Oscar Pistorius' Pathetic Agony
By Dennis Loo (4/9/14)
As a social scientist, I am trained to look for patterns.
In Oscar Pistorius' case, a pattern can be seen in the wretched and embarrassing spectacle of his frequent and over-the-top emotional displays in court - retching, sobbing, covering his ears and/or eyes because he can't stand to see the results of his actions - together with his fevered professions of love for Reeva. This pattern is consistent with his behavior the night he and Reeva argued and then he killed her through the safety (in his eyes) of a locked door. I say "safety" because he didn't have to see what his bullets were doing to her as he was murdering her, just as he now cannot stand to see the results of his actions and just as he now cannot and will not take personal responsibiity for his actions. While he was systematically executing Reeva he was likely thinking to himself as he pulled the trigger four times while Reeva screamed in terror and trauma that he was similarly not to blame for what he was doing but that Reeva had brought it on herself.
As has been reported and as testified to in court by witnesses, acquaintances, and friends of his, Oscar is unwilling to confront and own up to his actions, getting a friend, for example, to take the blame for Oscar's accidental discharge of a gun in a restaurant.
People who try to cover up what they have done such as Oscar are unable to halt their normal behavioral and psychic patterns when they are engaged in their elaborate cover-up, thus inadvertently revealing the truth. His hyper-emotional and fragile state he hopes - on a conscious level - will prove to the judge, courtroom, and court of world opinion that he is not only contrite but incapable of murdering his beloved. Some people have been taken in by his actions to think that this proves his contrition. But what his overwrought behavior actually underscores is how emotionally volatile he is and how in fact this only shows how he was in fact capable of dramatically over-reacting to whatever threat he perceived from Reeva who had, in response to their very loud argument and the fear she felt towards this extremely agitated and insecure man, retreated to the toilet room and locked the door.
What he could not do during their relationship and could not do when they argued on Valentine's Day, was control and calm himself. He reacted in fear and extreme anger, not to an alleged intruder, as the story of an intruder is undoubtedly concocted, just as he cannot control his pathetic uncontrolled agony the whole world sees in the court everyday. Rather than his murder of Reeva being "out of character" as some have claimed about Pistorius, his embarrassing lack of composure in court reveals to those who can see past his conscious purpose in those displays his true character.
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