• Written in Blood

  • A True Story of Murder and a Deadly 16-Year-Old Secret That Tore a Family Apart
  • By: Diane Fanning
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Michael Peterson was driven to succeed.

An army brat-turned-marine, he saw combat in Vietnam, and returned a decorated soldier. An avid reader, his dreams of being an acclaimed novelist came true. His desire to find love was fulfilled when he married brilliant executive Kathleen Atwater, the first female student accepted at Duke University's School of Engineering. The Petersons seemed the ideal academic couple - well-respected, prosperous, and happy. 

And compelled to kill. 

All that came crashing down in December of 2001, when Kathleen apparently fell to her death in their secluded home in an exclusive area of Durham, North Carolina. But blood-spattered evidence and a missing fireplace poker suggested calculated, cold-blooded murder. Her trusted husband stood accused. Prosecutors introduced evidence at trial that 16 years earlier, Peterson was one of the last people to see his neighbor alive before she was found dead at the bottom of a staircase in her home in Germany. A dramatic trial followed in the explosive final chapter of a life that no novelist could ever have conceived....

©2005 Diane Fanning (P)2019 Tantor

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Authors note insufficient

The author doesn’t even mention the name of the discredited witness in her short authors note after praising him multiple times in the body of the text. She comes off as inaccurate and that does her reputation a disservice.

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Almost embarrassingly biased …

This book is so painfully biased that I seriously wonder if Jim Hardin or Candace Zamperini wrote it. From the egregious descriptions of Michael Peterson’s “character flaws” to neglecting to note the collective criminal behavior and incompetence of the prosecution team and their “expert” witnesses (DUIs, disbarment, withholding and mishandling evidence), the author has no shame twisting the narrative to serve her personal agenda. Do yourself a favor and skip this one.

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He is so guilty. It is crazy that it was even close to any other theory

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Fills in The Staircase

I've seen The Staircase and heard the BBC podcast. This adds info about the kids, his sons and especially Margaret and Martha, the people I always found fascinating. Also a great deal about Caitlin and, surprise, Kathleen. She becomes a person and not just an object in this book.