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    Komisarjevsky's Uncle: Killer Is On His Own

    When the jury in New Haven County Court announced its verdict in Judge Jon Blue's courtroom Friday, the second of two murderers came face-to-face with the death penalty in the monstrous 2007 Cheshire crime that was so devastating to the Petit and Hawke families and their many friends.

    The convicted criminal in the courtroom that day has the same last name as I. He is my nephew. Because of that, many would have expected that I and my family would have circled the wagons to protect him.

    We chose not to do that. Our reason is clear: we believe and have taught our children that each individual bears personal responsibility for the decisions he makes, how he behaves and what he permits to continue to go on around him.

    That crime was beyond comprehension and there are no excuses. My family lives every day with the knowledge that the sadness borne by the Petit and Hawke families is something that will never go away.

    In the face of such sorrow, the Petit and Hawke families have shown extraordinary dignity. While they face an overwhelming emptiness, they never fail to support one another. Beyond that, every day that my wife, Reina, and I were in the courtroom to show our support for them, you could feel their warmth and kindness. We didn't expect it and they certainly didn't have to be so gracious. For that, this family will be eternally grateful.

    The horrific acts of the two criminals had the impact of an earthquake. At the epicenter, the damage to the Petit and Hawke families was beyond belief. Extending outward, others felt the tremor. Those close by who knew the families and those far away who only heard about the crime were united in their horror.

    As a Komisarjevsky, I grew up in a family where caring about others and doing what is right was the expected path. Our parents never failed to be the example for kindness, intellect, and giving. Each in their own right, they were well-known, respected and beloved. My father, Theodore Komisarjevsky, was a renowned theater director from a famous Russian theatrical family. My mother, Ernestine Stodelle Komisarjevsky Chamberlain, was a leading figure in modern dance, a teacher and a writer. My step-father, John Chamberlain, was a distinguished and admired columnist, author and book critic.

    Some of the testimony in court disparaging my parents was outrageous. To have said such things was a desperate act with the obvious goal of creating excuses for inhumane behavior.

    As our parents' children, we know the truth. We know the importance of what they taught us about values, character and behavior. The fact is that my step-father John Chamberlain was a quiet, compassionate man who would do anything for anyone and share what he had with those in need. He was kind to everyone, patient and never judgmental. My mother was generous and everything she did was for others throughout her life, even well into her 90s. To say otherwise of either was clearly a lie.

    Beyond speaking out within days to condemn the crime and attending the Memorial Service with my wife and two of our children, I have been vocal about this crime ever since. During the sentencing phase of the trial, Reina and I came to court as often as we could. Our goal for being there in person was simple: to shake the hand of Dr. William Petit Jr., the Petit and the Hawke family members, apologize in person, express our sorrow, and be with them in support.

    As we sat in court those days, one thing became very clear: the convicted criminal showed no remorse. For us, that too is beyond comprehension.

    Speaking on behalf of my family, my sister's family, and John Chamberlain's children, we are united in expressing our sorrow to the Petit and Hawke families and our appreciation for their kindness to us.

    Chris Komisarjevsky lives in Atlantic Beach, N.Y.


    http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/...,6449618.story

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    Petit reacts to Komisarjevsky death sentence

    With the two men convicted of killing his family sentenced to death, William Petit Jr. said Friday that justice has been served.

    Komisarjevsky was sentenced to death Friday after nearly 20 hours of deliberation by the jury. He faced six capital counts in the 2007 Petit home invasion which left Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 17-year-old Hayley Petit and 11-year-old Michaela Petit dead.

    "We are satisfied that the defendant has been judged to be the murderer, the rapist and the criminal that he is," Petit said Friday after the trial. "Now he has been condemned to the ultimate penalty. We think society will be a little bit safer with him and his co-defendant facing the death penalty."

    "The first part is over. We know there are appeals and the like but at least we think that appropriate justice has been served," he said.

    Last year, a separate jury convicted Komisarjevsky's accomplice, Steven Hayes, of the murders and also sentenced him to death.

    Outside the courthouse after the trial, Petit criticized some of the defense team's tactics as they tried to spare Komisarjevsky the death penalty. Defense attorneys showed pictures of Komisarjevsky's childhood during the trial, for example.

