The Staircase Finale Ends a Familiar Story With a Surprising Twist

It’s been more than 20 years since Kathleen Peterson was found dead at the foot of a staircase in the Durham

Peterson said she fell, the medical examiner classified it as homicide. 

To that conflict were added some savory plot points guaranteed to stoke public appetite

Kathleen Peterson’s life ended that night in December 2001, but the true crime story that grew out of her absence was just getting started

The eight-part docuseries The Staircase, which premiered in 2004, followed Michael Peterson for years

As a result, what we get from this Staircase is a vast compilation, the story of Peterson stories.

The drama starts by complicating the authority of its award-winning namesake, folding the docuseries’ storytellers into the tale.

producer Denis Poncet (Frank Feys), and editor Sophie Brunet (Juliette Binoche), who appears in the first few episodes as an enigmatic woman dressed in white.