Kathleen M. Hunt|
February 21, 1953
Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.
Durham, North Carolina
Fred Atwater (1977–1985; divorced)|
Michael Peterson (1997–2001; her death)
Kathleen Hunt Atwater Peterson (February 21, 1953 – December 9, 2001) is known as the subject of the documentary series The Staircase, which addresses the circumstances surrounding her death.
Michael Peterson[edit | edit source]
In 1997 she married writer Michael Peterson. On Sunday, December 9, 2001, she was found dead at the bottom of a staircase in her Durham mansion. Michael had called 9-1-1, stating that she had fallen down the stairs. He was convicted of her murder in 2003 and sentenced to life in prison, but on December 15, 2011, was granted a new trial following the discrediting of a prosecution witness.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Soupçons, also known as The Staircase, French tv mini-series on the Peterson trial.
References[edit | edit source]
- William L. Holmes, Associated Press, "Novelist convicted of beating wife to death", The Item, October 11, 2003, p. 3A.
- Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press, "N.C. novelist's murder trial starts today", Spartanburg Herald-Journal, July 1, 2003, p. B8.
- "Peterson speaks to WRAL News", WRAL-TV, July 24, 2009 (video).
- Dennis Murphy, "'Reversal of Fortune', Part 1", Dateline NBC, NBC News, June 3, 2013 (video).
- Maureen Ryan, Variety Media, "'The Staircase' should be your next 'Making A Murderer' obsession", Philadelphia Inquirer, January 30, 2016.
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