Murder in Connecticut

Murder in Connecticut

by Michael Benson

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Murder in Connecticut by Michael Benson

A moving account of the shocking, summer 2007 Connecticut crime that is still making national headlines, Murder in Connecticut examines what happened to Dr. William Petit, his wife Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and their two daughters, Hayley and Michaela, in the early morning hours of July 23, 2007 in the quiet town of Cheshire—and how their community rallied bravely around the sole survivor of this vicious home invasion. Who was the Petit family? How were they marked for murder by their killers, Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes? How could these men have dreamed up such a heinus crime? The murders—with haunting similarities to the case in Truman Capote’s classic In Cold Blood—had been so horrifying that, for days, they were on the national news just as much as the local news. The sense of home-invasion-related nervousness was unparalleled since the 1969 Manson murders. Gun sales in central Connecticut skyrocketed, as did those of home security systems across New England and beyond. Lawmakers were quick to revisit get-tough-on-crime initiatives—from “three strikes” legislation to tighter parole regulations. But it was the public voice of the sole survivor and his community that was truly inspiring. Instead of retreating into silence, the residents of Cheshire marched forward. Rallying around the heroic words of Dr. Petit, they heard the call to action—and they responded.

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ISBN-13: 9781599214955
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/24/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 803,782
Product dimensions: 8.48(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Michael Benson is the author or coauthor of fifty books, including the Pinnacle true-crime books---Betrayal in Blood and Hooked up for Murder and Lethal Embrace (with Rober Mladinich)--as well as Inside Secret Societies, Who's Who in the JFK Assassination, and Complete Idiot's Guides to NASA, National Security, The CIA, Submarines, and Modern China. His other works include presidential biographies and true crime books for young readers. Originally from Rochester, N.Y., Benson is a graduate of Hofstra University and now resides in Brooklyn.

Table of Contents


Preface: Central Connecticut-A Lesson in How to Heal ix Acknowledgments xi Introduction: Double-Locked Doors and Restless Nights xii
1 Outside the Stop & Shop 1
2 The Waking Nightmare 9
3 Immediate Aftermath 24
4 "I Sure Am Glad That I Didn't Run into Him" 43
5 Komisarjevsky and Hayes 49
6 "We Plan to Seek the Death Penalty" 82
7 Services-Private and Public 91
8 Candlelight Vigil 107
9 More Search Warrants 113
10 Angry Voices 117
11 "I Came Here to See What Evil Looked Like" 125
12 Bartlem Park Rally and the Three-Strikes Controversy 134
13 A New Cohesion in Deaconwood 140
14 The Congregation's Dilemma 143
15 Autumn 149
16 Dr. Petit Writes a Letter 160
17 The Cheshire Lights 169
18 Then It Happened Again 175
19 More Legislative Debate 177
20 March Madness: A Turning Point in the Healing Process 184
21 The Grieving Schools: Miss Porter's, Chase Collegiate, and Cheshire Academy 189
22 Forever Michaela 199 Afterword: The Darkness and the Light 203 Appendix A 911 Transcript 204 Appendix B Cheshire Police Dispatch Log, July 23, 2007 218 Appendix C Glossary of People Mentioned 222 Appendix D Bibliography 230 Appendix E Where to Send Donations 236 Index 238 About the Author 242

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A moving account of the shocking, summer 2007 Connecticut crime that is still making national headlines, Murder in Connecticut examines what happened to Dr. William Petit, his wife Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and their two daughters, Hayley and Michaela, in the early morning hours of July 23, 2007 in the quiet town of Cheshire—and how their community rallied bravely around the sole survivor of this vicious home invasion. Who was the Petit family? How were they marked for murder by their killers, Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes? How could these men have dreamed up such a heinus crime?   The murders—with haunting similarities to the case in Truman Capote’s classic In Cold Blood—had been so horrifying that, for days, they were on the national news just as much as the local news. The sense of home-invasion-related nervousness was unparalleled since the 1969 Manson murders. Gun sales in central Connecticut skyrocketed, as did those of home security systems across New England and beyond. Lawmakers were quick to revisit get-tough-on-crime initiatives—from “three strikes” legislation to tighter parole regulations. But it was the public voice of the sole survivor and his community that was truly inspiring. Instead of retreating into silence, the residents of Cheshire marched forward. Rallying around the heroic words of Dr. Petit, they heard the call to action—and they responded.

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AvidTrueStoryReader More than 1 year ago
I think this was written just to capitalize on a horrific murder. I can go to the newspapers and read what was written in this book. Terrible read. Don't waste your money!
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