From Jackie Cantwell
author: McDonald, Brian
In the Middle of the Night
In the Middle of the Night tells the horrifying tale of two parolees who go on a crime spree in Cheshire, CT on July 23, 2007. The instigator was Joshua Komisarjevsky, a convicted serial burglar, who met his partner in crime, Steven Hayes, in a halfway house. Joshua began burglarizing homes in his teens, and sometimes he didn’t take anything. Instead, he’d listen to the occupants as they slept, or rearranged pictures or furniture.
Joshua was adopted as an infant into a wealthy family. As a child, he lived in southwestern Cheshire on a 65-acre estate that was part horse farm. His parents, Ben and Jude, were loving and very religious. Joshua was given every opportunity to succeed in life, and coupled with his very high I.Q., he would have gone far if he hadn’t chosen crime as his vocation. It is especially cruel that he stalked the family of Dr. William and Mrs. Jennifer Petit, a nurse. They were a well-loved, community-minded couple whose daughters, Michaela and Hayley, held so much promise. It was very difficult to read the details of the crime. The governor, M. Jodi Rell, changed laws to toughen penalties for home invasion and tighten parole procedures after this crime.