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The Staircase

Updated: Nov 23, 2022

(available on Netflix)

FTC Rating: 3 out of 5

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. The story of Michael Peterson and the death of his wife, Kathleen. Was he responsible for her death? You decide.


-Unique view into the lives of family members as they struggle with the death of their mother and consequences for their father.

-Insight into the court proceedings of a small American community, themes of money and prejudices feature strongly

-Documentary takes place over multiple years


-Filmmakers are not impartial

-Victim's family (those who believe Michael is guilty) questionably portrayed

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