The high-profile murder trial of American novelist Michael Peterson following the death of his wife in 2001.
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Michael Peterson ...  Self 11 episodes, 2004-2018
David Rudolf ...  Self / ... 11 episodes, 2004-2018
Ron Guerette ...  Self / ... 10 episodes, 2004-2013
Martha Ratliff ...  Self / ... 9 episodes, 2004-2018
Orlando Hudson ...  Self / ... 8 episodes, 2004-2018
Clayton Peterson ...  Self / ... 8 episodes, 2004-2013
Todd Peterson ...  Self / ... 8 episodes, 2004-2013
Margaret Ratliff ...  Self 8 episodes, 2004-2013
Tom Maher ...  Self - Defense Attorney 8 episodes, 2004
Bill Peterson ...  Self 8 episodes, 2004
Freda Black ...  Self 7 episodes, 2004
Jim Hardin ...  Self 7 episodes, 2004
Arthur Holland ...  Self / ... 7 episodes, 2004
Patricia Peterson ...  Self 6 episodes, 2004
Candace Zamperini ...  Self 5 episodes, 2004-2013
Caitlin Atwater ...  Self 6 episodes, 2004
Bettye Blackwell Bettye Blackwell ...  Self - Juror 5 episodes, 2004
Lori Campbell ...  Self - Kathleen Peterson's Sister 5 episodes, 2004
Kellie Colgan ...  Self - Juror 5 episodes, 2004
Margie Fargo ...  Self - Jury Expert 5 episodes, 2004
Shirley Ferrell Shirley Ferrell ...  Self - Juror 5 episodes, 2004
Charlene Gill Charlene Gill ...  Self - Juror 5 episodes, 2004
Keith Hall ...  Self - Juror 5 episodes, 2004
Paul Harrison Paul Harrison ...  Self - Juror 5 episodes, 2004
Kristen Lyon Jones Kristen Lyon Jones ...  Self - Juror 5 episodes, 2004
Ann Pennington Ann Pennington ...  Self - Juror 5 episodes, 2004
Tonia Rogers Tonia Rogers ...  Self - Juror 5 episodes, 2004
David Saacks ...  Self / ... 5 episodes, 2004
Richard Sarratt Richard Sarratt ...  Self - Juror 5 episodes, 2004
Julia Sims ...  Self / ... 5 episodes, 2004
Kerry Sutton ...  Self 5 episodes, 2004
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Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, presents a gripping courtroom thriller, offering a rare and revealing inside look at a high-profile murder trial. In 2001, author Michael Peterson was arraigned for the murder of his wife Kathleen, whose body was discovered lying in a pool of blood on the stairway of their home. Granted unusual access to Peterson's lawyers, home and immediate family, de Lestrade's cameras capture the defense team as it considers its strategic options. "The staircase" is an engrossing look at contemporary American justice that features more twists than a legal bestseller. Written by Julie Pouillon

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Film editor Sophie Brunet had a 15-year relationship with the subject Michael Peterson, lasting from 2002 until May 2017. Jean-Xavier de Lestrade claims her involvement never influenced her editing. See more »

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Referenced in The Blacklist: Anne (2021) See more »

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A difficult series to watch, a difficult man to feel sympathy for...
18 August 2018 | by pr-36See all my reviews

Michael Peterson has a problem - well two problems actually. His wife is dead, he says from falling down the stairs and repeatedly hitting her head. Amazingly, the couple's best friend had also died in remarkably similar circumstances several years previously, with Michael and Kathy bringing up the victim's two young girls after the tragedy.

In what is almost a painfully long series (it's well made, but not exactly a thrill ride) Michael's character is put under the microscope, as is the honesty and expertise of the prosecution's expert witnesses. Michael is a difficult, outwardly unemotional character that is difficult to like or have sympathy for, but his treatment during this case by law enforcement officials, lawyers and even his own family members is deeply questionable.

Fascinating but overlong, this is a serious indictment if the US Justice system and its practises.


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France

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English

Release Date:

June 2004 (USA) See more »

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The Staircase See more »

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Durham, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Maha Productions See more »
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1.78 : 1
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