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Infamous House From 'The Staircase' Has Just Gone Up For Sale

Infamous House From 'The Staircase' Has Just Gone Up For Sale

The infamous house from Netflix's The Staircase has gone up for sale - and just looking through the pictures in the property listing is giving us serious goosebumps.

1810 Cedar Street, a vast historic home in Forest Hills, Durham, North Carolina, has a whole lot of history.

It's in this house that novelist Michael Peterson called the police on 9th December 2001, claiming to have discovered his wife, Kathleen Peterson, lying dead at the bottom of the back staircase.

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Peterson claimed his wife died after falling down the stairs at their family home.

However, the medical examiner determined that she had been beaten with a weapon, which led to Peterson becoming a suspect in what became a murder investigation.

In 2003, Peterson - who has always maintained his innocence - was convicted of Kathleen's murder and sentenced to life without parole.

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Later, in 2004, a French true crime miniseries by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade aired, documenting the investigation into Peterson, from his arrest to the trial.

Lestrade returned to film Peterson and his family in 2012-2013, covering developments in the case that were released as a two-hour sequel.

Netflix later acquired the series and three further episodes were made for the streaming service, and in 2018 all 13 episodes were added to its catalogue.

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Now the house sprawling 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom home - which feature prominently in the series - is up for sale for a price tag of $1,900,000.

Wrought iron gates open onto a sprawling 9,500 square foot home with a swimming pool and stonewall walkways. There are 19 rooms in total.

There's a library, games room - and, of course, the infamous grand staircase.

In 2011, the judge at Peterson's original trial ordered a new one, in light of misleading testimony given by an expert for the prosecution.

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But instead of undergoing a re-trial, Peterson opted to enter an Alford Plea for a charge of voluntary manslaughter in February 2017.

A plea like this allows the accused to continue to maintain their innocence, while acknowledging that the prosecution has enough evidence to convict.

Peterson received a sentence of 64 to 86 months in prison, but as a result of his plea was given credit Peterson credit for his 89 months spent in jail. The ruling made Peterson is a free man.

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The Staircase is available to watch on Netflix now.

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Topics: Life News, TV and Film, Home, True Crime

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.

 

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