Oct 9, 2013

Cheshire Police Department Sexist Thinking Contributed to Tragic Triple Murders Outcomes Revealed

Suffice to say, at the very least,  I am angered and disgusted by the information gleaned from a recent of posts and articles regarding" newly released" phone evidence that has suddenly reared its head via a suspiciously limited media release - nearly inconspicuous one might say, with almost no national attention given at all to the new regarding the Petit family murders.

Needless to say, this release came nowhere near getting the attention that it deserved and warranted, as many other lesser important " news"stories do

Many familiar with the tragic Petit Murder case were not completely surprised by the unbelievably insulting not to mention dangerously presumptive thought processes of  certain members of the Cheshire Police Higher Ups who appear to have bungled cruelly whilst acting on their own prejudices when the essential first 911 call came from the Bank Manager where hostage Jennifer Petit had quietly managed to slip information re her family's perilous kidnapping which was underway at that very moment.

From that initial 911call, t would be 38 long minutes before the Hayley Michaela and Jennifer Petit would be murdered by Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes, the children tied to their beds and doused in gasoline in order to rid the telltale DNA of sexual assaults upon the girls.

Infuriatingly Cheshire PD  had a Car patrolling the area of the soon to be murders prior to the murders ....by at least 35 minutes!
That Patrol-man was ordered to not approach giving the killers ample time and a false sense of  security to prepare the house and their victims for a heinous death.

I along with many others smelled a rat a long time ago,  as the Cheshire Police department's response to the Petit family murders; their  reflexive omission of important facts and their re-sculpting of the crimes timeline on the day of the murders, these were all red flags that something was very wrong with their recounting of the crimes.

Police spokesmen were caught red handed claiming that"the house was on fire as they arrived at the scene" Yet, we've heard from neighbors that they'd spotted policemen and SWAT members in the bushes 10 15 minutes prior to any sign of smoke or flames, thus exposing Cheshire PD's official
statement and timeline as blatant lies purposely covering up their poor decision making and being
causative components in the murders of a mother and her two young daughters.

I came upon this slightly aged article Fox Story re newly released Cheshire PD's phone records yesterday and it was enough to jar me out of a short blogging hiatus that was the result of a family crisis..

Obviously, the new information makes me very angry but it explains or confirms a lot. First of all, it smacks of major cover-up, massive mishandling and it confirms what I have suspected since Jennifer Hayley and Michaela were murdered and Bill was severely injured;
The Cheshire Police dept. not only screwed up badly and in my opinion aided and abetted these murders, but equally as horrific some members obviously committed a purposeful mendacious cover up from the day of the Murders on.

I vividly recall a Police Captain or other higher up within the Cheshire Police Department speaking to the media ( it was recently shown on the HBO documentary about the Petit crimes in fact) with him unflinchingly claiming that they got the call from a 911 call emanating from the Bank of America where Mrs Petit had confided to the teller that her family was being held hstage for money and that they dispatched units right away and when said units arrived at the sorghum hil house owned by the Petit family, they saw Bill Petit "exit" the house via thw bilco basement door injured and the house immediately burst into flames"

 While I am very reluctant to rehash the inordinate amount of pain that these crimes have caused so many  I strongly believe that I would be morally remiss to not point out that this " newly uncovered bit of police phone evidence" paints a picture of a misogynistic police officer whose immediate thought to the bank tellers 911 call and story would certainly seem to be that Mrs. Petit was trying to pull a fast one on her husband with their bank accounts!

This also doesn't add up as does the fact that Bill Petit was not assisted by Cheshire Police dept. who were all over the surrounding Petit property - and had been for a minimum of 15 20 minutes or more; police later admitted they watched poor Bill (who had summoned a burst of adrenalin and  broken the wrist zip-ties from the basement pole where he'd been left by the murdering rapists, rolling across his own lawn with his feet still bound, weak, scared unable to crawl head bloodied;
This, and Cheshire PD officers  waited until Bill Petit reached his neighbors Garage a considerable distance especially wounded with massive blood loss.

