Why hasn’t Oscar been released to house arrest?    There are a number of different theories depending on who you ask.  The parole authorities may tell you they are exercising caution after concern over whether or not proper protocols were being followed.  The Pistorius family will tell you it’s the hype from the public and the press that’s pressuring the board to detain Oscar.  Judge Greenland believes one of the reasons for Oscar’s detainment is his lack of any remorse or contrition.  He reminds us that parole is a privilege one needs to earn.

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Nick and I think there’s something else at play.  We believe the possibility of Oscar running, becoming a FUGITIVE, has prevented the board from letting him go. After all, Oscar did befriend a mob boss in prison who 4 times now has planned an escape with no luck (yet.)  The Pistorius family certainly has the means to whisk Oscar away and provide him with a comfortable life.  A month from now, if the appeal is successful, Oscar’s sentence could increase by many years.  If it does, and if Oscar’s at home with his uncle, do we really believe Oscar will willingly turn himself in?  Hasn’t the Pistorius family already, in many ways, helped Oscar go on the run?  Haven’t they always helped him evade responsibility?

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Let’s take a look at a timeline of Oscar’s pending release.  As events unfold in the upcoming weeks, I’ll come back here to update the content and the news links.  In the meantime, I’d like to hear from you.  Why do you think Oscar hasn’t been released to date?  Do you think he will be prior to November 3rd?

August 19 (Reeva’s birthday)

Oscar Pistorius is scheduled to be released on Friday, August 21.  After complaints from numerous parties, including the women’s league, Oscar’s release gets halted by Justice Minister Michael Masutha. There is concern that the decision to grant him release took place too soon. The matter is turned over to the parole review board.  No comments from Oscar’s lawyers.  Oscar’s family say they are “considering their options.”

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August 21

Oscar remains in jail; he is not released.

August 27

Pistorius family will lodge a complaint against Press Ombudsman due to a derogatory article about Oscar being demanding in prison.  The article is titled “Oscar’s Diva Demands.”

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August 30

It’s reported that on May 15, Oscar’s cell was raided as part of an investigation into Radovan Krejcir’s mob activities and affiliations.  A computer hard drive was found in Oscar’s cell but the contents of that drive have not been released to the public.  It was also rumored that cell phone(s) were found but that report has not been confirmed.  In March [prior to Krejcir being transferred to Zonderwater Prison], Oscar and Krejcir were videotaped playing soccer.  The two had reportedly become friends.

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September 18

The parole review board is scheduled to meet in Durban.  Media stakes out Kgosi Mampuru prison in the hopes Oscar will be released.  The Pistorius family waits for word along with the public.  The hearing ends up being postponed for 2 weeks.

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September 27

It’s reported that Oscar’s prison friend, Radovan Krejcir, was thwarted from escaping after a number of illegal items were found in his cell during a raid the day before.

The Sunday Independent reported that amongst the items found in Krejcir’s cell were a pistol, ammunition, a knife, an item that looked like a Taser, a pepper spray gun, screwdriver steel blades, 10 cellphones, a memory stick and a diary which contained the names of witnesses and investigators in his cases.

[WTF?  That’s quite an arsenal for a prison cell!]

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September 28

Forensic experts plan to thoroughly investigate Krejcir’s cell as this is his 4th planned attempt at escape (he’s been in prison since 2012.)  Cell phones have been found in numerous different raids.

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October 5

The parole review board decides to refer the matter back to the parole board.  Oscar will remain in jail while he awaits that next hearing.  It now looks likely he’ll remain in jail until The Appeal on November 3.  The Appeal part 1 cover

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Titanium Hulk seems to be struggling to keep up…

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October 5

The parole review board recommends Oscar will need to undergo psychotherapy.  Nick and I discuss Oscar’s psychology and motivations extensively in the FUGITIVE.

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October 6

The justice minister says the process has been “just and fair”

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October 6

Pistorius family believes the “hype” is undermining Oscar’s rights and are concerned about the delays from correctional services.  They also say his parole has been “deliberately delayed.”

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October 6

Krejcir’s escape plan is revealed…

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October 9

Oscar’s lawyers are informed at 6pm on Thursday night that the parole board would meet the next day, Friday, to consider Oscar’s case.

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But, once again, it gets postponed, this time until October 21.  The board gives the Steenkamp family an opportunity to chime in.

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The Guardian

October 10

Barry and June Steenkamp’s attorney Tania Koen says nothing has changed for the couple since their submission at Pistorius’s hearing in June. 

“They just want justice to take its course. We will not be making any further submissions. The original submission that we made to the parole board, we will resubmit.” 

