Sam Caligiuri

Courant Archive: Cheshire Victims' Relatives See Suspects Charged

A judge getting ready to send Joshua Komisarjevsky to prison in 2002 called him a ``cold, calculating predator.''

Equipped with night-vision goggles and armed with a knife, he would slash his way through screens into houses around his hometown of Cheshire, stealing mostly electronic equipment and petty cash to pay for a drug habit.

Steven Hayes had a record more noteworthy for its length than the severity of the crimes -- decades of larcenies, burglaries and check forgeries. Hayes committed most of his crimes in the northwest corner, near his home in Winsted -- far from Sorghum Mill Drive in Cheshire, where the horrific events that landed him back in court played out early...