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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.

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

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  • daniel d.
  • 20-02-21

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
  • 17-02-21

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
  • 17-02-21

netflix documentary

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

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  • Rachel A.
  • 01-03-21

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!