 It was raining now and the neighbors Garage door was closed; Dr Petit was desperate to save his family knowing they were in the house with two maniacs, he was  yelling for help having made it to the neighbors house before the cops approached seemingly out of nowhere no questions then demanded how many people were in the house how many in the house?

He kept yelling in response to the plainclothes policemen " the girls! the girls the girls are in the house!!!"

Remember, this man had severe head injuries inflicted with a bat, he was in shock on blood thinnersand  which hastens blood loss, yet  he was furiously trying to save his family;without letting him even explain any details and ignoring and or refusing to untie his feet, which according to his testimony he'd been begging for and no one - not even the paramedics would do it an those binds were plastic and digging into his flesh!

Police simply instructed the ambulance to depart and take him to the hospital.
No questions asked.

This entire gaggle of new information regarding the Cheshire police captain's dubiousness re the genuineness of poor Jnnifer Petit reminds me of so many domestic violence calls that Police get. Of course there was no domestic violence involved in this set of crimes but it is the same kind of mentality that I have witnessed in so many DV calls by various Police patrol men and women and their higher ups such as the on call lieutenants, the people who often call the shots re how a patrolmen should does indeed "handle" a given call. This isn't to say every dept is the same but there are too many  departments whereupon I've witnessed or been told that the Police officer responded to a DV call reflexively treating the woman ho was victimized as if she is up suspect, dishonest exaggerating or at fault for being with the man - that mindset which we thought was archaic has made a huge resurgence in some Connecticut Police departments.  have even witnessed the trivialization and debasing of victims of stalking harassment,  threatening and Assault.

The case of Tracy Thurman vs The Torrington Police Dept. in the 1990's served as a watershed moment for the state of Connecticut which had bee sorely lackadaisical and apathetic towards its ever growing victims of intimate violence. insofar as as most intimate violence cases. Sadly like most change, it was propelled by money; A massive lawsuit that Ms Thurman won against the Torrington Police for their inaction's in past DV calls and the final one whereupon a gaggle of officers from the T,P,D stood back and didn't intervene as Ms. Thurman's husband stabbed her repeatedly in the neck chest and face. The Torrington PD had been called out to the Thurman residence on at least 12 occasions for physical abuse and threats often by worried neighbors.

My observations common sense and most importantly - instinct - is telling me that what we are now seeing a return to the old boy club mindset ie sexist, chauvinistic indeed misogynistic attitudes that long - dominated the handling of Domestic Violence, an outdated umbrella term that in reality  includes dating violence stalking, intimate violence, partner violence, threatening harassing and trespassing.

As a terminology Domestic Violence is not only becoming pre historic it is grossly inaccurate as most of these cases have many police calls involving  intimate violence haven't a shred of domesticity within the scope of the crimes yet are being lumped in with a branch of police and court processing that is widely known to be considered unimportant and is treated as such.

Even calls like the originating Petit 911 call where this officers involved used his own prejudices in judging a call re a dangerous situation that was first intercepted and handed to Police by the Bank Manager who descrbed a terrified Mrs. Petit,  the hostage in question, greatly influenced the direction that this entire department took in response to what was in fact an attempted murder ( Dr. Petit's baseball bat beating at the hands of komisarjevsky "

I Hit him quote as hard as I could, as if chopping wood" this h told author Brian McDonald during a prison interview which never should have bee allowed to happen - another victimization of this family the community and the greater society at large as many deeply emotionally entrenched in his case due to the depravity done to children the torturous deaths despite their complete compliance as well  the sadistic and unnecessary baseball ball bat beating of Bill Petit's head- this as he was sound asleep at 3 am unawares that the two rapist thief murderers approached the house were watching him through the sun porch windows.

