Is anyone surprised at this newly released evidence?

The world’s a-buzz about the blood found in Susan Powell‘s home. Oh, and the “last will and testament” she left, saying if she appeared to have died in an accident, to look closer because it probably wasn’t one. And the fact that her son was, only weeks after her disappearance, saying “My mom’s dead.”

I found this blistering editorial from a prosecutor basically saying she would have prosecuted long ago, and she had been saying that for ages, and the investigators in the Powell case were too scared to make a move. And now an entire family is dead.

Now, for the multi-million dollar question: Who or what agency is accountable for clearly botching the investigation and indirectly causing the murders of two innocent children? What will be learned from this case that has played out in the national media since 2009? At the very least, training of our nation’s police investigators must be held to a higher standard, they must be brought up to date on all of the latest technological tools and practices to properly equip themselves to handle investigations of intimate partner violence cases.

The next victim is in her home living in fear, about to be reported missing and ultimately murdered.

Well said. Certainly we should at least use this series of tragedies as a learning experience.

I hear about people like Josh and Susan and feel very lucky I have Michael. Someone who would never hurt me, who would fight to the death to defend me. Because abusive relationships are so common; probably more women have had an abusive partner at some time than not. You never know what goes on inside the walls of people’s homes.

It’s manifestly too late to prosecute Josh Powell for his crimes. But it’s not too late to find Susan and bring her to rest next to her children. It’s not too late to stop the next spousal murder from happening.

Where are you, Susan?

8 thoughts on “Is anyone surprised at this newly released evidence?

  1. Saffy April 1, 2012 / 5:47 pm

    truly stunning. This was a massive failure on every level, from the beginning. There was enough evidence to put this guy on DEATH ROW, even if there was no body. I think the family should sue the police because they really do have a case.
    As for susan, I think she is buried out in that desert area where he took the kids.

    • Meaghan April 1, 2012 / 6:07 pm

      I think the police screwed up, but I don’t think they can be held responsible for the children’s deaths. They could not have reasonably predicted what Josh did to those boys.

      • Saffy April 1, 2012 / 6:54 pm

        i agree with you about that. By the time he had set that in motion, there was nothing anyone could have done. If he hadn’t done it then, he would have eventually. But they had evidence, BLOOD evidence and still chose not to arrest him. For that they are responsible.

  2. Princess Shantae April 1, 2012 / 6:50 pm

    Yeah, I’m sure Casey Anthony’s prosecutors felt exactly like this lady does now in her editorial. And look what happened.

    • Meaghan April 1, 2012 / 7:10 pm

      I didn’t closely follow the Anthony case, simply because it wasn’t one of mine, but from what little I did read I thought the case was weak. I think the case against Josh would have been stronger, even if they didn’t have a body. But it’s always going to be a what-if thing now.

      Some prosecutors are more willing to take risks than others. The lack of a body is going to be very intimidating. But if you look at my Corpus Delicti lists, the “convictions” list is more than three times as long as the “acquittals” list.

  3. Lisa April 2, 2012 / 10:59 am

    I’m trying not to rush into comdemning Utah for not arresting that creature.

    Two words, Utah: Lori Hacking.

    Of course that particular creature did finally confess, but it doesn’t sound like Josh was even seriously questioned before lawyering up.

  4. Emily April 3, 2012 / 4:45 pm

    I can’t get my head around this case. What were child/family welfare services doing? In my mind they are partly responsible. Heads should roll for this.

  5. Saffy April 3, 2012 / 8:23 pm

    I really think they need some kind of inquest or inquiry. They don’t seem to do that in the U.S. But here, when there is some kind of huge screwup like that, they will call for an inquest if it s warranted. This was a failure right down the line that began when they didn’t arrest him and they let him have visitation with his kids. They should have kept those kids far away from him.

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