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Perspectives on the Reeva Steenkamp Murder

 

According to the the South Africa Institute of Race Relations: Reeva Steenkamp is one of around 2500 women murdered in South Africa every year.



Yes I am calling it a “Murder” and I also suspect that Oscar Pistorius may get away with it. Don’t be deceived by the fact that he has no legs. The man is a killer.

Murder occurs when: A person, for an unlawful objective, does anything he knows is likely to cause death, and thereby causes death to a human being, notwithstanding that he desires to effect his objective without causing death or bodily harm to any human being.

Reeva Steenkamp's final Instagram, both eerie and devastating


But as usual I am jumping ahead of myself.
In the summer of 2012, a close friend of mine returned from a vacation in South Africa and two things my friend told me are permanently emblazoned in my memory even if one of those statements is a bit of an  exaggeration:



1. South Africa Is Dangerous and...


2. All the women look like Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron at the Harvard Hasty Pudding W... 








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Steenkamp was the face of Avon Cosmetics in South Africa
http://news.images.itv.com/image/file/162477/article_338c1aad2bda6487_1360844841_9j-4aaqsk.jpeg 
 
This is the reality show that Reeva appeared in that starts this weekend in South Africa.



As you may have guessed the reference to Charlize Theron in the exaggeration.
South Africa has one of the highest crime rates on earth so it’s unlikely that an individual like Pistorius with all of his money wouldn’t live in secure gated community and his neighbors claim they heard an altercation between the two.




Pistorius has a violent past:


In 2009, the 26-year-old para Olympian, who was the first double amputee to ever compete in the Olympics, was arrested and spent a night in jail after allegedly physically assaulting a 19-year-old girl at his house.
 
The girl had been asked to leave a party Oscar was hosting, and when she refused, he slammed the front door on her, incidentally catching the girl’s leg with it. The door-slamming inflicted bruises on the girl, and Oscar was initially charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The next day, the charge was reduced to common assault, and a month later prosecutors dropped the charges
Oscar Pistorius Owned A 9-Millimeter Handgun
In a New York Times article published in 2012 on the “Blade Runner,” the writer detailed Oscar’s gun ownership, as well as his paranoia, writing, “He mentioned that a security alarm in the house had gone off the previous night, and he had grabbed his gun and tiptoed downstairs. (It turned out to be nothing.)” Oscar went on to tell about his 9-millimeter handgun and how he frequently made trips to the gun range — especially late at night.

This is obviously a tragic, sad story that is only beginning to unfold. You must consider that having a disability leaves one feeling vulnerable to crime. It’s the perception that others have of people with disabilities that makes them think that the disabled are easy prey. So Pistorius having a gun wouldn’t ordinarily be frowned upon.
 
However he lived in one of the most secure gated communities in Pretoria South Africa, making his excuse that he though that Steenkamp was a robber incredulous.
Then there’s the fact that Steenkamp was shot 4 times through the bathroom door. Who was in the bathroom: Pistorius or Steenkamp? Did he warn the alleged intruder that he had a gun? Did he demand the “intruder:” i=identify themselves I am not about prejudging Pistorius’ guilt. I am merely asking logical inquiries and looking at past behavior.

This is why I agree with the charge of First Degree murder being leveled against Oscar Pistorius:

First degree     was planned and deliberate.

while committing or attempting to commit sexual assault with a weapon (unknown)

while committing or attempting to commit kidnapping and forcible confinement (She was trapped in the bathroom).
during a hostage taking (see above)

while committing criminal harassment.

I approached the Casey Anthony case in the same way ands was astounded that a jury of undereducated Florida nincompoops found her “not guilty” when the evidence was contrary to Anthony's innocence.

This is exactly why Pistorius my get away with murder. However If he is convicted the prison guards will take away his prosthetic legs b/c they can be used as weapons.

So you can understand why Pistorius was crying in court, he could be sentence to life in a wheelchair.



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