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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.
Five bank robberies. Fifteen years in jail. That was the sentence handed down to Allan Heyl in 1977. He was 26 years old and couldn’t face that many years behind bars. And then he got lucky. Into the prison walked André Stander, ex-cop and bank robber – an outlaw through and through.
“You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark.”
For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.