Did this man kill his wife - or was it an owl?
Did this man kill his wife - or was it an owl?: . Thanks for watching, subscribe for more videos: …Or were they pushed? It’s a classic question and one that’s central to Netflix’s new blockbuster docuseries, . This show is coming with plenty of hype, including the claim that it’s ‘the Citizen Kane of true crime shows’. If you want to know what all the fuss is about, we’ve got the answers to almost all of your questions – We also talk about in this week’s episode of WHO’s TV podcast, , so check it out on iTunes: OMNY: The series follows the real-life trial of author Michael Peterson, who claims he found his wife Kathleen lying in a huge pool of blood at the bottom of the staircase, her head heavily lacerated after an apparently horrific collision with the wall following a tumble down the stairs. But plenty of evidence seems to suggest it might have been foul play, that Michael had been caught out in an act of betrayal, and that he had apparently attacked his wife with a then-missing fire poker. However, it’s far from an open and shut case – did prejudice and disgust at Michael’s prior behaviour play a part in the intense suspicion that surrounded him? And, shockingly, was an animal involved in Kathleen’s terrifyingly brutal death? The Staircase | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix It soon emerged that family man Michael had been having illicit ual affairs with men. A wealth of digital evidence from his home computer proved beyond doubt that the author was living a double life; one that would deeply shock the conservative community of Durham, North Carolina. When confronted by investigators, he claimed Kathleen knew about his biual liaisons and was fine with what he was doing. That came as a huge shock to the couple’s children, all of whom had unquestioningly supported Michael until then. Some then broke ranks. The revelation sparked theories that Kathleen had found out about his lies and cheating, and he’d beaten her around the head following a fierce confrontation on the stairs. Michael faces suspicion in court. Netflix: The Staircase Filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade says that despite the compelling possible motive for murder, the system was set against the accused. ‘I met the District Attorney and he said: “Michael Peterson is evil”. He said that exact word – and I knew that they were not prosecuting him because they had physical evidence that he did it, but because of the way he was living his life. ‘The physical evidence doesn’t show any [skull] fractures or evidence of blows to the head. The police thought he was evil because he slept with men – and I realised this was a story I just had to follow.’ In a truly bizarre twist, one of the couple’s neighbours came up with an alternative theory as to what happened to Kathleen, and it seems disturbingly plausible: she’d been attacked by a large owl. Sure enough, evidence consistent with the idea was found at the crime scene. A confirmed owl feather and a sliver of wood from a tree were found in a clump of Kathleen’s hair, which had bee this, kill, wife PodcastCrime
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