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Step inside the mansion of Michael and Kathleen Peterson, the home where they lived as empty nesters in North Carolina.

December 2001 marked the beginning of the long, arduous journey for Michael Peterson, who was accused, placed on trial, and convicted of murdering his second wife, Kathleen Peterson. In Behind the Staircase, a memoir, Peterson recounts the events leading up to the incident which would forever change his life.

Follow Michael’s depiction of the tragic events leading up to his conviction and incarceration for his wife’s death and the next eight years of his imprisonment for her alleged murder. Upon his release, Peterson shares in his memoir, Behind the Staircase, his perspective on what happened to his loving wife, the misleading evidence of the trial, and the years that he spent behind bars with criminals, murderers, and rapists.

Listen as Michael painstakingly describes how as the prime suspect in the investigation, he was forced to endure one of the longest trials in North Carolina history, all the while asserting his innocence in her death.

You will be engrossed in the real-life depiction of the events and left in awe at the harrowing tales of his life in prison.

Listen and learn about Kathleen’s tragic accident and Michael’s desperate plea for justice.

©2020 Public Domain (P)2021 CSA Publishing

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  • daniel d.
  • 20-02-2021

Could not stop listening

I followed this case for many years and also watched the Netflix special. This audio book was even better.

For someone that travels regularly, this was the perfect fit for hours of travel entertainment. It's suspenseful, and even emotional at times. Mike Peterson is a talented writer and his book is both fasinating and enlightening about the case.

This 11 hour audio book is worth a second listen.

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  • Jackie Harwood
  • 17-02-2021

Breathtaking Story - 10/10

This is an exceptionally well written book. Mike does not only guide you through the detailed events that decided his fate, it simultaneously makes you feel the strong emotions that resulted from him having to make painstaking decisions.

Michael Peterson’s creative, intriguing and easy to follow writing style matched with the the narrator’s dynamic, clear and captivating voice shapes a breathtaking story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-02-2021

netflix documentary

adds a spin into the netflix documentary. closely follows for the most part. easy to listen to.

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  • Patrick
  • 07-07-2021

Excellent

I watched the Netflix version first which compelled me to get this audiobook. Well written story, captivating, and great narration. I would recommend this 10/10.

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  • 100th
  • 23-06-2021

Fantastic

I’m a crime series buff but this gave me chills. Wow. Written so well and sadly true. Thank you for being so transparent. It was riveting, humorous, entertaining, and eye opening.

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  • Wallace E. Lawson
  • 02-05-2021

Needed a different narrator to make the story much better

I saw the limited series, “The Staircase,” on Netflix. That was the impetus to purchase the book. After finishing the Netflix series, I was convinced he had been railroaded. Allowing unrelated testimony concerning bisexuality and the death of the mother of his two “adopted” daughters was most certainly a mistake by the judge which was borne out at the time of granting a new trial. Now, I just feel sorry for the him. The losses of living his life in jail rather than with family were tremendous.
Several impressions after finishing the book. More than half the book focused on his time in jail. I don’t know if he was trying to evoke sympathy, but I could certainly empathize with his predicament. Innocent, but caught up in the machinations of a corrupt justice system. In the Netflix series, there was no word about a new live, Sophie, so that was a surprise.
I recommend the Netflix series first, then the book. The series is an indictment of the American justice system, and the book reveals the depravity of our incarceration system.

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  • Josh P.
  • 29-04-2021

Behind The Scenes Read

I watched the documentary multiple times and it kept me on the edge of my seat. This is a good behind the scenes book. It filled in a lot of things I wondered about, that the documentary didn't cover. I really enjoyed it! I want to listen the revised one now and see what was added. No matter what you believe guilt or innocence, the man has undeniably lived an interesting life!

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  • John Christopher Quillen
  • 08-04-2021

loved this book

I so enjoyed this book It leaves me wondering if the rest of his books have this much humor in them I loved it so much I so enjoyed it

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  • Rachel A.
  • 01-03-2021

Riveting real-life story

This real-life story of Michael Petersen will keep you on the edge of your seat. Did he do it? Did he really kill his wife Kathleen? I felt like I was deep within a movie scene, thinking “this can’t be real!!” This well written book gave me insight not only into life behind bars but inside the justice system. Written from Michael’s perspective, my heart went out to this seemingly loving father and husband while questioning his guilt or innocence. Great read!

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  • crochetdiva
  • 21-02-2021

Excellent

This is a really tragic story, well told. It makes you realise how the justice system can fail miserably.

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