On an episode of Oprah that aired earlier today, Dr. William Petit, sits down and discusses the horrible murder of his wife and two daughters back in 2007. Just recently, the death sentence was rendered to one of the two men responsible for this heinous crime.
Dr. Petit said, “You can forgive somebody who stole your car. You can forgive somebody who slapped you in the face. You can forgive somebody who insulted you. You can forgive somebody who caused an accident. I think forgiving the essence of evil is not appropriate.”
Steven Hayes, 47, one of two men accused of killing Dr. Petit’s family in the July 2007 home invasion was sentenced to the death penalty by Connecticut Superior Court Judge Jon Blue. The jury selection for Hayes‘ accomplice Joshua Komiserjevsy, 30, begins February 22.
For months after the event, Petit had trouble sleeping. “I was completely, completely fried,” he tells Winfrey. “I walked around in a daze. And just intrusive thoughts banging into your brain every second. Every minute. You know, replaying events over and over and over and over again in your mind.”
Petit’s wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 47, was strangled to death. His daughters, 11-year-old Michaela and 17-year-old Hayley, died of smoke inhalation.
Did you watch today’s Oprah? What was your initial reaction after viewing the extremely sad episode?