Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, presents a gripping courtroom thriller, offering a rare and revealing inside look at a high-profile murder trial. In 2001, author Michael Peterson was arraigned for the murder of his wife Kathleen, whose body was discovered lying in a pool of blood on the stairway of their home. Granted unusual access to Peterson's lawyers, home and immediate family, de Lestrade's cameras capture the defense team as it considers its strategic options. "The staircase" is an engrossing look at contemporary American justice that features more twists than a legal bestseller.
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S01 E01Jan 16, 2005
Crime or Accident? Jan 16, 2005 Following his wife's suspicious death, Michael Peterson speaks about his version of the events while lawyers and expert witnesses prepare for trial.
S01 E02Jan 17, 2005
Secrets and Lies Jan 17, 2005 As Michael's hidden life comes out into the open, defense experts debate if it will have a significant impact on the coming trial.
S01 E03Jan 18, 2005
A Striking Coincidence Jan 18, 2005 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.
S01 E04Jan 19, 2005
A Prosecution Trickery Jan 19, 2005 As the trial looms and media attention heats up, an autopsy report's wording ruffles the feathers of the defense team.
S01 E05Jan 20, 2005
A Weak Case Jan 20, 2005 The prosecution presents its case while the defense strives to cast a reasonable doubt within the minds of the jury.
S01 E06Jan 21, 2005
The Prosecution's Revenge Jan 21, 2005 A witness brings surprising levity to the stand. The judge rules on an important matter, and Michael's alleged temper comes under scrutiny.