Crime Film Documentaries

Instructor: James R. Elkins

"The Staircase"

[6 hrs. 24 mins.] [film by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade]


"From award-winning documentary filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade comes this real-life, gripping courtroom drama that chronicles the case of author Michael Peterson, who stood trial in 2003 for the murder of his wife, Kathleen. With unprecedented access to Peterson's lawyers, his family and others involved in the proceedings, de Lestrade offers viewers an intimate look at the judiciary process and the mystery surrounding this high-profile case." ~ Netflix





The Case

Did Prosecution Meet Its Burden?

Stranger Than Fiction

Behind the