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The Staircase - Michael Peterson

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Michael Peterson was convicted in 2003 of murdering his second wife, Kathleen Peterson, on December 9, 2001.

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Peterson was granted a new trial which was scheduled to begin on May 8, 2017.
On February 24, 2017, Peterson submitted an Alford plea to the reduced charge of manslaughter. He was sentenced to time already served and freed. Peterson's case is the subject of the documentary miniseries The Staircase, which started filming soon after his arrest in 2001 and followed events until his eventual Alford plea in 2017.



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Kathleen's injuries (the bird foot is to do with the owl theory - see below)
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On December 9, 2001, Peterson called an emergency line to report that he had just found Kathleen unconscious in their Forest Hills mansion and suspected she had fallen down "15, 20, I don't know" stairs. He later claimed that he had been outside by the pool and had come in at 2:40 am to find Kathleen at the foot of the stairs. He said she must have fallen down the stairs after consuming alcohol and valium.

Toxicology results showed that his wife's blood alcohol content was 0.07 percent (70 mg/100mL). The autopsy report concluded that the 48-year-old woman sustained a matrix of severe injuries, including a fracture of the thyroid neck cartilage and seven lacerations to the top and back of her head, consistent with blows from a blunt object, and had died from blood loss 90 minutes to two hours after sustaining the injuries.[7] Kathleen's daughter, Caitlin, and Kathleen's sister, Candace Zamperini, both initially proclaimed Michael's innocence and publicly supported him alongside his children, but Zamperini reconsidered after learning of Peterson's bisexuality, as did Caitlin after reading her mother's autopsy report. Both subsequently broke off from the rest of the family.

Although forensic expert Dr. Henry Lee, hired by the defense, testified that the blood-spatter evidence was consistent with an accidental fall down the stairs, police investigators concluded that the injuries were inconsistent with such an accident. As Michael Peterson was the only person at the residence at the time of Kathleen's death, he was the prime suspect and was soon charged with her murder. He pleaded not guilty.

The medical examiner, Dr. Deborah Radisch, concluded that Kathleen had died from lacerations of the scalp caused by a homicidal assault. According to Dr. Radisch, the total of seven lacerations to the top and back of Kathleen's head were the result of repeated blows with a light, yet rigid, weapon. The defense disputed this theory. According to their analysis, Kathleen's skull had not been fractured by the blows, nor was she brain damaged, which was inconsistent with injuries sustained in a beating death.

The trial drew increasing media attention as details of Michael's private life emerged. Durham County District Attorney James Hardin, Jr. and the prosecutors (among them former District Attorney Mike Nifong) attacked Peterson's credibility, focusing on his alleged misreporting of his military service and what they described as a "gay life" he led and kept secret. The prosecution contended that the Petersons' marriage was far from happy, suggesting that Kathleen had discovered Michael's alleged secret "gay life" and wanted to end their marriage. It was the main motive that the prosecution offered at trial for Kathleen's alleged murder (the other being a $1.5 million life insurance policy). According to Assistant District Attorney Freda Black, Kathleen

would have been infuriated by learning that her husband, who she truly loved, was bi-sexual and having an extramarital relationship—not with another woman—but a man, which would have been humiliating and embarrassing to her. We believe that once she learned this information that an argument ensued and a homicide occurred.

The defense argued that Kathleen accepted Michael's bisexuality and that the marriage was very happy, a position supported by Michael and Kathleen's children and other friends and associates.

The prosecution said that the murder was most likely committed with a custom-made fireplace poker called a blow poke. It had been a gift to the Petersons from Kathleen's sister but was missing from the house at the time of the murder investigation. Late in the trial the defense team produced the missing blow poke, which they said had been overlooked in the garage by police investigators. Forensic tests revealed that it had been untouched and unmoved for too long to have been used in the murder.[citation needed] A juror contacted after the trial noted that the jury dismissed the idea of the blow poke as the murder weapon.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michae...rson_(criminal)
Everyone familiar with the case will know about Michael's neighbour, Elizabeth Ratliffe. Elizabeth also died from falling down the stairs.

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The corpse of Elizabeth Ratliffe after she was exhumed to check how she died.

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Peterson Trial: Slain woman's 1985 death after night out with Mike Peterson no accident, pathologist finds

The autopsy of a woman exhumed from a Texas grave in the murder investigation of Mike Peterson concluded that her death in 1985 in Germany was a result of a "homicidal assault" and not an accident as authorities had previously determined.

An autopsy on the body of Elizabeth Ann McKee Ratliff, 43, was performed by the state medical examiner's office April 16 at the request of Durham District Attorney Jim Hardin, who contends that Ratliff's death is similar to that of Peterson's wife, Kathleen, who was found dead Dec. 9, 2001, in the couple's home in Durham.

Mike Peterson is charged with killing Kathleen Peterson, who, like Ratliff, was found at the bottom of a flight of steps. Both women had deep lacerations to the back of their heads. But Ratliff's death was ruled an accident by German officials and was never investigated as a crime.

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https://www.newsobserver.com/news/lo...208069454.html

The Owl Theory
https://larrypollardowltheory.com/th...he-owl-theory/

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Old 07-10-2019, 09:12 AM
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Re: The Staircase - Michael Peterson

Things left out of the documentary:

  • Kathleen Peterson worked for a dot com bubble-affected company that was figuratively burning down ($398b to $5b in 2 yrs). Almost all workers had been laid off and she confided in a friend that she worried she would soon follow.
  • There was a $1.4 million life insurance policy on Kathleen. She was also the owner of the home, the car and had $350k in pension funds and her 401(K)
  • It was said that their (her, actually) net worth was around $2M
  • Michael's sons were all heavily in debt. His sons were not even close to being able to afford to pay the interest on their loans - much less reduce the principal

  • Either Michael was completely unwilling to discuss this issue with Kathleen or Kathleen had already said no to the idea of helping his sons
  • Michael suggested to his sons' mother Patty, whose net worth presumably wasn't 10% of Kathleen's, that she should take out a $30 000 home equity loan to help the boys out
  • Michael had no income and had not had any income to speak of for a long time
  • There was a bloody shoeprint on the backside of Kathleen's leg matched to the sneakers owned by Michael which were found next to the body
  • There was a drop of blood on the inseam of Michael's shorts
  • There was blood on the inside of the front door and a drop of blood was found on the porch
  • There were only trace amounts of blood in Kathleen's lungs suggesting she might not have coughed up 10 000 drops of blood
  • Her arms and hands had contusions (bruises) and cartilage in the front of her neck was fractured
  • Despite the colossal injuries to her head and neck area and contusions all over her arms she had zero injury to her knees and legs
  • Analysis of her brain revealed the presence of red neurons that suggest she had been alive for 45-120 minutes after her blood loss began - a neuropathologist testified that in his experience 120 minutes was the minimum she was alive for after her initial blood loss
  • The two paramedics who responded to the call arrived ten minutes after his initial call and both noted that the blood was very dry when they arrived
  • In the week leading up to the death he deleted a ton of files from his computer and after that installed a program designed to make deleting files easier

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Re: The Staircase - Michael Peterson

What are people's thoughts?
Did he do it or not?

I have always found it bizarre he changed his shoes and the fact that he said they were drinking the night of her death yet little alcohol was found in her system. Two wine glasses were found in the kitchen that Michael said were his and Kathleen's yet none of the glasses contained her finger prints (supposedly).

Also i read that Kathleen left her first husband as he was cheating so i somehow don't believe Michael's account that she was happy with him carrying on with males.

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