Beyond Reasonable Doubt? [5 Live]

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01The Petersons And The 911 Call20171231

The incredible real life true-crime story of Kathleen and Michael Peterson.

The novelist, a body at the bottom of the staircase, and a court case that grabbed the attention of the world. Chris Warburton introduces the shocking story of Michael and Kathleen Peterson. What was life at 1810 Cedar Street, Durham, NC, like? What kind of couple were they?

Chris talks to friends and neighbours who remember how everything changed one December night in 2001, when Michael called 911 to say he had found his wife bleeding and unconscious at the bottom of the stairs.

Follow the initial police investigation after that call, and how it captured the attention of the world's media, including a team of Oscar winning French documentary makers.

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02Investigation, Motive And Trial20171231

Michael Peterson goes on trial for the murder of his wife Kathleen.

The novelist, a body at the bottom of the staircase, and a court case that grabbed the attention of the world as Michael Peterson goes on trial for the murder of his wife Kathleen.

Chris Warburton looks at the principal players in the Michael Peterson murder trial, and hears how the investigation tried to establish a motive, and examined the couples' finances.

Hear the role of revelations about Michael's sexuality and the death of Elizabeth Ratliff 17 years earlier in similar circumstances.

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03The Evidence, The Verdict, And The Owl Theory20180101

The jury hears physical evidence and delivers its verdict in the Peterson trial.

The novelist, a body at the bottom of the staircase, and a court case that grabbed the attention of the world with the victim's husband Michael Peterson put on trial for the murder of his wife Kathleen.

Chris Warburton examines the physical evidence presented to the Michael Peterson trial jury - including the blood found at the scene, and the blow poke.

Then as the jury delivers its verdict, he hears the reaction from family, lawyers and the media.

Years after the verdict, a neighbour and attorney introduces another possible explanation for Kathleen's death involving an owl.

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04Appeal And The Alford Plea20180101

Doubts over the forensic evidence lead a final day in court for Michael Peterson.

The novelist, a body at the bottom of the staircase, and a court case that grabbed the attention of the world with the victim's husband Michael Peterson put on trial for the murder of his wife Kathleen.

Chris Warburton hears how doubts over the forensic evidence in this case and others lead to an appeal, and a final day in court for Michael Peterson.

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05According To Michael20180101

Chris Warburton speaks to Michael Peterson about his trial, imprisonment and appeal.

The novelist, a body at the bottom of the staircase, and a court case that grabbed the attention of the world with the victim's husband Michael Peterson put on trial for the murder of his wife Kathleen.

In a tense and unedited interview, Chris Warburton speaks in depth to Michael Peterson, to hear directly from him about the events of 9th December 2001, his trial, imprisonment and subsequent appeal and Alford plea.

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