A deadly dueling duality
The celebrated paralympian shocked his nation and the world with the tragic news this Valentine's Day that he'd brutally shot to death rising starlet Steenkamp, allegedly "by accident."
At this particular moment in time it was inconceivable that the beloved, disabled sports figure, who'd served as an inspiration to so many others trying to overcome physical handicaps and challenges, could have committed such a rash and horrific act, even mistakenly.
Since then, however, the steady stream of ugly revelations about past assaults and transgressions, together with incriminating evidence taken from the scene of the crime, has cast light on a much darker side to the accused. One that had been carefully concealed and disguised through costly PR campaigns and cover ups.
Those secrets unearthed at last, and coupled with the testimony of neighbors who overheard a "nonstop" argument the night of the shooting, as well as reports of a playful midnight Valentine message sent to Steenkamp from an old flame, have fully exposed the true volatility of Pistorius's nature.
And with this morning's news that just two days before she died the model went on a harmless coffee date with an ex-boyfriend during which Pistorius was said to have anxiously texted her "at least every twenty minutes," the Blade Gunner's murderous mood and motivations on the evening of his bloody rampage are also quite obvious.
It has finally become perfectly clear why police and prosecutors are so unwavering in their efforts to convict this violent individual on charges of premeditated murder.
Yet another about-face
At his arrest and arraignment in February on charges of intentional homicide, a wailing and weeping Oscar Pistorius stood before the court and begged for bail to be granted so he wouldn't have to spend even one night in South Africa's notoriously dangerous prison system.
The defendant also willingly presented the judge with an affidavit confessing to the "accidental" murder of his girlfriend, and, because of that legally binding document, Pistorius's freedomÂ—with necessary limitations attachedÂ—was generously restored to him.
He prevailed at that hearing, despite his admitted guilt and the prosecution urging the judge to deny bond. He prevailed, despite it being common knowledge by then that Pistorius had initially boasted to investigators he wasn't worried he'd ever do any real jail time, "because I always win."
Now, those terms the track star happily agreed to only a few weeks ago are somehow suffocating him, his lawyers insist, including the brief visitations by a probation officer at his uncle's mansion where he is currently in hiding.
In their papers, his attorneys claim that the blanket ban on the athlete leaving the country, going to the crime scene, interviewing neighbor witnesses, possessing firearms, and consuming drugs or alcohol is "unwarranted and substantiated by the facts."
All the conditions set forth in exchange for his release pending trial in June for murder are suddenly "unfair."
The astonished family of Blade Gunner's slain girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, had only one word to say about her killer's demand to overturn court imposed restrictions on his movements and behavior.
"Unfair," they said.
An uncle of Reeva Steenkamp recently disclosed that there was only one other occasion he knew of where his niece had locked herself in a bathroom: When she was frightened by an armed intruder who'd broken into her home.
Steenkamp's family remains inconsolable at the loss of their loved one and are presently contemplating suing the purportedly "cash-strapped" Pistorius in a wrongful death action. No word yet on whether his appeal will be granted or denied.
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