Just when you think you have heard of the worst thing that one human being can do to another – along comes a couple of cretins from hell who commit an even more heinous act. I refer to the recent murders of three Cheshire, Connecticut women by two convicted criminals who were questionably out on parole. Joshua Komisarjevsky, 26, and Steven Hayes, 44, have been charged with the venomous murders of a mother and her two daughters after a home invasion that ended with an unspeakable act of arson.

Jennifer Hawke-Petit was sexually molested and strangled, and her two daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela were tied to their beds, raped repeatedly, then doused with gasoline and burned alive. The father, William Petit, a physician, managed to escape after being brutally beaten with a baseball bat. It’s believed that Komisajevsky and Hayes set fire to the two girls in order to destroy any DNA evidence that might have been used against them in rape charges.

The horror story, as reported by wire services and The Hartford Courant, began around 3 a.m., July 23, when the two suspects entered the family home through an unlocked rear door. About six hours later, one of the men forced Mrs. Hawke-Petit to make a cash withdrawal from a local bank. Employees became suspicious and called police. When the police arrived at the Petit home about an hour later, it was already in flames. Komisajevsky and Hayes were caught trying to escape in the Petit family car, which was eventually stopped after smashing into a number of police cruisers. The two men are currently being held on $15 million dollar bonds.

Where to begin? Why were the two suspects out on parole? They had more than 20 felony convictions between them and had served only half their time. How can human beings, even career criminals, concoct such a hideous crime? Mrs. Hawke-Petit, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis eight years ago, had raised thousands of dollars to fight the disease. What kind of twisted Fate rewards her work with what happened to her? Seventeen-year-old Hayley had just graduated from highschool and had been accepted at Dartmouth, her father’s alma mater. What manner of Justice snuffs out a promising life such as hers? And 11-year-old Michaela appeared to have been sexually assaulted the most times. What Fates had she offended to deserve such a hideous end?

Fortunately, Connecticut still has a death penalty. But if convicted, how many years of appeals and how many hundreds of thousands of dollars will be spent before the two suspects are executed? Let’s face it – there is no guarantee that the repulsive chain of events enacted by Komisajevsky and Hayes will ever be properly punished if they are convicted. Already there are bleeding hearts writing letters to the editor, prattling on about “the sanctity of life,” and how no one should ever be executed, no matter what the circumstances.

These bleeding hearts are the people who believe they somehow have the right to forgive crimes committed against others. They rationalize that Komisajevsky and Hayes probably were not responsible for their actions, because they were mistreated by society or had poor potty training as infants. The reality is that there is evil in the world. And there are evil, calculating people. They have free will and freedom of choice just like everyone else, yet choose to behave outside the boundaries of a civilized society. The torture and murder of the three women is the kind of calculated brutality that only rational beings can contrive.

Finally, the bleeding hearts will argue that no one has the right to take the life of another. After all, isn’t there a commandment that says “Thou shalt not kill?” Are they saying that if Adolf Hitler had been captured at the end of World War II he should not have been put to death? The fact is, taking a human life is not in all cases morally wrong. We have the right to take the life of a thug who is about to take ours or that of a loved one. We have a right to kill as many of the enemy as we can in a just war.

While murder is rampant throughout the United States, especially in cities like Washington, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and New York, it is not unchecked in Connecticut. Murders are few and far between in the “Constitution State.” This one just happens to be exceptionally horrific and senseless. It is well to remember while the Connecticut atrocity is still fresh in our minds, that we have a contract with our country, our state, our individual locale. And they, in turn, have a contract with us. We obey the laws, pay our taxes, and contribute in various ways to the well-being of those around us. In return, we are offered protection against those persons who would harm us. Since the state of Connecticut failed miserably to protect the Petit family, capital punishment for Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes, should they be found guilty, is the only redemption of that failed contract: to protect posthumously the dignity of the Petit family by taking the lives of those who took theirs.

– Chase.Hamil








































































































































Komisarjevsky and Hayes from murdering three people in the most bestial fashion – plus the “lesser” infractions of sexual assault, assault, robbery, kidnaping, burglary and car theft.

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