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When an accused murderer gives a film crew complete access to his life, anything can happen. One of the most critically acclaimed real-life dramas of its time, THE STAIRCASE is a suspenseful and addictive original series. Follow the high profile trial of North Carolina author Michael Peterson, who was arraigned in 2001 for killing his wife after her body was discovered in a pool of blood on the stairway of the couple's home. Did Kathleen Peterson fall down the stairs, or was it cold-blooded murder? The twists and turns will keep you guessing and two all-new chapters will shed light on whether this is the most shocking crime - or coincidence - of the 21st century.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoChapter 1: Crime or Accident?||Michael Peterson relates his version of the fatal events of December 9, 2001. Oscar winning filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade chronicles the sensational story of one of recent times most sensational murder trials. Granted unusual access to Peterson's lawyers and his immediate family, de Lestrade presents a gripping look at a life or death struggle and all its shocking twists and turns.||47:11||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoChapter 2: Secrets and Lies||Michael Peterson's hidden sex life comes shockingly out in the open. Was his loving relationship with his wife authentic or a complete fraud?||46:05||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoChapter 3: A Striking Coincidence||The death of another woman close to Peterson from 17 years earlier sparks a new investigation. She also died on a staircase, casting major doubts over the defense case.||47:12||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoChapter 4: A Prosecution Trickery||On the eve of the trial, a damning report in the press threatens Peterson's defense, who believe the prosecution is unfairly trying their case in the media.||45:15||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoChapter 5: A Weak Case||The prosecution presents its case that Michael Peterson murdered his wife. The defense questions the validity of the forensic testimony presented.||48:13||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoChapter 6: The Prosecution's Revenge||A reluctant witness with shadowy ties to Peterson rivets the attention of the courtroom. How will his testimony sway the jury?||48:28||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoChapter 7: The Blowpoke Returns||In another shocking twist to this murder trial, a new discovery comes to the attention of the defense. Has the murder weapon finally been found?||49:05||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoChapter 8: The Verdict||Michael Peterson's fate hangs in the balance as the jury delivers the final verdict. Will justice be served?||51:29||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoChapter 9: Last Chance - Reopening the Case||Shocking discoveries shed new light on one of the most complex murder trials of recent times. 8 years ago, Michael Peterson was found guilty of killing his wife. There may just be one chance left to appeal his case, or Peterson will die behind bars.||45:16||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoChapter 10: Last Chance - Final Appeal||An astounding revelation opens the door for Michael Peterson's final appeal. The prosecution's blood spatter expert has been outed as a fraud, and the defense team seeks a retrial. Whether Peterson is truly innocent or a killer, will justice prevail?||45:12||$1.99||View in iTunes|
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I watched the first episode the The Staircase when iTunes offered it as a free download. The truth is that it sat on my iPad for weeks before I finally decided to watch it. I have to admit that this is the kind of show that I didn't want to enjoy, but once I started watching it I just couldn't turn my head away. There are tons of "true crime" shows out there, but I found this one to be particularly compelling because the people are so interesting. Notice that I didn't say "likeable." In fact, very few people in this series are likeable--and many of them are just odd (a year after the accident, and the blood was never cleaned up?) and Michael Peterson strikes me as a huge megalomaniac. The fact that the prosecution team is alternatively arrogant and imcompetent (sometimes both simultaneously), made the "story" facinating to watch. I'm not saying that this show is for everyone, but if you are interested in the law (or legal corruption), this is an interesting case. One word of warning--there is no violence in this series, but there are some exceptionally graphic images of the crime (including the corpse). If things like that bother you, you may want to steer clear.