(SL) – It was an unspeakable tragedy. I cringed reading it. Imagine having to live through it. The Cheshire Murders was the crime that horrified America. As reported on the Daily Mail website, on a balmy summer night in 2007, a mother and her two daughters were brutally murdered by a pair of callous petty criminals.
Joanna Hawke-Petit, 48, and her daughters Michaela, 11, and Hayley, 17, died at the hands of Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes.
Mrs Hawke-Petit was raped and strangled, her daughters burned to death and Michaela sexually assaulted. The only member of the family to survive was the little girl’s father, William Petit. One of the killers later revealed that he raped 11-year old Michaela as well.
Now Dr Petit, 58, has revealed the details of what really happened on that fateful night in a new book, The Rising, Murder, Heartbreak, and the Power of Human Resilience in an American Town, by Ryan D’Agostino. The author has fill access to Dr. Petit and his family.
In it, he details how two small time criminals who met in a half way house for released prisoners turned a happy family Sunday into a night of unsurpassed savagery that ended with three murders.
On the night of the killings, Dr Petit woke up on the sun room couch to find himself bound and with two strange men looking down at him.
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