    "Every time one of those pictures went up, I thought, ‘Charles Manson was a baby once. I'm not sure if this is particularly relevant,'" Petit said. "And you don't get to hear anything about the victims."

    "I thought a lot of it was particularly distasteful but people tell me that's their job," he said.

    One of the mitigating factors raised by the defense was Komisarjevsky's Christian upbringing, which lawyers argued had damaged him psychologically. Petit said he "had a lot of difficulty" with that approach.

    "He didn't lead a particularly Christian life from a young age onward," Petit said. "They sort of tarred and feathered Christians all over because of the actions of one person. That doesn't seem appropriate."

    Petit's sister Johanna Chapman was also outspoken in her displeasure with defense attorneys in the case and their attempt to deflect guilt from Komisarjevsky.

    "This was a crime of sexual predation," Chapman said. "I think the jury saw that and saw through all the other things that the defense tried to put on that I would classify as lies."

    The two men targeted the Petit family for a robbery in the early morning hours of July 23, 2007. Komisarjevsky had seen Hawke-Petit's SUV in the parking lot of the Maplecroft shopping plaza in Cheshire the previous day and followed it to their Sorghum Mill Drive home. The home invasion began at around 3 a.m.

    "They came up with the right decision; we know it was the right decision. There was no other outcome that would have been correct for this," Chapman said. "It's not bloodlust, it's not revenge."

    Petit said he'll return to some semblance of normal life with the trial's end and would consider returning to his medical practice. He'll continue working with the Petit Family Foundation, which he said is intended to create positive memories of his lost family members.

    "There's never complete closure when you lose a wife and a family, when you lose your only sister, when you lose your only sister-in-law, when you lose two of your grandchildren," Petit said.

    On Friday he thanked supporters and workers in the offices of victim advocate and services. Petit called for more funding in those offices and changes to the procedure for penalty trials, which he said were weighted towards the criminal.

    Petit said he had no desire for an apology from Komisarjevsky.

    "No, no, I prefer not to hear a thing," he said "I don't want to hear from the man at all."

    http://www.myrecordjournal.com/chesh...l#.TuKxAXJFvqE

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    Komisarjevsky requests new trial

    Convicted murderer Joshua Komisarjevsky is seeking a new trial for the home invasion killings of a woman and her two daughters, saying the proceedings should have been moved to another courthouse because of the case's notoriety.

    Komisarjevsky filed a motion for a new trial Wednesday in New Haven Superior Court. He joined co-defendant Steven Hayes on death row last month for the 2007 killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters.

    Komisarjevsky says he was denied his constitutional right to a fair and impartial jury because a judge denied his request for a change of venue. His lawyers say the case should have been moved because of the publicity and what he called the "emotional effect of a clearly visible Petit posse" advocating for the death penalty.

    Read more: http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/K...#ixzz1jGAxUNWu

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    Hearing on Komisarjevsky's retrial request will take place Wednesday

    A hearing will be held Wednesday on convicted murderer Joshua Komisarjevsky’s request for a new trial in the home invasion killings of a Connecticut woman and her two daughters.

    Komisarjevsky joined co-defendant Steven Hayes on death row last month for the 2007 killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters in their Cheshire home.

    He’s arguing the proceedings should have been moved to another courthouse because of the case’s notoriety in greater New Haven.

    Komisarjevsky says he was denied his constitutional right to a fair and impartial jury because a judge denied his request for a change of venue. His lawyers cite the publicity and what he called the “emotional effect of a clearly visible Petit posse” at the trial advocating capital punishment.

    A prosecutor declined comment.

    http://middletownpress.com/articles/...6155345199.txt

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    Judge denies Komisarjevsky retrial request

    A judge has denied a request by convicted murderer Joshua Komisarjevsky for a new trial in the home invasion killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, Michaela and Hayley, saying he received a fair trial.

    New Haven Superior Court Judge Jon Blue on Wednesday denied motions for a new trial and that the conviction be overturned.

    Komisarjevsky joined co-defendant Steven Hayes on death row last month for the 2007 killings in Cheshire.

    He argued the proceedings should have been moved because of the case's notoriety in New Haven and the "emotional effect of a clearly visible Petit posse" at the trial advocating capital punishment.

    Blue said the victims' family behaved in a dignified manner and the jury was attentive and fair.

