Reviews of THE APPEAL: Oscar Pistorius

5 Stars, Excellent! Another astounding narrative in a series that’s left…

Melissa Manzella on January 7, 2016 (verified purchase)

Excellent! Another astounding narrative in a series that’s left readers absolutely spellbound. This is perhaps the most comprehensive to date, and is chocked full of stunning new revelations. Both authors go further here, explore more, REVEAL more, than in any other narrative thus far. Other books have been written regarding this crime, but this series of narratives stand as definitive.These two, Nick Van der Leek and Lisa Wilson, just have a unique ability to harness this case and all the many characters within it, all the facts, move the story along to where it stands today, and all the while never miss even a nugget of pertinent information. All balls are in the air, and this talent shines through again here in spades! A well written account, as usual, beginning with an informative and truly eye opening interview with Honourable Judge Chris Greenland (retired) giving his thoughts on the actual shooting, and ending with the actual appeal itself, with tons of action in between. Their account of the appeal proceeding is superb, as they actually attended it, and share not only their take on the process, but their thoughts as to their emotional relief of what this murder conviction means to them. At the same time, they recognize their bittersweet lament of the somewhat incompleteness of it. The authors have believed from day one that this murder was one of Dolus Directus, premeditated murder. Their accompanying insights shared here on this subject are quite exceptional. Nick himself studied law, and so naturally has a good grasp of the issues. As with any really good book that holds the readers interest, the authors have a true passion for their subject matter. I happen to believe this reality makes a book distinctive, makes the reading better, more authentic, more interesting. Clearly that is the case here with THE APPEAL. Both authors share a true disgust for the murderer, along with his attempts at thwarting justice (he nearly did), and both share a genuine sorrow for the death of Reeva Steenkamp. Van der Leek has an uncanny talent in recognizing and aptly exposing the character flaws of his subject, in this case Pistorius, and he puts every card on the table here in this book. His criticism of Pistorius is scathing, he goes further than he’s ever gone before, revealing how grotesque and manipulative is the nature of Oscar Pistorius. For those who have followed this story and case, when one reads these words, they immediately resonate as the truth of the matter. He reveals too just what he thinks Pistorius could have been up to immediately following the murder. We’ve all probably pondered it, held it in the back of our minds, but hearing Nick state it gives this possibility much more weight in this readers eyes. Nicks refusal to sugar coat absolutely any aspect of this case, gives the reader a more honest look at what’s really transpired here, as does Lisa’s accuracy and command of all the many facts involved, her integrity and her desire for complete objectivity. Both authors believe there were attempts both by Masipa and even society to some extent, to give Pistorius a pass of sorts. Some leniency. Both believe this notion is flawed and ludicrous, and believe Pistorius should be held 100% accountable for his deed. They mention the horrendously vile and callous nature of his crime and his lack of remorse. To quote the author Van der Leek, “That a man could reason that his symbolic life of luxury, endorsements and specific conveniences was ‘worth’ more than another person’s life is the true horror of Oscar Pistorius.” This quote sums the decision made by Pistorius to shoot Reeva, says it in a nutshell, and this reader concurs. Nick speaks often of his conviction to do justice in his books to the victim Reeva, his first book being one that was solely about her, who she was, her dreams and aspirations, what she cared about most. Lisa speaks similarly of having been profoundly moved by this tragedy and a longing to know more about Reeva, as she began to watch this trial from many miles away in America. She wanted to discover the truth. Then she wanted to see justice done. During the writing of this particular narrative, Lisa happened to travel to South Africa. She includes some side stories of her experience that are really superb and some that are simply hilarious! In a book covering such serious subject matter, some moments of brevity are both nice and appreciated. Pictures are included here as well, which is a really nice bonus. Always an adventure with Nick and Lisa. A truly special part of this visit to SA includes the authors visit with June and Barry Steenkamp. The reader here is treated to bits of conversation with them, and as someone who has really followed this case and developed great empathy for these parents, it was good to hear how they’re faring these days. It’s clear that these two will never ever be the same (how could they) but they’re getting on with it. The visit sounded like a very pleasant one, and the authors remark on just how meaningful it was to them. This crime and resulting trial has held the interest and intrigue of half the world, and continues to do so even today. Pistorius has now appealed his conviction by the SCA to the Constitutional Court, so this matter is sadly not over yet. The hope is that no consideration is given to this appeal by the Constitutional Court, and a just sentence is dispensed instead. It’s high time for it. We hold our collective breath….

