Reeva Steenkamp's mother's theory about Oscar Pistorius will horrify you

Nov 11, 2014 at 3:25 p.m. ET
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The mother of Reeva Steenkamp explains what she thinks really happened the night Oscar Pistorius shot her daughter to death — and it's really, really awful.

In her new book Reeva: A Mother's Story, June Steenkamp says she believes the former Olympian killed her daughter in cold blood after the couple had an argument and Reeva threatened to leave him.

"Oscar's story I don't believe," she writes, referring to Pistorius' defense that he tragically mistook his girlfriend for an intruder and shot her four times through a locked bathroom door. "Not one of his actions suggests he felt protective towards her."

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In fact, June's idea about what really happened that fateful night is absolutely terrifying.

"They had a fight, a horrible argument, and she fled to the bathroom with her mobile and locked the door," June theorizes. "I think he may have shot once and then he had to go on and kill her because she would have been able to tell the world what really happened, what he is really like.

"In our worst imaginings, we picture how scared she must have been to retreat behind that door, and lock it, with no one to protect her… One bullet blew the brains out of her skull."

As for what could have started such a vicious argument, June says she thinks, ironically, that Reeva couldn't handle his temper anymore.

"There is no doubt in our minds: she had decided to leave Oscar that night," she wrote, adding that despite the fact that it was Valentine's Day Eve and Reeva intended to spend the night, the couple did not have sex. "I believe their relationship was coming to an end. In her heart of hearts she didn't think it was making either of them happy.

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"It was Reeva's bad luck that she met him, because sooner or later he would have killed someone. I do believe that."

Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for the death. He hopes to be released with an electronic anklet after just 10 months, but his prosthetic legs make that unlikely — the device could be removed too easily, and South African law prevents it from being attached to a wrist, as it could be slipped off.