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One Tragic Night

The Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial

Mandy Wiener and Barry Bateman

St. Martin's Press

At 08:03 on the morning of Valentine’s Day 2013, news broke that Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympic superstar known as the "Blade Runner," had shot and killed his girlfriend at his luxury home in Pretoria, South Africa. Within minutes, the story reverberated around the world as banners flashed across television screens broadcasting global news networks. At first glance, it appeared to be a heart-wrenching, tragic accident. The athlete had mistaken beautiful Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder. But as the morning unfolded, a second version of events began to reveal itself, indicating that the country’s celebrated icon, its "Golden Boy," may have murdered his model girlfriend in a fit of rage.

In this vivid and insightful narrative, South African journalists Mandy Wiener and Barry Bateman reveal the true story of Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp, from that horiffic night to the announcement of the shocking verdict. Drawing on evidence from the trial as well as on-the-ground interviews with family and friends of Oscar and Reeva, this is the authoritative account of one of the most high-profile trials of the 21st century, from the night of the killings to the controversial verdict. .

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  • Mandy Wiener and Barry Bateman

  • Mandy Wiener is an award-winning investigative journalist and author who has been reporting on crime in South Africa for the past decade. Her book Killing Kebble: An Underworld Exposed was a South African publishing phenomenon, with nearly 80,000 copies sold to date.  Barry Bateman has been reporting in Pretoria, Pistorius's hometown, for the past decade. He was among the first journalists on the scene of the shooting and has been covering every development since.
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