‘My mom told me my father did something really bad… I went numb’: Daughter of Petit family murderer speaks on sixth anniversary of home invasion horror
Alicia Hayes was 15 when her father Steven Hayes and accomplice Joshua Komiserjevsky murdered a mother and her two daughters in Connecticut
Miss Hayes, now 21 and serving in the U.S. Airforce, said of her father: ‘He was always good to me. That’s what made this so hard for me to comprehend’
Steven Hayes and Komiserjevsky awaiting execution
I can’t even imagine what this young woman must have gone through after finding out her father was this horrific rapist and murderer. She says:
Miss Hayes said that although her parents had divorced when she was young, she would see her father every week and they would go to the movies and get ice-cream. The 21-year-old told People that she was bullied in school following her father’s heinous crimes and that for many years she blamed herself for his actions.
She pauses and carefully chooses her words. “Obviously, the Petit family suffered more than I can imagine, and I would never comparing their loss with mine. But when someone does something like what [my father] did, his family suffers, too. If I could talk to Dr. Petit, I’d tell him that I’m very sorry for what my father did, but I’d also want him to know that I’m not like that.”
This crime riveted the nation and consumed the news for weeks after the horrific story of violence became public. There is no doubt about these two men being the offenders, as they were caught coming out of the burning house after beating the doctor senseless, raping the wife and two daughters, then setting them and the home on fire as they tried to make their escape. If Dr. Petit had not survived the horrific beating they did to him, leaving him for dead, and managed to crawl, though gravely injured, to a neighbor’s house to call police, they might have actually gotten away with the crime. Dr. Petit was so gravely injured that his neighbor did not know who he was for a moment.
Hayes’ younger brother also spoke out against his brother at the time of his brother’s trial.
The younger brother of convicted murderer Steven Hayes recounted in a letter read today in court, how the man now facing a death sentence burned him on the stove and held a gun to his head.
“Steven is what Steven is because he is a coward,” Matthew Hayes wrote in the letter, which was read by a clerk. “As family of this monster we all have to live with this nightmare.”
The ABC article goes on to say that the psychiatrist who interviewed him called him “not a psychopath” but diagnosed him as “anti-social personality disordered.” Which is essentially the same as a psychopath in the opinions of most psychologists and psychiatrists.
An uncle of Komisarjevsky wrote an article in the Huffington Post about how the crime impacted his own life and his children’s lives. It is obvious that this man is not like his nephew Joshua. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-komisarjevsky/cheshire-murders-movie-hbo_b_3612887.html
While I am over all against the death penalty because of the many people who have been proven innocent of the crimes for which they were sentenced to death, that isn’t the case here. These men are without a doubt guilty of what they were convicted for. If anyone ever deserved to die for their crimes, these men do. Not only for what they did to the Petit family, but for what their crimes did to their own innocent families as well. I’m glad that Alicia Hayes is moving on with her life, but I also doubt that the horror of what her father did, or of his execution (though well deserved) will ever be completely overcome.