Essay about The Crimes and Trial of Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsy

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In 2007, Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsy committed a violent crime in Connecticut. These two men killed a mother and her two children. Ms. Hawke-Petit, the mother, was raped and strangled to death by Mr. Hayes and Mr. Komisarjevsy. The two men also restrained and raped her two young daughters. The daughters were raped, and then killed by smoke inhalation when Mr. Hayes and Mr. Komisarjevsy set the family’s home on fire. While the assault of his family was going on, Dr. William Petit was beaten and restrained by the two men. The state of Connecticut pressed a number of charges against the pair of criminals. Mr. Hayes was convicted of raping and strangling Ms. Hawke-Petit and killing the daughters, who died of smoke…show more content…
This behavior is simply not normal or acceptable. From an ethical standpoint, the crime these two men committed was clearly, extremely unethical. The Petit family had done nothing to Mr. Hayes or Mr. Komisarjevsy, to deserve being killed. The victims of this atrocity were innocent people, whose lives were violently taken from them by two criminals. One of the Ten Commandments is that you should not kill. These two men killed three people in cold blood. From a criminal justice standpoint, there are a few issues that come to mind. Police officers are exposed to violet crimes all the time, but I feel that this crime was a particularly hard scene to canvas. The fact that two children and their mother were killed, makes this scene difficult. Another issue could have been finding the people responsible. Since there was a fire involved, it could have taken away any evidence that was left behind by the killers. This act could have certainly been done on purpose to confuse the police so Hayes and Komisarjesvy would get away with this horrific crime. Thankfully the police were able to recover evidence and find Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsy guilty. I feel the police overcame great obstacles in finding the evidence to convict these cold-blooded killers.

When thinking about this crime against humanity I believe that the crime that was committed was absolutely

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