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Down the Back Staircase

Down the Back Staircase

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In this Dateline classic, novelist and former mayoral candidate Michael Peterson finds his wife, Kathleen, dead at the bottom of the back staircase in their North Carolina mansion. Dennis Murphy reports. Originally aired on NBC on April 7, 2017.

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Amanda Williams

the owl theory makes more sense then getting beaten with a fire place poker but receiving zero injuries to the actual skull.

Sep 19th
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The Everyday Bombshell

I really wanted to buy into the owl theory. Just the other day I found a feather from a Heron in my hair. But it didn't get there from an attack. Probably blown from a nest and into my hair while I was on a run. If she were fighting an owl, there would have been a lot of noise... once you started fighting the owl would've started shrieking, and so would she. The claw would have been entwined in the hair, leaving my much more than just 2 microscopic feathers. There should've been DNA from the owl in those wounds. She would have fought that owl and would have had lacerations on her arms not just on her scalp. I do believe that owl attacks are possible, but they are definitely more rare than husbands killing their wives.

Sep 16th
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