January 01, 2018

Book Review: The Case of the Piglet’s Paternity

Reviewed by Robert H. Edmunds Jr.

Author Judge Jon C. Blue needed a respite. He had been assigned to try one of the most disturbing criminal cases in recent memory. The allegations were grim. Two men were alleged to have broken into the Connecticut home of Dr. William Petit, an endocrinologist. They had beaten him with a baseball bat, tied him up, and thrown him into the basement. One of the assailants then raped and strangled his wife, who suffered from multiple sclerosis. The other sexually assaulted their younger daughter. The Petits’ two daughters were then tied to their beds while gasoline was splashed on them and around the home. When the assailants heard Dr. Petit break out of the basement and yell for help, one of them lit a match. Dr. Petit’s family perished.

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