Prior to July 22, 2007, the Petit family was an average American household. William Petit Jr. was an endocrinologist, and Jennifer Hawke-Petit was a pediatric nurse. They had two daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela. Hayley had recently graduated high school and planned to study medicine at Dartmouth in the fall. Michaela enjoyed gardening and cooking, and she even made dinner for the family that evening.
The Petits lived in the affluent suburb of Cheshire, CT, and had been going about their regular weekend routine before they became front-page news. By the morning of Monday, July 23, three of the Petits were dead, and their killers were in custody. Their home had been set ablaze and would later be torn down due to the horrific events that occurred inside.
Here, we'll break down what took place that night and explain why William Petit Jr., the sole survivor, doesn’t believe justice was actually served.
Joshua Komisarjevsky Followed Jennifer Hawke-Petit And Her Daughter Home From The Grocery Store On July 22, 2007
Komisarjevsky Returned To The Petit Home Later That Night With An Accomplice
On July 23, Jennifer Hawke-Petit Sought Help From A Bank Teller, Who Called The Police
The Home Invasion Escalated To Assault, Murder, And Arson
William Petit Jr. Was The Only Survivor
Hayley Petit Attempted To Escape The Fire