Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

A Connecticut Nightmare


Komisarjevsky and Hayes made it into the Pacifica that was parked in the Petit driveway. A police car tried to block them in, but Komisarjevsky drove the Petits' minivan through the yard to escape.

The getaway car was at top speed when it burst into a v-shaped roadblock set up with two police cars on Sorghum Mill Road. The Pacifica, heavily damaged, went to the curb after causing the two police cars to spin apart. When the police approached the Pacifica with their guns drawn, the two suspects were still wearing latex gloves.

By 10:01 a.m., Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes were in police custody. At that point, an emergency worker reported that a fire is burning inside the Petit home.

Hayley and Michaela died of smoke inhalation, according to the medical examiner. "The remaining two victims appeared to have some indication of accelerant being poured onto or in close proximity to them, but not to the same degree as the other victim."


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