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The Wrongful Conviction of Oscar Pistorius : Science Transforms our Comprehension of Reeva Steenkamp's Shocking Death

Author: Brent Willock
Publisher: Berkeley : Torchflame Books, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Just when the world thought Oscar Pistorius' meteoric rise to Olympic glory and international celebrity had terminated abysmally in prison, Brent Willock's scientific perspective reopens this gripping narrative for an astonishing re-view. Olympian Oscar Pistorius' spectacular assent to fame ground to a screeching halt in the wee hours of Valentine's Day, 2013. Hearing a sound emanating from his bathroom, he grabbed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Oscar Pistorius; Oscar Pistorius
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Brent Willock
ISBN: 9781611532685 161153268X
OCLC Number: 1035213965
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro; The Wrongful Conviction of Oscar Pistorius; Contents; Praise for this Book from Leading Authorities in the Scientific and Forensic Fields; Dedicated to; Acknowledgements; PART I Inauspicious Beginnings, Glorious Middle, and Then ... ; Who Is Oscar Pistorius?; From Womb to World Stage; The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre; Trial and Judgement; However; PART II Essential Background Concepts; Mayhem in Durham; The (Relatively) New Science of Sleep; Somnambulism; Somnambulistic Killing; The Stuff of Which Dreams and Derangement Are Made; Shame; Scratching the Itch to Kill; Durham Derailment. Durham DissentReconciling Contradictions; Post Acquittal; Dreams and Parasomnia; What Is This Thing Called Parasomnia?; PART III Radical Scientific Re-View of Oscar's Crime and Conviction; Perjury in Pretoria?; Pictures Do Not Lie ... or Do They?; The Bail Magistrate's and the Judge's Profound Puzzlement; Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa's Four Questions; Key to the Locked Door; Sounds Shattering Silence; Bad Witnessing; Magical Mystery Tour; Oscar's Childhood; Edgar; From Edgar to Oscar; Lovers in Loos; Sexsomnia; Socializing Babies, Boys, and Men. Why Did Oscar's Defense Not Raise the Dreaming and Parasomnia Possibility?The Long Winding Road That Leads to Understanding; Insufficient Knowledge of Parasomnia in the Legal and Mental Health Professions; Attention Blindness; Automatism; Surely Everyone Knows Whether They Are Asleep or Awake; Poolside Parasomnia?; A Plentitude of Parasomnias; Sentencing Oscar Once, Twice, Three ... ; The State's Appeal; The Defense's Appeal; Different Worlds of Justice; Second Sentencing; Reactions to Oscar's Second Sentence; Behind Bars Again; A Second Prosecution Appeal?; The State's Second Appeal. Third SentencingContinuing Appeal; Closing Argument; A Plea for the Courts to Consider a Scientific Perspective; Reconciliation; About the Author; References.
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Just when the world thought Oscar Pistorius' meteoric rise to Olympic glory and international celebrity had terminated abysmally in prison, Brent Willock's scientific perspective reopens this gripping narrative for an astonishing re-view. Olympian Oscar Pistorius' spectacular assent to fame ground to a screeching halt in the wee hours of Valentine's Day, 2013. Hearing a sound emanating from his bathroom, he grabbed his pistol and he stumbled to the washroom, screaming at the intruders to leave. Fearing someone was about to emerge to harm him and his girlfriend, Reeva, he fired four bullets into the bathroom. Soon he realized he had killed his lover. Horrified, he summoned the authorities. The investigating detective believed this was yet another case of an escalating argument where a man murdered his partner. World opinion is split. Some believe Oscar. Others are convinced he committed a despicable crime of passion. Distinguished clinical psychologist Brent Willock brings an entirely new perspective to bear on these horrific events: that Oscar's horrific actions occurred while he was in a state of paradoxical sleep, also known as parasomnia. Throughout this book, Willock uses scientific scrutiny and legal precedence to resolve the crucial anomalies surrounding the Oscar Pistorius trial. Willock also discusses how mental health experts and the defense team might have overlooked the hypothesis of parasomnia that could have exonerated Oscar. Millions who followed the Blade Runner's astonishing achievements, uplifted and inspired by his triumph over physical adversity, were crushed by his precipitous plunge from grace. They were baffled. Even Oscar himself, in a television interview shortly before his sentencing, achingly asked, "I always think, How did this possibly happen? How could this have happened?" At last, Willock's elegant work responds to these poignant questions that have so plagued and pained Reeva's family, friends, Oscar, and, indeed, the world.

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