5 Stars, This book is a masterpiece! Well done!

Jane Vaughan on January 1, 2016 (verified purchase)

This book is a masterpiece! Nick and Lisa have once again collaborated on the continuing saga of Oscar Pistorius. I enjoyed the way this book was written, a step by step account of the Pistorius saga starting with his days, weeks, & months in prison, through the South African appeal process. This book also makes numerous references and examples of the social media and mainstream media coverage, including video clips from the appeal, and quotes by various players. Unfortunately, with Oscar’s celebrity, there is still a portion of his fans who will attack the truth because they prefer to believe that ten months = one life taken. This book is a ten, unfortunately I can only give it a five. Well done, your collaboration is excellent, no longer awkward, and this is very, very well researched. I enjoyed it, can’t wait for your next one!


5 Stars, Excellent

Amazon Customer on December 29, 2015 (verified purchase)

Excellent … again. !! These books are so good at telling the story of what I consider to be the real truth behind Reeva Steenkamp’s murder.


And… we even heard from one of the Pistorians.  I’m glad they didn’t buy the book and waste their money 🙂

1 Star, This book is a reflection of the sad state of South Africa’s publishing industry

SR Graham on December 29, 2015

This book is a reflection of the sad state of South Africa’s publishing industry. The authors should be ashamed of themselves for being attached to such a worthless project. Find something valuable to write about you opportunistic fools.


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An Excerpt from THE APPEAL: Oscar Pistorius

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From the chapter Inside the Barking Spider:

It’s a strange preternatural feeling closing the car doors and sauntering towards a date with destiny armed with nothing but memory. I’m dreading that the meeting is going to devolve into half an hour of politically correct small talk.   

I do have Lisa. Perhaps between the two of us we’ll find our way to meaningful answers and insights.   Will we forget any questions? Will we miss vital clues?  If we’re simply ourselves and in the moment we’ll be fine, I finally decide.

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Just then Barry Steenkamp pulls up in battered beige Subaru 2000 station wagon. Mud has splattered around the wheels.  I’m the sort of spontaneous person who would approach Barry at his door, and greet him, but Barry seems not to have noticed us even though we’re standing a few metres away. 

Hello from the other side


Through a steel gate we see June sitting in a shaded courtyard with another woman, a sparkly eyed brunette – their legal counsel, Tania Koen.  Lisa and I approach and they stand to embrace us.  There’s a warm introduction. Hugs and kisses. Barry arrives shortly afterward and insists on sitting at a separate table; holding up a pack of Camel cigarettes to indicate why there needs to be some distance between us.

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I immediately pick up a slight distance from June that’s hard to fathom.  She’s there but not there, if that makes any sense.

Hello, can you hear me

Although I have my antennae switched on I’m not picking up a signal.  Whatever I am picking up is fuzzy.  I immediately feel very out of sorts. I am not sure if it is fatigue, or instinct, but I have a bad feeling, a feeling of conflictedness I can’t explain…

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Carlin calls it despair, I call it deceit

John Carlin says Oscar Pistorius is likely to retreat into “despair.” Before we examine this statement from Carlin, let’s take a look at how Oscar appeared in court today as he applied for bail.

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Is this the look of a man distraught with his current circumstances?  Or a man determined to muster the appropriate face at the appropriate time?  Although, smugness is most definitely not appropriate – ever – in court, that was the face Oscar chose to wear today.

What I can’t understand is why the State is not opposed to bail.  They did oppose some of the conditions, but they agreed not to challenge Oscar’s right to stay out on house arrest.  I’m not aware of any other countries where convicted murderers, not defendants, qualify for bail.  Anywhere else, they would immediately throw you in jail upon conviction and the convict will deal with appeals and hearings as necessary while incarcerated.

Not only does Oscar have bail, meaning he can continue to live at his Uncle’s mansion, he can leave the house (with monitoring & supervision) between 7am and noon up to a 20km radius.  I’ve seen some say this is freedom and others say it’s not.  While it’s not complete freedom, compared to a jail cell, in my view the luxury of enjoying sunshine for 5 hours a day is freedom.  It’s a luxury that’s been afforded to Oscar.  Why exactly does Oscar Pistorius deserve this luxury?  The simple answer is he doesn’t.  It’s just another “condition” that Oscar’s been able to weasle for himself using his high-powered legal team and influential family.



