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  • An Accident Waiting To Happen

    An Accident Waiting to Happen – Melinda Ferguson & Patricia Taylor

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    Ever since the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013, the topic of Oscar Pistorius’s innocence in the incident as been a subject of hot debate in our country; to what degree could his claim that the shooting was a tragic accident be believed? The trial has stretched on and on until finally, on Friday 12 September, the morning papers carried pictures of Oscar at the verdict of his trial, in tears of relief as the judge finds him not guilty of pre-meditated murder. Melinda Ferguson (author of autobiographies Smacked and Hooked) together with Patricia Taylor, mother of Samantha Taylor (Oscar’s recent ex-girlfriend), have written an account of the family’s close connection to Oscar and the insights gained into his troubled personality. A fascinating disparity between the public image of hero-against-all-odds and the trigger-happy, womanizing egocentric that was the reality is explored in this book. Finally we have some psychological insight into his personality, and perhaps a better understanding of the demons that drove him to final breaking point.