A fear haunted Oscar. The fear of an intruder. An

intruder who could end Oscar’s life in an instant. The

lack of security in Oscar’s building was an ever-present worry.

A creaking door in a neighbor’s apartment, the sound of

a passing siren in the night would trigger frightful dreams

and Oscar would awaken in panic: stiff and incapable of

movement. Oscar was acutely aware of violent crimes committed by

burglars. Once he heard a noise and imagined that someone

was in the bathroom. He felt a sense of terror

rushing over him, too scared to switch on a light.


Paraphrases from the article “Oscar Pistorius: ‘I thought Reeva Steenkamp was a burglar'” by David Smith.