December 9th, 2001
American novelist Michael Peterson, who was featured on the true crime documentary titled The Staircase (released with new episodes by Netflix in 2018), lived at 1810 Cedar Street in Durham, North Carolina together with his wife Kathleen Peterson starting in 1992. This is the house where Michael Peterson claimed to have found his wife dead at the bottom of the staircase on December 9, 2001. Although Michael Peterson was the one who called 911 to report the incident, Peterson was accused of being responsible for the murder of his wife Kathleen, and was convicted in 2003 of her murder and sentenced to life without parole. Michael Peterson has maintained that he is innocent. A new trial was ordered for Michael Peterson in 2011 when it was uncovered that misleading testimony had been given by an expert for the prosecution, however rather than going through the lengthy process of another trial, in 2017, Peterson entered an Alford Plea (maintaining that he was innocent, but admitting that the evidence presented by the prosecution would likely be enough to have him found guilty by a judge or jury) for a charge of voluntary manslaughter. Peterson was a free man at that point, as he had already served 89 months in prison (which was more than his new sentence required). Peterson no longer lived at 1810 Cedar Street once he was released from prison. In 2004, a local couple purchased the house for $640,000, and then renovated it and sold it in 2008 for $1.3 million to Biond Fury (a film and music producer, publisher, and self-described metaphysician who had a psychic call-in show on New York cable television). Apparently Fury had no knowledge of the dark history behind the home. George Watts Carr originally designed the home in 1935. It is a 5 bedroom, 5-and-a-half bathroom home with over 9000 square-feet.