Evidence explains how a crime scene unfolds, yet the evidence presented in The Staircase only inspires fiercer debates over who, if anyone, is truly guilty of a crime. A re-release of the famous true crime drama, Netflix's The Staircase revisits the events surrounding the 2001 alleged murder of Kathleen Peterson. In one of the longest court trials in North Carolina history, celebrated author and military man Michael Peterson stood accused of the murder of his wife Kathleen, whom he claimed accidentally fell to her death. As the murder trial of Kathleen Peterson unfolded, troves of sensationalistic evidence surfaced including illicit affairs, a hidden past, and inexplicable amounts of blood.
Sifting through the nearly two-year-long trial, these key pieces of evidence determined the trajectory of the trial and its aftermath. These things you might have missed in The Staircase fail to explain what happened to Kathleen, but they do reveal how the trial went from an investigation to a media sensation.
No Castoff Blood Spatters Turned Up In The Hallway Where Peterson Died
The Formal Change Of Cause Of Death On Elizabeth Ratliff's Autopsy ReportPhoto: truTV / YouTube
Red Neurons Appear On Kathleen's Brain, Meaning She Suffered From Lack Of Oxygen In Her Final Hours
The Seven Lacerations On Kathleen's Skull
The Blood On The Underside Of Michael Peterson's Shorts
The Discrediting Of One Expert Led To Peterson's Conviction Being Overturned