I didn't see the comment as equating murder and doping, not in the least.
The offenses are naturally not comparable, but the shattering of their good-guy perception has similarities. Another way to put it is that the cases are very dissimilar in their severity and victimization of others, but they are similar in making society question some of its tendencies.
Sort of switching topics--A lady posted a comment at the bottom of a news article that I found worth repeating. Her child also has two prosthetic legs. Until they saw Oscar Pistorius at the Olympics, they were ashamed and felt hopeless. But Oscar Pistorius, even though they had never met him, gave the child the confidence to stand up for themselves to bullies, push themselves to try new physical activities, and re-evaluate what they felt was possible for themselves. Children like these are among society's most vulnerable, and they need a role model like Oscar Pistorius. (To a lesser extent, Lance Armstrong had this effect among some cancer survivors who were physically traumatized by the disease and the side effects of the treatment--another similarity to the Pistorius case.)
This mother is struggling with how to break the news to the child. The child is 5 or 6 years old and may not understand the concept of murder or even death.
I'm not a parent, so I ask the parents on this board--what would you do?
Apparently he is claiming the shooting was an accident?
If what is reported here is true, I don't see how he intends to make a case for an accident: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news...-1226579685203
How do you accidentally shoot someone four times? Through a door yet?
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Well I guess he just happened to walk down the corridor holding a loaded gun as one does in South Africa, given the crime rate, and then he tripped and whilst he was falling down, he accidentally fired the gun four times. That's totally plausible.
this case, for instance - the guy fired three shots, thinking home invaders were threatening him and his daughter. He was tragically wrong.
That's not to say this is what happened in this case, of course, and I don't get the firing through a door thing, either.
BTW, the link you posted requires login to view anything past the first paragraph.
Reports of arguing prior to the shooting are in conflict with the burglary defense. And again, shooting through a door, presumably a bathroom door are also hard to reconcile with that. Was she inside the bathroom?
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There must have been so many children in need of prostheses who were counting on his foundation for help. How sad for them.
According to the latest reports, the victim was wearing a night gown, she also had suffered a head injury prior to her death, and a blooded cricket bat was discovered at the scene.
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This is chilling:
Steenkamp was reportedly cowering inside the bathroom after a late-night fight when Pistorius blasted four 9-mm. bullets through the door, authorities said. Steenkamp, struck in the head, hip, arm and hand, was mortally wounded.
I wonder why the authorities are going after the premeditated murder charge instead of something like involuntary manslaughter, for example. I think it was a crime of passion that happened in an instance of rage and not something that he had planned to do, since early reports said that a panicked Pistorius tried to revive Steenkamp after the shooting. If it was planned then I think he would have probably killed himself also.
It's such a sad story. Two young lives with bright futures and their families are completely ruined.
I personally would never date someone with a gun in his house, especially if the person has shown any type of temper. People are just too darn quick to grab that gun as a mean to resolve problem.
It truly is a horrible crime. I do wonder if drugs were involved.
Last edited by millyskate; 02-17-2013 at 01:28 PM.
Wow, he sure seems guilty as hell if all this is true. He shot her first, in plain sight, after allegedly hitting her with a cricket bat. Then she runs into the bathroom and he shoots through a door 3 times and kills her. There is no way that was an accident. What a monster.
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^^ I was only guessing for someone in Pistorius's position. If he had planned the murder then he must have had also thought about the consequence of its aftermath; He's only 26 and has looks, fame, money, popularity, etc. It's going to be hell giving all of that up for a lifetime in prison. So if the murder was premeditated, I think someone like him would've chosen suicide over going to prison.