Early Monday morning, two armed men broke into the home of Dr. William Petit, Jr., and held his family hostage. At some point, the two men forced one of the family members to go to a bank to withdraw money. A bank teller got suspicious and called police, and the home was then surrounded–with everyone inside.
The doctor’s wife, and two daughters, were killed. The two men escaped, and the house was torched. The doctor was severely injured.
Petit’s wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and their two daughters, Hayley and Michaela, were found dead in the home, said a law enforcement official with firsthand knowledge of the investigation.
Red flags aplenty went up for me upon reading of this story.
1. Why would the two men go to the bank, get the money, and then go BACK to the house? It seems to me that if MONEY were the thing they were after, they would have released the hostage far, far away from the house and skedaddled with their loot.
2. Why kill the wife, and her two daughters, and NOT the doctor?
Petit, 50, a well-known diabetes specialist, was in stable condition at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, though it was not released how he was injured.
3. Why torch the house upon leaving? Destroying evidence? Most home invasion robberies don’t involve concern about evidence. Criminals are NOT smart. Unless one hires a SMART criminal.
All of this leads me to believe there is more involved here.
If this was a vendetta against the doctor, he made some VERY BAD ENEMIES. They made sure no evidence was left behind, and took away everything that meant something to the man. His wife, his children, AND his home.
If this was a hired job, they need to look deeply at an insurance motive. Not only did he lose his family, but his HOUSE was involved as well.
All in all, this is a terribly tragic story. Do other people see red flags here, or is it just me?
Two suspects have been arrested and arraigned in the home invasion and murders of the Petit family. Read more here: