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Mike Peterson case. Michael Peterson case “The Staircase” DVD (minutes shown in class) – Vol. I: 0-14, 21-27, 32-36 – Vol. II: 0-17, 34-45 – Vol. III:

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1 Mike Peterson case

2 Michael Peterson case “The Staircase” DVD (minutes shown in class) – Vol. I: 0-14, 21-27, – Vol. II: 0-17, – Vol. III: 0-21, – Vol. IV: 0-17, – Vol. V: 8-18, 23-37, – Vol. VI: 5-18, – Vol. VII: 0-30, – Vol. VIII: 5-11, 15-31, Links – News-Observer (best) News-Observer – WRAL WRAL – Court TV Court TV

3 Key evidence against Peterson In “The Staircase” – Suspect’s extramarital sexual escapades (rebut “happy marriage” in defense opening statement & testimony) – 1985 death of Elizabeth Ratliff in Germany – Large amount of blood on staircase Not in “The Staircase” – Heavy spending by the Petersons led to financial problems – Victim had $1.4 million insurance policy – Bloody print from defendant’s sneaker was on the back of the victim's sweat pants – Suspect’s shirt and shorts were covered with his wife's blood. There were bloodstains on the inside of the shorts. – “Cast-off blood” in hallway – Neuropathologist testified that victim suffered a brain injury several hours before her death

4 Key evidence for Peterson First doctor arriving from the Medical Examiner’s office thought it was an accident Dr. Henry Lee’s assessment that blood spatter was more consistent with a fall Biomechanical engineer who studies injuries in car crashes said the injuries resulted from a fall Police bumbled collection of physical evidence


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