The world has been stunned by the new that Oscar Pistorious, hero of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games, shot his model girlfriend dead his South African home early on Valentine’s Day. Each day it seems more details and speculation are leaked to the press. Now the latest reports suggest the athlete may have been enraged with illegal performance-enhancing steroids.
Oscar Pistorious shot Reeva Steenkamp. That much is known. He himself admits that. He told family and friends that too when he called them before he called the police. They arrived to find the young woman dying on the bathroom floor.
But what happened? Where are we now in the investigation?
It seems that three shots, at least, were fired into Reeva. One hit her in the hip, one in the hand and one in her head or face. An autopsy revealed that much.
But where, how and why Oscar shot at her remains a mystery.
Initial reports suggested that he was awoken by noises and mistook her for an intruder. It at first looked like a tragic Valentine’s surprise that went horrifically wrong as Oscar didn’t know Reeva had arrived at the house.
But then we learned that Pistorious was paranoid about his safety in South Africa, one of the most violent societies. Without his prosthetic legs he presumably feared he would be unable to defend himself unarmed. He allegedly slept with a handgun by his bed and a semi-automatic weapon by the bedroom window. Knowing this, would his girlfriend likely spring such a surprise on him?
Then it emerged that Reeva was shot at through a closed bathroom door. Burglar caught short…? Certainly at first Pistorious was said to be heartbroken and sobbing at having killed his girlfriend and repeatedly stated he thought she was an intruder.
Yesterday, unconfirmed reports suggested that Reeva had entered the bedroom where Oscar slept (although not if he was awake at the time.) Her overnight case and iPod were allegedly discovered in the bedroom.
After the murder charges were laid against Oscar the case got more and more complex as some neighbors reported hearing yells coming from the property earlier in the evening. These are unconfirmed by anyone, except perhaps the Pretoria police.
Now it looks like Oscar Pistorius will be tested for steroids after a banned drug was allegedly found at his home, where he is accused of murdering his model girlfriend.
Are his lawyers, in the absence of any other perpetrator, preparing a defense as to why the Olympian and Paralympian would shot his girlfriend in more than a suspected intruder case? Most recent reports suggest that the shooting may have begun in the bedroom and that Reeva locked herself in the bathroom in a panic. It seems she was hot at least twice through the bathroom door if South African police reports are correct.
A cricket bat, allegedly spattered with blood, was also recovered from the scene and taken for forensic tests. Some reports say that as well as the gunshot wounds she suffered. Reeva Steenkamp’s skull had been “crushed”, and that forensic tests are to be carried out to determine whose blood is on the bat. Police are said to be investigating the possibilities that Steenkamp used the bat in self-defense, or that Pistorius used it to break down a door.
If so, what could have made Pistorious flip like that? The City Press newspaper claims police have asked for blood taken from Pistorius to be tested for steroids in anticipation that his defense team might claim he acted in “roid rage” – an aggressive condition associated with taking large doses of performance-enhancing drugs.
Numerous newspapers are now claiming that steroids were found at the Paralympian’s home.
“Steroid drugs were found at Pistorius’ home together with evidence of heavy drinking. That’s why police have specifically ordered that he be tested for steroids,” the British newspaper The Sun claims.
There has been no immediate comment from police regarding the reported discovery of steroids.
Meanwhile, a friend of Pistorius told Afrikaans newspaper Beeld that the sprinter nearly shot him through the foot in a Johannesburg restaurant. Kevin Lerena, a boxer and mutual friend of the couple, said he had been dining at Tasha’s restaurant in Melrose with the couple and other friends when the gun went off by mistake as Pistorius held it.
“I must emphasize that the gun belonged to one of Pistorius’ friends. Oscar just wanted to look at the gun, and it sort of snagged on his pants, releasing the safety catch,” he told Beeld. “A shot went off. I wouldn’t call him negligent, it was just an accident. He apologized to me for days afterwards.”
So the mystery surround Oscar Pistorious’ involvement in Reeva Steenkamp’s death and his experience with guns deepens. He is currently in custody and will next appear in court Tuesday.