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Friday, June 7 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Behind "The Staircase"

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Behind “The Staircase” with David Rudolf
After Kathleen Peterson was found dead at the bottom of the staircase in her Durham, NC home in 2001 her husband, Michael, was arrested and charged with her murder. What’s followed is 18 years of dramatic twists and turns that no one could have seen coming.

The subject of a documentary (The Staircase, which originally aired in 2004 as a French series of a different title, was updated in 2013, then again in 2018 when it was picked up by Netflix and gained wide attention), the legal case is extraordinarily compelling and has spawned countless theories, not to mention endless dinner table fights around the country.

David Rudolf, who acted as Peterson’s defense attorney in the original trial, and has been on an international tour discussing the case, will take attendees behind the cameras, through the key evidence, and inside the story that has compelled true crime fans everywhere.
(If you have a question for Mr. Rudolf please email it to us in advance at: questions@crimecon.com using subject: Staircase).

Note: “The Owl Theory,” which supposes that Kathleen’s death may have been caused by a bird of prey, will be discussed in greater depth by the theory’s founder, attorney Larry Pollard at 4:15p on Friday in Breakout 1.

Don’t know the Peterson case? Catch up HERE.

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David Rudolf

Criminal Defense and Civil Rights Attorney
David Rudolf is one of the pre-eminent trial lawyers in the country, specializing in high-profile and complex criminal and civil rights cases. Mr. Rudolf has been listed for more than twenty-five years in the Best Lawyers in America and was one of only three criminal defense lawyers... Read More →

Friday June 7, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
Ballroom (Grand Ballroom A-D)