Updated 10 April 2014

Going Oscar wild

Our Oscar roundup for the week.

Whether you think he’s guilty, not guilty or are doing a Masipa and reserving judgement, you’re probably spending a lot of time glued to the Oscar trial this week.

Things appear to be drawing to head with Oscar undergoing withering cross-examination at the hands of Gerrie Nel.

While much of Nel’s questioning has been about guns, messages and, bafflingly, fans, there is another side to this case. A darker side of lies and sadism.

For starters, why are we so obsessed? It’s undeniably a tragedy, an event of great sadness as a woman in the prime of her life was gunned down by a global role model.

Yet the sadness of what happened doesn't seem to do anything but intensify our addiction. Have we really changed so little from the barbaric, bloodthirsty crowds at the coliseum?

And what of Oscar himself? Nel hasn’t been shy about  branding the accused a liar, a theory that was strengthened by the news that the police had deployed an investigative psychologist to monitor Pistorius’ testimony.

But how easy is it to spot a liar? Not that hard, it seems, when you know what to look for.

There were gruesome scenes earlier in the week when Nel described Reeva’s head as exploding like a watermelon before a picture of said head was shown to the court, and the world.

After looking into the kind of bullets used by Oscar to kill Reeva, we can explain just what happens when someone is shot.

Can things get any more exciting? Let's wait and see. 


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