Father of Missing Wife,Susan Powell, takes His Life and His 2 Sons Lifes

Posted: February 7, 2012 in family law
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This is a sad end to a tragedy that began in 2009 when Susan Powell was reported missing.   Despite nonstop police and media scrutiny since then, Josh Powell insisted that his wife had left him, that he took her camping in the hours before her disappearance, and that “I would never even hurt her,” as the red-eyed father told CBS’s Early Show in August.

If there were any doubts about Powell having anything to do with his wife’s disappearance, that went away for Susan’s family when Powell sent a text to his attorney minutes before igniting the accelerant-fuled blaze saying “I’m sorry, goodbye.”   Police said Powell also attacked his sons with a hatchet or small ax, before igniting the house.

The reason for the murder suicide may have been Powell’s intent to silence a murderer’s only witnesses.  As his sons, 5-year-old Braden and 7-year-old Charles, have grown older, they’ve said some revealing things about their mom and dad and the day she disappeared.  It’s reported that the youngest son, Braden, drew a picture of him and his brother in the backseat of a car with mommy in the trunk.  It could be that Powell knew his days as a free man were numbered, but whatever reason he had, it seems that his taking his son’s lives and then his own, certainly points to his knowing more about Susan’s disappearance than he let on.

My thoughts go out to the grandparents of these little innocent boys, the parents of Susan and even Powell’s family, as they have lost their grandchildren too.

Below is a link to a video from Anderson Cooper speaking with the grandparents attorney about this tragedy.


  1. Barb says:

    How very tragic. I am so sorry for those left behind.

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