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Tag: Steven 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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Feb.
7th

Powell’s evil act “Smells to heaven”

I imagine myself walking through the charred, smoking remains of a home, sifting through the blackened bits of wood, fabric and broken glass. The lingering heat and haze causes me to squint, but I somehow keep myself from stumbling over the shapes of two small bodies which suddenly materialize out of the sooty, heat-warped air. As I kneel on the burnt floor, I am consciously aware of a part of myself that is usually still – an inner shield forged by the paternal instinct to protect the innocent. That part of me cracks open.

This is the legacy of Josh

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Sep.
29th

Custody ruling a judgment against Powell’s character

On Tuesday the judge presiding over the custody dispute involving Susan Cox Powell’s two young boys said she needed more time to unravel the mess.

What Judge Kathryn Nelson didn’t say, but could have, was “This’ll be one of the easiest decisions I’ll ever make in this job.”

Wednesday, the Pierce County Superior Court judge gave custody to the missing woman’s parents, Charles and Judith Cox, in a decision that should be seen as nothing less than a stern rebuke for Josh Powell and the home he shares with his father, Steven Powell.

This ruling came despite the State’s strong bias towards keeping children in the care of their biological parents. Despite the worthy goal, the judge in this case had ample reason to take a harsh view of Josh Powell’s parenting program.

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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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