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    Why did the press ignore horrific 2007 Connecticut home invasion?

    Why did the press ignore horrific 2007 Connecticut home invasion?
    September 6, 6:13 AM



    The 2007 case of a Cheshire, CT family being robbed, beaten, raped, murdered, and their home set ablaze presents a real-life horror story as well as a cautionary tale. However, the story barely received a mention in the mainstream press .But why?

    On July 24, 2007, school nurse Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, was raped and strangled to death, her two daughters Haley, 17, and Michaela, 11, were also sexually assaulted and died of smoke inhalation as their assailants attempted to burn the crime scene to the ground. The lone survivor of the attack, William Petit was badly beaten and required a lengthy stay in the hospital. The ordeal lasted for six hours.

    Joshua Komisarjevsky, 26 and Steven Hayes, 44 were arrested for the brutal crimes after hitting several police cars in their attempt to escape in the Petit’s car. Both were on parole and have extensive rap sheets, including more than 20 burglaries between them.

    These two human predators met in 2006, while living in a drug treatment center in Hartford, Conn. The two have reportedly confessed to two other neighborhood break-ins the night before breaking into the Petit‘s home.

    Though in 2002, a Bristol Superior Court Judge called Komisarjevsky “a cold calculating predator,” this beast was allowed to prowl the community once again. Presumably, he will now be dealt with harshly and never harm another family...Too bad for the Petit family that did not happen sooner.

    The prosecutor in this case Ronald Dearstyne has eluded to the fact that Komisarjevsky and Hayes were only armed with a knife and an air rifle. The meaningless lives of these two could have been easily ended by any member of the Petit family, had they been able to place hands on a gun. This particular reign of terror would have been prevented, their crime spree brought to an end, and the deadly social experiment wrought by a Connecticut parole board cancelled.

    Of course, the liberal press does not want to report on how truly violent predators now skulk about our neighborhoods, as they seek out a parasitic existence on the fruits of our labor. Nor do they wish to expose the deadly mistakes of liberal judges and incompetent parole boards. However, what they wish to stifle most of all is how easily crime can be prevented by a well-armed public.

    Though in this politically correct society it is now taboo to speak of it, the best and easiest way to protect your family and home is with a firearm. In fact, an armed homeowner is the one thing that strikes fear in the hearts of violent criminals.

    Home alarm systems can be disabled, locks can be picked, and dogs though ideal companions, can be very unreliable for protection. However, a determined and well-armed homeowner can end the life of a thug with a simple squeeze of a trigger.

    It is the obligation of every law abiding citizen to arm themselves, so that they can protect themselves and their families. The police will never be able to arrive in time to prevent harm to your family...It is up to you.

    My Dad began training me in the use of firearms at an early age (7 or 8). I was taught to protect myself and my home, as well as my responsibility with which I was now endowed.

    It is the duty of every parent to arm themselves and teach their children how to properly use a firearm. It is your Constitutional right and your responsibility as a Mom or Dad.

    The lack of coverage of this crime speaks to the fact that the left fears a well-armed public just as much as do the criminals.
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    It made a big splash in the New England news media, and I do recall seeing the story briefly appear in the the Phoenix area news. Maybe since it was "white on white" crime and lacked any racial tones or "hate crime" potential it was largely ignored on the national level.

    I did pay close attention to that story since I lived in that area for 35 years before moving west. Here's what the current, cited article left out: while it is true that both daughters died of smoke inhalation, these paroled animals actually tied the girls to their beds, soaked them with gasoline, and set them on fire. Slitting the girls' throats would have been a more humane death.

    Both these subhumans were recently out on parole from the Connecticut prison system when they attacked the Petit family.

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    And California and Michigan want to release additional prisoners into society to save more money.
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    Yes this was bad. In CT it was all over the news for weeks. GUN SALES WERE UP IN THE AREA AS WELL.

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    Ashtabula County is closing a juvenile lockup due to low funds.
    Known violent offenders are being kicked out prior to sentencing.
    Yes, the Connecticut incident was mostly ignored here as well.
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    Jumping on soap box.

    Why? Tell you why. It's the midset that we can "rehabilitate" criminals that some people have. They believe that since they had a bad childhood, or they have somehow been deprived of things, this is what leads them to crime. I know, there are those who I'm acquainted with that think the rich and powerful cause crime. They also believe that it is not a choice in behavior, but due to the circumstances these types are delt. They also believe that if society had treated them better, they would not be criminals.

