Our friend Dudley Sharp tells me that Dr. William Petit, whose family was slaughtered in a case that by itself justifies retaining the death penalty, will be on the Oprah Winfrey show today:
In hours of terror, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, Dr. Petit's wife, was raped and strangled. Their two daughters, 17-year-old Haley and 11-year-old Michaela were also murdered.. Michaela was sexually assaulted. Both girls were burned alive and died of smoke inhalation.Dr. Petit was beaten with a baseball bat, suffers permanent injuries, but survived. He is the sole survivor from his immediate family.Here is Dr. Petit's victim impact statement from the first trial, wherein Steven Hayes was given the death penalty.
I have never before watched Oprah Winfrey, as I am opposed to the sentimentalization of everything. But maybe I should make an exception today.