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The Path That Led To 8 Terrifying Hours For Connecticut Family

(CNN) -- Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky first crossed paths at a Hartford, Connecticut, drug treatment center in the summer of 2006, according to police.

Both men, career criminals, had been in and out of jail for similar non-violent crimes. Twice they had overlapping stays at the same halfway house or drug center, and the two attended Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings together and became friends, according to a detective's report.

They shared similar interests -- often the downfall that led them into the criminal justice system -- but nobody knew at the time that their friendship would result in what police and prosecutors say was one of the most brutal crimes in memory in the prosperous town of Cheshire, Connecticut.

Hayes' parole records show that he has a history of abusing drugs and having disciplinary problems in jail. For Hayes, 47, crack cocaine was the catalyst for a dramatic relapse after an attempt at rehabilitation. His drug use, according to corrections documents, led to an 11-day crime spree of burglaries and crack binges.

Komisarjevsky's records and his own accounts during parole hearings show he also had a weakness for drugs. The 30-year-old said he supported his crystal meth and cocaine habit, which began at age 19, by breaking into upscale homes to steal money and electronics, according to a September 2004 corrections report.

How often the two may have spoken during their rehab stints, much less what they said to each other, is impossible to know. But police allege their odd-couple friendship allegedly set in motion events that ended with them facing the death penalty in the state's most high profile crime since Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's 2002 murder trial.

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