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As you make your way through all 13 episodes of The Staircase, a few different theories about the death of Kathleen Peterson emerge. First, that she simply had too much to drink one night after watching a movie with her husband, Michael Peterson, and then slipped and fell down the stairs of their home to her death; second, that Michael killed her, bludgeoning her to death with a blunt object and then throwing her down the stairs; third, that an . . . owl killed her. Yes, an owl.
If you didn't spend your entire weekend getting sucked into The Staircase like I did, here's a brief summary of the case: on Dec. 9, 2001, Michael and Kathleen went out by their pool to enjoy a glass of wine after watching a movie. Kathleen left the pool to go inside by herself, and a few hours later, Michael supposedly followed, which is when he told law enforcement he found Kathleen bloody and unconscious at the bottom of the stairs. He suggested she'd mixed booze and Valium.
Autopsy - Report - Kathleen - Lacerations - Head
The autopsy report later revealed Kathleen had sustained seven severe lacerations to her head, which were inconsistent with the type of fall she'd taken. The injuries lead police to suspect she'd been beaten by her husband, and Michael was eventually sentenced to life without parole by the Durham County jury in 2003. What the police didn't suspect, however, was that an owl — a freakin' owl — might actually be responsible for Kathleen's brutal wounds.
Idea - Durham - Attorney - T - Lawrence
The new idea emerged in late 2009 when Durham attorney T. Lawrence Pollard, who lived near the Petersons but was not involved in the trial, came up with a theory when it was revealed microscopic owl feathers and slivers of...
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