The Staircase: The True Crime Whodunnit Baffling Audiences On Netflix

Michael Peterson spent eight years behind bars for murder. He maintains his innocence.

On a cold, dark December day in 2001, writer Michael Peterson found his wife, Kathleen, dead at the bottom of a staircase in their shared home.

When police arrived at the scene, they were confronted with what appeared to be the fallout of a violent and bloody struggle that had ended with a once-healthy woman deceased.

Peterson was arrested and charged with murder, but as the case continued it became apparent that there was more to this story than first met the eye.

Did Michael kill Kathleen? Was she pushed down the stairs or was her death the result of something far more bizarre?

It’s a question that dogged French director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade throughout his work on the true crime documentary series The Staircase.

De Lestrade was given behind-the-scenes access as the Peterson trial unfolded, creating an eight-episode series that eventually aired in 2004.

Over a decade on and the case looks set to fascinate a whole new generation of true crime enthusiasts after the series arrived on Netflix.

Much has happened in the time since that first series aired.

Peterson spent eight years behind bars before being released in 2011. He sought a retrial but was subsequently denied one.

He maintains his innocence. So what happened? You may what to head over to Netflix and decide for yourself.

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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.