I encourage everyone to read the details of the Petit family
that took place in Chesire, Connecticut on July 23, 2007.
Fair warning, it is possibly one of the most disturbing and disgusting accounts of evil you will ever come across, so if you are easily disrupted,
emotionally, by things you read, maybe skip link.
For those unaware of the story, it pertains to 2 men who perpetrated a home invasion on the Petit family, which consisted of the father/husband, Dr.
William Petit, his wife Jennifer Hawke-Petit and their two daughters, 17-year-old Hayley Petit and 11-year-old Michaela Petit. Dr Petit was injured
badly by the two intruders, and then tied in the basement. After forcing Jennifer to drive to an ATM and withdraw money, she was raped and strangled
to death. Then, each of her daughters were tied to their beds, and the 11 year old was raped. The house was then covered in gasoline and burnt to the
ground. The daughters died of smoke inhalation. Miraculously, Dr. Petit was able to escape his confinement from the basement, and survived, if you can
call persisting through such an act of horror living.
The two men guilty of the crimes, Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky, were convicted and sentenced to death in 2010. The guilt of the men is not in
dispute. Unlike many of the documented, convenient, literal needle in a haystack cases where the defendant is found to be innocent of committing their
crimes, this case has 0 uncertainty, not the slightest sliver of doubt that these two men raped and killed an 11 year old and her mother, and killed
the other 17 year old daughter.
In 2015, despite the previous sentence for the men to be put to death, and despite the Connecticut General Assembly's legal prohibition of capital
punishment ONLY FOR NEW CASES (i.e. this case from 2007 was "grandfathered" in for eligibility of capital punishment), the Connecticut Supreme Court
ruled that capital punishment was unconstitutional, and commuted ALL pending cases of capital punishment, including this one.
So now, as Connecticut tax payer, myself and my fellow citizens are on the hook to pay for the feeding, clothing, housing, supervision, and ancillary
activities for these two POS. Every Day. For the rest of their lives.
Here in Connecticut, the average cost of care for an inmate per annum is $62,159
. You can read up on the price of looking after prison inmates
in your state
So when we inject the term "vengeance" into this debate, I find that to be a rhetorical device, a straw man argument of the bleeding heart crowd, a
construct used to build a soap box of moral high ground from which the reality-detached folks (such as the justices comprising the CT Supreme Court in
2015) can peer down on the rest of us and proclaim "How DARE you wish to take these mens' lives!".
If we're talking Biblical vengeance, "eye for an eye"..... I'll let your imagination wander to what that would entail in this instance. Injecting
somebody sitting in a chair with a lethal dose of a chemical.... is not vengeance. Even marching these piece of filth out to the back wall of the
prison, and perfunctorily putting a bullet in their foreheads .... is not vengeance. Dying a slow, agonizing death in flames, after being physically
violated....that's the "eye for an eye" business. Nobody that is pro-capital punishment is in favor of that, to my mind. Put simply, I don't want
one penny of my tax money to be spent for one. single. act. of care, feeding or hospice for these two men
. NOT ONE CENT.
Personally, I don't see why this entire situation is so hard to find a mutually agreeable arrangement. I would propose this: a penal island in the
middle of the sea, so remote, so perilous that no possible avenue of escape could exist. The men are dropped off on the island, with nothing but an
orange jumpsuit in which they are dressed. After this point, every sympathetic rube, bleeding heart, morally condescending observer, is free to invest
any sum of money they wish to provide for the well-being of the criminals on that island. If you as a Californian or New Yorker, want to allot $10 for
Steven Hayes to have a meal next week, knock yourself out! If a person in Seattle or Austin or L.A. want to chip in for insulin or antibiotics or
health care for Joshua Komisarjevsky, DO IT, nobody will stop you.
Not me; I'll pass.
edit on 22-11-2020 by SleeperHasAwakened because: (no reason given)