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With Oscar Pistorius released on parole after serving nine years in prison for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, ​​his family still wants answers.

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Oscar Pistorius leaves the North Gauteng High Court on June 14, 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa.



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On May 12, the CNN series “How It Really Happened” will explore the life of Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee Paralympic and Olympic sprinter who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend, South African model Reeva Steenkamp, ​​more than ten years ago. .

Known as the “Blade Runner” for his carbon fiber prosthetics, Pistorius was once considered an inspirational figure.

At the 2012 London Games, he became the first Paralympian to compete in an Olympic Games and, during his successful track career, won eight Paralympic medals, including six gold. He was in his athletic prime when, on February 14, 2013, he killed Steenkamp.

“If you take the stardom of LeBron James and combine it with the appeal of Leonardo DiCaprio, that’s what Oscar Pistorius was,” said Scott Roder, a crime scene reconstruction expert who worked on the case, in the CNN documentary, hosted by Jesse. L. Martin.

The documentary features court footage in Pretoria, South Africa, during Pistorius’ 2013 murder trial and 2023 parole hearing, as well as original interviews with Steenkamp’s mother, his agent of models and his family lawyer.

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CNN documentary examines details leading to Reeva Steenkamp’s murder

Pistorius shot Steenkamp four times through the toilet door of his house. In a trial that attracted worldwide attention, he denied killing her in a fit of anger and instead said he mistook her for an intruder.

He has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge and a firearms charge associated with Steenkamp’s killing.

He was initially convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in prison before that conviction was overturned and upgraded to murder, bringing his sentence to six years. In 2017, his sentence was increased to 13 years and five months by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal.

The documentary examines the details that led to Steenkamp’s murder – including disagreements between the couple shared on WhatsApp and the athlete’s “obsession” with guns, although his motivations remain unknown to this day.

“Why would he kill her? Why did he do it?’” asked Steenkamp’s mother, June, in the documentary.

She called Pistorius’ version of events “absolute bullshit and lies” and spoke candidly about the pain she felt that night in 2013. She recalled the moment she was told her daughter had died, describing it as “the worst day of my life”. .”

“I was hysterical,” she says. “Honestly, I just wanted to die myself. I didn’t want to live without her.

The documentary highlights the couple’s whirlwind romance and Steenkamp’s life, described by his mother as “a blessing, a gift from God.” Very intelligent and she was always laughing.

“She would have done incredible things,” said Tania Koen, CEO of the Reeva Steenkamp Foundation. “And she was so kind and passionate and compassionate. The world was a better place with Reeva in it. »

Pistorius, now 37, was conditionally released on January 5 this year. A parole board granted his request in November on the grounds that he had served half of his 13-year prison sentence for Steenkamp’s murder, making him eligible under South African law.

He has kept a low profile since his release, but the conditions of his parole include restrictions on his movement, mandatory classes on gender-based violence, anger management therapy, a ban on alcohol and he is not not authorized to speak to the media.

Steenkamp’s mother strongly criticized his release and expressed concern for the safety of the other women.

“At this time, I am not convinced that Oscar has been rehabilitated,” she said in a November 2023 victim impact statement.

“Rehabilitation requires someone to honestly engage with the whole truth about their crime and its consequences. No one can claim remorse if they are unable to fully engage with the truth.

“If someone does not show remorse, they cannot be considered rehabilitated. If they are not rehabilitated, their risk of reoffending is high.

“Oscar Pistorius: The Bladerunner” airs on CNN on Sunday, May 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

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