The Cheshire Murders

Synopsis: In the quiet suburb of Cheshire, Connecticut, Jennifer Petit and her two young daughters were killed in a horrific home invasion; husband and father William Petit was the only one who escaped alive. This gripping film explores the events of that shocking triple homicide that rocked the town and set off a politically charged death-penalty trial. The result is a disturbing revelation of police failures and untold personal dramas that point out the biggest tragedy of all: the crime could have been prevented at many turns.
Production: HBO Documentary Films
118 min


Cheshire Emergency.

My name is Mary Lyons,

I'm the banking center manager.

We have a lady who is

in our bank right now

who says that her

husband and children

are being held at their house.

The people are in a car

outside the bank.

She is getting $15,000

to bring out to them.

That if the police are told, they will

kill the children and the husband.

Her name is Jennifer Petit.



Is she still in the bank?

Yes, she is.


She's being held...

- Her husband...

- Husband and family is being held?

- Yes.

- At their house?

Yes. They're tied up.

She said they drove her here.

I'm trying to look

and see where she's gone.

She went outside, but I don't...

Oh, wait, I see her walking now.

She is petrified.

Again, facts like that I

can't comment on. Okay.

And a male survivor.

Upon arrival at

the victims' residence,

the first officer observed

two male subjects

exit private residence

and also observed

the private residence

fully engulfed in flame.

The suspect vehicle rammed the

Cheshire police officer's car

and continued

on Sorghum Mill Road.

Tonight, police removed

the body of one of the victims

after a home invasion leaves a

mother and her two daughters dead.

The suspects,

26-year-old Joshua

Komisarjevsky of Cheshire

and 44-year-old

Steven Hayes of Winsted

were caught while trying

to escape in the Petits' car.

Now, the only question

remains that why

did this happen

to the Petit family?

There's not one word that I

can use to describe our town,

but it's a phenomenal town.

It's known as the

bedding capital of Connecticut,

for bedding plants.

It was historically a farming

community. A lot of family farms...

And, as the state

of Connecticut grew,

as the cities surrounding

the town of Cheshire grew,

it ultimately became

a bedroom community,

which I think is the, uh, probably the

way most people think of Cheshire.

Returning now

to tonight's top story.

A mother and her

two daughters are dead,

their father severely injured,

after a home invasion

stunned the town of Cheshire.

The suspects

apparently set the house on fire

as well as some of the victims.

Jennifer Petit,

her cause of death

has been asphyxiation

from strangulation.

Her daughters Hayley and Michaela

died from smoke inhalation.

I got a phone

call here on Monday afternoon

from Billy's sister,

and I said, "Hannah, it's

about the girls, isn't it?"

And she said,

"These two men came in

"at what they think was

00 in the morning

"and they beat Billy really

badly with a baseball bat

"and his head's all split apart,

"and then they proceeded to do

"all these awful things

to the girls,

"and they tied them

to their beds."

"About 9:
00, Jen was made

to go to the bank

"and withdraw money

"and then when she came

back from the bank,

"they set the house on fire

and killed them all

"so that they could try to cover

up their tracks, I guess,"

"but they got the two guys."

And all I could think was, "Who

cares if they got the two guys?

"We don't have our

loved ones anymore,"

"and that's all we had."

Wild Lingonberry. Have

you ever had that?


It's from England, somewhere.

The hardest thing I think

I've ever had to do in my life

was to tell my parents that

one of their other children,

their only other child,

was dead,

and their two grandchildren,

two of their four.

She quickly told

us that the home was set on fire,

but Bill escaped.

We went to the hospital and got

to see Bill for the first time.

He was badly beaten

and he tried to apologize to

us for not saving our daughter

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