There were two things that bothered me most about Judge Ledwana during today’s hearing.  First, when Nel was arguing that they [the state] was prepared to provide the appropriate monitoring of Oscar, the Judge stated that would create unnecessary extra work.  Could the judicial system in South Africa be any lazier?  Yes, it’s work.  Monitoring criminals takes work.  Is it an appropriate argument to not provide monitoring because it involves “work”?  I don’t think so.

Second, Judge Ledwana equated denying Oscar the right to leave his Uncle’s house to “punishment”.  Yes!  That is what is supposed to happen when you are convicted of a crime, especially a violent crime, and especially murder.

Is this just more indifference to judicial affairs, is it corruption or a bribe, or is it yet another example of our insane political correctness and need for leniency in the world today?  What is it getting us?  More crime, more death, more dangerous people on the street.  Why?  So we can feel good about giving people second chances?  Murderers need to do time in jail.  It’s that simple.  It’s not vengeance or blind punishment; it’s justice.  That is what needs to happen to protect the public as well as maintain civility through the enforcement of our laws.

Last week was a great week for justice as Oscar was finally convicted of murder.  Nick and I were there to witness it and I’ll be writing about it in a separate post.  But lets not take a step backwards now and allow the Pistorius family, and a lazy, corrupt, justice system, undo the good of Justice Leach.  In order for real change to begin, we must remain vigilant that Oscar do his time.

For those of you who claim Oscar feels bad and can’t win whether he cries or appears confident while in public, let’s consider some of the statements he’s made and cut through the BS of this topic once and for all.

Yesterday, I came across an article that Pistorius buddy, John Carlin, wrote for the Sunday Times.  Here are some of the finer points Carlin shares with us:

Murder verdict revives Pistorius suicide fears

“I was with Pistorius at a part in the home of his lawyer, Barry Roux, on the night of September 11, 2014, hours after Judge Thokozile Masipa had made it evident in court that the verdict of manslaughter was what he could expect and that she would formally deliver her sentence the next day.

He would then be going straight to prison, but at that party Pistorius wore the calm, satisfied look of a man who felt he had been vindicated by the justice system and believed his honour had been saved.  “I don’t give a shit about the sentence,” he told Roux.  “I am not a murderer.”

He knew he should expect a five-year sentence but appeared untroubled by the prospect as he chatted politely with guests and took turns to flip steaks and boerwors sausages on the barbecue.

It was a boozy party, but Pistorius did not drink alcohol and left early.  The last thing he told me before driving home was that for the first time in a long time – since he had shot and killed Steenkamp a year and a half earlier, on Valentine’s Day – he had found some peace.”

Oscar was calm and satisfied, and didn’t give a shit, because he and his family know that they [initially] dodged an enormous bullet.  Yes, pun intended.  But Oscar surely did give a shit as soon as he got to prison and realized how hard it would be.  No amount of favors, or ties with mobsters, could ease the discomfort and disgrace of wasting away in a cement box.  Yes, jail is horrible.  People should reconsider before they murder.

Carlin goes on to say:

“Pistorius, who will feel that the justice system and God have failed him, may be extracting some crumbs of comfort from the knowledge that he will never now be found guilty by a court of law of deliberately killing the woman he has always said he loved.

Yet, short of a shock confession by Pistorius, we will never know for sure whether he was telling the truth or not.  

What one can be certain of is that right now, as he faces the imminent prospect of arrest prior to a new and lengthy sentence being passed in the new year, he is devastated.  

We had just met for the first time and he sat across from me in his uncle’s study on a long leather sofa with his head resting on his aunt’s shoulder.  Pale and thin, a pitiful shadow of the “Bladerunner” who had triumphed in the London Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2012, he looked and sounded like a five-year-old boy whose puppy had just died.

Arnold Pistorius had read that in America, in cases where people had killed a person they loved and later regretted it, 20% ended up taking their own lives.  In his nephew he saw signs for alarm.”

Let’s come back down to reality – “The woman he said he loved.”  Saying you love someone, and actually loving them are two very different things, and I think we all know that actions are the proof.   Why should it matter to Oscar if the court attaches a name to the deceased – he killed Reeva Steenkamp, he knows he killed Reeva Steenkamp, so the rest is just semantics for him.  It’s a boo-hoo mentality of please don’t attach her name to this murder – yes, now we can call it murder, so let’s call it that.  But it’s not semantics for us.  I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again.  Oscar should have been found guilty of Dolus Directus!

Oscar Pistorius should have been found guilty of killing

Reeva Steenkamp.

