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Oscar Pistorius murder: no tears in court, Trish Taylor’s bitterness and taking sides

by | 16th, February 2013

OSCAR Pistorius is front-page news. The double-amputee, “the fastest man on no legs” who became a Paralympic and Olympic robo-legend, is accused to murdering his lover, 30-year-old Reeva Steenkamp, at their South African home. He’s been in court.

The Indy : “Pistorius Weeps”
Daily Express : “Blade Runner sobs in court”
The Times : “The anguish of Oscar”

Like the Express, the Sun opts to lead with the alleged killer’s nickname, focusing on the unfortunate “Blade” angle although the murder weapon is said to have been a gun:

“Blade Runner suicide watch”

In the yellow ink of tabloid journalism, the death of an innocent woman becomes ab;ut the possible death of an accused man:

The Olympic star was locked up among criminals and low-lifes in a grim police cell yesterday after being charged with his girlfriend’s Valentine’s Day murder — and refused bail by a court

Reading Anthony France’s words creates the impression of Pistorius as victim. The papers are taking sides. We don’t know what happened. All we do know for certain is that young woman has been shot dead.

And last night sources said he was being monitored in Pretoria’s grim Brooklyn Police Station in case he made an attempt on his life. One said: “Oscar is innocent but he feels as though he has descended into hell. He is absolutely devastated and struggling to deal with his emotions. He’s been given a cell to himself at the police station but there are criminals in cells around him and he doesn’t belong there. There are police concerns over his mental state.”

Over the Daily Mail, the paper has already lead with:

“Girls, guns and the dark side of the Blade Runner”

That angle has become :

Blade runner’s exes in online war of words as they tell of two sides to superstar

Trish Taylor, mother of Pistorius’ ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor, wrote with some relief on Facebook: “I’m so glad Sammy is safe and out of the clutches of that man.” After dating Pistorius for a year and a half until last year, Miss Taylor had told South Africa’s City Press newspaper that “Oscar is certainly not what people think he is”.

That would depend on whether or not you think he’s a killer, no?

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