Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Nothing Left to Lose

This traumatic saga began on Dec. 7, 2009 when a 28-year old mother of two from West Valley City, Utah was reported missing after she failed to arrive at work. The mother, Susan Powell, has never been found. An investigation revealed that her husband, Josh Powell, said that he took his two boys camping in Utah in the middle of the night, in the midst of a blizzard. At the very least, this was very odd and suspicious. At the most, this could be a story of Josh Powell murdering his wife and hiding her body.

Soon after Susan disappeared, Josh moved his remaining family to Washington state, to live with his father, Steve Powell. 

Fast forward to September, 2011, when Steve Powell, was arrested for voyeurism and having child pornography on his computer. Josh, who was residing in the house, lost his sons to Child Protective Services, who placed them in the home of his in-laws.

Last Wednesday, all involved parties attended a hearing for custody, where a judge ruled that the children, then ages seven and five, would remain with their maternal grandparents. Susan still had not surfaced.

Then, on Sunday, Feb. 5, a representative from CPS in Washington took the boy’s to visit with Josh in what was to be a supervised visitation session. The boy’s ran ahead of the representative into the arms of their father, who immediately took them inside, locked the door, locking out the representative. He then attacked both sons with a hatchet before igniting a fire that exploded and killed all three of them.

Whether or not he murdered his wife, I do not know. His ability to carry out the brutal murder of his children tends to illustrate his ability to murder his wife. This is a tragic story.

According to reports, his oldest son had drawn a picture of the final family trip camping in which the child had said that his mother was in the trunk on that trip.

Had CPS not removed the children, would they still be alive? I can remotely understand the hurt and isolation that he felt that might have led to him taking his own life. But for the life of me, I will never be able to understand his desire to brutally murder his children, who had done nothing wrong. 

I don’t think that anything short of serious mental illness could have led to this case of domestic violence at its absolute worst. I think that once the Judge ordered a psychosexual evaluation along with a polygraph test, he knew that he would not pass both, and would never have custody of his sons again. Maybe he knew that an arrest for his wife’s disappearance would be imminent.

The forensic analysis will continue on this case for years.

Obviously, he was in a position in which he felt that he had nothing left to lose. Loss of hope can be an eerie thing. Did the public opinion contribute to this?

Do we need a better way of getting treatment for the mentally ill?

I don’t blame anyone in this tragic story but Josh. But, had he been able to retain his dignity, I am not sure that we would be looking at the tragic ending that we are seeing.

But those are just some of my thoughts on this heinous crime. What are yours? 


Thankfulness Challenge and Joy Dare

Today I am thankful for :

38. The gathering of the Saints.
39. Active, healthy, happy boys.
40. The cool weather of February.

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copyright 2012 by Kathy Robbins


  1. Mental illness or just plain old selfishness and self centered, thinking only of his own distorted wants and needs with no thought of his 2 boys or their mothers wants and needs? I'm sure your correct with the mental illness analogy but if he would of cared for those around him, that he was supposed to love as much as much as he cared for his self this never would have happened.

  2. The selfishness has to be true for him to have killed his boys. I can't imagine doing that. I think that your use of the word distorted is accurate as well. Thank you for stopping by and for your comment!

  3. It's such a tragic thing that has happened to this family. We may be tempted to ask where God is in all of this. Yet, He brings comfort in the sorrow, and His promises remain. He is the God of the good and the bad. One day these things will all pass away...

  4. Thank you for the kind words of comfort, Laura. This is what we all need to focus on...