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Will Netflix Documentary ‘The Staircase’ Be The New ‘Making A Murderer’?

Two years ago, all people could talk about was Making a Murderer, the Netflix documentary that looked into whether Wisconsin man Steven Avery killed photographer Teresa Halbach. That was released 29 months ago and fans have been begging for some more true crime drama to feast on.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, we think we’ve found your next bingeworthy show – The Staircase.

The trailer alone is bloody brilliant, but this crime mystery is spread out over three glorious episodes, where the viewer gets an inside look at everything related to a case that divided America.

In 2001, author Michael Peterson called 911 to say that his wife Kathleen had fallen down a set of stairs early in the morning.

Cops suspected foul play and launched a thorough investigation into her death. Peterson was charged with murder and a hell of a lot of juicy information started popping up during the trial.

Despite Peterson saying his wife fell down a bunch of stairs, an autopsy report found that Kathleen suffered a fracture of the thyroid neck cartilage and seven lacerations to the top and back of her head, consistent with blows from a light, yet rigid object.

The victim’s sister gave the couple a custom-made fireplace poker as a gift, which was mysteriously missing when cops searched the home.

Michael’s lawyers argued against this theory and said that her death wasn’t the result of a homicidal assault. They also had to fiercely defend Peterson when revelations surfaced that he was having an affair.

During the investigation, people started finding similarities between Kathleen’s death and Elizabeth Ratliff’s, a friend of the Petersons who died in Germany in 1985. The woman, who was the mother of Michael and Kathleen’s adopted daughters, was found at the foot of stairs with head wounds.

Michael was revealed to be the last person to see Elizabeth alive.

There were a bunch of theories as to what actually happened inside that home that night in 2001, including that an owl scared Kathleen so much that she fell down the stairs, but eventually the trial reached a result.

They found Peterson guilty and he was sentenced to life in prison.

But a little more than 10 years after Kathleen’s death, Michael was released, placed under house arrest and forced to wear a tracking anklet.

The Staircase lets you see what was happening inside the Peterson family after Kathleen’s death and during the trial. It sure as hell divided people back then and there’s no doubt people will be just as split over what happened now.

 

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