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Tag: Susan Powell disappearance

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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April
14th

Florida, Utah police unusually reluctant to make high profile arrests

I was enduring a day-long training class this past week when the instructor made a comment that made me sit up straight. “Denial,” he said, “is a defense mechanism that kicks in when a person rejects what is true, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.”

It’s not often that the words of Sigmund Freud get tossed around in police circles. It was a lesson for the cops in the room that if we ignore obvious information just because it is sudden or unpleasant (such as the sudden appearance of a weapon in the hands of an unlikely opponent), bad things

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April
3rd

Allowing Josh Powell to remain free a failure of the system?

On Friday, the court unsealed the evidence amassed during the investigation into Susan Powell’s disappearance. The information contained in the affidavit was overwhelming, especially for those of us who assumed that the investigators and prosecutors involved with the Utah case knew little more than the public.

For many people the decision not to take Josh Powell into custody for the murder of his wife, Susan, appears to have been a systemic failure. That’s understandable, especially in light of the information now available: Susan Powell’s cell phone inexplicably in her husband’s car; her blood on a couch which he had recently scrubbed;

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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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