Oscar Pistorius, who is standing trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, sent some text messages to her that probably will not help his defense. The Olympic sprint runner admits killing 29-year-old Reeva but says he mistook her for an intruder while she was in the bathroom. The prosecution rested today after three weeks of testimony. Text messages between the doomed pair illustrate a relationship that seemed rather tumultuous.
Reeva texted to Oscar at one point that she was "scared out of my mind" by Pistorius sometimes and wrote, "I’m scared of u sometimes and how u snap at me and of how you will react to me" when he embarrassed her at a party.
At another point, she wrote: "I just want to love and be loved. Be happy and make someone SO happy. Maybe we can’t do that for each other."
Oscar then wrote back apologizing for his "tantrum."
The defense pointed out that the duo also had plenty of loving messages, but some of the ones the defense chose to illustrate this, such as Reeva saying, "I have said a small prayer for both of us," don't sound too healthy to me.
Clearly, the pair had a tumultuous relationship, but many couples do and no one ends up killing anyone. The texts could be a sign that Oscar was a hothead who would kill his girlfriend out of rage and jealousy -- or it could be a sign that Oscar was a hothead who would likely shoot through a door in his home without stopping to think the matter through.
The evidence will determine the outcome of this case -- but there's no doubt that Oscar's personality is on trial too.
Do you think the text messages say anything? Here is the testimony about the text messages:
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