One of the more famous prosecutors of our time has passed away.
Freda Black, who came to notoriety via a Netflix documentary, was found dead in her home this weekend.
Ms. Black was 57-years-old.
Netflix subscribers are no doubt already familiar with Ms. Black.
The case of Michael Peterson was the subject of one of its documentaries called The Staircase.
Peterson was convicted of killing his wife, Kathleen Peterson, who was found dead at their home at the bottom of a staircase in a pool of blood.
Known as a no-nonsense prosecutor, her closing argument against Peterson in the case made her famous.
This case was also rumored to be the inspiration for Trial and Error, an NBC legal comedy.
Most of the first season was eerily reminiscent of this case.
Post Peterson Case
After the case, Black’s career and life appeared to have taken a turn for the worse.
She mounted two campaigns for the Durham County District Attorney’s office but lost in both 2006 and 2008.
She would run again in 2010, but this time for a Durham County District Court judgeship… and would lose again.
Black would next make the headlines for driving while impaired in 2012.
After pleading guilty to that charge in 2013, she once again ran into legal troubles for a second DWI in 2015.
In 2016, she was charged with driving with a revoked license.
Several friends and family members hinted her departure from the DA’s office were at the root of her alcohol problems.
Black had devoted her life to putting away criminals and after leaving the office, she was no longer able to do that.
She then struggled for an identity, which led her down this road of self-destructive behavior and ultimately, her death.