• Behind the Staircase

  • Michael Peterson Murder Case
  • By: Michael Peterson
  • Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (81 ratings)

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Behind the Staircase

By: Michael Peterson
Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
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Publisher's Summary

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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I Can’t Stand This Man

This book is an insufferable ego trip. Peterson claims as nauseum to love his children and former wives but all he can talk about is himself and his superiority over the rest of the human race. Like OJ, if he didn’t kill his wife, who the heck did? He shows his true colors in prison by constantly conniving and doing illegal deals with his fellow criminals. I had to stop listening as I just couldn’t stand his hubris.

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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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Not convinced

This story does not convince me that he is innocent. He sounds entitled and pretentious. It was hard to listen to his whining and I couldn't even finish the book. I wish I could get my Audible credit back.

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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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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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Lol Peterson is crazy

Definitely convinced he killed his wife now more than i was before. Peterson all too often tries to pretend he is so innocent and so much better than republicans and Christians. He emphasizes how “good” of a person he believes he is even though his demons have been exposed.

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Trapped by title

Hated it!
Should be called “My Time in Prison”. Too much about his prison life and too little about the death, the trial, and the plea.

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Move on to a different book

I think I found this audiobook on a recommended list of books for 2022 reading list. I don’t know how it got there. The guy isn’t a particularly good writer and he’s an awful reader of his own memoir. So bad that I was like, he’s totally guilty cause nobody should be able to read about finding their dead wife at the bottom of the stairs void of absolute emotion. Contrast that with how animated he is about time in jail and clearly something doesn’t sit right. But I was plodding along through the book until he wrote the sentence about the jail psychiatrist and he actually RATED her good looks on a scale of 1-10. Well screw you buddy. It’s 2022 and treating woman like sex objects to be rated by assholes like you means I’m sorry I bought your book and gave you any royalties. 100% stop, not reading the rest of the book.

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terrible

A repetitive narcissistic tale that just continues to repeat itself over and over again, crap

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netflix documentary

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

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  • crochetdiva
  • 02-21-21

Excellent

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

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  • Mrs. C.
  • 12-05-22

SUPERB

What a loss putting this INNOCENT man behind bars when he could be doing good outside - no justice in N Carolina...

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  • michelle dickinson
  • 08-24-22

Good read

when I first heard about this story. it was in lockdown. flicking through Netflix I was drawn to it. watched it, and ever since I'm hooked on anything to do with it.
Read this book, it's brilliant

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-16-22

narrator is terrible

I couldn't listen to this narration, it may as well been nails down a blackboard. his voice was terrible, the speed was off even with adjustments and zero passion. I bet it was a good book but unfortunately I couldn't stick around to find out.

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  • Samantha in Australia
  • 07-19-22

Fascinating look at the man behind the headlines

Having watched the movie and documentary I wanted more, and found this very interesting. Perhaps a little heavy on prison tales, it's enjoyable and gives you a sense of who Michael Peterson is.