Skip to comments.Connecticut Sees 'Red' After Horrific Home-Invasion Murders
Posted on 10/21/2010 3:12:53 AM PDT by Scanian
Blue-state Connecticut has undergone a jolting metamorphosis over the past three years, with potential ramifications for the Senate contest between Linda McMahon and Richard Blumenthal. Many residents have become a lot more like red-state Texans than blue-state New Englanders. Now, they're enthusiastic supporters of the death penalty and are fond of handguns and shotguns. It's all due to a horrific home invasion in 2007 in the affluent town of Cheshire, a New Haven suburb.
Chilling details of the "Cheshire Murders," as they're known, have played out in a New Haven courtroom this fall during the first of two trials. Now, the proceedings are in the penalty phase after Steven Hayes, 48, was convicted of murder and rape. Jurors must decide if he should get life in prison or the death penalty. According to a recent opinion poll, Connecticut residents overwhelmingly favor lethal injection.
On July 23, 2007, at 3 a.m., Hayes and fellow career criminal Joshua Komisarjevsky, now 30, burst into the home of the Petit family. Three family members were murdered: Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, and daughters Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11. Mrs. Petit and Michaela were raped. The sole survivor was Dr. William A. Petit, Jr., then 50, a prominent physician and diabetes specialist who was beaten senseless with a baseball bat and tied up. He eventually freed himself and stumbled out of his home to summon help from neighbors.
Interestingly, the Cheshire Murders have repeatedly overshadowed Connecticut politics -- putting anti-death penalty Democrats on the defensive. Democrat lawmakers in May 2009 revealed themselves to be out of touch with voters when pushing through a vote to abolish Connecticut's death penalty. It followed a debate overshadowed by the "Cheshire Murders." Governor M. Jodi Rell, a Republican, vetoed the law.
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What are you drinking,You cant be serious,Blumenthal will be Elected Senator,Malloy will be the Govenor to go along with the Veto proof Democratic majority in the Legislature.
This State is a Lost Cause
The fact that they are even pondering if the death penalty shall be imposed, speaks volumes of the Connecticut elite. Call it “The Blumenthal Mindset”.
wonder what the outcome would have been had Dr. Petit had firearms in the home...
I’m from CT. Death penalty is pretty popular there. I also went to the school in Cheshire that the victims were affiliated with. It is a smallish school, and all of the teachers and employees are well known. Cheshire in particular is the kind of place (like New Canaan) where that sort of thing “isn’t supposed to happen.
On the other hand, the folks there, based on my last visits, haven’t made the connection between Dem policies and coming economic collapse.
IIRC the door was unlocked, and the good Dr. was napping on the couch. they beat him with baseball bats, hogtied him, and threw hiim in the basement. over time he was able to free himself, where the only sane option available to him was to go to the neighbors and call police.
had there been a handgun in the basement, he would have had a more immediate option.
You can rely on two things:
If this creature is allowed to live, even convicted of these horrific murders and with a life wih no parole sentence, leftists will gather around him like a cult. They (leftists) just LOVE murders — from Tookie Williams to Che Guano (sarc) — they love ‘em all...
If this creature is allowed to live, someday in the distant future, some leftist piece of garbage will find an excuse to to loose this monster on society...
I think McMahon will win. The polling shows otherwise but I think the democrat turn-out will be very low. I think they have lost a bit of hope and a lot of enthusiam.
That’s the scary thing about home invasions. They can happen at just about any time. One should always keep their doors locked and have a good mid to large sized dog. And of course have access to a loaded gun.
Nothing to 'allege' they were found guilty!
He's got nothing to lose, and no jury would convict summary justice at the end of a rope in the street outside the jail.
The police and prosecutors would have a hissy fit over a couple of their meal tickets getting snuffed out, but I think they'd lose the argument with the public, unless Connecticut is so far gone that the citizens are all b*itches of the Almighty State.
I used to believe police propaganda when I was younger — home invasions are as incredibly rare and amazingly few in number as people getting struck by a meteorite. Seems they happen EVERYWHERE and ALL THE TIME.
Tell me there is no Satan. Evil walks this earth.
They’re white subhumans.
I keep my guns in different parts of the house, and they’re all ready for action.
My cousin is a Lieutenant in the Cheshire PD and testified at this scumbags trial.
Preferably in a holster on one's hip. I don't always practice this piece of advice, but I should. In a class I once took, we tried out the old "how long would it take for a guy in reasonably good shape with a knife 20 feet away to get to you?" Well, we verified that it takes but one and one-half seconds. Not enough time for you to get to a gun that's not right there right then.
Har!! All insipid comments should start off with personal insult.
It just makes things easier.
How long ago were you "younger"?
If it was more than 20 years ago, it may have been true "back then".
You are implying somebody is lying about this heinous crime? What the hell planet do you come from? You want to see the charred bodies of the girls or something?
I don’t think that’s what he’s saying.
The idea that home invasions are rare might have been the case years ago but they are commonplace now. And in good neighborhoods.
You COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY misread my post. After reading my post a second time, I can see that my poor phrasing is to blame. I USED TO BELIEVE that home invasions were as rare as Polar Bears in Hawaii. Now, every time I open the paper, I read of another horrible crime such as this one.
He was sound asleep when the perps came up and beat him senseless on the front porch. The they took him to the basement and tied him up.
What they did to the wife and two daughters was unpeakable. It was far, far worse than Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood”.
Think nothing of it. :)
Usually a higher capacity magazine, a barrel near the minimum legal length and a cylindrical (no choke) bore.
Given the crime in question, I should think Connecticut residents would favor a Louisville Slugger with 16-penny nails....
Yikes...wait until Paladino sees that thing!
This ad beheads Blumenthal