    To that I always answer in a not-so-nice way and tell them if they want to take in and "rehabilitate" the criminal, just do so. Then, the waffling begins, with a stammering reply....."uh, uh, uh.....that's not up to me, it's the government's responsibility."

    That's "why." If we stop giving criminals every avenue of excuse as to why they behave that way, we won't ever slow crime down. Better yet, have the citzens armed so well that home invasion, rape, robbery or any of that becomes so hazardous of an occupation, they might just think twice about commiting.

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    It's still very much in the public mind here in Connecticut. The idiots have attempted to plead guilty in order to avoid the death penalty, but the prosecutor isn't interested in talking to them. There is overwhelming evidence against them and their confession would be pointless. I would say the crime was well publicized.
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    Why? Because not everything is National News! Sorry, that's just the way it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rstickle View Post
    Why? Because not everything is National News! Sorry, that's just the way it is.
    Yep!

    It's all about agenda.

    One guy legally carrying gets running national press.

    Something like this gets ignored because it points to the failure of an approach that the media champions.
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    The author must have been living under a rock at that time, and still is.

    This was a NATIONAL news story feature that was everywhere including CNN and ABCNews. I know this because I posted in threads dating back to that time and this story reports as provided and updated by CNN and ABCNews including a time line of the police response.

    I only read the first sentence of this article and immediately knew is was FOS.
    This is abundantly clear via a simple Google search for those, like the author, who either forgot or did not pay attention.

    Below are _national_ news source reports that I myself had posted in the past...

    Monday, July 21, 2008 520 AM
    Associated Press
    Father struggles to carry on slain family's legacy
    http://www.cfnews13.com/News/Nationa...html?refresh=1
    Note: Even the URL is noted as this report being "News/National".

    For Suspect in 3 Deaths, Family Steeped in Prominence
    By ALISON LEIGH COWAN and STACEY STOWE
    Published: July 26, 2007
    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/26/nyregion/26slay.html

    Parole Procedures to Be Reviewed After Grisly Conn. Home Invasion
    Suspects in Deadly Home Invasion Had No Record of Violent Crime
    By ANNE-MARIE DORNING
    July 25, 2007
    http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=3411943&page=1
    Note: Only one of _multiple_ national news reports on this incident by ABC News. The day this event occurred it was in fact the leading story featured prominently at their websites main page.

    Connecticut Horror Punctuates a Trend
    Violence Rising Fast Away From Big Cities
    By Anthony Faiola
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Saturday, August 11, 2007; Page A01
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...081002116.html
    Note: This too is just one of multiple features run by the Washington Post on this story dating back to the day of the event going forward.

    It does not get any more 'national' amongst the news than the Associated Press, Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, and ABC News.

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    I remember seeing it on Primetime or 20/20 or one of those other news shows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by automatic slim View Post
    I remember seeing it on Primetime or 20/20 or one of those other news shows.
    I saw it featured on 60 Minutes and heck it's even been in People magazine...

    * July 28, 2008
    * Vol. 70
    * No. 4
    Making It Through Each Day
    By Nicole Weisensee Egan/Connecticut, With Lucia Greene/Connecticut
    One Year After His Wife and Two Daughters Were Brutally Murdered in a Home Invasion, Bill Petit Jr. Is Finding Ways to Honor Their Memory and—With the Help of Two Heartbroken Towns—Somehow Heal Himself
    http://www.people.com/people/archive...214077,00.html

    This is easy enough to verify in like a 15s effort via Google.
    How much more 'national' can one get in news reporting than these?

    On this specific item the author and group he represents are making a baseless claim of media indifference.

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    I don't think this situation was ignored, just that other news became "fresher".

    Both these subhumans were recently out on parole from the Connecticut prison system when they attacked the Petit family.
    Yes, the lovely "parole" system. Personally I am becoming more and more in favor of no parole and no second convictions.

    In short, do your bit on your first pop and if you get popped again execute. The liberal and religious agenda of rehabilitation, as founded by the Quakers, has been proven to not work IMO. Prisons should be a deep, dark, inhuman and inhumane place as far as I'm concerned, since that is what makes it in the bowels of such a place.

    Managing our prison system in this manner may not place us in high esteem amongst the humanitarians of the world, but I don't much care. Most of the so called humanitarians haven't had to face what animals like this do. Sometimes violence is the only answer, unless you wish to be a victim too.

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    Thanks, Jang, for doing your homework.

    And I agree with BikerRN.

    These 2 scumbags were released to prey on an innocent family.

    Despicable.
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