Many compared it to the senseless murder of the Clutter family narrated by Trump Capote in his nonfiction book "In Cold Blood." Both were motivated by the fantasy of big money which didn't materialize. Dr. William Petit's wife and two daughters were raped and murdered.
The killers were sentenced to death. Later, CT abolished the death penalty.
As a result one of the killers recently got off death row.
Now the second one has also. That's Joshua Komisayevsky. He will serve six consecutive life sentences. Here are the details from the New York Post.
That home invasion was one of three tragedies to occur within a relatively short time in CT. The next was the massacre of school children in Newtown. Then in a Christmas morning fire, ad executive Madonna Badger lost her three daughters and both parents.
The lone survivor of the home invasion, Dr. William Petit, recovered from the beating the murdered administered to him. They assumed he was dead. He was at all the trials.
No one assumed Petiti would be able to come back from the horror. But he did. He married. The couple had a son. And he is now running for elected office.