If you live on the EastCoast you no doubt have heard about the horrible multiple rapes and murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters Haley 17 and Michaela 11, after a home invasion. The brutal crimes culminating with the house being torched was survived by Dr. William Petit who was brutally beaten with a baseball bat.
The first of the two charged, Steven Hayes, 47, has been found guilty and sentenced to death
Next ob trial will be Joshua Komisarjevsky, 29, who has been dubbed the "mastermind" of the grisly crime that first forced Mrs. Petit to withdraw $15,000 dollars and ended with the death of her and her two daughters.
Police say Hayes raped and strangled Jennifer, and prosecutors say Komisarjevsky raped Michaela, 11.
Joshua Komisarjevsky was born on Aug. 10, 1980, immediately given up for adoption, and within days went home with Jude and Ben Komisarjevsky. The couple are devout Christians who by all accounts live modestly, but come from a storied and wealthy family. His adoptive family called the crime he is charged with "a monstrous, deranged act, beyond compehension."
As a child, Joshua spent time at the 65-acre estate of his adoptive step-grandfather, John Chamberlain, a writer who published in conservative opinion magazines, in Cheshire.
He says he committed his first crime when he was 12 years old, stealing a car. He says he did it by taking advantage of Cheshire's unlocked doors, plucking the keys from inside an unlocked house, in order to get home in time to avoid being caught violating his curfew.
Among the several houses on the property, young Joshua lived with his parents in a pre-Revolutionary War home they referred to as The Homestead. This home, still in use, is less than two miles from the Petit home at 300 Sorghum Mill Drive.
Most burglaries occur in the daytime. Criminals generally don't want trouble and prefer to rob homes during the day when no one's home. But according to his own confessions to police and a journalist, Joshua Komisarjevsky enjoyed the rush of breaking into people's homes at night while they slept.
Komisarjevky sought out dangerous situations and seemed to get an almost erotic thrill from his trangressions. He describes breaking into other people's homes at night, waiting, standing still, and listening to sleeping strangers slowly breathing in their beds. He would wear latex gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints and, at least on one occasion, he told police, he used night-vision goggles to see in the dark.
Komisarjevky's predilection for the night may have begun when he was young but over the years developed into a criminal modus operandi. When retired Cheshire police officer Bill Glass first heard about the early morning home invasion on July 23, 2007, no one had to tell him who was involved. "I knew it was Komisarjevsky," he said.
"Robbing a house is better than any drug I've ever tried," the young thief once told a friend. Komisarjevsky has called burglary "a form of extreme sport."