Good news in Connecticut. The man who horrifically lived through a home invasion that saw his two daughters and wife brutally killed has a new addition to the family: His new wife has given birth to a baby boy. Dr. William Petit suffered unimaginable horror when two men broke into his Chesire, Connecticut home and spent seven hours torturing and then killing his two young daughters and his wife. He married Christine Paluf last year; she was volunteering for his charitable foundation.
Much like Marina and Kevin Krim, who had a baby boy in October; and Madonna Badger, who became engaged this year, Dr. William Petit had to find the strength within himself to live on even after such terrible brutality and heartbreak.
Dr. Petit saw how unfathomably cruel some human beings can be as he watched Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky snuff out the lives of his wife, Jennifer, and his daughters Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11. Dr. Petit was hit on the head and bound in the basement; Jennifer was forced to wait all night to withdraw money from their bank account; Michaela and Jennifer were raped; Jennifer was strangled to death; and then the house was set on fire, killing the daughters. Dr. Petit was able to escape and run to a neighbor for help.
What this man has been through is staggering beyond words. When you've seen that kind of evil close up, and had everything you loved most taken from you in the most brutal and heinous manner -- well, anything short of killing yourself is a miracle.
That Dr. Petit has been able to love again is such a testament to his strength. Not to mention that Dr. Petit has tirelessly worked in the name of his wife and daughters for good causes.
And now that he has a child again -- it's just incredibly touching. Amazing the strength human beings can find to carry on.
How have you recovered from tragedy?
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