Oscar Pistorius Covers His Ears
By Dennis Loo (3/21/14)
Those of us following Pistorius' trial for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp have all seen photographs of, and heard reports about, him covering his ears frequently, bowing his head down so that he cannot see, and vomiting while details of Reeva's devastating physical condition are revealed. Yesterday, ballistics expert Capt. Chris Mangena testified that the physical evidence shows that Reeva was standing facing the door of the toilet room that she locked herself in when Pistorius first opened fire, shattering her hip bone and causing her to fall backward against the magazine rack in the room. His second shot missed, richocheting off the wall and sending fragments into her back. His third shot hit her right arm and his fourth shot went through her hand in front of her face and penetrated her brain, instantly killing her.
Besides allegedly "screaming like a woman" while he was murdering Reeva - his defense team's hilarious attempt to account for witnesses' hearing Reeva's screams while she was being shot - Pistorius seems unable to face the reality of what he did while enraged, rather like the locked toilet room door that concealed from him the tragic visual of Reeva unsuccessfully trying to escape from Pistorius' murderous rage. Her screams while being shot, however, I'm sure Oscar did not cover his ears for while systematically executing her.
Oscar Pistorius covers his ears, but he can't cover his bloody tracks.
and this 4/9/14 article "Oscar Pistorius' Pathetic Agony."
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