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There are stories that don’t need a miniseries, and there are series that really don’t need one. The Staircase is the latter. Altogether, there have been 13 heavily reported docuseries episodes about this one case that have been released on three different occasions. If people want to know about Kathleen Peterson’s death, there are resources. And yet The Staircase on HBO Max has squandered perhaps the only reason to make a miniseries about this obsessively covered case. Yep, we’re once again talking about the owl theory.
On the very slim chance you don’t know this case, here’s a quick rundown. In December of 2001, Kathleen Peterson was found bloodied and unconscious at the bottom of a flight of stairs in the home she shared with her husband, Michael Peterson. Michael was eventually arrested and served time for his wife’s murder, though he has always maintained his innocence. The circumstances got even more complicated after his arrest. Eight years after his conviction, a judge ruled that a witness who was critical to the prosecution gave misleading testimony. Because of this, there was a new trial that resulted in Michael Peterson taking an Alford plea, a guilty plea in which the accused maintains their innocence but concedes that there was enough evidence for a jury to find them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Most of The Staircase, both the docuseries and the miniseries, revolve around questioning Michael Peterson’s potential guilt. And one of the theories that argues Michael Peterson was innocent has to do with owls. Proposed by Durham, N.C., attorney T. Lawrence Pollard, the owl theory suggested that an owl attacked Kathleen Peterson and caused her to fall down the flight of stairs to her death. The theory points to the microscopic owl feathers found on the crime scene and the gashes on Kathleen Peterson’s scalp as evidence.
Is it an insane theory? Absolutely. Despite gaining popularity in certain circles, it was mostly mocked by prosecutors, and no motion for a new trial was ever proposed due to this theory. But is it perfect fodder for a TV miniseries? You bet.
As it stands, The Staircase miniseries only has one episode about the owl theory. That one episode — the excellently titled “Red in Tooth and Claw” — falls short of its potential. For starters, the episode barely has anything to do with the actual theory. It’s more about Sophie Brunet’s (Juliette Binoche) evolving romance with her documentary subject, Michael Peterson (Colin Firth). The second she learns about this theory, Sophie immediately grasps to it in a transparently desperate attempt to prove to herself that Michael Peterson is innocent. Instead, she learns that the man she loves has been hiding more secrets from her than she ever imagined.
It’s already morally icky that Sophie and Michael’s relationship is happening. Also, the last thing this show needs is more proof that Michael lies. The man does it nearly as often as he blinks. But you know what this somber miniseries could have used? A heaping dose of owl-related insanity.
The Staircase could have given us a deep dive into its version of T. Lawrence Pollard. Why was he so interested in this case in the first place? And why owls, instead of other predatory birds? What did his friends and family say when he mentioned the deep, all-consuming owl research he was doing for a case that wasn’t his? By the way, what did that research look like? Did he interview owl experts? What did they say when he presented this chaotic theory? And what in the name of true crime did Michael and Kathleen’s (Toni Collette) grieving children say when they heard about the owl theory? Were they deeply offended? Did they laugh? Or were they as desperate as Sophie to take this seriously?
These are all questions that The Staircase could have answered through the magic of fiction. Instead, we were only given a glimpse of some narrative feathers before the story shifted to focus on Sophie.
It’s already upsetting enough that HBO Max has taken a case that has been dissected to death and opened it up one more time for entertainment purposes. But when it had a chance to explore arguably the most entertaining part of this grisly case, it glossed over the entire thing. If The Staircase is not going to commit to being entertaining, necessary, or, according to the original directors, honest, then what are we even doing here?
By: Ny Post
Kourtney Kardashian uses Kopari Coconut Melt to ‘look good naked’
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Kourtney Kardashian’s no stranger to showing skin.
Whether the reality star’s modeling lingerie, baring it all in a bikini or packing on PDA with husband Travis Barker, she’s clearly confident about her body — and relies on a selection of tried-and-true products to keep her skin in tip-top shape.
In one of her first-ever Poosh stories, fittingly titled “How to Look Good Naked,” the 43-year-old outlines some of her body care essentials, including La Mer The Body Crème ($300), Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream ($95) and Le Labo’s Pin 12 Candle ($82) — the latter because “lighting is everything.”
“In order to achieve glowy skin, it’s important to moisturize everything — everywhere — at least once a day,” the Poosh piece reads. “Don’t forget to care for your hands and feet as well; we recommend focusing on these areas at night.”
Billed as “a deep conditioner for your bod,” the product is comprised of 100% organic, unrefined coconut oil, and Kopari suggests applying it “as soon as you step out of the shower and at the end of the day.”
What’s more, the multitasking product also works well as a hair mask, dry shave oil, bath mix-in and belly balm, per the brand.
Snag a tub for yourself below — and get ready to look fabulous in your birthday suit, too.
By: Ny Post
Carlos Carrasco’s gem, three homers propel Mets past Marlins
MIAMI — He’s one tough Cookie these days.
