Valentine’s Day is the day of love — where couples find romantic ways to express their love for their special someone at least once a year. However, Valentine’s day isn’t always about love for everyone. A 2014 study shows that break-ups spike shortly after February 14, and request for divorce lawyers increase around Valentine’s day. What is it with V-day and why does it spell trouble for many couples? In fact, some individuals go as far as assault or murder, all because of love. Here are the 10 horrifying crimes that happened during Valentine’s day.
Oscar Pistorius was an amputee runner that competed in several Paralympics and 2012 Summer Olympics, but rose to notoriety when he shot his South African model girlfriend on February 14, 2013. Reeva Steenkamp was in the bathroom at Oscar’s home when he fired 4 shots through the locked door, which killed Reeva. The amputee claimed he’d mistaken her for an intruder, but he was nonetheless found guilty of culpable homicide and sentenced to five years for murdering his girlfriend.
Tiana Notice was a student finishing her master’s degree at the University of Hartfod when her ex, James Carter II, stabbed her with a knife 18 times.
Tiana ended the relationship with him and even got a restraining order, yet Carter was persistent. Tiana’s parents even installed a surveillance camera outside her place to monitor her security, and that same camera captured her running away from James on V Day, 2009. The camera audio captured Tiana’s last screams and efforts to escape. She had tried to call 911 but was bleeding profusely, and died later on. James Carter II was sentenced to 60 years in prison.