Cheshire Home Invasion Trial: Confession Tape Of Accused Joshua Komisarjevsky Released

Says No One Was Supposed To Die, Casts Blame On Partner Hayes

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — For the first time in four years the public is hearing the voice of Cheshire home invasion suspect Joshua Komisarjevsky.

As CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis reports, the police confession tapes give a glimpse of what was going on inside his mind as he described the details of that horrible day back in July 2007.

“We were just supposed to get the money, get in and get out,” Komisarjevsky said.

Komisarjevsky clearly pinned the decision to kill Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, Hayley and Michaela, on his partner, Steven Hayes.

“I’m not killing anybody. I’m not going to,” Komisarjevsky is heard saying. “He was, well, then I’ll kill the two daughters and you kill the mom, and I was like I’m not killing anyone.

“It’s not gonna happen. I can’t. I didn’t want to kill anyone.”

But the mother and daughters did die that day, after an hours-long ordeal that started with an invasion and robbery of their home in Cheshire, Conn., and the bludgeoning of father and husband, Dr. William Petit.

“I hit him in the head with the baseball bat, and he let out this unearthly scream,” Komisarjevsky said. “We both ended up tying him up. Mr. Hayes tied his hands and I tied his feet.”

The taped confession describes a waiting game, waiting for the bank to open so that Hawke-Petit could withdraw $15,000 in cash, and then worry over whether the suspects could slip up and leave DNA evidence behind.

“He was just going on an on about DNA, and even a drop of sweat or, um, a hair falling off your head is enough to put us in jail, because they have DNA on our record,” Komisarjevsky said.

In the end, a weak and beaten Dr. Petit managed to escape, but his wife and daughters were killed. The mom was strangled and the daughters died as a result of the fire set in their house, something Komisarjevsky said he never wanted to happen.

“They did what they were supposed to do. There was no reason for them to die. They were compliant the entire way, both very bright young ladies, even the mother didn’t deserve to die,” he said.

The 90-minute confession was released Monday, right at the start of Komisarjevsky’s murder trial.

Hayes has already been convicted and sentenced to death in the murders.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Judy Brown

    Home invasions are steadily increasing, visit for a free 15 entry point GE wireless home security sytem.

  • Vernon Hell

    Drawing distinctions of degrees of culpability is ridiculous and offensive. Same crime committed together, same punishment. Let them both burn in Hell!

  • NYC42A

    If there is ever an example of why you should learn how to use a gun and have one available, this is it. Whatever your views are on guns are, the reality is that both the father and the mother relied on the police to help them and the police just stood idly by. The father was able to escape but couldn’t do anything because he didn’t have a gun. If your family means anything to you, learn how to use a gun, teach them how to use a gun and learn how to protect them. Don’t let this tragedy happen to you.

    There is nothing that can be done to Komisarjevsky or his partner that would every make things right. All you can do is pray that there is a hell for them to spend eternity.

    • danny

      He was sleeping when he was hit over the head. He woke up to find himself bound. The house was on fire. I don’t think a gun would have helped him much. I think in this case, the gun could have been found by these monsters and used against the family. I’m not anti guns, but in this case, it may not have helped.

    • steve

      When should have he used the gun….while he was sleeping on the couch or after he was knocked out with the baseball bat?

  • SAM

    Ok so my cousins and I ran rampant in Cheshire, but would never have thought to commit such atrocities. The first time I ever saw white hooded men riding through the woods was in Cheshire. I was only 5 years old. Even those white racist SOB’s weren’t as bad as these guys.

  • thor's hammer

    can we please just stop the madness. these 2 sons of satan have taxed the patience & the wallets of the good people of ct for far too long. note to the state appointed counsel – the civil liberties abused by your clients far outway any plea for clemency/leniency you feel obliged to raise. we don’t & won’t buy it. the native peoples of many cultures have solved the problems your clients presented in the past. let’s just spin the wheel or pick a card, and give some peace to dr petit, who will never have closure. justice for the real victims only. no perks for perps in prison.

  • Franklin

    Now, this fellow needs to be permanently subdued. These guys have shown what they are capable of and we have no responsibility to rehabilitate them. If they could they would do it again-because they liked it.

  • LG

    I blame the parole board in all states for letting criminals like this free.

  • tw

    i hope their aszs holes get torn into pieces in jail

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