HBO Max Exploring The True Crime Tale Of Michael And Kathleen Peterson In New Series

March 27, 2022

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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True crime movies and series are everywhere these days (not that we are complaining). HBO Max is delving into the death of Kathleen Peterson in their new series “The Staircase.”


Starring Toni Collette (Hereditary) and Colin Firth (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), the series examines the true story of novelist Michael Peterson who was accused of killing his wife in December of 2001, a story that captivated the world.


Antonio Campos and Maggie Cohen (“American Crime Story”) serve as showrunners for the series that features three timelines, the days leading up to Kathleen’s death, the direct aftermath, and the present day.


“The Staircase” also stars Rosemarie DeWitt as Kathleen’s grieving sister Candace, Parker Posey as prosecutor Freda, the Peterson children are played by Sophie Turner, Dane DeHaan, and Odessa Young. Joel McKinnon Miller also stars.


On December 9th, 2001 in Durham, North Carolina, Kathleen Peterson’s life was ended. According to the 911 call, she was found by her husband Michael Peterson at the bottom of a staircase in their home. He was soon charged with first-degree murder after law enforcement declared her death was a murder and that Michael had beaten her to death. He was found guilty at trial, and sentenced to life in prison. Eight years later, he was granted a new trial.


The Staircase” will premiere this Spring, according to HBO Max. We’ll keep you posted.



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