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Murder in Connecticut: The Shocking Crime That Destroyed A Family And United A Community Hardcover – Sep 24 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1 edition (Sept. 24 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599214954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599214955
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #865,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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From the IntroductionThis 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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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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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c8a3318) out of 5 stars The Book is Great Sept. 23 2008
By Grace - Published on
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.
27 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c8a336c) out of 5 stars I disagree, because I've actually read the book. Sept. 21 2008
By Kevin - Published on
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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c8a37a4) out of 5 stars "Murder in Connecticut:"astrangely written and organized book, rather pointless overall. Maybe privately printed? July 5 2015
By J. Wynn - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If a reader is looking for a true crime book, this is not a good choice. Only 18 pages are devoted to the crime itself, and the rest of the book deals with how great the town is, how much money was raised for charity, and what wonderful perfect people everyone was and is. There is loads of filler in the book, unnecessary items such as glossary, index, 2 pages on where to contribute to charity, etc.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c8a378c) out of 5 stars Murder In Connecticut April 27 2009
By BonniePearl - Published on
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c8a3b4c) out of 5 stars Heartbreaking Yet Hopeful Oct. 1 2014
By Elizabeth Horton-Newton, Author - Published on
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The true story of the horrific murders of the Petit family in 2007 is told with compassion. Revealing the innermost workings of the investigation as well as the history of the killers the book also traces the response of the community to what happened. By balancing the details of the shocking crime with the support of a town rocked by the events Michael Benson gives a total view of the cause and effect of the crime. There are a lot of heroes in this story not the least of which is Dr Michael Petit himself who survives a nightmare and displays dignity and courage throughout. Kudos to Benson for showing both the dark side as well as the aftermath. Watching this town pull together to support both Dr Petit and one another leaves the reader with hope for the future.

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