In a scene in Episode 3 of the brand new HBO Max dramatic collection “The Staircase,” Durham prosecutor Freda Black interviews a younger man about his communications with homicide suspect Michael Peterson within the months earlier than Peterson’s spouse, Kathleen, died of their house in 2001.
The younger man was Brent Wolgamott, who on the time of Kathleen Peterson’s loss of life was a self-described male escort and Military pharmacy specialist stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. Wolgamott glided by the net identify “Brad from Raleigh.”
Wolgamott and Peterson communicated by telephone and e-mail within the fall of 2001 and had deliberate to satisfy up in Durham. Wolgamott canceled the date and the 2 by no means met.
Durham Police detectives discovered the communications between Peterson and Wolgamott on Peterson’s laptop.
On the time of Peterson’s trial in 2003, Wolgamott was a 28-year-old NC State chemistry main and now not escorting.
The actor who performs Wolgamott on the HBO collection will not be listed on “The Staircase” web page on IMDb.
‘Brad from Raleigh’: Testimony in Peterson trial
Throughout Peterson’s 2003 trial, Wolgamott answered questions from Black about his emails and telephone calls with Peterson and confirmed that regardless of all that, they by no means really met.
Wolgamott testified that Peterson spoke fondly of his spouse and that he described his marriage as comfortable.
Throughout cross-examination by protection legal professional David Rudolf, Wolgamott stated he began escorting to economize for school. He famous about his clientele: “Normally, they’re professionals, as a result of my charges have been fairly excessive. I noticed docs, attorneys, uh, one choose.” Decide Orlando Hudson interjected, “It was not this choose.”
Wolgamott’s life after the trial
A number of months after the trial, Wolgamott pleaded responsible to misdemeanor costs related to acquiring managed substances by fraud, representing himself as a dentist to acquire painkillers at pharmacies whereas a scholar at NC State.
In a 2018 interview with The Information & Observer, Wolgamott described the time of his life simply after the Peterson trial as “horrible.” He had a 3.97 GPA at NC State and deliberate to attend medical college, however the notoriety of the trial disrupted his life.
“After the Peterson trial and after all of the plans in my life obtained irrevocably altered, I began utilizing once more,” he advised The N&O in 2018. He stated he obtained “busted” however thinks that saved his life as a result of it pressured him to get assist.
“The Peterson trial pressured me to maneuver away from North Carolina due to that notoriety. And due to that, I moved nearer to my mother and father and I ended up getting assist from the VA right here in Cincinnati.”
Wolgamott additionally stated on the time that he doesn’t assume Peterson killed his spouse.
“I don’t imagine that the man I talked to over e-mail and over the telephone, not that I’ve any standing to guage him, however he simply doesn’t seem to be the sort of man who would kill his spouse,” Wolgamott stated then.
Wolgamott works as a actuality present recapper and popular culture podcaster in Cincinnati, and has a YouTube gaming channel known as Brent Wolgamott’s Fortunate Slot Channel. He’s on Twitter as @OneLuckyGay.
This story was initially printed Might 5, 2022 9:20 PM.