Thursday, August 02, 2007

Cheshire murder case is People mag. cover story

A release from People magazine:

(NEW YORK) – This week’s PEOPLE features an in-depth report on the home invasion of the Petit family and the brutal murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and daughters Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11 that shocked their tranquil Connecticut town.

PEOPLE reports that the two suspects, Steven Hayes, 44, and Joshua Komisarjevsky, 26, are both ex-cons with extensive rap sheets. Amid an outcry, Connecticut officials have promised to investigate how they could have been let out on parole and to reform procedures if necessary. In the meantime, Hayes and Komisarjevsky, who police confirm have confessed, have been charged with multiple counts of murder and kidnapping and are facing a possible death penalty. While the prospect of severe punishment provided comfort to some, friends of the Petits preferred not to dwell on that aspect of the tragedy. “It makes you want to give up on a world where this could happen to people like this, but then you realize they would not want us to give up,” Jennifer’s friend Deb Hereld tells PEOPLE. “If this happened to somebody else, they would be the people in the front, comforting, organizing help and just being there on a personal level. You don’t meet many people like that in your life; you just don’t.”

More on the killings, confirming what I've heard around town in Cheshire:

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