Michael Peterson
Michael Peterson
Celebrated Name: Michael Peterson
Real Name/Full Name: Michael Iver Peterson
Gender: Male
Age: 80 years old
Birth Date: 23 October  1943
Birth Place: Nashville Tennessee U.S
Nationality: American
Height: 1.75 m
Weight: 68 kgs
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife/Spouse (Name): Patricia Sue Peterson (m. 1965–1987)

Kathleen Peterson (m. 1997–2001)

Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): No/Yes (name)
Dating/Girlfriend (Name): N/A/
Is Michael Peterson Gay?: NO
Profession: Marine Corps officer, novelist
Salary: N/A
Net Worth in 2024: $100 thousand
Last Updated: April 2024

From being a respected man in the society to a convict, here is a story of the son of career military officer Michael Peterson. He once was a government think tank, a celebrated marine who won a purple heart, a government consultant, a best seller author who wrote “A Time of War: A Bitter Peace,” “The Immortal Dragon,” novels and a columnist for a local newspaper. Life was good to him until he failed to clinch the mayor’s seat, and his financial situation deteriorated. To be continued below in the career section and much more in regards to Michael Petersons’ net worth.

Maybe you know about Michael Peterson very well, but do you know how old and tall is he and what is his net worth in 2024? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Michael Peterson’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

Michael or Mike hails from Nashville, Tennessee, the U.S, where he was born. He is the son of Eleanor and Eugen Iver. He is an alumnus of Duke University, where he graduated with a degree in political science and also a law degree from the University of North Carolina.

After graduating, he secured a job with the government in the department of defense, where he was a think tank in matters regarding the war in Vietnam. In 1968 he was enlisted in the United States Marine Corps to serve in Vietnam but was honorably discharged after a car accident left him with personal disability.

Personal Life

Peterson’s first wife was Patricia Sue, who used to be an elementary school teacher. The two had two children before Peterson divorced in 1987. He married Kathleen Peterson again in 1997, but after just four years, Kathleen Peterson died mysteriously in 2001, though Peterson became the murder suspect and was jailed for manslaughter.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 23 October  1943, Michael Peterson is 80 years old as of today’s date 15th April 2024. His height is 1.78 m tall, and his weight is 68 kg.


After graduating from Duke University, the government of the united states hired Peterson as an analyst. He used to research about the Vietnam war, and it wasn’t long before he was enlisted in the marines. He went to Vietnam but was honorably discharged after a car accident where he was awarded Purpleheart.

He returned to the united states, where he became a government consultant. He started dating a widow Elizabeth Ratliff, but after two years, she died in what was ruled out as a staircase accident.

He wrote two novels, “The Immortal Dragon,” which became a best seller and ”A Time of War: A Bitter Peace.” These two books gave a lot of wealth to Peterson, and he considered running for the Mayor’s office. Things for him dint go as planned after it emerged that he was lying about how he earned his purple heart medal. Peterson’s financial situation also deteriorated, so it’s his writing career.

Things got worse when Kathleen was found dead on the bottom of the staircase in their home in 2001 just after it emerged she was going to be laid off from her well-paying job. Police dint buys his explanation that it was accidental, and after thorough investigations, it was determined that Peterson killed her and was found guilty of manslaughter. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Awards & Achievements

Before the murder, Peterson was a celebrated author and a bestseller, but his career got tinted with a murder case, and all his achievements are nothing to celebrate about nor credit today.

Net Worth & Salary of Michael Peterson in 2024

Michael Peterson Net Worth
Michael Peterson Net Worth

Michael Peterson’s net worth is estimated at $100 thousand as of April 2024. This is because he was jailed for life, and he hasn’t been able to make any money since then. Before the murder case, Michael Peterson’s net worth was over $2 million, and he had a substantial amount in his life insurance. He made his money as a government employee and through his writing career.

Michael Peterson’s net worth today has been reduced to almost nothing. He was once a famous man, rich, and one of the most celebrated authors, but now he is just a nobody, just another criminal.


