The Petit family murder story out of Connecticut is just horrible. I know some people will say it's getting all kinds of attention because the family is rich, white and attractive, but that's not it. It reminds me of a trial I attended back in Minnesota for a high-school law class, where two drug addicts broke into a house (this time, of an African-American family) and raped the little girl. She had been watching "Wonder Woman" at the time of the break-in, I'll always remember that. It stuck in my head that if only Wonder Woman had been real, and able to come through the screen and help that little girl, she surely would have.
The idea of being a good family, asleep in your home, and having this kind of nightmare smash into your life is just chilling. In many ways, it's reminscent of "In Cold Blood."
My mom tells a story of leaving me alone once when I was in my early teens so she and my dad could go somewhere not far away. They came home and I was asleep, but two guys were roaming around our isolated rural driveway. I forget what their excuse was -- if they said they were lost or claimed they were hunting or whatever -- but it definitely put a chill into my mom's heart. And with the Petit case in the news, it gives me shivers to look back.