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An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase Season 1

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Season 01, Episode 01 I Whispered Her Name

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Apr 8, 2018
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I Whispered Her Name Apr 8, 2018 Investigators discover novelist Michael Peterson clutching his dead wife Kathleen, in a pool of blood at the bottom of their back staircase. Michael insists that her death is the result of a tragic fall, but investigators believe otherwise.

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Season 01, Episode 02 Lightning Strikes Twice

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Apr 9, 2018
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Lightning Strikes Twice Apr 9, 2018 Investigators are stunned to discover that sixteen years ago, Michael Peterson's good friend Liz Ratliff also died at the bottom of a staircase, lying in a pool of blood. The trial begins and experts battle over the interpretation of blood spatter.

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Season 01, Episode 03 Reversal of Fortune

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Apr 10, 2018
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Reversal of Fortune Apr 10, 2018 The defense unveils what they claim is a long sought-after piece of evidence. The prosecution is caught off guard. Then, bombshell revelations about an expert witness threaten to unravel the entire case and give Michael Peterson a shot at freedom.

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Season 01, Episode 04 A Prosecution Trickery

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Oct 14, 2018
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A Prosecution Trickery Oct 14, 2018 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.

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Season 01, Episode 05 A Weak Case

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Oct 21, 2018
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A Weak Case Oct 21, 2018 The prosecution presents its case that Michael Peterson murdered his wife. The defense questions the validity of the forensic testimony presented.

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Season 01, Episode 06 The Prosecution's Revenge

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Oct 21, 2018
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The Prosecution's Revenge Oct 21, 2018 A reluctant witness with shadowy ties to Peterson rivets the attention of the courtroom. How will his testimony sway the jury?

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Season 01, Episode 07 The Blowpoke Returns

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Oct 28, 2018
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The Blowpoke Returns Oct 28, 2018 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?

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Season 01, Episode 08 The Verdict

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Oct 28, 2018
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The Verdict Oct 28, 2018 Michael Peterson's fate hangs in the balance as the jury delivers the final verdict. Will justice be served?

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Season 01, Episode 09 Reopen the Case

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Nov 21, 2013
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Reopen the Case Nov 21, 2013 Flashforward to 2011. It has been eight years since Peterson was incarcerated in prison. His family and his lawyers have never given up hope for an appeal, but the North Carolina Court of Appeal and Supreme Court have denied him the right to a new trial. As this chapter recalls the details of the case, a dramatic twist throws doubt on his conviction, and we visit a tired and emaciated Peterson in his prison cell.

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Season 01, Episode 10 The Last Chance

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Nov 21, 2013
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The Last Chance Nov 21, 2013 The testimony of one of the key witnesses in Peterson's trial, forensic investigator Duane Deaver, has come into question. And as a result, in December of 2011, Peterson is released on parole. But he is by no means a free man. There are very important choices to make-and more twists in the Peterson saga to come.

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Season 01, Episode 11 In Search of a Resolution

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Jun 8, 2018
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In Search of a Resolution Jun 8, 2018 Should Peterson undergo a second trial (and risk another conviction) or plead guilty? He says he totally rejects the word "guilty," but saying it in a courtroom could be the only way to close the case and ensure his freedom. Peterson's family discusses their relief at his parole, but also their fears at what lies ahead.

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Season 01, Episode 12 Between Despair and Anger

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Jun 8, 2018
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Between Despair and Anger Jun 8, 2018 The judge in Peterson's original trial rules that, notwithstanding Deaver's misconduct, there will be no dismissal of his conviction. David Rudolf, Peterson's friend and lawyer has declined to represent him at a new trial, but explains that a second jury might be no more equitable than the first. Proposals are advanced for Peterson to plead guilty, but he still refuses to pronounce the word.

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Season 01, Episode 13 Imperfect Justice

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Jun 8, 2018
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Imperfect Justice Jun 8, 2018 After much fraught deliberations, a deal has been negotiated for an "Alford plea," wherein Peterson will plead guilty while still asserting his innocence. He attends the hearing, facing his late wife's sisters, who still believe that he murdered her.

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