Google searches for Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp over the years

2014-03-04 06:00

Search interest in the run-up to murder accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ trial, which started yesterday, pales in comparison to the interest the news of the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14 2013 had sparked. The graphic below shows the search history for Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp over the years – presented on a scale from 0 to 100. The spike between 2007 and 2009 for Oscar Pistorius searches was the result of his fight to be allowed to compete with able-bodied athletes. In 2011 and 2012, interest piqued because of his athletic achievements in the run-up to the Olympics.

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