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Subject: In the middle of the night
Date Posted: 9/23/2010 12:43 AM ET
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This is a book about the Pettit family. The Doctor who;s family was held hostage for 8 hours brutalized, and his youngest daughter who was 11 was molested by one of the offender and the other raped Mrs,Pettit  and murdered her the set the house t on fire and everyone but the Dr died.One of the perpetrator talked to an author and gave him over 200 written pages this was before they had went to trial.one of the defendants is extremely scary his history of breaking into house at nite and sometimes just moving things around is creepy. I highly recommend this book.

Date Posted: 9/26/2010 3:28 PM ET
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I've been hearing alot about this story lately , sounds interesting. There are a couple different books about this .

Date Posted: 9/26/2010 7:53 PM ET
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You know, I have read hundreds of TC books yet I can't bring myself to read this one.  I couldn't even read the stories in the newspaper about it.  I can't imagine what that poor mother and her children went through that night and the poor father that has to live with this.  So sad...

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 11:47 PM ET
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i do have to say it is rough to read ,But because one of the men was a prolific bugular and talks about it alot how he would pick house tricks to getting in how he got alarm codes I have done alot of changes to my house that I would never have thought of.This story reminds me so much of In Cold Blood the writer was no Truman Capote but there was an errie similarity in the crime and the impact it left behind. I was not aware there was any other books written about it if anyone knows the name of any other book about this crime please let me know.



Last Edited on: 10/3/10 8:10 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/2/2010 9:19 PM ET
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Court tv has been talking about the crime and trial.  I know about the crime but I can't remember if I read the book or not.  Too many books and a fading memory. We got a 5 camera security system installed last week. It is beyond cool.  My husband says that all my true crime reading has made me paranoid.  I do think the Night Stalker book is the one that did me in.

Date Posted: 10/2/2010 11:28 PM ET
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The younger of the 2 guys the bugular he use to watch houses and he used night vision binoculars to watch people push there alarm codes in .This book plus through the window have really made me paranoid.True crime books have never had this bad of an effect on me I have been reading some bio;s to try and settle down.My husband has even gotten a little more worried because it seems with so many people out of work and the escalating drug problems robberies are happening alot more around our town and the area.We have actually got some home security recently .

Date Posted: 11/2/2010 2:28 PM ET
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lol Nicki!  I say better safe then sorry!  I can't remember which book did me in because I have read so many but if I had to pick I would say "Helter Skelter".  The theme that seems to run through most true crimes - unlocked doors and windows!  I think it would be foolsih, no matter where you live to think you are safe enough to leave doors unlocked.  I have read books where the killer drifts into towns that he wasn't from just to kill. 

@Heather - those guys are beyond horrible - the sad thing is, they will be just fine in jail.  What was scary was the fact they followed the poor unsuspecting mother and daughter from a local CVS.  How scary is that?!

Date Posted: 11/2/2010 3:00 PM ET
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Yeah the thought that the youngest daughter wanted to cook for dinner and they had to pick up a couple of things is all it took.I never in my life have left doors or windows unlocked everytime one of those story start out about such a wonderful town no one felt the need to lock the doors I always think where in heck in this day and age do you feel that safe. leaving doors unlocked it leaves you open to being a victim of circumstance.When we use to move I always changed all the locks first thing to,It;s horrible but you have to think like a criminal and try to cover your bases .But nobody would think going to the store would be unsafe and a broken basement door is how they got in.Those men were just very evil and should never have been out of prision in the first place.



Last Edited on: 9/3/11 12:21 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 9/3/2011 12:21 AM ET
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Does anyone know if this second cray guy has stood trial yet I lost all track of the case?