On the 14th of February Oscar Pistorius, the South African paralympic athlete, was accused of killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, the thirty-year-old South African model, with four gunshots. One of the last hypothesis would be a love rival. Pistorius is not the first case of an athlete charged with the murder of his partner.
The most famous case is that of Carlos Monzón, the Argentine boxer that, on the night of February 14 1988, argued with Alicia Muñiz, a Uruguayan model who was killed. Her body was found thrown out the window, but the autopsy ruled: strangulation. Monzon was sentenced to eleven years, after seven years of good behavior he received probation. But his dissolute life ended when he was only 52: while Monzon was running to the Las Flores prison where he had to sleep. During an overtake the car skids, overturns and he dies on impact.
Another case is that of the former NFL running back of the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers, O.J. Simpson, an extraordinary athlete who was criminally acquitted , but civilly convicted for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman. The woman was found dead in a lake of blood on the 13th of June 1994 with his head almost cut off. She received 12 stabs.
The most recent case dates back to December 2, 2012: The Kansas City Chiefs’ s linebacker Jovan Belcher shot first his girlfriend, the 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, and then took his own life at the training field by shooting himself in the head. Another case of murder-suicide is that of Chris Benoit, Canadian world wrestling champion, who killed both his wife and his son in June 2007. He bound and killed them by asphyxiation, and then committed suicide by hanging himself in the gym.
The main reason for these murders-suicides is often jealousy that triggers continuous quarrels which end in the most tragic way.