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"The Staircase": Why Are Crimes Trending on Streaming Platforms?

27 July, 2022

Domestic crimes there are millions in the world, but only a few have their own documentary or miniseries. Although it may sound cruel on the one hand, the reality is that this type of production generates a certain attraction in the spectators, who seek to investigate the motives of the crime in the minds of the accused or if, on the contrary, the justice system is capable of condemning someone by mistake. "The Staircase" is one of the most mediatic cases of recent decades, and both HBO Max and Netflix lead us down that path full of uncertainties and shadows.

Before going into context and knowing why this case was so popular in its time, we must mention that the renowned American novelist Michael Peterson is the main figure in the story, whose trial received great press coverage, in addition to the presence of the director French Jean-Xavier de Lestrade to portray the documentary. And it is that at no time did Peterson want to back down with the recordings (which he himself wanted at first), not even when he was accused of the murder of his wife or in the subsequent years that passed after his sentence.

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