Star athlete Oscar Pistorius is now on trial for shooting his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, and it seems others close to the Olympian and his case are surrounded by death and mayhem as well.
Killed on December 29, 2003, the Dutch student was in South Africa on an exchange program, and to make a film about AIDS. After finishing her studies and an internship, she toured the picturesque Garden Route of the southeastern Cape, and disappeared, the victim of an habitual offender. Could stricter enforcement have prevented her murder?
On December 18, 1994, Alison Botha was abducted, raped, disemboweled and nearly completely decapitated before being left for dead in a ditch from which, nearly dead, she emerged to find help. She not only recovered, but married, had children, became a motivational speaker, and ultimately faced her attackers in court.
Video has emerged of a May 28, 2013, body-retrieval effort by South African divers that became a rescue when they found Harrison Okene alive inside the Nigerian ship that sank to the bottom. Okene was in an air pocket for three days with no food or water, and no light.
Missing: 30 alpacas. Probably poached. Investigators have no leads in the theft of 30 of the unusual animals from a South African farm.
On October 3, 1990, after an argument with his first wife, South African cannibal rapist Wilkin claimed his second victim. Wilkin was not your typical serial killer in that he prayed on boys and women, white and black, living and dead.
David Selepe confessed to a series of murders of young, black, middle-class women outside Johannesburg, South Africa, but was shot and killed by police during an escape attempt. Was he innocent, guilty, or merely was an accomplice? And who was he really, because his real name turns out not to have been David Selepe.
Prosecutors filed court documents hoping to call 107 witnesses for the trial of Oscar Pistorius next year. Among the witnesses are his ex-girlfriend and a cage fighter.
Flowerday’s murder initially drew little media attention and soon her case went cold. Then, months later, interest skyrocketed when a local television show said that her murder might have committed to facilitate the production of a snuff film.
Investigators aren’t talking about what went down when South African Olympic great Oscar Pistorius shot his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day. But at least one report says that Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp from behind a closed bathroom door. Could Pistorius have mistaken his girlfriend for an intruder in a country with one of the highest homicide rates in the world?