Oscar Pistorius, plans to publish book about how he isn’t a murderer

This week in Beyond The Fucking Pale, Oscar Pistorius, the man who murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013, plans to write a book about “his account” –– “his account” being a long list of bald-faced lies.

On Thursday,  Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa found Pistorius, 27, guilty of culpable homicide, which means, essentially, she bought that the murder was an accident, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Pistorius claimed he shot Steenkamp four times through the bathroom door because he thought “an intruder” was in there. Pistorius’ history of abusive behaviour is well-documented, as are the indiscrepancies in his version of what happened the night Steenkamp was killed.

Now, not only has he gotten away with murder (Pistorius was charged with the equivalent of manslaughter and will face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison which means it’s unlikely he will serve even that) but he stands to profit from Steenkamp’s death.

“He will write his own book,” [Pistorius’s manager and agent, Peet van Zyl] told the Observer. “We’ve discussed it. We’ve talked about ideas and concepts. I’m not going to go into details now.” If Pistorius receives a suspended sentence, as some experts predict, he could also return to competition, possibly even in time for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio. He is known to be regularly working out to stay in good physical condition. The International Paralympic Committee has said it will allow its most famous athlete to return to the sport.

Van Zyl said: “I will sit down with him once everything is done and decide what we are going to do. We have to wait until 13 October before we can think about anything. After that we will tell the world what we are going to do.”

… A book about the shocking episode could be a bestseller, enabling Pistorius to restore personal finances that have been exhausted by legal fees, but also risk charges of exploiting the situation.”

(via The Guardian)

No. There is no fucking way we can stand by and let this man murder a women and then cash in on it. There is no way I will stand by and let this happen. I promise you I will protest any publisher that takes this on and hope you all will join me.

Meghan Murphy

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist from Vancouver, BC. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, Quillette, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and is now exiled in Mexico with her very photogenic dog.