  1. I watched the series and couldn’t see where anyone thought he was guilty. Why wasn’t DNA collected on his wife’s clothing and his also ?? Why was evidence handled in such a manner ?? As for calling him another criminal seems to me that the Durham Police dept. wanted a suspect and put it on his shoulders………………….. So how do you call Mr. Petersen a criminal when the investigators didn’t find finger prints or anything associated with the said person?? Whomever said he was perhaps should do some investigating themselves.. What a crock of S@#$

    • I agree , but I think that the whole thing is about the police department / so called detectives because they were so ignorant in my personal opinion a bunch of crooked fame seeking morons ! They done absolutely nothing right from the beginning ! Like after seeing the blow poke & taking pictures with it in their hands & then hiding it that made me furious ! The only person that was honest & had any sense was the judge he seemed to be a good man . Anyway , it’s just sickening the way that they showed the massive amount of corruption & just how badly that the system is broken !

  2. I don’t accept that the judge was fair. He became well aware of the corruption and ultimately he could have dismissed the charges. An absolute miscarriage of justice. Very very sad for him and his family.

  3. When the government wants to find u guilty,it’s pretty hard to beat them ,I would’ve never voted guilty.it’s seems like your guilty,till proven innocent.things r sure backwards can u imagine if he didn’t have money, for regular working people who get jammed up even if your innocent your going to jail DA has unlimited budget to put u in jail and all’s they care about is their conviction rate

  4. Article here misstates some facts as well as botching timelines. But, on another note, folks who hate cops and judges and ‘the system’ are likely to claim Mike Peterson is innocent and a ‘victim’. Others who recognize humanity’s potential for deceit and worse, look at photos of a woman who was beat to death, and draw conclusions. Personally, I don’t think the murder was planned. Just because Peterson deleted hundreds of emails the day before and a couple days after the murder, doesn’t necessarily equate to ‘premeditation’. I think he got caught, by his now-dead wife, with ‘his hands in other men’s pants’ so to speak, and that together with a financially reckless lifestyle of him and his various kids, imposed upon the one steady earner- the now-dead wife’, may have brought thins to a head, where his lifestyle was about to be ripped away. She may have threatened the old man, with exposure of his GAYness, and financial ruin…. somewhere he and his family were taking the now-dead accomplished wife- THE main provider, who witnessed a life’s work being chucked down the drain by those she was supporting. but that’s just me…..

    • I watch the series The Staircase. What has deleting emails got to do with murder? I delete personal emails everyday, if some close to me dies and somehow I am suspected. What has me deleting my emails got to do with murder? No guilty person can remain the same for more than 15 years. This case demonstrate the evil in the so called justice system. The system will do whatever it takes to get a conviction. They do not care. They will do it to anyone. Michael Peterson was treated unfairly, no one knows this better than the judge.

  5. Anyone with a functioning brainstem knows this guy is guilty—he lucked out with the incompetent investigation. Stop overthinking it—his wife is found in a huge bloody mess at the bottom of the stairs with gashes on her head and it’s the SECOND woman he has found dead at the bottom of stairs.

    This is a great study of how money gives you a HUGE advantage in the justice system. Switch the prosecution and defense teams and the jury would’ve deliberated less than a day and found him guilty. The Staircase was entertaining but also keep in mind Peterson was in a relationship with one of the filmmakers and requested the documentary be made—it’s biased.

  6. I love armchair detectives who think they have a grasp on a case that real detectives put thousands of hours in investigations and interviews. If you didn’t work the case you don’t have a valid opinion one way or the other.

  7. He did it. The fact that she divorced her 1st husband for cheating and this guy was having gay affairs is motive. I do not care what any of his friends say. He lied about numerous facts of his life. He was there either alone with her or with a boyfriend. Either way it was him. Use your common sense.

  8. Women don’t just fall down stairs and bleed to death! Her husband was the only person there. Someone has to stand up for the victim because she can’t speak for herself! I think she would be horrified to see her children didn’t stand up for her….oh my gosh they could never understand what kind of person he was!Even his attorney said it wasn’t about whether he was guilty or not, but rather whether the State could prove beyond a reasonable doubt!


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