Netflix's 'The Staircase' is the latest crime doco to have us obsessed. The 13-episode series follows the story of Michael Peterson who was charged with the murder of his wife in 2001. You can read more about it here.
A new theory has been posed across the web that has viewers shook - and thinking Peterson is innocent after all. The Owl Theory.
On the night of her death 48-year-old Kathleen Peterson had suffered extreme injuries, including fractured thyroid neck cartilage and multiple lacerations to the top and back of her head. She died from blood loss approximately 90 minutes to two hours after she sustained the injuries.
Originally it was thought that Peterson had bludgeoned his wife to death with a blow poke, but the poke was found and ultimately ruled out as the murder weapon.
Peterson's defence suggested Kathleen's injuries were due to a fatal fall down the stairs - but the head lacerations appeared to be too severe, and the amount of blood present still raises questions.
The Petersons' neighbour threw an entirely new theory out there though, suggesting the injuries could have been caused by an attacking owl.
Sounds pretty ridiculous right?
But tiny owl feathers were found in Kathleen's hand, and some of her hair that had been ripped from the roots. The neighbour proposed that an owl had intercepted Kathleen as she entered the house, digging it's talons in. This may have caused the fall.
The director of The Staircase spoke about the theory, saying:
"The first time I heard about the owl theory, I really laughed. But when I started looking at it and I met with Larry Pollard … It might be the more plausible explanation.
"How can you explain all the cuts and lacerations and the absence of fractures? When you start thinking about the owl theory, and the kind of injuries she had, you start thinking maybe there is something there."
NBC's Dateline also recently interviewed a man who lived near the Petersons who had suffered an extremely viscious owl attack, leaving the man with extensive bleeding. The attack was captured on surveillance cameras.
What the actual heck.
The theory is shaking up the internet, here are a few tweets summing up the feels:
We honestly don't know what to believe. But if you haven't watched the series yet we highly recommend it, despite all the questions you'll finish up with!