Josh Powell, Husband & Prime Suspect in Case of Missing Susan Powell … Kills His Two Children in Murder-Suicide … All Die in Fire During a Supervised Visit


Ok, who thinks that Josh Powell is guilty now in the disappearance of missing 28 year old Utah mom Susan Powell?  The final words of a sick, twisted killer … I’m Sorry, Goodbye.

Susan Powell and sons, 7 year old Charles &  5 year old Braden … Rest in Peace

The case of missing Susan Powell just went from the sad to the horrendous and horrific.Josh Powell, the prime suspect in the disappearance of his wife Susan Powell who went missing in 2009, has killed his two children in a murder-suicide, setting his home on fire. The children were dropped off by a social worker for a supervised visit. Josh Powell then slammed the door closed not letting the social worker in the home and then did the unthinkable.  There was an explosion and fire engulfed the home killing all inside. Authorities are saying that this was not an accident.

“I just heard a huge explosion,” neighbor Ryan Mickle says. “It shook my house and then I ran outside and the whole house was on fire almost immediately.”

Inside, officials found the bodies of Powell and his two young sons, seven-year-old Charles and five-year-old Braden.

“This wasn’t an accident,” Ed Troyer, of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, declared. “This was Josh Powell, who we believe killed his kids and himself … dead in the fire.”

About ten minutes before the fire started, Powell reportedly sent his attorney an email that read, “I’m sorry. Goodbye.” Then, just minutes after his children were dropped off by a social worker for a supervised visit, the explosion occurred.

“He grabbed the kids,” said Troyer, “locked her out of the house, and immediately, the house went up in flames. … We believe that the house fire went up so fast that accelerants were used.”

As reported at CNN, Josh Powell sent a three-word e-mail to his attorney, “I’m sorry. Goodbye.”

This should make everyone think twice about any type of child visitation to a parent who is accused or under suspicion of a crime when it comes to a missing person or murder. Maybe all supervised visits should now be in public places and not in homes. Our hearts and prayers go to the families who have to cope with this heinous act.

Read more at Blink on Crime and go to Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Susan Powell to see updates and provide comments.

UPDATE I: Could the Courts have done more to protect the Powell boys, 7 year old Charles &  5 year old Braden?

Ya think? Of course sadly the questions come a bit late now, don’t they? One would think that in the future, parents who are prime suspects in serious crimes like missing persons and murders that they either would not be allowed visitation at all or any supervision would be in a public location or controlled environment.

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  • Comments

    10 Responses to “Josh Powell, Husband & Prime Suspect in Case of Missing Susan Powell … Kills His Two Children in Murder-Suicide … All Die in Fire During a Supervised Visit”

    1. Moil on February 6th, 2012 2:23 pm

      What a selfish and cowardly act. So much for any love for his sons. I’m not sure if this is already old news, but on the Daily Mail UK it states the older boy had started to talk and mention that “mommy was in the trunk” on the night of that infamous “camping trip”. As if we didn’t already suspect such.

      There are just no words for this.

    2. Tamikosmom on February 6th, 2012 4:08 pm

      Worst Fears Came True
      Monday February 06, 2012 03:00 PM EST

      Chuck Cox says that the family told anybody who would listen: It was only a matter of time before his son-in-law Josh Powell killed himself and his two boys.

      “We stated our fear many times, that if he was feeling desperate, that he would possibly kill himself and the boys, that this kind of thing could happen,” Susan’s father Chuck tells PEOPLE. “If he felt there was no way out, that he wouldn’t let anyone else have them. They were possessions to him.”

      As Josh tangled with Susan’s relatives over the boys, Charlie, 7, and Branden, 5, Cox says he relayed his concerns to his attorney, to the court, to the county sheriff, to family services officials.

      “They were all aware of our fears – that he would take a cowardly way out,” says Cox.,,20567726,00.html

    3. PaMom on February 6th, 2012 6:50 pm

      This social worker, family services, the court, and the sheriff were warned and warned. These children should have never been exposed to this beast. If his rights were so important, there should have been a body guard placed with the children to protect them. They should all be held accountable for their neglect of these innocent children. If the shoe were on the other foot, there would be h_ll to pay. I’m sorry for that rant, but this is outrageous. These Grandparents have screamed for protection for these children, and they were pacified.

    4. Wolfgang on February 6th, 2012 7:02 pm

      How sad is this!! The guy was obviously mean and crazy and why would he be permitted to have visitation with these small children, especially after one saying “Mommy is in the trunk”??? A family wiped out completely, makes me want to cry.

    5. A Texas Grandfather on February 6th, 2012 8:40 pm

      The Court should be ashamed of themselves and there should be a full investigation as to how such a visit could have been authorized. The Cox family’s worst fears have come true.

      The very thought of sending a single social worker to deliver the boys to a facility that was not controlled by an agency of the court is beyond being stupid. The court though its social services agency just aided the creation of a crime.

    6. Carpe on February 6th, 2012 8:54 pm

      Wed, December 28, 2011 8 55 pm (from Josh)
      “Jeffrey, I apologize for writing this email without consulting you first, but given the deadly consequences of this emergency ***I had to put my sons’ safety first****
      Thank you all for the utmost attention to immediately making my sons *safe* Josh Powell”

      …he wrote, and then blew up his house with his kids in it.

      Josh Powell oozed gooberdom out of his pores.

      Creepy little monkey!

    7. Daily Commentary – Tuesday, February 7, 2012 – Does the System Bear any Responsibility For the Deaths of the Powell | Scared Monkeys on February 7th, 2012 8:00 am

      [...] Should child services have known that Josh Powell might murder his children and kill himself? [...]

    8. Moil on February 7th, 2012 8:11 am

      Now that it’s being reported the boys had severe chop injuries the extent of Josh’s evil nature is becoming undeniable to even the most liberal of thinkers in this case. (I’m not a liberal thinker and have believed all along he did his own wife in.)

      Also, we can bet we know how poor Susan died since killers like using the same method :(

    9. Scarface on February 7th, 2012 8:21 am

      If anyone thinks about removin this and the other posts by me, I’m a see to it that y’all go skydivin and don’t come back!!
      SM: You have been banned and all future comments will be deleted for abusive comments.

    10. Moil on February 7th, 2012 12:46 pm

      SM, it’s amazing what seeps out of the woodwork sometimes to come on here and post! (#9)

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