Accidents happen. Everybody knows that, but accidents that end in the death of a human being are especially tragic. It may be frightening to realize that many awful accidents that end up claiming lives occur in people’s houses; the one place where they should be able to feel safe and secure. What Americans may be surprised to hear is that accidents involving stairs are the second most common fatal accidents out there. Thousands of people die every year due to incidents involving falling down staircases; however, there are a handful of cases that may not be as “accidental” as they were made out to be. Read below, and decide for yourself!

Kathleen Peterson

The tragic death of Kathleen Peterson is one of the most well known and disturbing staircase deaths in history. Kathleen was discovered dead at the bottom of her stairs in 2001, and had sustained several deep lacerations to the back of her neck. The amount of blood was not consistent with a mere fall. The position of Kathleen’s body was also found suspicious, as even after a “fall” it had landed with her neck and spine perfectly aligned. A bloody footprint found on the back of her pants led to the conviction of her husband, Michael Peterson, in 2003.


Louise Evans

When Louise Evans’ body was found at the bottom of the stairs in her home, she had a jump rope and a vacuum cord tangled around her body. It appeared as though she may have tripped over the cord, thus causing her fatal fall. However, further investigation revealed evidence that the injuries sustained by Mrs. Evans were consistent with assault, and that her death had occurred after the fall.

A neighbor would later testify to hearing Louise screaming the night of her death, and separate evidence revealed that Louise had recently confronted her husband about an affair. Mr. Evans, the sole suspect in the case, was convicted of murder in 2013.

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