Excerpt(s) from FUGITIVE: Oscar Pistorius

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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FUGITIVE: Oscar Pistorius

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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An Excerpt from Resurrection

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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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’ !”

Interrogating Oscar


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 

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Excerpt from #RS : Reeva Steenkamp

An excerpt from the chapter…


I think Reeva was scarred and thus naive when it came to love, same as Oscar was. Their idea of love was like being in a dream, you have to close your eyes to the world in order to dream…and especially dreams of love…

But as most of us eventually – hopefully – realize, love is that most vital area where you need to be most awake.  Love in the romantic sense may seem the most like dreaming, and may feel that way, but much of those feelings aren’t real.  True love is work.  True love is a shared project, it is DOING things together.  And you can’t do anything with your eyes closed.   photo

 That romantic immaturity, given a cocktail of glitz, glamour, money and media, is a recipe for a disaster of monumental proportions.  It means not only tightrope walking with your eyes closed, while your own ghosts and demons come to the surface, but putting up a brave face to sell to the world, and your partner.  There are three-too many balls being juggled there….

Reeva’s attachment to the idea of being in love meant finding somebody to nurture and heal.  By the act of healing Oscar, she could also heal herself.  And considering her financial stresses, perhaps she thought that partnering with Oscar could provide a better life. 

On 8 February 2013, less than a week before her death, Reeva posted this haunting image to Instagram:

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“…breathing in some fresh air and chatting about life…”

Yes, contemplating the tree of life…and how to rise above her raising.  And how and when and who to have children with and to raise herself.

The tree is what connects the Earth to the Heavens, and Reeva was contemplating her connections…and where they could take her. 

But look carefully…what you see is not one tree, but several…and only one (on the left) is catching the sunlight.  Meanwhile the tree on the right, Oscar’s, has become tall and dark and has begun to blot out the sky….

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I think the possibility of finding somebody who needed her as much as she needed him was exhilarating.  They ran in the same circles and were moving in the same direction.  But that kind of luminous possibility will quickly dim when your stars are not aligned with the right person… or worse, you find yourself with a dangerous person.  Although June would like to believe her daughter had not been intimate with Oscar, there are many signs that tell a different story…


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