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Published: Monday, Feb. 6 2012 8:00 a.m. MST

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Beaverton, OR

Josh Powell has alot to account for. I'm just sorry the boys had to go through the horror of dying that way. They had so much time yet to live. It's crazy how selfishness and doing wrong things can really send a ripple effect through the family ties.

I hope there comes a day when there will be peace again in the Cox's lives.

West Valley, UT

I hope the state is ready to be sued for everything they are worth. Those children should have never been allowed a visit with their father at his home. Any visitation should have been supervised and conducted at a neutral location.

Really the children should have been taken into Federal protective custody and moved far far away when their father became the primary suspect in the investigation. Both families had too much involved in this case and the experience was far too traumatic for the children.

saltlake city, utah

What a Shock!!
Creepy evil father Josh Powell a Murder thats so Chilling!!!!

A very (emotional sad Day) as to what has Just Happened yesterday in Washington State.
Reads as those Young Boys Braden&Charlie were knowing more?

It sounds likely they wanted to speak more about thier missing Susan

saltlake city, utah

Everyone is going to Suffer from this sorrow)

Woods Cross, UT

If I were to write what I am feeling yesterday and this morning regarding Josh Powell's cowardice, the DN would not approve my words nor would my Bishop. Better a millstone....

Salt Lake City, UT

To DeltaFoxtrot: Hindsight is always better, and I agree that those boys should have been kept from their father, but suing the "state" doesn't mean suing some independent entity; it means suing the taxpayers. I cannot see how any taxpayer should be made to pay one dime for any alleged mistake.

Stansbury Park, Ut

It is a sad situation. I wish people wouldn't Monday morning quarterback and blame the Social Services folks. No one knew what Mr Josh Powell was going to do. He had shown no indications of being capable of killing himself and the kids. The Washington state social workers were taking reasonable precautions. Mr Josh Powell had not been convicted or even accused of any crime, yet. The poor social worker was outside of that house when it burst into flames, knowing that the two children were in there. So, sad and really easy to have 20/20 hindsight, but who among us knew what was going to happen. I for one totally believe that Mr Josh Powell killed his wife and disposed of the body somewhere in the desert, and I thing Sunday's horrendous act shows that he was surely capable of doing something awful to those he supposedly loved. The Cox family is going to need the loving support of everyone to get through this. As for the other family involved, they to will need to come to terms with what happened. The evil acts of an evil man.

Florissant, MO

Last night, as I thought about the events of the deaths of these two boys and the monster. I had the thought come to me that these little boys were probably embraced in the arms of the Savior and that they didn't suffer. On the other hand, their father probably did and is suffering a worse inferno then that house ended up being. Those little boys are now existing in their adult spirit form until the resurrection and they are free of suffering for eternity.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: DeltaFoxtrot | 9:24 a.m. Feb. 6, 2012
"I hope the state is ready to be sued for everything they are worth."

In earlier stories about Josh Powell several commenters felt that the state should mind its own business and return the children back to Josh permanently. Those commenters have not indicated if they've changed their minds .... in hind sight.

Tooele, UT

I wouldn't count on Steven Powell to give any information, he's as sick as Josh. I would hope that he would, but I don't think he will.

Bountiful, UT

I was relaxing at home when my husband came to me and said: "Remember I told you two years ago that Powell guy will eventually kill himself and his two children? well, he just did it." I am not family but felt like they were.

I do think police did fear this and they should had done everything possible to prevent it. I was suprised to hear visits were at his residence and not a neutral location. A woman can't certainly do much to prevent a tragedy.

I also do hope the Savior took these little kids' lives so they didn't suffer. Die by fire, for crying out loud, is one of the most painful ways to die. Get a sunburn and you will have a pale idea. And to think his own father planned it and did it. They are with their mother now, safe and sound, away from all this mess. They can't be hurt again.

Junction city, Oregon

Great point rifleman!

Robb C
Salt Lake City, UT

I don't blame the state. They did what they could within the bounds of the law. How would a neutral site have made any difference? I can picture Powell pulling out a weapon and then the social worker and others might have been killed. I don't know that you can stop someone who is determined to do something this terrible and depraved enough to carry it out.


I don't think the situation on Sunday could have been foreseen exactly, but I do believe authorities had enough to arrest him. Therefore, why should he have any rights to see his sons?

I still don't understand why he hadn't ever been named an official suspect and arrested even without a body.

The one saving grace I see is that those boys are now with their mother.

Maricopa, AZ

I like the image of the boys' loving mother finally getting to embrace them in a sweet reunion and comforting them in a place where no one can do them harm.
Josh on the other hand is in a mental state that I wouldn't care to try to imagine.
Also, those bashing the state or the social worker, keep in mind that they were only carrying out the orders given by the court. And that was done based on current evidence and the input of others.
This is all on Josh and no one else, except perhaps a lot of help from his father who can now ponder his own destiny and day of reconing with his maker.
I do believe his dad knows what happened, but he his probably too cowardly to ever give final closure to those who remain suffering.

Orem, UT

There's no one to blame but Josh. The courts and social system are always limited in what they can do and seemed to be doing the best they could. If Josh's father knows anything and desires to be anything less than a coward, he will come forward with the truth. But I wouldn't hold my breath. People like this are usually incapable of taking responsibility for their own actions or that of their children. And yet they end up being the very thing they are trying to avoid.

Cedar Hills, UT

Clearly the State Family Services failed these two little boys. There is NO WAY these two boys should have ever be allowed to be alone with this NUT of a father. The father should have been required to come and see the boys in a safe house with other supervision UNTIL the father was cleared of suspicion. This was an on-going investigation and the system broke down. Unforgivable.

saltlake city, utah

As of this late afternoon Monday,
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salt lake city, UT

For those familiar with LDS doctine, we know exactly where these little boys are and who they are with. As devastating as it is for those who loved them dearly; there is a sweetness at knowing they are with their mom and cannot be hurt again and have a glorious eternity ahead. We also know exactly where Josh Powell is and what lies ahead for him. He can only hope that someday he is afforded more love and mercy than he gave.


This was unfortunate for all people. All people deserve justice and peace in this situation. There is no one that could have made a correct ruling for this case. With the amount of information missing; judging this case correctly would have been impossible.

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