The Steenkamps at the time said they believed 10 months was not an appropriate sentence for someone who had taken a life.

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October 10

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any weirder… two guys turn Pistorius’ former home into a party pad.  These guys are a couple of assclowns, but it’s worth it to watch the video for the footage of the house.  They make mention that it’s ludicrous to believe anybody would try to come through the upstairs bathroom window when you see how small it is in person…

News24

October 15 

Oscar’s hearing is moved up to October 15, from the original October 21.  He is granted release to house arrest, to take place on Tuesday, October 20.

The Guardian 

October 19

Oscar is secretly released from prison one day early.  Oscar effectively dodges the media.

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October 20

Annelise Burgess gives a statement on behalf of the family – Oscar’s sentence has not been shortened.

October 23

Pistorius family vs. Saturday Star ruling.  This is in regards to the family’s complaint over Oscar being portrayed as a “diva” in the paper.

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October 25

Carlin article in The Times

“A need to see the world in black and white lies behind our desperation to see figures such as Oscar Pistorius pay for crimes that have not been proved.”

October 25

A photo surfaces on Brett Sharman’s Twitter account showing he and Oscar, two old buddies, hanging out together since Oscar was released.  Brett chose to use the hashtag #weekendvibes  No surprise, Brett’s Twitter account is now set to private.

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But… his wife, Simone, has photographs on Facebook of Oscar attending their wedding back in 2014.  Wouldn’t you know it – that was on September 22.  This was after the Culpable Homicide verdict, but before the sentencing in which he received five years.  I guess this was one (of perhaps a few) last hoorahs to shake off all that crying and puking from just a few weeks earlier.

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5 STAR REVIEW

By Rumblebuffin on September 3, 2015

“I thought I was buying a book about Oscar Pistorius, but it was so much more than that”

I bought “Fugitive” on the day Nick and Lisa released it. I read it in one sitting.

The title “Fugitive” is appropriate in so many ways. The ideas in this worthy tome have been spelunking through my neuro-transmitters/synaptic vesicles ever since that sleep-deprived night.

I settled down to read it, assuming it would just be about Oscar being a fugitive from justice. Yes, he is. He is and always has been a fugitive on so many levels. So are his family, remaining friends and supporters.

But we are ALL fugitives in the compelling story of Oscar Pistorius. Fugitives from unpalatable realities, preferring the comfort blanket of preconception. (I will not develop this point as it would deaden the poignancy for future readers).

No-one is exempt. Not even Reeva.

Since reading “Fugitive” I have applied the ideas in this book to other events. Today, UK papers published a picture of a dead three-year-old Syrian refugee washed up on a beach. Until now, I would argue that most EU citizens have been blissfully unaware of/anaesthetised from the reality facing these refugees. Spewing platitudes about migrants. It took this picture to jolt them. I hope.

Some will remain unmoved. Are they fugitives? Yes, they are. It is too exhausting/distressing to feel the full force of horror. It is far easier to cling on to what they thought before.

Read this book! Or would you be happier in your comfort zone?”

On September 18, the parole board will consider whether or not Oscar Pistorius should be released from prison under correctional supervision.

When does a prisoner in South Africa qualify to be considered for release (either under pardon or correctional supervision)?

In principle legislation makes provision that all sentenced offenders qualify to be considered for possible parole placement after they have served a specified minimum period of detention. This is an automatic process which occurs once you have served the prescribed minimum detention period.

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According to the official DCS manual, Oscar was indeed considered too soon (around the 6 month mark).  He should have only been considered for release once he completed 1/6 of his sentence (10 months) which was on August 21st.  Long story short, the justice minister was right to hold Oscar in prison and schedule a hearing for his case to be re-considered.  It wasn’t right because the women’s league requested the minister do so; it was right because the law was not properly followed.

It’s important for us to remember, being considered doesn’t automatically mean a prisoner is entitled to release.  Release is something that’s awarded when a prisoner has earned it.  Has Oscar earned it?  It’s hard for any one of us to say.  As much as many of us dislike the convict, we haven’t been in prison with him and therefore can only speculate. Regardless of whether or not we believe Oscar received the correct verdict and subsequent sentence, prisoners do have a right to be handled appropriately, not with prejudice, according to the law.

