I thought I’d show y’all this blog post written by Tad DiBiase, who’s prosecuted several murder-without-a-body cases and has an excellent website devoted to the subject. He thinks it would have been relatively easy to make a case against Josh Powell for Susan‘s murder.
There have been many cases successfully prosecuted with less evidence than this. While I am typically loathe to criticize without knowing all the facts, in this day and age, this reluctance to arrest simply because there isn’t a body is foolish, timid and here, ultimately deadly as Powell’s children might still be alive if Josh had been arrested when this evidence was uncovered. Sad.
There’s more at the link.
I think he’s right. But of course, Monday morning quarterbacking is easy to do. We can only speculate what might have been.
I was sent this article about Leslie, Timothy and Julie Guthrie, a mother and her two young children who dropped off the face of the earth in Katonah, New York in 1977. It reveals some more info on their disappearances. Among other items of note, it seems they disappeared on February 5, not February 6 as their NCMEC poster says. February 6 was the date they were reported missing.
It’s a strange case, with the lack of any evidence at all. Since Timothy Sr.’s been ruled out as a suspect, and there are no indications of foul play but no indications of a voluntary disappearance either, and since the car is missing, I wonder if it wasn’t a simple vehicular accident. I have no idea what the terrain is like in the Katonah area but wonder if Leslie possibly drove into a lake or river and their car is still submerged with them inside.
The case reminds me of Mary, Jessie and Fannie Stuart, another mom and two kids who vanished without a trace in 1977. But that was in California, and in that case the husband/father is a suspect.
Fun fact: the “Detective DiBiase” quoted in the article is actually the younger brother of Tad DiBiase, aka the “No Body” guy.