Netflix Provides 'Proof' That Owl Is The 'Real Killer' Behind The Staircase Documentary

If you haven't yet watched The Staircase then probably turn away now, because Netflix has released some extra info surrounding the mysterious death of Kathleen Peterson.

Following the success of Making A Murderer, The Staircase follows the arrest and trial of Michael Peterson, who was convicted of killing his wife Kathleen.

She was found dead at the bottom of the stairs in their family home but Michael always maintained his innocence.

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

The show is set up so that the audience draw their own conclusions about the case, but it does suggest that Michael was wrongly convicted.

The success of the show has gotten the internet sleuths talking, and thus The Owl Theory was born.

And no, it's not a joke.

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

The Owl Theory suggests that Kathleen didn't die at the hands of her husband, but rather at the claws of an owl.

The theory is born from a few facts that were omitted in the show, and it's pretty incriminating stuff.

Most notably, Kathleen was apparently found with feathers on her hands.

The theory has gained such popularity that Netflix have now released a video, in which Michael's attorney, David S. Rudolf and lots of other people connected with the case, discuss the idea of an owl being the killer.

In the video, Thomas Dew, a demonstrative evidence specialist, says: "The Owl Theory is a ridiculous theory when you first hear it, you really have to get into the evidence in order to understand that it's actually possible for an owl to do this."

It's been suggested that the lacerations found on Kathleen's head are more consistent with owl tracks rather than blunt force trauma.


A specific type of owl, the barred owl, is known to be aggressive, and is also known to occupy the area in which Kathleen and Michael lived.

Maybe we'll be getting a sequel series?

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