case you haven't. It has been discovered that Reeva had bruises on her body that was definitely not from her wounds. He may have beaten her.

The pathologist said that Reeva could have died from from any of the the three wounds, which was the chest, groin and head. It was one of those hollow bullets that peel back to cause maximum tissue damage. The pain is excruciating. She had brain matter and bone fragments on her shirt.

He is going to get 25 years. I'm sure of that.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

Devastating! - The bruises certainly sound like a beating. I had not heard about those older injuries.

I know that "Law and Order SVU" often mimics some high profile cases in their episodes, but I want them to not do so with this one.


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Claire Evans 2 years ago from South Africa

I can't get over it. I can only imagine what she went through. The fear and the pain! Imagine ending your life like that!

What was Oscar doing with those type of bullets anyway?? That is not necessary for self defence! It must dawn on Oscar now that he is going to jail for life. That is why he was vomiting.

Maybe Law and Order will do a sanitized version?


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

I agree that what he had for ammo and gun power was too much. I cannot imagine being shot to pieces by a fiance! - she must of been so terrified in the seconds before death that fear would kill her if bullets did not.

I imagine a full length feature film is not far off. Don't know If I can watch that one.


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Claire Evans 2 years ago from South Africa

The details are getting more and more horrific as the trial goes on. It is evident that he is guilty of premeditated murder.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

All this is sad and horrible. I feel bad for families on both sides.


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Claire Evans 2 years ago from South Africa

I have a strong suspicion that Oscar may eventually commit suicide in jail.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

patty.....Excellent work here, first of all......This tragedy is so totally egregious, there are few words to describe the horror being felt by everyone.

As much as people hoped to learn this was all a terrible "accident," sadly we are now being forced to come to terms with the reality.

Mental & emotional disorders, out of control behavior, booze, drugs and guns......a deadly combination with tragic consequences, far more often than not.

I appreciate the sensible and respectful manner in which you have presented this South African news. I agree with your opinions expressed within, as well....Up+++


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

@fpherj48 - Thank you for your ratings and for leaving your comments about this important case. It seems to me that we might prevent these tragedies in the future and I hope we find effective ways to do so.

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