Death on the Staircase

Death on the Staircase

2005 - 2013, Crime, Other
The high-profile murder trial of novelist Michael Peterson, from a 911 call to the verdict.
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Episode Guide

  • Death on the Staircase - The Verdict (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    The Verdict

    After a three-month trial and the testimony of 65 witnesses, the defense and prosecution teams give their closing statements.

  • Death on the Staircase - Blow Poke (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Blow Poke

    The defense begins with expert witnesses who give detailed and reasoned accounts of why Kathleen's death was an accident.

  • Death on the Staircase - Prosecution's Revenge (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Prosecution's Revenge

    A reluctant witness comes forward and information about a previous death is used in the trial.

  • Death on the Staircase - A Weak Case? (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    A Weak Case?

    The prosecution's case rests on the quantity of blood found beside the body, the wounds to Kathleen's head, and the iron poker as the murder weapon.

  • Death on the Staircase - Prosecution Trickery (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Prosecution Trickery

    Elizabeth Ratliff's body is exhumed for autopsy and a report in the press threatens Peterson's defense.

  • Death on the Staircase - A Striking Coincidence (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    A Striking Coincidence

    The prosecution discovers new evidence related to the 1985 death of a friend of Michael Peterson.

  • Death on the Staircase - Secrets and Lies (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Secrets and Lies

    A few months after Kathleen Peterson's death, the police discover a hidden side to her husband's life.

  • Death on the Staircase - Crime or Accident (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Crime or Accident

    Novelist Michael Peterson dials the emergency services in Durham, North Carolina, to tell them that he had just found his wife, Kathleen, unconscious at the bottom of the stairs.

  • Death on the Staircase - Last Chance - Final Appeal (Episode 10)
    Episode 10:

    Last Chance - Final Appeal

    A startling revelation opens the door for Michael Peterson's final appeal.

  • Death on the Staircase - Last Chance - Reopening the Case (Episode 9)
    Episode 9:

    Last Chance - Reopening the Case

    Michael Peterson, convicted of killing his wife, may have one last chance left to appeal his case.

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