Father Who Lost His Family in Brutal Home Invasion Is Expecting a New Baby

Cheshire murdersIt was one of the worst crimes in Connecticut history. Dr. William Petit was asleep on his couch when two armed men broke into his home in Cheshire, Connecticut. For seven hours, convicted murderers Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky raped, tortured, beat, and terrified Petit and his wife Jennifer as well as their two girls Michaela, 11, and Hayley, 17.

Now, six years after the home invasion that shook and terrified the whole country, Dr. Petit has shared some wonderful news: He and his new wife Christine are expecting a baby on December 3 this year.

The details of the case were so shocking and gruesome, it's hard to imagine anyone being able to come back from that. Komisarjevsky saw the younger child and her mother out grocery shopping, followed them home, and then waited until 3 a.m. to break into their house. HBO recently ran a documentary, Cheshire Murders, on the case, which brought back the horror for so many viewers.

Petit sat through the trial, listening to every horrible detail of the crime, which included the rape of his 11-year-old daughter, beating Dr. Petit's head with a baseball bat, raping the mother, and then finally dousing the entire family with gasoline and setting the home ablaze.

The crime was breathtakingly brutal. It's hard to imagine that people could be so cruel. The home in Cheshire has since been torn down and a memorial garden built where it once stood.

Amazingly, like the garden, new life also began to flower for Dr. Petit. He met his wife through his foundation and slowly began to fall in love with her. They were married last August.

It's such a testament to the human spirit that anyone can come back from something like that and live again. Petit has always been an inspiring person. His commitment to his family and his love for them were always very evident throughout the trial as he bravely spoke out. He made sure their deaths weren't in vain through his Petit Family Foundation that "tries to do as many good actions as possible to counteract the evil that truly exists in the world today."

And now a baby, too. A new shot at life. He still has nightmares, but at least he has some light to counteract the dark. My heart goes out to him and his new wife. They are an amazing testament to life and love.

Are you surprised he remarried and is expecting?

 

Image via Vince LoPresti/Flickr

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liz549 liz549

I wish him and his' family my prayers and God be with them with their new baby.

Roxygurl Roxygurl

Wow. I'm glad he hasn't let what happened to him consume him. I wish him and his wife the best.

Irela... Ireland69

He deserves happiness after all he went thru.  I pray that God protects him and his family. Wish him the best with his foundation.

Green... GreenEyesMom

Godbless! I agree with the above. Sometimes it's the best way to heal, starting over to move on. You can move on and heal, but never forget. I hope things contonue to get better and easier for him. R.I.P. To his beautiful family, and congratulations to his new one.

Green... GreenEyesMom

Godbless! I agree with the above. Sometimes it's the best way to heal, starting over to move on. You can move on and heal, but never forget. I hope things contonue to get better and easier for him. R.I.P. To his beautiful family, and congratulations to his new one.

nonmember avatar J

God bless this man and his family. He poured himself into his foundation in honor of his wife and daughters and that's where God brought a new love to help him heal into his life. He will never forget, the hurt will never stop but maybe now some happiness can outweigh the pain of the past.

nonmember avatar Kestrel

How wonderful!
As an aside, how is it possible for anyone to wish him God's blessings? God didn't bless his wife or daughters. His life was pure torment and god didn't see fit to protect them or him from harm. Maybe blessing him is a very insensitive thing to say...but we always forgive that because people just repeat it endlessly when they don't know what else to say.
How about:
How wonderful! And maybe make a donation to his charity which will do ACTUAL good things.

nonmember avatar tctag

Your mind is like a body part.. It will heal, if you let it. Best wishes to them.

Andria M. Simpson-Russell

How wonderful!!! I was so praying that this would be the happy ending for Dr. Petit!! I know is family are looking down on him from Heaven blessing him every day that he was able to find happiness and joy in the face of such unimaginable tragedy.  Anyone who says it's wrong...you have to ask yourself...what would you do if this tragedy had happened to you? Is he supposed to shut himself from the world because of his families loss? Do you believe his wife and three beautiful daughters would want him to be sad and alone for the rest of his life? He deserves happiness and joy and his family is directing his life from Heaven.  That I do believe. God Bless you Dr. Petit.

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