The leader was the assailant who enjoyed attacking Petit way to much. Prior to this he'd been a breaking and entering expert stalker arsonist thief since age 12, a general bad seed, despite a ton of religious intervention and counseling. He was after the pretty 11 year old girl Michaela he had spotted in the supermarket near her house  earlier that day this career criminal who had impregnate a 14 year old in town and won custody with a prison anklet on his leg and hi ever o helpful middle class parents in tow at the custody hearing.

The second home invader rapist thief was a gigantic hefty side-kick toting what appeared  to be a 9mm handgun, which later was discovered to be a fake pellet 9 mm lookalike handgun, the men purchased to help get te people in the house under control for the rapes and robbery they'd planned all day and into the night .

A Triple Kidnapping, A life an death confirmed hostage and obviously possibility of murder goes up once the criminals get what they want they are at their most dangerous The officer knew that the ransom had been given to Mrs Petitbut infuriatingly.

HE then made his own incorrect assumptions, about Mrs. Petit's motivations and this twisted and sexist thinking ultimately cost this entire family three lives! And ultimately millions of
s of peoples friends strangers acquaintances and regular folks like me tat could not sto the what ifs
 heartache and a mourning that has never really ended.

Clearly there is a huge gaggle of lessons to be garnered here and  re training and new training of all Connecticut Police officers must be part of the actions taken.

Much too often we are seeing these Policeman's own personal experiences and or attitudes towards women (including current or past ugly divorces  volatile relationships break ups et al.are influencing how entire departments handles DV calls and even a seemingly unrelated to Domestic violenceall like this

And to make matters worse and to guarantee the perpetuity of these often bitter,apathetic and/ or overly machismo Police Officer's stance they pass along  their insidious dangerous attitudes to new cadets, as well as reaffirming this dangerous thinking with every officer who is told to handle a call inappropriately, or winesses or hears about that call that crime.

These so called DV police calls are already being handled by insensitive and porrly or untrained men sent out to run their own experiences with women amuck in situations oflife and death. Almost without fail, the usually female victim is already afraid - shes afraid the call wil cause more violence from the perp which is statistically viable and common.

Yet she mustered courage for whatever reasons and actually called the police despite threats from the perpetrator that he will humiliate her in front of the police and they'll never believe her"

These two reasons are the most common cited by abused women when queried why they hadn't called on an earlier beating occasion or simply for not calling Police quickly enough after a bad assault.

Remember Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome freezes up many victims rationale thinking as does the very real threats that they've received from abusers first time or seasoned that if they call police or even tell anyone - they will be killed beaten worse as well as children and other family members being threatened; this, according to multiple multiple surveys from across the country.

Instead of the unfortunate victim dealing with the Police and court they often want to avoid altogether the assault or threat or choking or kicking because the Police department I known to treat this tyope of crime in an apathetic and therefore dangerous fashion

Part of the reason for this Police reaction or inaction is due to lack of experience as many abusers are sociopaths who are intelligent ad ulate and this is not what police expect and they fall straight into their traps.  I have seen sociopath/serial killers  child abductors and abusers sidle to police responsing to a call or  interrogating them regarding a crime.

 This is but one breed of predators but these are the ones that are the most dangerous because they are highly convincing persuasive and can often
fashion themselves into  likable men at a moments notice. They will often call an police officer by his first name, same with lawyers and even their jailers This is how Ted Bundyescaped from a court house holding cell; he had charmed all the security personell and even the judge so much so that guards were down, which is exactly what they want even whilst predating, and being experts at flipping the switch of ths duality from charming jokester whonsists he's innocent and hiown lawyers want to believe him. The using of the first name is but one of many techniques that they employ to get others to like and trust them \; In this case its obvious an effort to
to create a makeshift false male camaraderie God forbid the police officer
falls for this act(and the newbies are the most vulnerable but weve seen
plenty of well seasoned cops buy into these men

Some are just plain ignorant and imagine that middle class or upper class men who dress decently seem reasonable etc etc couldn't possibly have choked their wife girlfriend or ex as the woman is claiming.
Others are just plain ignorant picturingwoman beaters as drunk lummoxes who look and act the part of the belligerent batterer. One thing is for sure these cops need much more intensive training and by the right people too many people are being maimed and killed in dating violence domestic violence stalking and most common assaults snd attempted murder or murder by jilted boyfriends or husbands newly separated or divorced.