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    The uncle is right on for disowning his scumbag nephew.

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    Komisarjevsky to speak at death penalty sentencing

    Connecticut triple murderer Joshua Komisarjevsky is telling a pen pal that he plans to speak at his sentencing this week, saying he has "something I need to say."

    Komisarjevsky is scheduled to be formally given the death penalty Friday in New Haven Superior Court, where he was convicted in the home invasion killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters in their Cheshire home.

    He did not testify at trial, but the New Haven Register reports he told a pen pal he will speak at his sentencing, and expressed bitterness at being "excommunicated" by the world.

    Komisarjevsky and his co-defendant, Steven Hayes, have tried to blame each other for escalating the violence at the 2007 home invasion.

    The sole survivor, Dr. William Petit, also plans to address the court Friday.

    http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/new_hav...lty-sentencing

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    Connecticut home invasion killer sentenced to death

    A U.S. man was sentenced Friday to die for killing a woman and her two daughters during a night of terror in their suburban home, a crime that halted momentum to abolish the death penalty in the state of Connecticut.

    Joshua Komisarjevsky, 31, blamed his accomplice for much of the crime but spoke of the devastating consequences of his decisions. He said he has family and supporters who don't want him to die and said being sentenced to death was a "surreal experience."

    "I know my responsibilities, but what I cannot do is carry the responsibilities of the actions of another," Komisarjevsky said. "I did not want those innocent women to die."

    Komisarjevsky joins accomplice Steven Hayes and nine other men on Connecticut's death row. The state's last execution in 2005 was the first since 1960, and Komisarjevsky will likely spend years, if not decades, in prison.

    The two paroled burglars tormented a family of four in an affluent suburb before killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and leaving her daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela, to die in a fire.

    he only survivor, Dr. William Petit, was beaten with a baseball bat and tied up but escaped.

    Hayes was convicted in 2010 of raping and strangling Hawke-Petit and killing the girls. The girls were tied to their beds and doused in gasoline before the house was set ablaze; they died of smoke inhalation. Komisarjevsky was convicted of the killings and of sexually assaulting Michaela.

    Petit called the crime a "personal holocaust" as he testified during the sentencing hearing.

    "I lost my family and my home," he said. "They were three special people. Your children are your jewels."

    The 2007 attack led to the defeat of a bill to outlaw the death penalty in Connecticut and sparked tougher state laws for repeat offenders and home invasions.

    In arguing for a life sentence, his lawyers said he was repeatedly sexually abused as a child by his foster brother and he never got proper psychological help as his problems worsened.

    Prosecutors said the rape claims emerged years later when Komisarjevsky faced prison time for 19 nighttime residential burglaries committed a decade ago.

    Komisarjevsky admitted in an audiotaped confession played for the jury that he spotted Hawke-Petit and Michaela at a supermarket and followed them to their house. After going home and putting his own daughter to bed, he and Hayes returned to the Petit house in the middle of the night to rob it.

    The men, who blamed each other for escalating the crime, were caught fleeing in the family's car.

    Komisarjevsky did not testify during his trial but objected unsuccessfully to an effort by his attorneys to play a videotaped interview of his 9-year-old daughter. Speaking outside the presence of the jury, he said he didn't want his daughter to feel compelled to help "one of the most hated people in America."

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/...nce/52818952/1

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    State's Attorney Michael Dearington said that Joshua Komisarjevsky, 31, was set a theoretical execution date of July 20, although appeals will likely keep him alive for many years

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    Cheshire Killer on Family Slay: I Try Not to Think About It

    Joshua Komisarjevsky told The Associated Press in his first interview since he was convicted that there isn't anything he could say to Dr. William Petit "that will restore the lives lost"

    The Connecticut killer who once called himself one of the most hated men in America said in a death row interview that he tries not to think about the murder of a suburban mother and her two daughters, suffers no nightmares and has nothing to say to the only survivor of the brutal 2007 attack.

    Joshua Komisarjevsky told The Associated Press in his first interview since he was convicted that there isn't anything he could say to Dr. William Petit "that will restore the lives lost."

    He also declined an opportunity to express remorse for the killings.

    "I guess my reaction is not the reaction society expected," Komisarjevsky said.

