This post contains spoilers for the drama series The Staircase.
Recently, viewers have been intrigued by the story behind Binge's new mini-series The Staircase.
This case holds a special place in the heart of true crime fans because the original The Staircase docuseries on Netflix likely spurned the true crime genre, which is now such a pivotal part of pop culture. Of course, unpacking the problematic nature of that in itself is key.
A new takeaway that we previously didn't know much about was the relationship between Michael Peterson - the man accused of murdering his wife - and Sophie Brunet - the woman who worked as a film editor on the original docuseries.
Because while Brunet was compiling the trial footage taken by her French documentarian counterparts, she somehow became interested in Peterson romantically. And from then on began a complex and arguably bizarre relationship.
Here's what we know.
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For a quick refresher, The Staircase follows the real crime case surrounding the death of North Carolina business executive Kathleen Peterson. Her body was found at the bottom of a flight of stairs in her home in December 2001. Her crime novelist husband Michael Peterson (played by Colin Firth in The Staircase drama series) was immediately deemed suspicious by first responders.
In October 2003, Peterson was found guilty of the murder of his wife. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
During his trial and the preparation beforehand, Peterson was contacted by a French documentary crew headed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, who asked whether he and his legal team would be interested in the documentarians following the case.
Peterson said yes, and so de Lestrade and his team began filming The Staircase. In 2004, after his sentencing, an eight-episode docuseries on the case was released. Follow-up episodes were added in 2012 and then again in 2018.
This is where Sophie Brunet comes into the picture. In the early days of filming and around the premiere of the original documentary, Brunet was an editor on the project. And while editing clips of Peterson's trial, she began intrigued by him. So much so she decided to send him a letter while he was in prison.