It is statically proven that this period following a break up of any kind is the most dangerous for any woman and even some men. With everything we now know as a society, these crimes should be disappearing yet they are growing and women are still claiming they fell down the stairs when they do manage to make it to a hospital. That means that the statistics for brain injuries and many other bodily injuries are considerably off kilter;

The other common excuse that assailants force their victims to claim that they sustained bodily injuries by their boyfriend or husband or date restrain them for their own protection! This is a real common claim by men in DV Police calls. Also she fell while I held her back. Those bruises on her arms or the tears in her flesh are from me having to push her away for her own good"
They might as well add a wink at the end of their versions to police sometime

This Post began with a story about a phone call and a police officer involved with the Petit family murders in July of 2007. I and many others were deeply affected by the crimes and have never fully recovered. How can we so many what ifs left us all tossing in bed at night wishing for a different Police intervention especially once it came out that the Cheshire Police had a patrol car right near the Petits house when the bank call came in and they dispatched the officer and instructed him not to approach but to hang back and turn to observe as much as he could without detection.

My belief after reading all of the Police reports and the timelines is that there were Cheshire Police officers at the Petit home as Jennifer returned with the money and Steven Hayes. This has always bothered me immensely especially when I knew the spokesman on TV lied at first claiming the house burst into flames when the Police arrived"

That was a flagrant lie-and where there is flagrant lying there is often flagrant abuse of power.

Another important question concerns the Cheshire Hostage Negotiator being told they wernt needed.
This decision along with the cavalier approach by Police in such a small
town where hostage taking and kidnapping is an unusual happening to say the least
just because one Cheshire Police officer was  cynical, sexist and misogynistic ie his
reflexive assumption that this woman traumatized tied up all night and exhausted and frightened to her wits  probably really hadnefarious motivations up her sleeve planning todefraud her husband because one of the accounts she needed money from was in his name?

Another essential question here folks is why was this information seemingly slipped through the media and certainly not given the attention I warranted by major print and web publications?

This news should have saturated the major media- yet it didn't.


While I realize that Dr Petit has built a new life for himself and I am thrilled that he's been granted some new joy to balance out the stain that the assault upon him and the murders of his family have left, this in no way takes away from the fact that wrongdoing and cover up for the murders of his precious first wife and children is in any way less egregious or important. In every speech including the one he recently made at the Petit foundations Ride for Justice he speaks of the eternal mixed pain of these events as they are helping others but naturally rewmind he and his family of Jennifer Hayely and Michaela his "girls",whom he still misses terribly.

I am aware as are others, from interviews and via the grapevine, that Dr Petit has aways supported the Cheshire Police Depts handling of the crimes hat resulted in the murder of his wife and daughters. Then again he still lives in this area and there is a natural inclination for

I also know that Jennifer Petit's family seem to feel quite differently about the Police Bungling, as I must admit I would  -and do even as a non family member. From the start it became quite clear that certain members of  the Cheshire Police Department really failed the Petit family and all of us by their poor handling of these crimes.

In effect the decision makers at the Cheshire PD wound up inadvertently or not aiding and abeting Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes in the sexual assault ad murder or Jennifer Petit and her two daughters, charitable people who were loved by so many,

The thrust of this Post is about fixing what is broken and time is of the essence - lives hang in the balance here;Training and indeed de-programming, such as is done for members of cult,  will be essential for many Police departments in this State. The deprogramming is necessary because the poisonous apath, sexism and prejudice is already been plated in many police cadets and long standing officers who have slowly been sliding backwards to pre-Torrington old habits.