What do I think will happen, and what should happen?  I previously hypothesized Oscar would be released on September 18th immediately after the hearing because Oscar’s been handled with kid gloves seemingly from the start.  However, I’ve recently had a change of heart.  It’s been brought to the public’s attention Oscar’s cell was raided back in May.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 21: Oscar Pistorius leaves the North Gauteng High court on his way to prison after receiving a five year sentence for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on October 21, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, last year on Valentines day. PHOTOGRAPH BY Barcroft Media UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com

I find it interesting that raid was suppressed from the public until now; now that the justice system is under massive scrutiny not only for Judge Masipa’s questionable verdict but also because the parole board glaringly gave Oscar special consideration. Of course, it makes you wonder what else is going on in that prison.  We don’t know the full results of that raid, but one thing certainly stands out and that is Oscar having access to a (computer) hard drive in his cell.  Also, the speculation he had access to cell phones.

In light of one embarrassment after the next, I think the parole board will be cautious with Oscar’ decision.  I think to be conservative, they will keep him in prison for now.  To answer the question about what they should do – I believe they should keep him, at a minimum, until the hearing for the State’s appeal.  With the possibility that Oscar could be facing a much longer jail sentence if the appeal is successful [lets hope it is], I can’t imagine why there’d be a rush to let him out two months prior to those proceedings.

I want to hear from you.  What do you think will and should happen?

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From the chapter A Prisoner in Your Own Skin

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Oscar Pistorius is a product of the modern era.  He did not form a strong identity ever [I mean an authentic identity] and as such, found himself consistently having to defend and reconstitute his persona.  At his zenith, at the London Olympics, Oscar was already a broken man, undone by a much richer, much older rival outbidding and out buying his beloved.  Oscar didn’t want Samantha Taylor at the Olympics as much as she wanted to be there, because he wanted the freedom to play, to play the playboy.  When he got to London he found himself in a cacophony of loneliness, a maelstrom of manipulating the media and pretending to be someone else.  There was no intimacy, there was no genuine love.  His love was in Dubai, and Oscar was lost.

Oscar’s version of the masculine man is the opposite of an alien from Krypton, who also desperately wanted to fit in.  Kal-El, aka Clark Kent, created a persona, a bumbling, bespectacled, mind-mannered reporter, because that was the Kryptonian’s take on the human condition.  Frail, flawed, weak and nerdy.  Oscar’s take was…

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REVIEW

by GH2006, August 23, 2015 – 5 Stars – “Another excellent book by Lisa Wilson and Nick van der Leek”

“Another excellent book by Lisa Wilson and Nick van der Leek. This book uncovers the background and psychology of Oscar Pistorius, well-researched and insightful. Peppered with personal anecdotes of what is it like growing up in South Africa and living there today. This book gives the much needed back drop of life, sports, and politics in South Africa which has produced a murder trial full of so many twists and turns. A must read for anyone who is interested in the murder case of Reeva Steenkamp.”

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From the chapter Intentionality:

The context of this question around INTENTIONALITY comes from Another Oscar we unexpectedly met in the North Guateng High Court.  This Oscar was a lot different to the Blade Runner.  So who’s who?  Is Oscar a vulnerable cry baby who screams like a girl?

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At the end of the day, is his story 100% true that he innocently woke up and mistook an opening window and the movement of wood for a burglar. Is his schpiel credible, that the sound of a window and wood moving behind a closed and locked door made the Blade Runner shit himself to the extent that he helplessly shot 4 bullets into the pitch dark? Did he really fire those shots whilst not hesitating a moment to find out where Reeva is, not knowing where she was or how she was – in what state she was?  Really?  He didn’t know?  Because he wasn’t in control…he wasn’t certain…he was anxious, and afraid, tentative and unclear, right?

That’s Another Oscar and this chapter is an interrogation into that schema.  Is it credible, or is it just a schpiel?

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14. Intentionality and a ‘withdrawal of the offer’ [2007-2008]

Although the IAAF invited Oscar to strut his stuff in 2007, technically, in March 2007, the IAAF issued a ban for athletes using prosthetic limbs [‘using technical aids’] from competing alongside able-bodied athletes. If you want a test of Oscar’s determination, his tenacity, his intensity, his ambition and yes, his intentionality, look what he does when….

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The narrative will continue with THE APPEAL coming out in November.

Did Oscar get away with it?

What were Oscar’s intentions?

Did the Court incorrectly apply the principles of dolus eventualis?

Available on Amazon this week… FUGITIVE

fugitive-tifThat Reeva screamed as loudly as she did and that this still wasn’t able to save her, even after death, is deeply unsettling isn’t it? Those screams have been silenced. Despite several witnesses coming forward, two at some risk to their own needs for privacy, despite these witnesses testifying to the same ‘bloodcurdling’ screams, the Judge decided to dismiss their seemingly inconsistent evidence. The Judge – a woman – also silenced those screams. Some of Oscar’s nearest neighbours claimed never to have heard a woman screaming in the first place. Oscar’s gardener, who lived on the premises, disappeared and apparently hasn’t been seen since. Did he hear anything? Would he tell anyone if he had?

