Introducing Dr. and Mrs. William Petit

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It was a happy day for Dr. William Petit Jr. and Christine Paluf Sunday as the two officially became Dr. and Mrs. William Petit.

According to a release from the newlyweds, the two married at the Chapel at Holy Family Passionist Monastery and Retreat Center in West Hartford with more than 300 guests in attendance. Father David Cinquegrani, director of Holy Family, celebrated the nuptial Mass.

“Music from soloists and strings filled the chapel during a reverent and moving emotional ceremony,” the release said.

The bride wore “Autumn,” an ivory lace gown by Connecticut-based designer Modern Trousseau.

Family members of the bride and groom participated in the ceremony. The bride was given away by her father, Robert Paluf. The groom’s brother, Glenn, and the bride’s sister, Caroline Brayne, were witnesses.

A reception followed at the Riverview in Simsbury. A blessing written by Dr. Petit’s former father-in-law, Rev. Richard Hawke, was in remembrance of his family.

Petit’s first wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, and the couple’s two daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, were killed five years ago during a Cheshire  home invasion carried out by Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky. Both men were convicted and are currently on Connecticut’s death row.


Photo Copyright 2012 John Benoit.



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42 thoughts on “Introducing Dr. and Mrs. William Petit

  1. Dan

    I think it is wrong and improper of you to say “former” father in law. They were not divorced.

    1. Doreen

      But he has a new father in law now, so yes he is Dr. Petit’s “former” father in law. However, Im sure Dr Petit will always have a very close and special relationship with his deceased wife’s family.

      1. amystery726

        Always the father-in-law…He now has two. And I’m sure he feels that way, as well.

  2. Pat Kilray

    The courant has a real love affair with this man. It is time the entire state moves on from this story.

    1. Momof2boys

      The Courant and State of CT in general needs to move along … this is really getting insane

    2. Sharpshooter

      Maybe it’s just time for you to move on, Pat…onto a thread where you can vent your misinformed view of the world….

  3. Michael Pacak

    God Bless him for having the courage to move on, even under horrible circumstances. Mr. Petit, I wish you nothing but the best and can’t wait for the monsters who did this to get there day in you know where. Congratulations on your new marriage.

  4. Ann Tucker

    It’s great to see that happiness can be found, again. Michael P. – your wish is well-intended. It is oxymoronic to wish love and hate in the same message. Let’s not mix the two – love is the subject that commands our attention, now. May the love of this couple enhance their days and nights.

  5. John

    Nice work Dr. Petit….She’s beautiful! For all the suffering he’s been through it’s good to have some sun shine on him.

  6. Sharpshooter

    Congratulations Dr. and Mrs.Petit… may you both find a life full of happiness ahead!

  7. Colleen

    How wonderful and extraodinary that this couple found each other and despite tragedy love and humaness can prevail.

  8. Bryan

    I don’t think I could ever remarry after going through that, at least not this quickly…I’d feel like I was somehow disrespecting the memory of my wife and children. More power to him I guess.

        1. Colleen

          When you love someone you want them to be happy and not be in perpetual pain. His family loved him very much I am certain. That’s how I know.

        2. Toni

          Who the hell is this McCarthy. Mr. Negative. If it had happened to you wouldn’t you get on with your life. And yes Dr. Petit’s former wife and children would want him to get on with his life.

          1. Julie

            Its been 5 years now so he has to move on. I wish him all the happiness in the world. He surely deserves it.

  9. Runtime Al

    God bless Christine Paulf for giving Dr. Petit what he so rightfully deserves; another chance at happiness.

  10. Peg

    I’m very happy that Dr. Petit was able to heal enough to open his heart to love again. I am guessing it would take an incredibly special woman to say ‘I do’ knowing the journey he has been through. I wish them both joy and peace.

  11. Lyme Resident

    There is a nice story on People magazine’s online site,, that has some quotes from the service.

  12. Diane

    Congratulations to them both. It would be so nice to see an article of such a happy event as this without the same paragraph ending of how this poor man lost his family. Not that he doesn’t think about it daily already – does he need to be reminded when he is celebrating in a new chapter?

  13. Betsy Riedel

    I am very happy for Dr. Petit. Now, let’s give this man some privacy. I just hope that we all NEVER have to hear about Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjesky ever ever again. These two do NOT deserve the press time they get.

  14. MEg Gilbert

    Shame on the writer of this story for even mentioning the names of the animals who so brutally took the lives of Jennifer, Michaela and Hayley. Shame on the editors and publishers who felt this was appropriate.

    What possible purpose is there in this? I am wishing Dr. and Mrs. Petit many years of happiness together.

  15. Genosguy

    While no one will ever know what his daughter and wife may have felt–I want to congratulate Dr. Petit and his new wife and both his Fathers in Law for making this a perfect day. He deserves this peace and now he will move towards a new family and we will move to caring for him and all who live thru such damning events.

  16. Carol Loveland

    Congratulations to the both of you for this wonderful news. Everyone that I know are so happy that Christine Paluf has become such a wonderful part of your happiness, Dr. Petit. I know that God is blessings you with love and luck with your lives together. This new love with the two of you makes me smile forever…

  17. Misty

    The UK’s Daily Mail On Line had this story as the headline on their American centered home page yesterday. Most people from around the world were happy to know that Dr. Petit found happiness again and remarried. Unfortunately, they also put up the mug shots of the two monsters that killed his family, which offended many of the posters. For those who think it’s time to move, skip the article.

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