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Surveillance photo of Josh Powell released

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Feb. 10, 2012 at 6:15 am with 6 Comments »
February 10, 2012 6:37 am
Surveillance photo of Josh Powell

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department has released a surveillance photo of Josh Powell taken the day before he set fire to his Graham-area rental home, killing himself and his two young sons.

Search warrants have revealed that Powell, 36, withdrew $7,000 from the bank last Saturday.

Investigators have said the move, along with others, showed that Powell was planning to blow up his house and kill his sons. Powell also purchased gasoline, gave away his sons’ clothes and toys and sent emails and left voicemails, saying goodbye and telling relatives what to do with his money and how to pay the bills.

The boys – 7-year-old Charlie and 5-year-old Braden – had gone to Powell’s home Sunday afternoon for a scheduled supervised visit.

Powell, who had been the only person of interest named in the mysterious 2009 disappearance of his wife, lost custody of his sons last September after his father was charged with child pornography and voyeurism. Powell and his sons had been living with his father at the time.

Investigators say after Charlie and Braden arrived at their father’s home Sunday afternoon, Powell shut the door on the social worker who was supposed to supervise the visit. She tried to get inside but he ignored her requests.

The house exploded in flames minutes later. Investigators have said that Powell used a hatchet on his sons before setting the house on fire.

A funeral service for Charlie and Braden is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. at Life Center Church in Tacoma.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. PolarBear53 says:

    Getting sick of this story, bless the kids and the grandparents. But tired of this. It’s time to heal.

  2. Yeah the TNT certainly getting their mileage out of this story, sad as it is; you’re right time to move on and heal.

  3. I could care less for this POS. His actions tell me how much he loved his boy’s.To his family, your also a POS for defending him. Rot in hell Josh Powell.

    My heart goes out the Grandparents.

  4. pungentsound says:

    “For behold this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God….Do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end…if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until death, behold, ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his; therefore, the Spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you, and hath no place in you, and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked.”{28} Joesph Smith

  5. ReadNLearn says:

    Marveling at the brilliance of people ‘sick’ of a topic, reading and posting about it.

  6. Sroldguy says:

    Powell complained he had to buy new quilt?

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