The Staircase, a docuseries that followed the death of Kathleen''s husband, was first branded on HBO Max in 2004, and more episodes followed in 2013, as more developments in the twisty case surfaced. Until now, a fictional version of the story, titled The Staircase, is now available on HBO Max, with Colin Firth as Michael and Toni Collette. This means there is no debate about what happened to Kathleen.
Kathleen died on the morning of December 9, 2001, at the bottom of a staircase at the coupleas home in Durham, North Carolina. Michael called 911, indicating that his wife was unconscious and had an accident; sheas still breathing. Soon enough, the death was being investigated as a murder, and Michael was the only suspect. Although there is plenty of evidence, he continues to defend himself by taking an Alford conviction.
What the hell did you have caused Kathleen Petersonas to die? Here are three of the most prominent theories.
Theory 1: Murder
When Michael Peterson found the house, paramedics and police officers arrived, noticing a large amount of blood on [Kathleen], on the floor, on the walls, and that was not consistent with somebody falling down the steps, according to NBC News. Consequently, investigators were particularly concerned about the amount of dried blood they found at the scene, which indicated that time had passed between the incident and the call to 911.
The autopsy found a few holes on Kathleenas skull, which, according to district attorney Jim Hardin, were just consistent with a simple fall: aItas impossible for me to believe... that [this] might be caused by a series of missteps or a fall down 15 different stairs, according to Hardin. The autopsy also revealed that Kathleenas brain had generated ared neuronsa in the wake of its injuries, a finding that indicates cell death or a stroke.
Later, defense pathologist Jan Leetsma would argue that Kathleen had aspirated or coughed up the blood at the scene before she died. However, Dr. John Butts, who was then the chief medical examiner in North Carolina, dismissed this claim, stating that deep aspiration of blood leaves blood behind in the lungs. If you don''t see anything there, then it canat truly be aspirated, according to him, and beating would be one word that one might use.a
Michael Petersona''s innocence claim was raised by other witnesses while on a film and drinking wine. Despite her blood alcohol content when she died was 0.07%, and the legal limit to drive is 0.08%, suggesting that she wasn''t as drunk as he had implied. AI squatted in the staircase and examined the contents and discovered that everything was found in her body, according to witnesses.
Kathleenas sisters Lori Campbell and Candace Zamperini told the Durham Herald-Sun that he was a controlling, abusive husband who flung into rages around the house. A diary he had kept during Kathleen and Michaelas marriage, in which she documented Michaela''s abusive behavior.
Theory 2: Accident
NBC News explains how David Rudolf pushed for the first trial on the O.J. Simpsonas trial, which included police and prosecutorial incompetence. The blood in the area had been completely altered. aA, the scene at the house had been completely contaminated.
The prosecution centered on a missing blow poke and a two-pronged fireplace tool a that they argued was the probable murder weapon. However, Rudolf argued that Kathleenas'' head injuries did not support the blow poke theory anyway. In the wake of the 2011, Duane Deaver, an investigator at the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation who worked on the Peterson murder case, was fired for tampering with and misreporting evidence in other cases.
The prosecution argued that Michael had been a victim of financial hardships: The Petersons paid $142,000 in credit card debt and were spending $100,000 more than they paid per year. Kathleen was concerned about losing her job. According to Rudolf, the couple had a $1 million life insurance policy, which he provided, but it also claimed that money would be limited.
According to a study in The Staircase, Michaelas bisexuality might have resulted in a fight between the spouses, according to them. In Michaelas'' trial, the prosecution submitted gay porn that he had reviewed on the internet and his conversations with a male escort as evidence of the marriage''s dangers. I know from every value that sheas taught me, and that she would have been willing to accept it. a Michael, by contrast, said in an interview that his
Even if Caitlin is correct, the prosecutionas theory of the case was highly speculative. Michael may have murdered Kathleen a thereas plenty of physical evidence that her death was an accident a, but the prosecution argued that on the night of her death, she learned about his bisexuality, and then they had a fight, and then killed her, without any evidence to support their narrative.
Theory 3: The Owl
A neighbor of the Petersons approached him and asked if there might be an alternate explanation for Kathleen''s death. According to Pollard, he joined Michaelas'' defense team and argued that a barred owl attacked Kathleen while she was hanging up Christmas decorations. However, the wounds were consistent with owl talons, and there was even a feather found in Kathleenas hair.
Several experts have submitted an autopsy that demonstrates that Kathleenas injuries were consistent with injuries from an owlas talons rather than from blunt force trauma, according to van Norman. aPerhaps the owl got tangled in her hair or grabbed the owlas foot. aPerhaps the owl got caught in her hair or she grabbed the owlas foot.
aA Davis wrote in a petition that the lacerations on Mrs. Petersonas'' scalp look very similar to those made by a raptoras talons, especially if she had forcibly torn the bird from the back of her head. aThat would explain the feathers found in her hand and the many hairs removed from the root ball, broken or cut. aAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
The writer died a few years after her death. However, it is just too late to attempt to resolve the mystery into a sequence; there is still enough evidence to guide conclusively in the opposite direction. That ambiguity is partly what keeps filmmakers reintroduced back to the story year after year.