What Happened Inside the Petit Home

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    Joshua Komisarjevsky, left, told a New York-based author about the grizzly murders.

    The book was bound to happen. But no one thought it would happen so quickly.

    Brian McDonald's new book, "In the Middle Of The Night," the details the horrors that happened inside the Cheshire home of Dr. William Petit and his family the night of July 23, 2007.  

    McDonald contacted suspect Joshua Komisarjevsky as a pen pal, then got inside the prison where Komisarjevsky is being held for a series of interviews with him. Komisarjevsky has been charged in the incident but has not stood trial.

    Komisarjevsky told McDonald about the events that preceded the murders, including the planning, according to the book. Then, on that Sunday night, Komisarjevsky describes in explicit detail, how he and fellow suspect, Steven Hayes, beat Dr. Petit with a baseball bat, leaving him for dead. Then he tells of the murders of Petit's wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and their daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11.  

    Dr. Petit ultimately recovered from his beating.

    Heather Polk, manager of Borders Books in Farmington, said the book went on sale Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. and sold out within an hour. 

    Some people, however, said they would neither buy nor read the book under any circumstance. Others said they would because the murders happened in Connecticut.

    There has been some debate on whether or not the book will make it more difficult to pick an impartial jury. Experts are divided. 

    Both suspects are expected to be tried separately.