In the seconds immediately following four deafening blasts, as her final shriek swam into the night and floated towards the concerned face of Dr Michelle Burger, Reeva must have felt a sense of drowning. Drowning in a toilet, dying in a man’s house, losing her precious blood and her precious life over cool, hard unfeeling bathroom tiles, Reeva was forced to leave a precious world just as she was starting to really enjoy it… It is in her excruciating desire to live that Lisa and I have found her voice, and in a sense, our own.

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From the chapter:

Res coverWicksell on foiled ambitions, and Oscar’s journey to success with the Wicksells Part 2/2

On this last assertion, I have been able to confirm Wicksell’s claim, Oscar ran his personal best (at the time at the Tuks track).   He ran a 45.61 for the 400m at the Provincial Championships in Pretoria, in March 2011. 

From my research Oscar’s personal best in the 400 metres came three months later, 45.07, set in July 2011 at the Meeting Internazionale di Atletica Sports Solidarity in Lignano, Italy. This is also a Paralympic word record in the T43 (double amputation below the knee) classification.  The world record in the 400 for able-bodied athletes is 43.18; set 15 years ago by America’s Michael Johnson.  We will touch on the relevance on Paralympic world records and the decreasing margin of these to records set by able-bodied athletes, in the following chapter.

But before we move on, an interesting question that nevertheless emerges, on this issue of dying, and lactic acid, is this: if an athlete only has half a limb, or a quarter of a limb, surely less total energy is employed by the remaining tissues of the organism.  In other words, surely lactic acid is less of a limiting issue for athletes making use of carbon fibre prosthesis, especially those using two artificial legs, as opposed to one. 

Wicksell says Oscar’s upper body has to do all the work, and he has to try to breathe and not ‘tighten up.’  Wicksell also points out that leg speed (or cadence) is related to arm speed.  We will touch on this in the next chapter too.  For now let’s take note that official race statistics appear to support the assertion that double amputees are better off (well, faster runners certainly) than single leg amputees. The world Paralympic record on 1 artificial leg, officially termed ‘single, transtibial amputation’ or T44, is 49.87 seconds, about 4 seconds slower than Oscar’s world record.

Coming back to Wicksell, did he encounter Oscar recently?  I have a vague recollection, perhaps from Carte Blanche’s Oscar Trial channel, where Wicksell mentioned they’d bumped into each other in a parking lot? Wicksell answers, “Yes.”

What happened? “The thing in the parking lot was quite a strange thing for me.  My daughter had just left for the University of Wyoming [in the States].  And you know I hadn’t seen him in months. And this guy parked me in, and I’m tryin’ to get out. I was screaming at him, and he came out and he said, ‘Ray, its Oscar.’  But he…

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REVIEWS:

Maggie, July 11, 2014 – 5 Stars – “Brilliant Author with a Brilliant Mind”

“This is a must read for anyone interest in why he dunnit. A riveting page turner, contains facts not covered in the trial, you won’t put it down till the end. Brilliant author with a brilliant mind. Maggie Taylor”

chuchu, September 20, 2014 – 5 Stars – “Deep, Meticulous and Thought-Provoking”

“It is amazing how this author has laid out this series, leaving nothing to chance. Everything is covered, he is saying what you are thinking and what no-one else will say. He has the background, life experience and character to bring out the truth. Very factual and analytical but also deep insight into the behaviors and personalities of everyone involved. Fantastic and creative research methods.”

Maree Watkins, August 21, 2015 – 5 Stars – “Brilliant! If you want to get to the truth and…”

“Brilliant! If you want to get to truth and dig deep for it then this book is a must read. Challenging, thought-provoking and reality-checking ourselves, tis book unputdownable! The mask of Oscar removed and the truth of Oscar exposed!”

Rumblebuffin, August 16, 2015 – 5 Stars – “A Must Read for Believers and Non-Believers”

“Another excellent tome from Mr van der Leek, ably assisted by Lisa Wilson. This is a vivid portrayal of Oscar Pistorius’ motivations and mind-set. Oscar was an icon on borrowed time/thin ice and the events of 13/02/13 have a tragic inevitability.

Anyone who interprets this book as ‘anti-Oscar,’ has totally missed the point! I came away with a clearer understanding of what may have happened that evening, and why.

Whatever the outcome of the appeal and whatever route Oscar takes next, I would recommend this book to Oscar, his family, his coach, ‘Team Pistorius,’ Annliese Burgess and the Pistorians. Otherwise, there will be ‘Another Accident Waiting to Happen’ published in the near future.

Can’t wait for ‘Fugitive’ !”