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Tomorrow, Sunday, August 23, Nick and I will be on Blog Talk Radio with Liz Houle

Liz hosts the “True Crimes” show out of New York

We’ll be talking about our new book Fugitive, and all of the latest developments with Oscar.

10am PST / 1pm EST / 7pm South Africa

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LISTEN HERE:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/truecrimes/2015/08/23/fugitive–oscar-pistorius-book-by-nick-van-der-leek-and-lisa-wilson

FUGITIVE is available on Amazon

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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:

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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’ !”

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Interrogating Oscar is a visual narrative of two ordinary people – South African photojournalist Nick van der Leek and California-based True Crime blogger Lisa Wilson – and their search for the truth of Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp. Based on their bestselling series of books.

The latest book titled, FUGITIVE, centered on Oscar’s intentionality, is receiving rave reviews.

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Episode 1 / Part 1

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Episode 1 / Part 4

Episode 1 / Part 5

Episode 2 / Part 1 – P.I. vs. Journo

Episode 2 / Part 2 – P.I. vs Journo

Episode 3 / Part 1 – Revelations

Episode 3 / Part 2 – Revelations

Episode 4 / What is Restoration for us?

Episode 5 / Forces of Nature

Episode 6 / Living off the Dead

Episode 7 / Intentionality

Episode 8 / Jump Start 

Additional episodes to follow…

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The Oscar Pistorius murder trial series of books is available on Amazon.

ariasI’ve been getting this question a lot this week. So appropriately, I’ll use the words of Jodi when I say… the simple answer is Mendacity.  They’re not who we think they are.

Is there any connection whatsoever to the lying, manipulating deviant that is Jodi Arias, and the once beloved athlete, Oscar Pistorius?  Jodi was found guilty of First Degree Murder. Oscar was found guilty of Culpable Homicide, even though he was charged with Murder.  There is a world of difference between the two.  The state in Oscar’s case has been granted leave to appeal based on an error in law committed by the Judge. The state will continue their pursuit of the original Murder charge.  Jodi remains on trial in a penalty phase, waiting to see if she’ll get life or death.

Is it possible these two crimes, these two criminals, one male, one female, separated by more than 16 000 km are made of the same stuff?

Can we find any similarity between the relationships of these two couples? Is there a match between the modus operandi of both crimes and both criminals?   What comparisons can we draw, and what insights do we gain from drawing them?

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The Jodi Arias case provides a dark mirror for the Oscar trial, and by implication, for ourselves. The sex, and religion, the borderline personality disorder and the mendacity underlying this case are several orders of magnitude greater than in the Oscar trial. But if Oscar manipulated us with his tears, if he came with several versions of his defense; Jodi made Oscar’s performance seem like a kindergarten dress rehearsal for her own.

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re a true crime junkie, and if you’re a true crime junkie then there’s surely been a time when you looked at a criminal and thought – how did they end up like this? How does somebody kill? Doesn’t it make sense then, we should be aware of the commonalities that exist in their minds as well as their motives. They’re not cultivated and motivated on their own. There’s a driving force behind their actions and the more we understand them, the more we understand ourselves.

To read more about the connection between the killers… check out Audacity

And if Oscar piques your interest… try one of these.

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Who’s ready for something a little different?

After a long and tedious year of somber interrogation, we decided it was time to blow off some steam and have a bit of fun.

The BLADE Rower

By Nick van der Leek and Lisa Wilson

Rowing: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the star rower Nascar Shitstorius. His continuing mission: to explode into even more media, to seek out new models and new sponsors, to boldly row where no armless Olympian has rowed before.

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Be advised:  This book is a work of fiction and is not intended for the politically correct.

The Blade Rower is currently available on Amazon.

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Hidden behind monsters and walls of steel, lie treasure.

All of it within us, all of it created by us.

Breathless joy and crippling pain.

One does not exist without the other.  One can never grow without the other.

But what happens when our expectations of joy fall short?

What happens when the sting of pain festers too deep?

Do we erect a prison, safe within our walls, and wait for somebody to show up with a key?

Or do we close our umbrellas and dance in the rain?

Find a sword and face the dragon?

The journey to 8Restoration is not a carefully plotted trip to a far away land.  The path is not always clear or free of debris.  It’s a trek much closer to home; one that spans the terrain of our own minds.

And the answers you seek about Oscar and Reeva… They do not exist in a bathroom at 3am.  They do not exist in a fifteen minute window of time.  They exist over years, in the dark corners that nobody has addressed… that nobody wanted to see… nobody until now.   This journey to 8Restoration will open your eyes, make you pay attention and make you question everything you think you know.

I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don’t want to know. Some things are best left unsaid. I’d like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it can’t be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free.

8Restoration is available on Amazon… here

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