Oscar Pistorius Joins the List of Celebrity Murder Suspects


Monday, March 2, marked the first day of testimony in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympian accused of killing his girlfriend. Pistorius rose to international stardom during the 2012 Summer Olympics by becoming the world's first and only double-amputee runner to compete in the games.

Today, the former Olympian is a worldwide #trendingtopic for a very different reason.

Oscar Pistorius is currently on trial for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. According to the prosecution, on the morning of February 14, 2013, the couple were entangled in some sort of argument, prompting Reeva to barricade herself behind a closed bathroom door. It is believed that Oscar grabbed his gun and fired three shots through the bathroom door, killing Reeva instantly. The tragic murder of Reeva Steenkamp sent shockwaves around the world, reminding many of similar crimes involving high-profile celebrities.

Of course, Hollywood is littered with tales of triumph and success. The only thing more infamous than a rising star, is a fallen one- and famed football sensation, O.J. Simpson, is the ultimate example. The world watched as O.J. went from an all-American athlete and successful actor, to a scorned husband accused of murdering his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her male friend. Sadly, O.J. Simpson and Oscar Pistorius are just two of the names in a long list of celebrities accused of murder. From actors, to film producers, the role of 'Celebrity-Turned-Killer' is always up for grabs.

 

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