Sunday, November 26, 2006
Steve Irwin's tape of final moments stolen?
off of the National Ledger:
Steve Irwin Shock: Crocodile Hunter Death Video Stolen?
By Keith Walters JonesNov 25, 2006
One of the big debates when Steve Irwin was tragically killed by a stingray was whether the video f the death should be broadcast. The cameras were rolling when the 'Crocodile Hunter' was stabbed through the heart by a barb from the ray and was killed.
Steve Irwin: Crocodile Hunter Death Video Stolen?
"He came over the top of a stingray and the stingray's barb went up and went into his chest and put a hole into his heart," friend and manager John Stainton said at the time.
Many wished to see the video while others demanded privacy for the family. There are many hoax videos and photographs online that claim to be of the death.
His wife Terri said in an interview with Barbara Walters when asked if the video would be shown , "What purpose would that serve?" That should be enough. But there is now a report that the video may have been stolen.
According to a report from the American tabloid 'The National Enquirer' a copy was made before the video went under lock and key. The original video is the hands of Australian authorities but the magazine claims that a bootleg copy has been made.
It says that the video has already been shown to "one potential buyer" and shows a "close-up" of Irwin's face that shows a "profound look of agony and shock" and that the Crocodile Hunter is 'bleeding profusely" from the attack.
The magazine speculates that the video could demand huge amounts of money if it is indeed legitimate. One would think that a court could stop any video like this from ever being broadcast.