Pistorius dating model
When Oscar Pistorius—the South African “Blade Runner,” who overcame a double amputation to compete in the Olympics last year—shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day, the millions he’d inspired were faced with a shocking possibility: that their hero was also a killer. on February 14, Detective Hilton Botha, a 24-year veteran of the South African Police Service, was awakened by a phone call from his colonel.
With Pistorius claiming that Steenkamp’s death was an accident, Mark Seal delves into the murder case that has rocked the country, and the paths the couple took to that fatal night. “Oscar’s shot his girlfriend,” Botha told his wife, Audrey, after hanging up. “We all know Oscar,” she told me a month later in a Johannesburg café, where we sat with her husband.
Oscar Pistorius overcame a severe disability—he was born without fibula bones, which necessitated the amputation of both of his legs below the knee when he was 11 months old—by ignoring it.
“And then she stopped breathing.“It was a big house and very neat and tidy,” said Botha, “and you could see the money talking, with all the ornaments and portraits and paintings. There was also one of those big box frames, with a picture of Mike Tyson, along with a signed boxing glove.”The detective stepped around the corpse and went up the marble staircase to the master bedroom, where the shooting had occurred an hour earlier. “It was a large bathroom,” he said, with a shower, two washbasins, and a toilet cubicle, the door of which was riddled with bullet holes.
It had been bashed open with a cricket bat by Pistorius, who claimed he had broken it down after realizing that Reeva was locked inside.
(Pistorius denied the allegation, and the charge was dropped.)Fifteen minutes after the call, Hilton Botha was at Pistorius’s home in the gated, high-security community of Silver Woods Country Estate, in Pretoria, one of the country’s three capitals, 30 miles north of Johannesburg.
One of the first things he saw when he walked in the door was the body of Reeva Steenkamp, a beautiful, blonde 29-year-old model and reality-TV star, who had been shot three times by Pistorius, her boyfriend of four months.Estranged from his father, he and his brother were like “rudderless boats,” he wrote in his 2008 memoir.