Many Connecticut Courts dare I say most, are equally or more culpable; in fact the 97 percent  plea bargain mode of " processing" resulting in dropped charges and little to no prison time(suspended sentences are quite common. Felonios assaults becoming misdemeanors  are also the norm for  broken bones, choked necks battered brains and faces - simply because the men who dominate the court systems have their own chauvinistic attitudes along with the usual apathy cynicism cronyisim and yes, favor swapping from prosecutors who will get their paychecks at the end othe end of the week without having the burden of preparing for a trial ( including but certainly not exclusive to Connecticuts lengthy voire dire process, the male dominated district attorneys offices do not encourage trials for so called domestic violence because from where I sit as a whole they simply do not care enough and their higher ups suffer from the very same lack of interest

This dangerous attitude has slowly crept into more courts and has managed to discourage many a well meaning new victim's advocate who finds out quickly that her so called advocacy is a sham; she or he is impotent in actually affecting any outcome or even swaying these prosecutors whose minds are often made up after one or two chats with the ' defendents" ie batterer stalker etc. Lawyer.

And more grant monies for so called specialized Domestic Violence Dockets are wasted/ Monies that could be used to truly impart change retraining and policing the court's with outside agencies that have actual lawyers who don't belong to the same bar and "don't play ball".  .

This Post began over a recent piece of hidden information that might help explain the inertia of a Police department that allowed three people to be murdered as they stood behind trees outside the home where rape was occurring and death was being prepared for.
It has seguewayed into issues of misogyny within Police departments and Connecticuts many many issues with its court's procedures" for crimes against women
 Our State's Police departments and Criminal Court houses are comprised of human beings, individuals make up entitities and agencies.

Broken or even ailing systems will never self - repair, nor will one right minded person survive much less fix anything in such contaminated systems.   And as Citizens of this state we can clearly forget about relying on our house of representatives significantly changing anything when it comes to what should be there most important issue- CRIME Life and death,The right to live safely and the right to have justice served when those who would mock our laws harm our residents aka human beings with heating hearts dreams wishes friends families and

Typically when things become this broken a team of hands on experts who have no connection to the " rotten apple" must be sequestered carefully from an outside source that is pure, meaning they have no agenda other than to decide whether repairing is possible and who to let go in order to rebuild.

Obviously Ive ssaid it before and Ill say it again enough people in our state need to become involved and within the involvement avail themselves of exactly what methods we do have to assist in changing the way Connecticut as a whole handles the life and death prospect of violent crime, both preemptively and after the fact- and the latter is in firect proportion to the former. 

Yes The death penalty is a deterrent. The foolish legislators that claim that its not are using twisted logic and inaccurate polls of murderers who are being asked in hindsight after killing either one of more people, didn't the death penalty affect your decision to kill?"

This foolish example has been thrown up by our lead state public defender dour faced susan SStorrey who fights tooth and nail for killers- men and women who would just as quickly rape and pillage her family members and perhaps even rob and maim her - yet her innate guilt ridden brainwashed Connecticut reflexive liberalized mindset tells her to push onward with her agenda to dave the criminals from unpleasant living conditions anxd god forbid the prospect of  their life ending if they are found guilty of a very specific and narrowly defined type of murder that must involve and laundry list of qualities in order to even be considered by a Connecticut prosecutor as a death penalty case" Brutality and pre meditation and particular creuelty and suffering are but a few of those qualities. Or I should say were/

Thanks to legislators and people such tunnel minded Ms Storrey we Connecticut has joined its short sighted cousin states in New England something apparently very important to ex judicaIRy committee co chair Mike Lawlor as his favorite mantra to media and others was " all the other new England states are abolishing its only a matter of time until all will - WE need join the effete mindless " law makers" most of whom have no clue what getting rid of the death penalty is going to actually mean insofar as monies spent on capital cases and more importantly the many more victims who will be the result of this irresponsible desire to be in with the rest of the liberal clique.

 enough morally correct courageous and dedicated people must take the leap of courage and effort to care.