Haunted by the home-invasion murders of his wife and two daughters, a Connecticut doctor says he's worried a similar fate could befall his newborn son. In a rare interview, Dr. William Petit revealed how the slaughter of his family colors his deepest fears, even as he rebuilds his life with a new wife and baby.
Hayes' childhood was spent in a "dysfunctional" family featuring physical and sexual abuse, according to a forensic psychiatrist hired by Hayes' defense team. Eric Goldsmith, whose office is in Manhattan, told Superior Court jurors that Hayes reacted to emotional turmoil by learning to "self-medicate" with marijuana and alcohol as early as age 10, when his parents separated. Hayes' attorneys are trying to convince jurors there are mitigating factors in his background that should result in a lifetime prison sentence without parole, rather than the death penalty, for his part in the Cheshire home invasion in which three people were killed.
The men intended to rob the upscale home of the respected doctor, William Petit Jr. However, the burglary quickly transformed into a terrifying home invasion that included multiple acts of assault and ended with arson. After law enforcement captured the perpetratorsmany people in the wealthy town were left asking how such a brutal crime could have occurred in their quiet community, as well as what, if anything, could have been done to prevent one woman and two girls from losing their lives. The Cheshire Murders, as the crime came to be called, is an example of a home burglary that spun out of control.
A confessed burglar said he "lost control" while beating Dr. William Petit with a bat before going on to murder Petit's wife and two daughters and admitted he started to "enjoy it," according to his journal entries read in court today. The 43 pages written by Joshua Komisarjevsky were presented in the penalty phase of Steven Hayes' murder trial.
The Cheshire, Connecticut, home invasion murders occurred on July 23, During a home invasion in Cheshire, ConnecticutJennifer Hawke-Petit and her year-old and year-old daughters were raped and murdered; her husband, Dr. William Petitwas severely injured.
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Damiani, who was presiding in Superior Court here, had the second man ejected from the courtroom. The father, Dr. William Petit, who had been beaten up and tied in the basement, managed to escape just before the men are said to have set the house on fire.
Photo released in Feb. This July police photo released Tuesday, Sept. The sole survivor in a deadly home invasion said Monday that there will never be "closure" after a jury recommended death for a man in the grisly murder of a Connecticut woman and her two daughters.
This July 23, file photo, provided by the Connecticut State Police, shows Joshua Komisarjevsky, charged in a deadly home invasion in Cheshire, Conn. Jurors were expected to begin deliberations Wednesday in the trial of Joshua Komisarjevsky, who faces a possible death sentence if convicted of the attack in Cheshire in William Petit with a bat, tied him and his family up and forced his wife to withdraw money from a bank.