The BEST episodes of An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase

Every episode of An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase!

Michael Peterson appears to have it all - a doting wife, a loving family and a successful literary career - but, that all changes on December 9, 2001, when Michael's wife, Kathleen, is found dead in a pool of blood at the bottom of a staircase in their home in Durham, North Carolina. Michael claims it was a tragic accident. Investigators, however, fear something far more sinister is at play and direct their attention to him. Did Michael Peterson murder his wife?

Last Updated: 11/23/2023Network: Investigation DiscoveryStatus: Ended
Reversal of Fortune
29 votes

#1 - Reversal of Fortune

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/10/2018

The defense unveils what they claim is a long sought-after piece of evidence. The prosecution is caught off guard. Then, bombshell revelations about an expert witness threaten to unravel the entire case and give Michael Peterson a shot at freedom.

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Lightning Strikes Twice
34 votes

#2 - Lightning Strikes Twice

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/9/2018

Investigators are stunned to discover that sixteen years ago, Michael Peterson's good friend Liz Ratliff also died at the bottom of a staircase, lying in a pool of blood. The trial begins and experts battle over the interpretation of blood spatter.

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I Whispered Her Name
42 votes

#3 - I Whispered Her Name

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/8/2018

Investigators discover novelist Michael Peterson clutching his dead wife Kathleen, in a pool of blood at the bottom of their back staircase. Michael insists that her death is the result of a tragic fall, but investigators believe otherwise.

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