Staircase more points to note
There is a lot of crucial info and evidence that is not even shown or discussed in the Netflix documentary. They wanted to show the anti-gay sentiment in America, and also Mike's girlfriend at the time was the editor of the film! So it was sympathetic to his side only.
Kathleen Peterson made all the money in the family as an Engineering Executive (Duke University Engineering Grad) in Corporate America working for a DotCom. She worked for Nortel and traveled the world as part of her job. Her net worth on paper was almost $2 MILLION. She owned the cars, the house (valued at $925K in 2002), and had a large 401K and pension plan. Kathleen helped pay the college tuition of 3 of the kids, none of which were hers. Mike did not pay a dime towards their tuition's. Mike and the kids all mooched off her salary and wealth. Mike was a bum (a legend in his own warped mind) who had not worked in years, he had $140K in credit card debt, owed $78K in back taxes to the IRS, and only had a small military pension.