We're not sure when we all became so obsessed with a good true crime documentary series. 'Making a Murderer' certainly got the ball rolling on Netflix, but before that we had our ears glued to the 'Serial' podcast and long before that you may have stumbled across this French television miniseries called 'The Staircase'.
Made by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, it followed the story of novelist Michael Peterson, who is accused of the murder of his wife Kathleen, whose body was found at the bottom of a staircase in their home in 2003.
The ten-episode series received generally positive reviews and even won a Peabody Award in 2005. Lestrade made a follow up to the documentary in 2012 and again in 2015, the latter of which was picked up by Netflix and has been released as three new episodes of the miniseries, together with the previous ten episodes.
So if you've never seen any of it, you are in for a thirteen episode rollercoaster of a case with so many unpredictable twists and turns that will leave you doubting your own judgement time and time again.
Often it almost seems like it couldn't be true. Even the real-life people involved seem like characters from a movie. Michael himself looks remarkably like the late David Dukes if you ask us (Jack and Andy's dad from 'Dawson's Creek') while the lead defense lawyer looks like a cross between Sandy Cohen and the boss from 'Office Space'.
And then there's this lady...
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Beyond all the lookalikes though and the strangely comical moments of this awful case, your left with that same question that plagues your mind with every great true crime series, did he do it?
We'll let you decide.
Watch 'The Staircase' on Netflix now.