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hi-oscar-pistorius-20-cp-04There are two stories emerging from the court proceedings underway in South Africa, which began yesterday to determine if Oscar Pistorius should be allowed bail after he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp with a 9 mm pistol on February 14th. The first is about the evidence collected by police on that night, and Pistorius’s explanation for its more damning aspects. The second is the media coverage of the first.

Even before a tabloid’s touch, it all seems rather salacious. A national athletic star shoots his model girlfriend, who has a law degree, on Valentine’s Day. These are enough details to send the editors of church newsletters into a tizzy of anticipation. Throw in a possible love triangle with another national sporting star in South Africa, add the “boxes and boxes” of steroids and testosterone that were found at the scene, and don’t forget about the bloody cricket bat that was supposedly used to bash in the door. Now, it seems we can add a feisty legal duel between prosecution and defence.

Suddenly, memories of the O.J. Simpson trial begin to elicit yawns.

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nypostThe cover of this morning’s New York Post, that bastion of good journalism, screams “Blade Slays Blonde,” with accompanying photographs of a bikini-clad murder victim and a legless murder suspect. “Legless Olympian arrested” the headline further explains.

Continuing in the newspaper’s tradition of carrying the utmost respect for the sanctity of human life is the New York Daily News, which went with the more subtle headline of “Blade Gunner.”

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161658365On Thursday, Olympic inspiration and Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius was charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, a popular South African model and actress. According to police she was shot four times in the early hours of the morning inside the sprinter’s home, in a gated community in Pretoria.

Despite earlier reports suggesting that Pistorious, who is known as Blade Runner for his high-tech artificial legs, mistook Steenkamp for a burglar, police do not believe the shooting to be accidental based on witnesses interviewed at the scene of the early morning shootout and ”past allegations of a domestic nature.”

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