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Tag: Joshua Powell

Dec.
7th

Wrapping up the week

There were quite a few notable news stories this past week. While I wish there were time enough to dissect them all, alas, there is only time for the briefest of post-mortems (with apologies for the depressing metaphor).

The Powell saga: The AP finally received thousands of photos from a public records request seeking Steven Powell’s computer files. Those images are, if nothing else, proof that Powell had a deeply disturbing and prolonged attraction to his daughter-in-law, Susan Powell. It can be argued that Steven Powell (convicted of voyeurism on the basis of related photos and

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May
8th

Steven Powell’s 15 minutes of infamy winding down

In the last year or more it seems that every time we reach the end of the Powell murder mystery, another chapter is written. The latest installment is the disturbing trial of Susan Powell’s uber-creepy father-in-law, Steven Powell.

Detectives investigating Susan Powell’s disappearance served a search warrant on Steven Powell’s home last August. The warrant affidavit would likely have requested a broad scope for the search, and in the case of homicide – okay, disappearance – search and seizure case law can and should allow greater latitude than lesser crimes. The stakes are higher and the evidence could be anywhere.

Given

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Sep.
15th

Finding Powell’s remains will be more bitter than sweet

Family and friends of Susan Cox Powell have waited almost two years for some word, any word on the disappearance of this young mother from her home in West Valley City, Utah.

Now they have a word. Bones.

Investigators at West Valley City P.D., who first explored the rugged mine shafts dotted throughout an eastern Nevada scrubland, have finally come across a possible link to Cox Powell’s disappearance in the desert near Delta, Utah. According to the Trib article (9/14), human remains were found in one of these shafts. Could it be Susan Cox Powell?

We won’t have to wait very long for the what if’s to be answered. The Trib reported just this morning that the bureacratic step of an examination by a federal anthropologist is complete, and the remains are not historical. This paves the way for the bones to be transferred to the county medical examiner’s office. The M.E. has the responsibility to answer many questions to include the identity of the deceased and the manner of death.

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Aug.
29th

Police separating fact from fiction in Powell disappearance

Somewhere, sitting on a beach with her lover and sipping a cocktail with an umbrella, is the long-lost Susan Cox Powell. That, at least, is a plausible scenario according to her husband, Joshua Powell and father-in-law, Steven Powell.

It’s an interesting story, one many of us would like to believe, but the police would like to know more. Unfortunately, the Powell men remain hidden behind their attorney’s skirt, venturing forth only to spread salacious stories through tabloid and network news.

The disappearance of Susan Cox Powell, now almost two years ago, has been an extremely disturbing incident. The media feeding frenzy, the scathing exchange between the Cox and Powell families, and the exhaustive investigation has certainly wrung out the emotions of anyone associated with this case.

Besides the disappearance of a seemingly bright and energetic young woman, mother and wife, the story has become infamous because of its descent into the realm of fantasy.

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