    Wearing a yellow prison jumpsuit, Komisarjevsky kept direct eye contact during the one-hour interview Monday, smiling at times as he spoke by telephone from behind a glass window at Northern Correctional Institution in Somers, Conn.

    He had the same short hair and facial stubble that he wore during the trial, but the once-slender inmate has since put on 30 or 40 pounds, which he blamed on depression and lack of movement. He said he agreed to speak to a reporter out of curiosity.

    By turns jovial and introspective, he made references to an afflicted conscience but said he fills his time in solitary confinement by drawing, watching television and reading and responding to hate mail as well as notes from supporters.

    "Some days you're just overwhelmed by the isolation and the difficulties in communicating with loved ones, dealing with your own crisis of conscience," Komisarjevsky said.

    Komisarjevsky, 31, was convicted last year in a crime that unsettled notions of suburban safety and featured prominently in Connecticut's death penalty debate.

    He and a co-defendant, Steven Hayes, were convicted of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters. Hayes raped and strangled Hawke-Petit, while Komisarjevsky sexually assaulted her 11-year-old daughter, Michaela.

    Michaela and her 17-year-old sister, Hayley, were tied to their beds and died of smoke inhalation after the house was doused in gas and set on fire.

    Last month, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a new law that ends the state's death penalty for future crimes, but it does not apply to those already on death row. Many had insisted that the death penalty remain for previous cases so that Komisarjevsky and Hayes would not be spared.

    "In order for some to swallow this bitter pill, it was inevitable that we would be left out," Komisarjevsky said.

    In the last half-century, Connecticut has executed only one inmate -- serial killer Michael Ross, who was put to death in 2005 after voluntarily waiving his appeals.

    "I don't think I'll be executed against my will," Komisarjevsky said. "I think if I volunteer the state will execute me."

    Asked if would consider volunteering, Komisarjevsky said, "I have my days. I think everybody on death row has their days. Some days you'd consider it. Some days you don't."

    Still, he said he feels a responsibility to supporters, saying they would be hurt by his execution. He said his parents and a few friends visit him in prison.

    "The reality of my situation is that I'm going to die in prison," he said. "It's simply a matter of what age. It's a very surreal experience to be judged so worthless that society wants you dead."

    Asked if he is remorseful, he did not offer a direct answer. He said he has trouble expressing emotion.

    "I like everyone else has to get up every day and look in the mirror," Komisarjevsky said.

    Komisarjevksy said he has not spoken to Hayes, but has seen him passing by on death row, where a total of 11 inmates are each held in individual cells. During separate trials, Komisarjevksy and Hayes each blamed the other for escalating the crime.

    "Frankly, we don't have anything to talk about," Komisarjevsky said. "I'm sort of taking the stance let bygones be bygones. I know what I'm culpable for and he knows what he's culpable for."

    For the interview, Komisarjevsky was escorted into a room where his handcuffs were removed through a slot in the door.

    "I try really hard not to think about it," Komisarjevsky said of the crime.

    Among the ways he occupies his time is by drawing. He said one depicts a biblical scene of Daniel in the Lion's Den that he did for a friend.

    Komisarjevsky said he gets two hours per day of recreation time, but he has a television in his cell that gets several channels including the Spanish-language network Telemundo.

    "No hablo espanol, so that doesn't do me much good," Komisarjevsky said with a laugh.

    Komisarjevsky declined to comment directly about the crime, citing the advice of lawyers who are expected to file an appeal.

    In an audiotaped confession played for the jury in his trial last year, Komisarjevsky admitted that he spotted Hawke-Petit and 11-year-old Michaela at a supermarket and followed them to their house in Cheshire, a suburb of New Haven. After going home and putting his own daughter to bed, Komisarjevsky and Hayes returned to the Petit house in the middle of the night, while the family was sleeping, to rob it.

    William Petit was beaten, tied up and taken to the basement. He managed to escape and hop, roll and crawl across a yard to a neighbor's house for help.

    Petit advocated keeping the death penalty in Connecticut and last year successfully lobbied state senators to hold off on repeal legislation while Komisarjevsky was still facing a death penalty trial.

    Petit declined to comment through a spokesman.

    "July 23, 2007, was our personal holocaust," Petit said after Komisarjevsky was sentenced to death. "A holocaust caused by two who are completely evil and actually do not comprehend what they have done."


    http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local...151552945.html
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