More Susan Powell fallout

Found this HuffPo article about emails Susan Powell sent to her family, friends and members of her church before her disappearance. She talked about how controlling and moody Josh had gotten, and how she was afraid of him, and asked for relationship advice. She said he had changed since she married him and she thought he needed both counseling and medication, and spoke of leaving him:

I know everyone else will support me in whatever decisions, even if that means I crash anyone’s house in the middle of the night with my boys in tow. (Hope that never happens)

But at that point she believed the marriage was still salvageable:

I’m sure if he fixes himself, everyone else will see a much closer version of the guy I married. And it will be easy enough to forget the hell and turmoil he’s put me through.

I suppose the people that got those emails are now beating themselves up for not begging her to leave him earlier. But I think Susan’s friends and family did the best they could for her. The problem was, Susan was a grown woman and no one could force her to leave her husband, and Josh was just too evil and too manipulative. If he was bipolar or whatever, meds would have helped, but all the counseling and medication in the world cannot fix a psychopath.

9 thoughts on “More Susan Powell fallout

  1. psychowatcher May 2, 2012 / 4:48 am

    “all the counseling and medication in the world cannot fix a psychopath.”

    Very very true!

  2. Saffy May 2, 2012 / 6:03 am

    she obviously didn’t know he was that much of a psycho. Even her mother thought he was a creep from the getgo, but I get the feeling Susan kept thinking she could change him or he’d change if she could make him happy.

    • Meaghan May 2, 2012 / 5:21 pm

      Sometimes mothers can be wrong about their daughters’ boyfriends. My mother, and indeed most of my family, hated Michael for the first several years of our relationship and said horrible things about him and generally took everything he said and did and automatically viewed it in the worst possible light. I heard all kinds of crap about how he controlling and manipulative and a potential abuser.

      (MY FAMILY: “He told you to take the pillows off the couch and didn’t even say please! How can you let him treat you like that!”
      *crickets chirping*
      ME: Are you &#%$ing kidding me? Is that ALL you can come up with?)

      And they were wrong. It was all just prejudice and irrational dislike because he was older and I started seeing him behind my parents’ backs. My relatives have never outright admitted as such, but they finally quit trying to convince me to break up with him and a few of them have ventured to compliment him now and then. I always knew Michael was fine the way he was and didn’t need any “changing.”

  3. Princess Shantae May 2, 2012 / 8:41 am

    She’d had people telling her he was no good from the get go even before she started having problems with him, so she probably hated having to admit even to herself that all these people were right all along. Nobody likes to admit “I have been wrong, I made a huge mistake” and nobody likes to hear “Didn’t I tell you so?”
    In spite of these emails, I realy don’t think Susan had a clue how bad her situtation might be. She was hiding that even from herself.

    • Meaghan May 5, 2012 / 9:14 pm

      I don’t know for sure, but Mormons are very conservative and perhaps they’re not too keen on divorce? Anyone with firsthand knowledge, I wouldn’t mind you chipping in.

  4. Danielle May 2, 2012 / 12:59 pm

    psychopath for sure. His famiily, including himself, blamed her. Did anyone see the website set up by Josh??? pictures of susan that are unflattering. Overweight, bad skin, etc… and he goes on to say what a good man, husband and father his is. Sick.

    • Meaghan May 2, 2012 / 5:23 pm

      Yeah, I noted the unflattering photos myself in another blog post. I haven’t seen them published anywhere else but on that one website that accuses Susan of having run off with Steven Koecher.

  5. Princess Shantae May 2, 2012 / 3:50 pm

    He isn’t even much of a psycho b/c most of them are very good liars and fool everybody. The only one he fooled was Susan, everybody else saw him for what he was right off.

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