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Tag: Susan Powell

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
5th

Powell saga conclusion: everybody loses

There are lots of reasons to be happy these days. The economy is rumbling back to life, the lottery is kicking out millions to several lucky folks and Spring, finally, is in the air. I doubt any of that will help the mood of Buzz Nielsen, the police chief in West Valley City, Utah.

Nielsen’s department spent a great deal of time, energy and resources on the Susan Powell disappearance. Detectives conducted a painstaking crime scene investigation. They traced potential sites to find her body. Then they searched each location with shovels, dogs and determination. The intent of their efforts was to provide that

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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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