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Connecticut Sees 'Red' After Horrific Home-Invasion Murders
The American Thinker ^ | October 21, 2010 | David Paulin

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bluestate; blumenthal; cheshiremurders; guns; mcmahon

1 posted on 10/21/2010 3:13:01 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

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


2 posted on 10/21/2010 4:00:07 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: Scanian

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”.


3 posted on 10/21/2010 4:00:56 AM PDT by tommyboy (We'll do it live)
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To: Scanian

wonder what the outcome would have been had Dr. Petit had firearms in the home...


4 posted on 10/21/2010 4:28:41 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: camle
This is all I could find on how they gained entry:

Joshua Komisarjevsky spotted Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters at the store and followed them home, then returned later with his friend Steven Hayes and together they broke into the house and severely beat Petit and killed his wife and daughters, investigators allege.

If this happened to me I would make it my life's work to exterminate the killers.

5 posted on 10/21/2010 4:36:21 AM PDT by TSgt (Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho - 44th and current President of the United States)
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To: Scanian

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.


6 posted on 10/21/2010 4:37:00 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: TSgt

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.


7 posted on 10/21/2010 4:41:26 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Scanian; All

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...

JMHO


8 posted on 10/21/2010 4:46:07 AM PDT by Peet (Leftists think personal liberty is so important it must be carefully rationed.)
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To: ballplayer

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.


9 posted on 10/21/2010 4:59:02 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: camle

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.


10 posted on 10/21/2010 5:06:45 AM PDT by TSgt (Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho - 44th and current President of the United States)
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To: TSgt
investigators allege.

Nothing to 'allege' they were found guilty!

11 posted on 10/21/2010 5:07:05 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: Scanian

Horror: An image shown to the court shows the charred bedroom of Hayley Petit after the attack
12 posted on 10/21/2010 5:15:52 AM PDT by TSgt (Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho - 44th and current President of the United States)
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To: TSgt
They killed his wife, his daughters, and his future grandchildren.

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.

13 posted on 10/21/2010 5:17:38 AM PDT by kiryandil
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To: TSgt

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.


14 posted on 10/21/2010 5:21:08 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: Scanian

Tell me there is no Satan. Evil walks this earth.


15 posted on 10/21/2010 6:09:15 AM PDT by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing leftists and their fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: Scanian
What does defense-grade shotguns mean?
16 posted on 10/21/2010 6:14:44 AM PDT by deadrock (Liberty is a bitch that needs to be bedded on a mattress of cadavers.)
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To: Peet

Nahh.

They’re white subhumans.


17 posted on 10/21/2010 6:15:20 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (You shall know the truth, and it shall piss you off mightily)
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To: TSgt

I keep my guns in different parts of the house, and they’re all ready for action.


18 posted on 10/21/2010 6:49:01 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: TSgt

My cousin is a Lieutenant in the Cheshire PD and testified at this scumbags trial.


19 posted on 10/21/2010 6:58:36 AM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: TSgt
And of course have access to a loaded gun.

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.

20 posted on 10/21/2010 7:16:29 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: ballplayer; Scanian
What are you drinking,You cant be serious...

Har!! All insipid comments should start off with personal insult.

It just makes things easier.

21 posted on 10/21/2010 8:00:09 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: Doctor 2Brains
I used to believe police propaganda when I was younger ...

How long ago were you "younger"?

If it was more than 20 years ago, it may have been true "back then".

22 posted on 10/21/2010 8:06:49 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Doctor 2Brains
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.

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?

23 posted on 10/21/2010 8:15:14 AM PDT by McGruff (A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs)
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To: McGruff

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.


24 posted on 10/21/2010 8:20:44 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: McGruff

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.


25 posted on 10/21/2010 8:43:06 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: camle

Probably nothing.

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”.


26 posted on 10/21/2010 8:49:41 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: DEADROCK
Defense Double


27 posted on 10/21/2010 8:50:44 AM PDT by SeeSac
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To: Doctor 2Brains
I apologize then for misinterpreting your comments.
28 posted on 10/21/2010 9:16:30 AM PDT by McGruff (A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs)
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To: McGruff

Think nothing of it. :)


29 posted on 10/21/2010 9:25:27 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: DEADROCK

Usually a higher capacity magazine, a barrel near the minimum legal length and a cylindrical (no choke) bore.


30 posted on 10/21/2010 9:47:40 AM PDT by jimt
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To: Scanian
"Connecticut residents overwhelmingly favor lethal injection."

Given the crime in question, I should think Connecticut residents would favor a Louisville Slugger with 16-penny nails....


31 posted on 10/21/2010 9:51:43 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Yikes...wait until Paladino sees that thing!


32 posted on 10/21/2010 12:14:43 PM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

This ad beheads Blumenthal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYefok_FuJI


33 posted on 10/21/2010 2:00:15 PM PDT by Fred (Suspend All Immigration Until Unemployment is Reduced to 5%)
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