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Murder in Connecticut: The Shocking Crime That Destroyed a Family and United a Community [Hardcover]

Michael Benson
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Sept. 24 2008

An incisive, unflinching 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 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 crime? And will these horrifying murders--with startling similarities to the case in Truman Capote's classic In Cold Blood--really be the impetus behind sweeping parole reform laws that will not only affect Connecticut, but all of America?

 


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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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This is not the story of the two nonentities who attacked one summer night, although out of necessity they must appear. It is rather the story of an idyllic little town in central Connecticut—the town of Cheshire, population 29,000, median household income $80,466—a town that could have buckled under, its world sullied forever, a black spot evermore blocking their sun, but instead did not.

 It is the story of a community that has stuck together and supported one another during the hardest possible times—a community that, only in crisis, has discovered its own formidable strength.

 It is a story of anger and how even the most liberal of neighbors have rethought their opinions on capital punishment.

 And it is the story of a husband and father who lost everything yet somehow clung to his sanity, who in a town of thousands of lights became the brightest beacon of all.

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By angus
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Too much about the aftermath and so little about the family, as a family. I was disappointed. This family is gone and yet you give us no chance to know them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book is Great Sept. 23 2008
By Grace - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Simply put this book is a great read. Yes it starts with the tragic murders of three people, but the murders are not the focus of the book. The substance of the book is how the community rallied together and supported each other in the face of that tragedy. It is a well written and inspiring story. I recommend this book to everyone, not just true crime readers.
24 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I disagree, because I've actually read the book. Sept. 21 2008
By Kevin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Peace, you obviously didn't read the book. Yes, the book does talk about the murders, but the author also talks about the unbelievably kind, benevolent response that Cheshire had to these heinous crimes. The book commends the town and its people.
Also, if you look at the bottom left hand side of the back cover, you will see that the author AND publisher of the book both made charitable contributions to the Petit Family Foundation.
This book wasn't entirely written for profit. It was written to showcase the town of Cheshire and the way all its residents came together in a most amazing way.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Murder In Connecticut April 27 2009
By B. Parker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Factual account of how a hometown overcame a tragedy and turned the incident into a positive outcome. Detail reporting including background of major players. Book is written like a newspaper article and lacks human interest appeal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Say Oct. 9 2013
By ZackAttack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book included everything i needed to know about this horrific event. From the actual home invasion itself, right to the people of Cheshire rallying to legislators for stricter laws. It went in depth as to how the people of Connecticut supported Dr. Petit in his time of grieving. It depicted how the town of Cheshire and its citizens came together in the most amazing way. I enjoyed the read and am definitely going to look more into Michael Benson's true crime pieces. I recommend this novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific read... Sept. 25 2008
By Booklover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I found this a terrific read - neither too prurient nor too prissy. It was a horrific crime, and there are lessons - both for individuals and communites - to be gleaned. I read it in one long sitting - the author did a great job!
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