Carlos Carrasco isn’t going to win any contests blowing away hitters, but the right-hander’s offspeed pitches and command — and most importantly, his health — have converged this season to give the Mets an invaluable rotation piece.
On Saturday, he gave his team 7 ²/₃ shutout innings in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at loanDepot park. Carrasco extended his scoreless streak over his past three starts to 18 ²/₃ innings.
The win was No. 100 in Carrasco’s career, making the 35-year-old the eighth Venezuelan-born pitcher to reach the milestone. Carrasco last surrendered a run on July 9 against the Marlins at Citi Field.
The Mets (63-37) won their fifth straight and reached the 100-game mark with the franchise’s most victories since 1986.
Overall, Carrasco allowed four hits and struck out seven with two walks. Seth Lugo replaced Carrasco in the eighth inning after Charles Leblanc had doubled with two outs. But Leblanc was picked off second base by Tomas Nido, ensuring Carrasco’s scoreless streak continued.
Lugo remained in the game to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, allowing Edwin Diaz a day off following a 10-pitch outing Friday in which he struck out the side.
The Mets will try for a three-game sweep of the reeling Marlins on Sunday with Taijuan Walker on the mound.
After scuffling at the plate for seven innings, the Mets gave Carrasco breathing room in the eighth when Francisco Lindor and J.D. Davis each blasted a solo homer to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Davis’ homer, in a pinch-hitting appearance, came as the Mets are searching on the trade market for a right-handed bat to solidify the DH spot.
The Mets have traded for two lefty bats in the last week-plus to bolster the other half of the DH equation. One of those additions, Tyler Naquin, debuted for the Mets on Saturday in left field and went 0-for-4. Daniel Vogelbach started at DH and drew a walk in four plate appearances.
Carrasco’s gem was the latest strong performance by a Mets starting pitcher. Entering play, the Mets had a 2.45 ERA from the starting rotation in July, which ranked second in the major leagues. Chris Bassitt had a rare flat start for the Mets a night earlier, when he allowed four earned runs over six innings.
Jeff McNeil hit a solo homer in the third against rookie Nick Neidert to give the Mets their first run. The homer was the first since June 14 for McNeil, who entered the day with a .162/.240/.191 slash line in July.
The Mets weren’t finished in the inning: Nido, Brandon Nimmo and Lindor all singled. Lindor’s hit extended the Mets’ lead to 2-0 and gave the shortstop 68 RBIs for the season before he reached 69 with his blast later.
Carrasco was challenged in the first inning, when he allowed a single to Miguel Rojas and walk to Jesus Aguilar before retiring JJ Bleday for the final out. In the fourth, Carrasco surrendered a leadoff single, but he escaped the inning when he got Bleday to ground into a double-play.
By: Ny Post
Career NYC criminal tries to steal moped from NYPD station
A brazen career criminal with more than 50 arrests on his rap sheet, including rape, was busted for trying to steal a moped from outside a lower Manhattan police station.
Jon Matos was caught red-handed approaching the $1,200 bike outside the 5th Precinct, sources said.
He was allegedly using a set of burglary tools Friday to try to bust the lock of the bike, which was vouchered property, cops and sources said.
Matos, a homeless father of three, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of attempted grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.
The proceeding was delayed for hours, sources said, after Matos allegedly became angry with a cellmate who used the facilities — but didn’t courtesy flush.
“I was just f–king with it. It’s not my tools,” he allegedly told an NYPD detective, said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Megan Mers during the court proceeding.
Judge Valentina Morales Saturday agreed to give Matos supervised release in the moped case.
“Thank you, your honor,” Matos told Morales.
But instead of hitting the streets once again, Matos was held on outstanding charges from the 23rd Precinct in an unrelated case, authorities said.
It was his second appearance before a judge in a week: Matos was in court days earlier, charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property and was released in yet another incident.
Matos has racked up dozens of busts for burglary, robbery, fare evasion — including the 1999 rape of a 14-year-old girl.
Crime is up in six of the seven major crimes measured by the department contributed to the increase — though the seventh category, murders, dropped a noticeable 31.6% last month in comparison to numbers compiled in June 2021, according to the NYPD’s preliminary statistics.
Grand larceny spiked 41%, robbery rose 36.1% and burglary went up 33.8%.
When addressing the crime spike last month, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the department was arresting the same people for crimes “over and over again.”
Other recent and brazen repeat offenders include veteran shoplifter Isaac “Man of Steal” Rodriguez, who was finally locked up in January after dozens of arrests for stealing to support his drug habit.
Laron Mack, whose catchphrase is “I steal for a living,” has been arrested more than 50 times. Another serial stealer, James Connelly, was busted in December for involvement in 28 separate incidents over three months.
Last month, accused serial shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas, 34, was nabbed for stealing from the cosmetics counter at a Duane Reade on Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, according to cops and court documents.
McLucas, who was released on his own recognizance, has notched 122 prior arrests.
By: Ny Post
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