17/03 interesting news stories (to me anyway)

I spend a good 7 hours a day online trawling through all kinds of websites for work, I have been working with a South African client recently, this has involved daily news searches for South Africa and the US, something that I would never usually look at.

The first story that caught my attention this week was Thandi Maqubela; a woman who has been convicted of killing her husband Patrick. Maqubela was convicted in 2009 however, she is still to be sentenced, the sentencing was postponed by the Western Cape high court. There is no conclusive cause of death for Mr Maqubela and the conviction is based upon Mrs Maqubela’s bizarre behaviour, her potentially having forged her husband’s will prior to his death as well as her husband’s known infidelities. The court apparently found that Mrs Maqubela was present with her husband’s decomposing body in a heated room which would suggest that she had in fact killed him, also the police state that she hid the death of her husband and spun a web of lies to create the illusion that he was still alive.

thandi

There has been a lot of news coverage since the sentencing, especially over the mental state of Maqubela however, it seems that she has yet to be evaluated by a psychologist. Witnesses have also come forward to speak out about what a caring and compassionate person Maqubela is, which conflicts with the whatever evidence the police seem to have, whether it be circumstantial or not. She did refuse to testify in the trial, which also makes her look guilty.

Without any medical evidence it is hard to know what to make of this case, the court seem to have decided the cause of death as murder on nothing particularly concrete, although I find it hard to believe that she is innocent I don’t think it is fair to judge someone on their behavior for a crime, especially when there are other factors which could have affected you emotionally (impending divorce and marriage problems).

The case has been postponed until next year because of a possible challenge to the mental health report so looks like we will have to keep waiting to see if any more evidence comes to light.

Also in the news in South Africa this week was the first successful penis transplant from a donor, South Africa carry out many circumcisions carried out by the Xhosa tribe who believe that man hood starts with pain, many men suffer as a result of this as it is not done in a sterile or safe environment. This is pretty grim so I am going to leave that one there.

Lastly, the story of Robert Durst I found particularly interesting. In 1982 his wife had disappeared, there was speculation as to if Mr Durst had anything to do with the disappearance however, he was not convicted. Mr Durst fled to LA after his wife’s disappearance where one of his friends was conveniently found dead in her home in 2000. He then fled again after investigators re-opened his case to Texas, where he apparently posed as a mute woman and shot and dismembered a neighbor (WTF was he posing as a mute woman??).

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For some stupid reason, Mr Durst despite being under a great deal of suspicion for the last 30 years decided to commit to a 6 part documentary series with HBO called the jinx. Mr Durst might still be walking the streets, posing as the mute if it weren’t for his own stupidity. At the end of filming, while still mic’d up he said to himself, “What the hell did I do? Killed them all of course”. He was then arrested at the Marriott hotel (when I first went there, I thought fuckin’ hell, I’ll have a shower with the free shower gel..) in New Orleans as police were quite confident that the airing of the documentary would see him flee again.

Mr Durst is still claiming his innocence, he thought that the jinx would help clear his name when it has done the exact opposite. I can’t help but think, what a tit! On the one hand I think it could just be an off the cuff remark, as if to say what a ridiculous suggestion it is (I have not yet watched the documentary so I don’t know the tone in which it was said), or he is completely insane and thought that he was untouchable.

If you were under suspicion of murder it is beyond me why you would make such a stupid comment. I will be watching the jinx and following the rest of the case. My opinion from what I have read of this case is that he is an egotistical psycho who’s confidence outweighs their intelligence.

In other news Australia are the wild card in this year’s Eurovision, can’t wait!

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