Oscar Pistorius Takes To Twitter, Quotes Holocaust Survivor

Oscar Pistorius
South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius arrives in court for his trial in Pretoria July 2, 2014. Pistorius is on trial for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his suburban Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year. Reuters/Werner Beukes/Pool

South African Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius broke his radio silence with a series of posts on Twitter Sunday night after being silent since killing model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.

First he posted a collage of photos of himself with disabled children and a quote that reads, “You have the ability to make a difference in someone’s life. Sometimes it’s the simple things you say or do that that can make someone feel better or inspire them.”

Pistorius followed the first post with a photographed excerpt from “Man's Search for Meaning,” a book written by Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl. It read in part:

"In a position of utter desolation, when man cannot express himself in positive action, when his only achievement may consist of ending his sufferings in the right way—an honorable way—in such a position a man can, through loving contemplation of the image he carries of his beloved, achieve fulfillment."

Pistorius finished his Twitter posts with a spiritual message. “Lord, today I ask that you bathe those who live in pain in the river of your healing. Amen.”

The 27-year-old athlete stands accused of murdering his law graduate girlfriend, 29, by shooting her through a bathroom door at his Pretoria home after an argument. He maintains he accidentally shot her because he thought she was an intruder.

The Telegraph noted his account could have been hacked, and that it’s happened to members in the Pistorius family in the past.

The post from “Man’s Search for Meaning” made the Telegraph assume he was referencing suicide. A court-ordered psychologist, who saw Pistorius last month, said he had suicidal thoughts, which could become serious if left untreated.

"He indicated that he does think that things would be easier if he was dead but he indicated his family have been put through enough and this stops him," Melissa Fernihough wrote in her report, according to the news site.

The dramatic murder trial of one of the world most well-known athletes paused when Pistorius' lawyers finished their defense on Tuesday of last week. Judge Thokozile Masipa adjourned court until Aug. 7, which gives the legal teams time to prepare closing arguments. 

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