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Alina Powell launches website addressing 'false claims' about her dad, Susan Powell

Published: Tuesday, May 15 2012 4:43 p.m. MDT

"We looked at it together. What Chuck wanted to say was, 'Alina is hurt, she is going through a difficult time with her family and it's understandable she may be lashing out at a time like this,'" Bremner said. "It doesn't show, anyway, that Steven and Susan were close or any of the things that were claimed."

Susan Powell's parents and friends in Utah have previously said that part of the reason Susan left Puyallup, Wash., for West Valley City was to get away from Steven Powell because of his unwanted advances.

Among those allegations:

• Susan told Graves that Steven Powell once asked her why he couldn't "just share" her with her husband. "It totally freaked her out," Graves said, adding that Susan never trusted him.

• Former neighbor Michele Oreno said Susan and Josh got into a heated argument at her house and Susan told her that her father-in-law had made advances on her. "She really, really despised him. She did not like him at all, did not want to be around him," Oreno said. "She called him 'evil' many times."

Oreno said Susan Powell told her that Steven Powell had tried to kiss her in a romantic way and tried other inappropriate actions. "She said if he ever came to Utah he was not to set foot in their home. She would not have her home destroyed by him," Oreno recalled.

• Debbie Caldwell, who cared for the Powell children for 19 months leading up to Susan's disappearance, also said Susan told her Steven Powell made inappropriate advances on her. She said that Susan told her she refused to sleep in the same home as her father-in-law and she did not want her children staying in  his house.

Prosecutors unsuccessfully tried to admit evidence during Powell's trial that showed he had a disturbing obsession with his daughter-in-law, including sexually graphic videos of him looking at pictures of her pasted onto a television screen.

In his own diaries, Steven Powell talked about stalking his daughter-in-law, taking secret videos of  her — including some from underneath a bathroom door — and secretly  watching Susan from a hallway.

The judge overseeing his trial called the images and journal entries "strange" and "disturbing," but said they were too prejudicial to admit as evidence.

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