http://abc7ny.com/news/cheshire-hom...ared-after-ct-overturns-death-penalty/927075/ http://www.ibtimes.com/cheshire-mur...-horror-unspeakable-connecticut-crime-1356201 The circumstances surrounding the small-town murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two young daughters, the subject of the chilling HBO documentary “The Cheshire Murders,” are so impossible, so unreasonable, that it’s hard to believe they happened at all. “When it hits you on a gut level it kind of shuts down your brain,” said David Heilbroner, a former prosecutor who co-directed “The Cheshire Murders” with Kate Davis. On July 23, 2007, six years ago Tuesday, the Petit family – William, Jennifer and their daughters Haley, 17, and Michaela, 11 – were the victims of a home invasion turned triple murder at the hands of Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky, career burglars who had never killed before. After holding the family hostage for hours in their Cheshire, Conn., home, Hayes drove Jennifer to a nearby Bank of America branch, demanding that she withdraw $15,000 in cash or her family would be killed. Less than an hour later, Jennifer was dead of strangulation, and Haley and Michaela were dead of smoke inhalation after the killers doused the home with gasoline and set it on fire. Jennifer was raped and Michaela sexually assaulted before they died. William Petit, who was severely beaten and tied to a post in the basement, managed to escape and crawl to a neighbor’s home for help just before the house went up in flames. All of this happened while the Cheshire police were setting up a perimeter just outside the home, on a quiet but populated residential street. For Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters to die that Monday, everything that could have gone wrong must have; multiple lifetimes’ worth of bad luck had to have descended on this good-natured, respectable family in the hours between a Sunday afternoon trip to the grocery store and the violent deaths less than a day later. i literally have tears in my eyes over this.