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Mansion Where ‘The Staircase' Subject Michael Peterson Allegedly Murdered Wife Up For Sale

The Zillow ad for the home does not mention that someone died in the Durham, North Carolina mansion.

By Connor Mannion
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The home where Michael Peterson allegedly killed his wife, Kathleen, nearly two decades ago — as documented in the docuseries "The Staircase" — is now on the market for a pricey sum.

The 9,400-square-foot mansion at 1810 Cedar St. in Durham, North Carolina was listed for $1.9 million on Tuesday, according to local outlet WRAL. The home is also listed on the real estate website Zillow.

"This home has been featured in Netflix documentary as well as a major feature film," the Zillow description reads — leaving out that a person died in the house.

The home is currently owned by psychic Biond Fury, who paid $1.3 million for it in 2008, having purchased it from the man who bought the home and renovated it after Peterson's arrest, according to the Raleigh News-Observer

Peterson has told police that he was sitting by the pool on the night of December 9, 2001 and when he went inside that night, he found his wife, Kathleen, at the bottom of a back staircase, bleeding to death. Prosecutors contended Peterson murdered his wife, with an autopsy report indicating she died from injuries consistent to blunt force trauma. 

He was ultimately convicted in 2003 following a long trial and appeals process that saw multiple explanations for what happened the night of Kathleen's death — including an odd theory about an owl allegedly attacking and killing Kathleen.

After spending eight years in prison, Peterson's conviction was overturned when a judge ruled a key witness for the prosecution had lied under oath, WRAL reported. While awaiting a retrial, Peterson entered an Alford plea to a reduced charge of manslaughter. 

An Alford plea means a defendant proclaims innocence, but does not contest they would likely be convicted of the charges if they faced trial. He was sentenced to time served and released.

Peterson's defense attorney David Rudolph said in 2017 during an interview at CrimeCon that his former client still lives in Durham — though now in a one-floor apartment with no stairs.

Producers are working on an adaptation of the story starring Harrison Ford as Peterson, WBTV reported late last year.