Two articles about three cases

There is this article about the 1991 disappearance of Joshua Mahaffey from Centralia, Illinois. The prime, and only, suspect is Terry Martin, a longtime criminal/dirtbag with convictions including burglary, rape of a child and burglary. His most recent (alleged) offense is failure to register as a sex offender, but that case is still pending. Joshua Mahaffey was Martin’s accomplice in the burglary and later testified against him. He may have also been sleeping with Martin’s girlfriend. Quite a busy fifteen-year-old boy.

In the second article, Joshua Powell claims his wife Susan, who will have been missing for a year on December 7, ran away with Steven Koecher, a guy from the same area who disappeared a few days after Susan. Slight problem: the police had already investigated this theory and there’s no evidence that Susan and Steven knew each other or that their disappearances are connected. Joshua Powell claims that on the night of Susan’s disappearance, he suddenly decided it would be a very good idea to take their two toddler sons camping in subfreezing, rainy/snowy weather, and then he somehow forgot to go to work the next day, and when he returned to civilization Susan was gone, leaving all her worldly goods behind. It goes without saying that Susan had described Joshua as a very controlling, abusive man and planned to divorce him. Steven Koecher’s disappearance is a lot more mysterious. No one seems to know what might have happened to him, other than that it was nothing good.

8 thoughts on “Two articles about three cases

  1. Tracey Reitterer December 5, 2010 / 8:51 pm

    Either Mahaffey’s buddy killed him, or he put someone else up to it and everyone knows Susan’s husband Josh killed her; his actions that night spoke volumes, even without her body. I hope the DA puts together a strong enough circumstancial case to go after his ass. I’d hate to see him get the opportunity to kill wife 2, 3 or 4, like Drew Peterson & other multiple wife killers. As for Steven Koecher, if last pings on his cell phone were made from where he was seen on surveillance walking away from his car, one could assume he either committed suicide or died from exposure/hypothermia nearby. Wonder how many searches have been done in that area.

    • Meaghan December 5, 2010 / 9:03 pm

      You would think that if a man died of hypothermia in a residential area, his body would be found quickly.

      • marycarney December 7, 2010 / 12:03 am

        Except in those parts of the world, the subdivisions border wasteland. When I was a kid, we lived in AZ and literally at the end of our block was desert. I walked in my sleep, and once my folks found me on my tricycle headed toward the desert. (This was 1960 – no alarms and such back then)

  2. danielle December 5, 2010 / 9:20 pm

    Powell moved from the area?? or is he still at the same home? What’s scary is he gets to keep his boys with him. Nancy Grace has done a few stories on this guy and he appears to be non emotional and so not likeable.

    • Meaghan December 5, 2010 / 9:51 pm

      He lives in Washington state now.

  3. Justin December 5, 2010 / 10:10 pm

    What’s freaking me out is that after Martin sentenced in 1999 to 22 years in prison for raping a 6-year-old girl and giving her a sexually transmitted disease, he was paroled this year.

    Why the hell are they giving parole to a guy who raped six year old girl?! Guy’s like that need to spend the rest of their lives in prison, but at the very least, they shouldn’t be paroled.

    • Meaghan December 5, 2010 / 10:14 pm

      Well, it’s been 11 years. It used to be that you could be up for parole after serving half your sentence. In most states it’s different now, but the new no-more-parole-anymore laws can’t be made retroactive.

  4. Sara December 7, 2010 / 4:51 am

    Not related to the topic at hand, but I just saw a promo for a movie based on the Kathleen Durst case: All Good Things. Kirsten Dunst as the character based on Kathleen and Ryan Gosling as her crazy abusive husband. I think they did an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent partially based on this case as well. I wonder where Robert is today. I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t end up in jail again for one thing or another.

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