“The Staircase” Returns on Netflix @netflix @The_Staircase


The remarkable 8 part 2005 documentary The Staircase, which first aired in 2005, has gotten an update and has returned to Netflix as a 13 parter. Jean-Xavier de Lestrade’s examination of TV executive Kathleen Peterson’s death, and the subsequent trial of her husband, novelist Michael Peterson, for that death, continues to fascinate. 

Mr. Lestrade’s work has influenced newer looks at true crime, such as Making a Murderer. The Staircase is a chance to see the beginnings of the serial documentary movement.  More here from the New York Times.

More about the background of the case and the film here from The Cut,  Esquire. More about Mr. Peterson’s life after the trial and conviction (he took an Alford plea in 2017) here.



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