Michael Peterson’s real-life attorney calls HBO series’ big twist ‘completely unfair’
From the HBO limited series "The Staircase:" Tim Guinee as Bill Peterson, Sophie Turner as Margaret Ratliff, Colin Firth as Michael Peterson, Olivia DeJonge as Caitlin Atwater and Patrick Schwarzenegger as Todd Peterson. - HBO/HBO/TNS

After viewing the first episode of HBO Max’s “The Staircase,” Charlotte attorney David Rudolf — who defended Michael Peterson in the real-life murder case depicted in the dramatized limited series — was interested to watch the inspired-by-true-events show unfold. By the end of the fourth episode, however, he was just annoyed. “A lot of that’s just hard for me to even comment on,” Rudolf said. Before we get to what happened in Episode 4 (and you are forewarned: SPOILERS ahead), if you’ve seen Episode 1 you’ll remember that the hour is bookended by scenes showing Michael (Colin Firth) with a wom...