Treat Williams, Samaire Armstrong and Kevin Pollak Star in the Lifetime Original Movie 'The Staircase Murders' from Lionsgate, a Riveting Crime Story Based on Actual Events of a Best-Selling Novelist Accused of Murdering His Wife Premiering Sunday, April 15
Real Case Has Captured the Attention of Millions with Extensive Media
Coverage on NBC's Dateline, ABC's Primetime Live, CNN and Court TV
Special Encore Presentation to Air Monday, April 16
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 -- Treat Williams ("Brothers &
Sisters," "Everwood"), Samaire Armstrong ("Entourage," "The O.C.") and
Kevin Pollak ("The Usual Suspects") star in the Lifetime Original Movie,
"The Staircase Murders," a provocative drama based on the actual events of
the famed murder case involving Michael Peterson, the novelist accused of
killing his socialite wife in their North Carolina home. Production is
underway in Louisiana. Produced by Lionsgate, "The Staircase Murders"
premieres Sunday, April 15, at 8PM ET/PT, with a special encore airing on
Monday, April 16, at 9PM ET/PT, on Lifetime Television.
In "The Staircase Murders," loving father, aspiring politician and
successful New York Times best-selling novelist Michael Peterson (Williams)
was the picture perfect husband to his wife Kathleen. But when a panic-
stricken Michael frantically calls 911 to report Kathleen has accidentally
fallen down the stairs, investigators arrive at their home to discover
several suspicious findings at the crime scene and soon begin to question
the truth about Kathleen's death.
Michael's children, biological sons Todd and Clayton from a previous
marriage, adopted daughters Margaret and Martha and step-daughter Caitlin
(Armstrong), quickly rally to their father's defense until autopsy findings
reveal Kathleen's injuries could not have been sustained by a fall. Shocked
and betrayed by her accused step-father's actions, Caitlin breaks rank with
the family to publicly accuse Michael of murder.
All the while, Michael consistently maintains his innocence, even going
so far as to allow cameras into his home to document his legal team's
defense strategies. But as the trial looms, shocking discoveries about
Michael's sexuality, previous marriage, war service and the mysteriously
similar circumstances of an old friend's death are revealed, making even
his own lawyer, David Rudolf (Pollak), question his client.
"The Staircase Murders" is produced by Lionsgate for Lifetime
Television. Judy Polone ("Widow on the Hill," "Infidelity") serves as
executive producer and Judy Cairo ("One Day") produces. Aphrodite Jones
("American Justice"), who wrote the book, A Perfect Husband, on which this
movie is based, serves as co- producer. Tom McLoughlin (Lifetime
Television's "Odd Girl Out," "Murder in Greenwich") directed and Donald
Martin ("The Amber Frey Story," "Family Sins") wrote the screenplay.
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SOURCE Lifetime Television