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Funeral for Charlie and Braden Powell set for Saturday

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 7 2012 9:00 a.m. MST

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Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

I never even met Josh Powell but I think I dislike him more than I've ever disliked anyone before.

Tooele, UT

Re: "I'm not able to live without my sons . . . ."

Better get used to it.

There's a special place in Hades reserved for people who do what he did to innocent children [and spouses, too].

And they don't allow innocent children there.

Well Read

What he did not realize before he killed his sons, but now knows is the fact that he will now never live with his sons. He sealed his fate for the eternities and it is not with his wife or his children. Murderers go to a special place that innocent children will never go. He will most likely be in or near outer darkness while his children and his wife will be together forever.

Williams, AZ

Sound to me like the Child Procetiton Service should have used their Office after the court order to elvate Josh Powells's physoc condition, it should have sent red flags to them. It's a sad lost to both grandparents and my heart and prayers go out to them. I believe that Josh Powell knew they where closing in on him and took the coward way out. He also took the lifes of his two children that tells me he wasn't in the right mind. Everybody believes that the media caused this wrong. I believe that Josh Powell had everything to do with his wife's death and the death of his children and now I doubt if we will ever have all the answers, or find Susan Powell's body.

Well Read

The media DID NOT cause Josh to do what he did. It is irresponsible to even conceive of such a thing.

Saint George, UT

Sorry "Alina" blaming is irrational - like killing your children brutally and then yourself.

No one is to blame but Josh, yes Josh.

Josh started all of it.

Josh ended all of it.

Blaming is just dishonest. But then this whole thing has been dishonest hasn't it?'

I'm sensing a pattern with Josh, his sister, his brother, his father. Sad.

Two Cents
Springville, Utah

What a supremely selfish thing to do. "If I can't have my kids, then nobody can." This shines a new light on his earlier comments that he could never hurt Susan. Gas + fire + hatchet...on two innocent little boys...his own flesh.

I'm glad God will judge him because mercy seems hard to find right now.

sknny tires fat skis
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The WVC police chief has blood on his hands.

He had to make this investigation a witch hunt. He had to repeatedly and very publicly search for and repeatedly and very publicly fail to find the body, or any evidence for that matter, of the alleged wrong doing. I think he should lose his job for such outrageous conduct. He jeopardized the outcome of the case and in hindsight, the lives of the boys and Josh. Imagine if Josh was driven to the edge by the constant suspicion. Obviously he was mentally unstable, the Chief's tactics may have been just enough to push Josh over the edge. Logic 101 says go privately gather the evidence, build your case, and then press your charges when you can prove something. Don't try to prosecute your case in the press. The Chief's conduct through this whole thing is completely unbelievable, unprofessional and irresponsible.

God forbid Susan Powell isn't even dead and the poor fool really was telling the truth, but just snapped under the pressure.

Pleasant Grove, UT

For the Powell family to blame anyone other than Josh is ridiculous. The horrific manner that he took their lives does not speak of a father who truly loved his children. More like a narcissist. And frankly that is reflected from the top down in that family......those poor boys never had a chance.

Bountiful, UT

A millstone hung around Josh Powell's neck and cast into the deepest depths of the ocean is too good for this evil person. From what I have read about his father, it is no wonder Josh was so cowardly, wicked and evil. Anyone who would speak up to defend him is just as evil as he was.

Cebterville, Utah

Josh's sister blames everyone BUT Josh. So far the Powell family are all oddballs.

Cebterville, Utah

Oh, and I guess the neighbor ladies and girls of Steve Powell caused Steve to take pics of them without them knowing. Alina, your family is weird and sick.

Beaverton, OR

'chop injuries to the head and neck of the 5 year old'? A hatchet was found. What a monster.

Any more Josh Powell defenders out there?

How disgusting.

Old Navy
Provo, UT

Josh's dad is the key to this case. Most likely, Josh told him the whereabouts of Susan's body.


@ Trooper55: Child Protection Services can only act within the law. They do not have the right to change a court order or insist upon steps the court didn't mandate.

@ skinny tires fat skis: The Chief of Police conducted an investigation. When you get a search warrant, that is a matter of record and is, unfortunately, usually very easy for the media to get information about. When you have a team of men searching an area, it is going to get out that you are doing a search. The police chief did his job, and he followed the law while he was doing it.

The only person in this case who has blood on his hands is Josh - he is the one that chose to commit the crimes. No one else is to blame.

Love Utah
Draper, UT

Am I the only one disturbed by Alina Powell's behaviour?

"She said she received several emails, possibly some starting before Sunday, about how to pay for his property and utilities. She said they "started awhile ago" and she didn't think anything much of them."

Alina Powell should have reported these emails to the authorities straight away, which would have proved her brother was unstable and unfit to have the kids in his home. It's too late now, but Alina Powell will have to live with the knowledge that she was negligent by withholding information, that may have kept those kids safe. She chose to keep it to herself. Instead she blames everyone else, just like Josh Powell did. Look in the mirror.

Idaho Falls, ID

My heart aches for the Cox family and for the social worker. She did nothing wrong. What a nightmare to have to live with.

On the other hand
Spanish Fork, UT

Before you heap scorn on Alina and Michael Powell, consider how much they've had to suffer because of other people's bad decisions. Their dad's in jail, their brother shocked the world with his heinous actions, their nephews are gone, and their sister-in-law's whereabouts are still a mystery. Few of us can imagine burdens of that magnitude. To make matters worse, people are regularly rubbing salt in these wounds with the hateful, vicious things they say to them and about them.

Forget for a moment what the Powells may have said or done, and consider their tremendous suffering -- past, present, and future -- because of the bad choices of others around them. The readership of this newspaper is predominantly religious; as with all situations, our challenge is to practice what we preach: repenting, forgiving, refraining from judgment, showing compassion, loving our neighbor.

Idaho Falls, ID

Re:Love Utah

Her guilt for not reporting it sooner or realizing the significance may well be why she is blaming others, although the story states her 911 call might have actually come before the fire. I listened to the 2 dispatcher calls, though and both show they could be better listeners, particularly the male (He was under no stress, but had to ask for Josh Powell's name THREE TIMES) so even if she had reported it, who knows how much urgency, if any, would have been used in dealing with the information. The cops never showed up until the fire was going and the CPS worker was down three houses down the street.

Clearfield, UT

Josh Powell is the only responsible person in this tragedy. Unfortunately it appears the police dispatcher is incompetent. There is no excuse for not immediately dispatching the police to the scene. This needs to be further investigated.

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