Josh Powell commentroversy

As to be expected, Josh Powell’s family and supporters have crawled out of the woodwork to blame Susan’s parents, child protective services, the Utah police, the state and pretty much anyone other than him for yesterday’s murder-suicide. See the comments sections of this article and this one, and probably others.

One of his relatives is quoted as saying, “I can tell you that Josh was terrorized. I’m sure there are people out there who would consider this appropriate given the mass assumption of his guilt…is this the appropriate method of alternate prosecution? This reminds me of North Korea…”

In the comments section someone was saying “this would have never happened if the children had been returned to him, there was no evidence of threat to the children.” Um…yeah. No evidence of threat to the children, and then he blows them away in an enormous fireball. It’s kind of like saying, “If the battered wife hadn’t tried to leave her husband, he wouldn’t have killed her.”

But seriously, people, let’s take Susan Powell entirely out of the picture for a moment. Pretend Josh was totally innocent and really was railroaded and pilloried unjustly over the last two years. I think that’s highly unlikely, but let’s pretend. This might drive a man to suicide. If he wanted to kill himself, I suppose this was his business. I believe a person has a right to destroy themselves. But he had NO RIGHT, NO REASON to take those innocent boys with him. No matter how Josh’s family wants to spin it, the man is at the very least a child killer, a double murderer.

And, like every violent crime, this will have complications that reach farther than we can imagine right now. Think of Susan’s family — it’s not necessary to say that they’re devastated. Think of Josh’s family; much as I dislike them, they are hurting right now too, and not all of them are sexual perverts or criminals. Think of the two boys’ teachers, who will have to somehow explain the loss to the children’s classmates. The judge who allowed supervised visits but denied Josh custody. The cops trying to solve the mystery of Susan’s disappearance. The social worker who was pounding frantically on the locked door while Josh was inside killing the kids; when will she be able to go back to work, if ever? All of those people — all of them and more — are suffering horribly as a result of Josh’s actions.

15 thoughts on “Josh Powell commentroversy

  1. Princess Shantae February 6, 2012 / 7:29 am

    I didn’t even know about this till right this minute. Didn’t have the news on yesterday b/c of the Superbowl.
    Even if he was totally innocent and didn’t kill Susan, even if he got railroaded, the chioce to decision to kill his boys and himself was his alone. People go through even worse than he thought he was going through and it never crosses their mind to kill themselves or anybody else.
    He made that choice. Nobody else.
    And that crap about North Korea made me laugh. If you can find somebody that ran into trouble in N Korea and lived to tell about it, and tried to compare their situation with Josh Powell’s, I think you’d be in for a fight.

    • Eva Marie Leger February 6, 2012 / 11:00 am

      I totally agree. With everything you said. I think a big problem with people today is no one wants to realize/admit a loved one can be a certain way or commit a certain crime.
      I know I certainly wouldn’t want to think my daughter capable of murder. Or my father capable of molesting a chid. But my eyes are wide open to the fact that everyone in my family is human just like anyone else and that means they may be capable of anything – we *could be*.
      Sadly people are willingly or unknowingly putting others, children even,at risk because of their own shortsightedness. 😦

  2. Saffy February 6, 2012 / 8:33 am

    In the meantime, I read another quote in a story, someone saying they feared he’d do something like this. Although they probably thought he’d kill himself, not his kids. The guy was a narcissist through and through.
    A couple of years ago, there was a woman here in Canada who was about to go on trial for murdering her boyfriend. She jumped into Conception Bay with his baby.

  3. Kristen February 6, 2012 / 11:13 am

    Oh, how sad! I was not expecting to read this! I agree with the family member (his brother-in-law, I believe) who said this is an admission of guilt. I also agree that he couldn’t have loved his sons enough if he would rather them be dead than with their grandparents. That is pure evil. I can guess where he is now…

  4. Claudine February 6, 2012 / 1:34 pm

    I agree.

    These sort of cases possibly infuriate me the most of all of them, because there’s always people saying “Oh, he did it because he loved them” or “Other people drove him to do it.” There’s never an excuse, not ever.

    In fact, plenty of people who live in the actual North Korea or similar situations don’t kill their children. Those comments from his supporters are, I feel, an insult to people who really are suffering and yet fight to do whatever they can to protect their kids.

    So horrible 😦

  5. Jeri February 6, 2012 / 1:40 pm

    He knew eventually those blessed little boys would disclose not only his secrets but his fathers. I hope his father never sees the light of day as I believe that at the bottom of this horrible mess is not only Josh but his father to. My heart goes out to the Susan and the little ones family.

  6. Kat February 6, 2012 / 6:48 pm

    I just wish he could have taken his pervert of a father with him.

  7. wildninja February 6, 2012 / 7:40 pm

    You’re right; had he loved his boys more than himself he would not have taken them out with him. But he was a narcissist.

    I found a WordPress blog that hasn’t been used in awhile but it says it’s the official blog for Susan’s case:

    Other relevant sites are:!/pages/The-Susan-Cox-Powell-Foundation/235316293180751?sk=wall&filter=1

  8. Kim February 7, 2012 / 12:35 am

    This is why supervised visits should not take place in a parents home. There was a social worker killed a year or 2 ago by the bio parents who then fled with the baby. The baby was later found unharmed. If the court intends on terminating rights…visits should stop immed.

    My sisters friend does supervised visits out here in AZ. She goes to a place in Chandler and watches as parents interact with their kids. It is really no wonder some of these parents have supervised visits. Some of the parents totally trash this woman to her face for no reason they all pissed off they cant see their kids without restrictions. Granted I think there is no basis for supervised visits in some cases but in most cases there are grounds.

    I cannot believe the supporters of POS Josh can actually hint there was some jusitification in his actions. He should have just killed himself..and not taken the 2 sweet little boys with him. RIP they are reunited with their mother once again.

    • wildninja February 7, 2012 / 9:03 pm

      You have a great point. I just wonder why a person of interest in his wife’s vanishing was allowed custody or visitation at all. I already ranted about that on my blog, but it baffles the mind.

      • Meaghan February 8, 2012 / 10:50 am

        Because it would really set a bad precedent to deny a parent access to their children based on mere suspicions of what the parent did to another person. I don’t like it either, but to do otherwise would mean a lot of innocent people would not be allowed to see their children. It’s for the same reason that prosecutors aren’t allowed to charge people with crimes if they “know” they did it, but can’t prove it.

        For example, Richard Ricci was the prime suspect in Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapping for months. Quite a lot of people “knew” he did it. But he hadn’t done it. He might not have been a model citizen but he was not a child abductor. It would have made a great misfortune even worse if Ricci had lost custody of his children because of the suspicion of him in the Smart case, when he was 100% innocent.

  9. yomama February 7, 2012 / 10:51 am

    I just read that the boys has ‘hatchet wounds’ on their necks and heads upon autopsy. ……………………….

  10. LB February 7, 2012 / 3:54 pm

    This derives from the kind of mindset that perceives ownership over other human beings — Susan and the children were “his” to do with what he chose. He didn’t see them as individuals who had a right to a life without his dominance.

    It’s not surprising when these guys kill themselves, but I’m always sickened when they choose to kill their children as collateral. He wasn’t hounded, this was his final act of control over Susan’s family and the legal system.

    • wildninja February 7, 2012 / 9:00 pm

      Power and control. I say it all the time, but you’re so right, it’s power and control.

      I don’t think this is over. In the words of a wise friend, I think we’ll find out more about Josh Powell and his father, who I think knows something or is involved.

  11. yomama February 7, 2012 / 5:00 pm

    LB- I couldn’t have said it any better.

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