Now, for Carlin, or anybody, to say “we’ll never know” is the pinnacle of absurdity.  Of course we know.  We know from the evidence collected at this scene that Oscar lied.  That is a point that even the incompetent Masipa recognized.  No, we may not know every detail, but we know, as does Captain Mangena, that Oscar intentionally killed Reeva behind that door.   To say “we’ll never know” is merely a mischievous cop-out.

As for being a “pitiful shadow of the Bladerunner”, do you know what that really is?  That pitiful shadow is the real Oscar Pistorius slinking in the background never wanting to be seen.  Take away the limbs of steel, the upper body muscles and the flash of the camera bulbs, and you have a very small man on stumps.  But, the stumps aren’t what make him pathetic.  It’s that ridiculous comic book-like persona that makes him pathetically sad.

Oscar didn’t triumph at the London Olympics – he got there by being a spoiled brat who kicked and screamed for four years to cheat his way into the competition, at the expense of others.  And once he got there, he lost.  Not only did he lose, he was crying and carrying on behind the scenes threatening to leave after screwing others out of the opportunity to be there.  That’s not a fallen hero.  Get a grip, John Carlin.  And it wasn’t his puppy who died, it was a young woman with her entire life ahead of her, with family and friends who loved her, that he killed.

I would also much prefer that Arnold leave American statistics out of his rotten logic about Oscar being suicidal.  The optimal part of the statistic being “people that regretted it.” Do we sincerely believe that Oscar regrets when he tells friends like Kevin Lerena that he doesn’t need to justify anything to anyone because God knows the truth.  I suppose God also knows what was on the iPhone that his dutiful brother so kindly wiped and locked.

It’s no surprise that Oscar and Carl, and Aimee, all hide behind God.

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Use that three letter word and it becomes a force field, just like Bladerunner was always Oscar’s cloak.  Nobody wants to go there; nobody wants to challenge their use of God.  Because all God-fearing people are surely honest and decent, isn’t that so?  In my view, there’s nothing more despicable than somebody using religion for personal gain.  It’s not about the belief itself [we’re all entitled to our personal beliefs] it’s more about hiding behind something or someone else because you’re too cowardly to take the responsibility on your own.

So now Oscar will pay his $688 and we’ll wait four months to see if Oscar sticks or around or heads to some other exotic parts, perhaps Botswana where his family owns land.


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We’ll watch and wait to see what happens with his appeal to the Constitutional Court.

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One thing is certain, the Oscar show is not over; far from it.  It will never be over as long as deceit, money and entitlement are regarded as more important than the truth.  It’s up to us to remain vigilant if there’s any chance for greater peace in this world.  I’ve often heard it said many times – why Reeva?  why Oscar?  We say, why not them.  Every victim and every criminal is indicative of the other.  We have to start somewhere and right now this case holds the power for change in very real ways.  It’s imperative for South Africa, for women and the rest of the world, that Oscar gets his due process, and that the result of that process is the conviction of murder being upheld, and Oscar serving the appropriate full sentence.

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GUILTY: Oscar Pistorius, final judgement

Read the Supreme Court of Appeal’s Final Ruling here:


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Steenkamp Family Statement:

“I’m satisfied with everything now.  I would hope to God that all of this could have been prevented, but seeing that it has been done, let us now all get on with our lives.”

Pistorius Family Statement:

“The legal team will study the finding and we will be guided by them in terms of options going forward.  We will not be commenting any further at this stage.”

Timeline of Oscar’s Parole News

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?


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.”

Justice Minister Michael Masutha – YouTube clip

Sky News

The Guardian

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USA Today

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.”


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.

The Telegraph UK

Press Reader

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!]

IOL News


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.


IOL News

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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News24 article 2



Titanium Hulk seems to be struggling to keep up…


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.



October 6

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


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.”


Daily Mail

October 6

Krejcir’s escape plan is revealed…

IOL News

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.

SA News


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


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.


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…


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.


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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Oscar Pistorius Defense HOA Appeal Document

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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?”

Will Oscar be Released?

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 USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W

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?


For more insight into the psychology of Oscar and what lies next for him, read FUGITIVE available on Amazon.  It’s a narrative that’s shocking many readers with its perceptiveness and poignancy.



Excerpt #2 from FUGITIVE

From the chapter A Prisoner in Your Own Skin


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…

FUGITIVE is available on Amazon.


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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.”

True Crimes Radio Show – Oscar Pistorius – August 23

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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

Call in to speak with the host and authors:  +1 (516) 531-9621

LISTEN HERE:–oscar-pistorius-book-by-nick-van-der-leek-and-lisa-wilson

FUGITIVE is available on Amazon