Steve Powell guilty!

To the surprise of no one, Steve Powell, father-in-law of the missing Susan, has been found guilty of thirteen counts of voyeurism. In spite of defense attempts to create reasonable doubt, one juror said the prosecution “just presented a better case.”

Powell is scheduled to be sentenced June 15. He faces a maximum of five years in prison for each of the 14 counts.

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said his office will seek an exceptional sentence based on the large number of convictions (14). If the judge allows that, Powell faces a sentence of up to 10 years.

It is not clear whether Powell could serve consecutive sentences for each count, which could amount to a 70 year sentence. This is his first criminal conviction.

Articles:
Steve Powell’s legal troubles may not be over
Jury finds Steven Powell guilty on all voyeurism counts
Steven Powell guilty on 14 counts of voyeurism
Susan Powell looms over Wash. voyeurism conviction
Steven Powell’s daughter defends family on website, video
Susan Powell Home Videos Show Her With Josh, Steven Powell Before Disappearance
Steve Powell Convicted of 14 Counts Voyeurism but Still Won’t Speak on Disappearance of his Daughter-in-law

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.

Oh. My. God.

As per many emails, etc, Josh Powell killed himself and his two sons today, just after the judge ruled against him in the custody hearing and said the children had to stay with Susan‘s parents.

The son of a bitch.

I don’t know if I’ve ever really cursed on this blog before. But right now I cannot think of anything else to say. The son of a bitch. That evil bastard. He did it out of pure spite, I’m convinced. And took whatever secrets he carried, to his grave. “Evil” is the only word for it — a term I don’t use very often.

I don’t know what else to say.

Susan Powell’s parents to keep her kids

To the surprise of no one, a Washington judge turned down Josh Powell’s request to get custody of his and Susan Powell‘s children from her parents.

Josh is a suspect in Susan’s disappearance and after she went missing he took the kids and moved in with his father, Steve Powell. Later the cops found a huge collection of nude videos and pictures on Steve’s computer, some of them of Susan, some of children, taken without their knowledge. Although Josh hasn’t faced any charges in connection with this, the porn was a factor in the judge’s decision not to let him get custody. The judge won’t even consider changing her mind until Josh undergoes a psycho-sexual evaluation. He does have supervised visitation with the children, twice a week.

Editorial about Josh Powell

I found this editorial about Josh Powell, Susan Powell‘s husband. In the wake of Josh’s father’s child porn and voyeurism arrest, Josh lost custody of his kids to Susan’s parents, Judy and Chuck Cox. At first it was just for a few days until another hearing, but at that hearing they decided to let Susan’s parents keep the boys until November 15 at least. Josh only gets supervised visitation, one day a week.

As the editorial points out, there’s a strong bias towards keeping kids with their bio-parents, and the pedophile grandfather was in jail and therefore out of the picture. The fact that in spite of this Josh still did not get the children back, says a lot for what the judge thought of him. I too found it disturbing that Josh said he would rather have his children be cared for by foster parents (that is, strangers) than live with the Coxes. That hardly sounds like a loving, unselfish father to me.

I wonder how much the children know about the situation, and what their father has told them about Susan and Susan’s parents. They’re only four and six years old now. The judge ordered both children as well as the Coxes to get counseling. That can only be a good thing. The judge also told the Coxes not to say nasty things about Josh in front of the children, but I don’t think they would have anyway. Judy and Chuck have been very cool and restrained about the investigation and Josh in spite of what they’ve been through and the way he’s behaved. They strike me as a very classy couple and the best people to take care of their grandchildren right now.

Susan Powell’s parents get custody of her kids

Following Susan Powell‘s disappearance nearly two years ago, her husband, Josh, moved to Washington with his father, Steve. He took his and Susan’s children with him and wouldn’t allow her side of the family to have any contact with them. Well, as I wrote recently, Steve Powell has been arrested for voyeurism and child porn possession. It doesn’t appear that her children were victims, but some of the photos the police found were of Susan.

Susan’s parents have obtained temporary custody of her sons. I think that’s the best place for them, seeing as how Josh is a suspect — the only suspect, as far as I know — in her disappearance. (For the record, though, Josh has said he knew nothing of his father’s porn collection and will not be bailing him out of jail or letting him come home if he bails himself out.)

Steve had claimed Susan was “flirtatious” with him and that they were in love with each other, but Susan told all her friends she couldn’t stand Steve and that she actually moved to Utah just to get away from him. Her sister-in-law — Steve’s own daughter — was a close friend of Susan and she too has said Steve was really inappropriate towards her. The Examiner has several quotes on this topic from Susan’s friends and from Sandy Crain-Anderson, a friend of Steve’s.

As for Sandy Crain-Anderson’s info, it’s kind of sick:

For about a decade Steve Powell told Sandy that he had been in love with and obsessed with Susan.

“Susan was the focal point of the songs he wrote and that are posted on the Steve Chantrey website. Those are but a few of the many more songs written about Susan,” Sandy said.

“He is pining for a love he never could have,” she said.

“Steve was very proud of his stash of porn magazines he kept in a locked cabinet in his bedroom. He showed them to me when he lived at his previous Puyallup home,” Sandy said.

Last fall Sandy said Steve boasted that he still had the pair of Susan’s very sacred Mormon Temple Garment underwear that he stole from the dirty laundry when she and Josh lived at his house at the beginning of their marriage.

“Not only did he stash her underwear in his locked bedroom cabinet, he said he stashed her pictures, journals, and porn in there too,” Sandy said.

“In fact,” she said, “when police went to search his house last fall they missed it – Steve told me they never even looked in his locked cabinet so he still has her private belongings, including her underwear.

Sandy said she contacted the police several times with this information after Susan disappeared, but they didn’t even get back to her until early this year.

The Examiner also talks about Susan’s father, Chuck Cox, saying he’s shown an admirable degree of restraint in public in spite of the fact that Josh and Steve have been saying all sorts of nasty things about Susan and her family.