THE MURDER OF KATHLEEN PETERSON, 2001

STAIRCASE OF DEATH

A brutal murder? A tragic accident? A bizarre bird strike? The mysterious fate of successful businesswoman Kathleen Peterson whipped up a storm of bitter controversy and wild theorizing that has never abated.

To the outside world, the Petersons had everything: a beautiful home, a loving marriage, and successful careers. Kathleen Peterson earned a six-figure salary with a telecommunications company. Her husband, Michael, was a full-time novelist. This idyllic image was shattered when, in December 2001, Kathleen was found dead at the bottom of a now-infamous staircase in the couple’s North Carolina home. The investigation that followed uncovered lies, adultery and financial woes—and another ...

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