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.