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John Carlin on the “Ludicrous, Insane Notion” that Oscar Pistorius Thought Reeva was an Intruder

Chase Your ShadowJohn Carlin, author of Chase Your Shadow: The Trials of Oscar Pistorius, spoke to the Mail & Guardian about the process of writing his latest book, and Oscar Pistorius’ resonance in South African society.

Carlin says at first, like many people, he thought “obviously he intentionally killed her, obviously he’s a monster” and when he was let out on bail he was outraged, thinking “rich man’s justice”.

“It was only when I decided to embark on the book about a month later that I thought: ‘Listen, mate, just clear you mind here and start as honestly as you possibly can.’

“And then, when I started to find out more about it and hear things from people who knew him, I began to open my mind to the possibility that this, what seemed to me, utterly ludicrous, insane notion that he thought it was an intruder could conceivably be true.”

Carlin also believes Pistorius’ stunted emotional development echoes that of South Africa, and his good, “rainbow”, qualities echo the positive aspects of South African society.

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Traveling the world to meet those who knew Oscar Pistorius, author John Carlin may have written the most honest and definitive portrait on him.

Carlin is also the author of ‘Playing the enemy’, on which the film ‘Invictus’ was based.

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