While not as compelling as some of Netflix’s previously released true crime docs, “The Staircase” documents the 16-year legal battle of Michael Peterson, a crime novelist accused of killing his wife Kathleen after she was found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home.
There are many theories about what happened to Kathleen Peterson on Dec. 9, 2001, but this one takes the cake. For those yet to watch the docuseries, Kathleen was found at the bottom of their staircase in a pool of blood. Police were unable to recreate the incident and never did find a murder weapon. In fact, the wounds found on the back of Kathleen’s head were unidentifiable, leaving the police to “guess” as to what could have caused such bizarre patterns. What made it even more strange was that, even with three massive gashes, there was no blunt force trauma, which means that she probably wasn’t actually struck on the back of her head. The mystery is what makes “The Staircase” so compelling.
The docuseries isn’t new, but Netflix has updated the series with fresh new episodes that reveal Michael was prosecuted and imprisoned with the use of a falsified evidence. While this may offer some closure, it still doesn’t solve the puzzle. Bizarrely, the 13 episodes left out two major clues and an even more insane theory as to what could have actually happened to Kathleen Peterson.
The below video offers forth the “Owl Theory”, which suggests that the wounds on the back of Kathleen’s head were caused by the owl’s massive raptor-like talons. In fact, the video reveals that the victim was found with her hands grasping chunks of her own hair that included microscopic traces of feathers from an unknown bird. What?!
Update: Here’s what the director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade told TheWrap about the below “Owl Theory”:
“She may have been attacked by an owl,” said de Lestrade. “The first time I heard about that it was in 2008, I really laughed. I thought, ‘it was not possible!’ But I have to say that since the time I started to study that theory, I met with Larry Pollard many times — Pollard was the first to raise that theory and he was a neighbor of Mike Peterson — and met with many people taking care of that house and who knew the behavior of the house, and I talked to people who have been attacked and injured by owls, and I have to say, in my opinion, it’s the most possible explanation for the very special injuries that Kathleen Peterson had suffered. No one introduced that theory inside a courtroom.”
I, for one, am completely buying this, but don’t let me convince you – watch and judge for yourself.