@Rifleman, it was insensitive of the Powells to want Josh to be buried in the
vicinity of his victims. I don't know specifically what they were thinking when
they made that decision; people who have undergone extreme emotional distress
often don't think rationally. There was a justified public outcry, and Crime
Stoppers bought the plots adjacent to the boys. The Powells still could have
tried to have Josh buried elsewhere in the cemetery, like the plot 25 feet away
that they had reportedly selected. Heck, they could have sued to try and block
Crime Stoppers from buying those plots, or they could have done any number of
monstrous, vicious things. Instead, they elected to let it drop and to bury him
elsewhere.I agree with what you say about human decency. But in
choosing to have Josh Powell buried in a different cemetery, the Powells have
satisfied human decency.Your concern for the Coxes and for the
memory of Susan Cox Powell is impressive. I imagine Susan wouldn't want her
in-laws vilified over this issue, particularly now that it has become a
non-issue. Susan has a better idea than any of us how insignificant this
incident is in the grand scheme of things.
Can't we just all get along for Charlie and Braden's sake?
Re: On the other hand | 7:39 p.m. Feb. 17, 2012 "They made a mistake;
they corrected it."No, they didn't correct their mistake.
Crime Stoppers had to purchased the burial plots on both sides of the grave for
$4,000 to prevent them from burying Josh Powell beside his victims. How
insensitive does a family have to be to not realize that how inappropriate that
idea was?Christian compassion definitely has it's place but it can't
be allowed to overrule basic human decency. Would Susan Powell want the man who
killed her sons buried in the same cemetery?
The only way the Powells will avoid inevitable desecration of Josh's grave, is
to bury him in an unmarked grave (preferably as far away as possible) or, better
still, have him cremated and hold onto his ashes. However, if they want ongoing
personal heartache, burying him with a headstone will provide them with that.
They should think themselves lucky, they have a choice, unlike the Coxes, who
have still to find their daughter.
I see there may be some misunderstanding about my earlier comments, so let me be
clear. I have never wanted or advocated for Josh Powell to be buried next to his
victims. I'm sorry if you got that impression. I would like nothing more than
for Susan Powell to be found and, if dead, buried next to her sons. I was
pleased to hear that Josh Powell will not be buried in the same cemetery as his
victims.What I was and am advocating for is compassion toward Josh
Powell's mother, sisters, and brother. They don't need to be called brainless,
devoid of conscience, or lacking in judgment. They made a mistake; they
corrected it.Yes, I need to work on my compassion too. Yes, I eat
gnats and camels for breakfast. Great. Let's recognize what the Powells did
right here and let's be compassionate.
"How can you feel sorry for a family that there loved one killed there two
boys and then kill himself when he wasn't all there. I am glad that he isn't
going to be buried next to the boys. I wish people would understand that this
man was very sick and needed the help but wasn't willing to get the help and
admit to what he did to his wife."I can because Josh is the one
who took a hatchet to his sons before blowing the house to kingdom come. His
family did not. I can't even imagine the guilt they feel. Not to mention, as a
follower of Christ, I could never make someone pay for what their relatives do.
On the other hand writes, "The last thing they need is more derision from
the peanut gallery."Those unaffected by the actions of Mr.
Powell can afford to be magnanimous and generous with their exhortation to show
Christian compassion. If the shoe were on the other foot however and it was
these people's children who had been so cruelly killed they might think twice
before wanting the killer buried beside them. Frequently those who cry loudest
for Christian compassion have the least of it themselves.
Re: On the other hand | 10:12 a.m. Feb. 17, 2012 "They're not going
to try to bury Josh next to or even in the same cemetery as his
victims."Thank goodness they came to their senses. No one is
blaming Josh Powell's family for his evil actions but they are questioning their
judgement in wanting to bury a killer alongside his victims. The one who
belongs beside her children is their mother.Those who cry loudest
for Christian compassion are the ones who would choke on a gnat and swallow a
Rifleman writes, "Perhaps his family should give a bit of a break to the
family of these boy's mother."Those who read the story will
know that the Powell family is doing just that.Look, what Josh
Powell did was atrocious. But directing your indignation toward his mother and
siblings is counterproductive. They're not going to try to bury Josh next to or
even in the same cemetery as his victims. If you can't muster any Christian
compassion for these people, at least back off and leave them be. Josh and Steve
Powell have caused them more suffering than you or I will likely ever
experience. The last thing they need is more derision from the peanut gallery.
RE: ke7ejxHow can you feel sorry for a family that there loved one
killed there two boys and then kill himself when he wasn't all there. I am glad
that he isn't going to be buried next to the boys. I wish people would
understand that this man was very sick and needed the help but wasn't willing to
get the help and admit to what he did to his wife.
To MrsB1971 | 8:28 a.m.One thing -- as K said, the grave sites were
not "next to" each other. There was a significant separation between
@ KHow would you feel if someone murdered a family member and then
was buried next to them like nothing ever happened?
It's necessary to bury the dead. He is dead. Who cares if he is 25 feet away.
Next to would be tacky but 25 feet away isn't next to. I do not see why he needs
an entirely different cemetery. He will be buried next to somebody.
At least he did not claim to be going to medical school. He was one of the
most wicked individuals I have seen and I think his father can take most of the
credit for that.
I'm relieved to hear Josh will be buried elsewhere. My heart goes out to Terrica
Powell. I can't imagine the depth of her sorrow to know that her grandsons were
brutally murdered. By her son. As a mother myself, I cannot imagine anything
worse. I'm sure she is in her own personal hell. Thank you for honoring your
grandsons' final resting places as well as the Coxes' and the public's wishes. I
hope you can eventually find peace over what has happened.
I don't see how the Powells thought that anybody would want to be buried next
the the murderer who killed them. How on earth could they have even considered
that? Anybody else want to be buried next to the person who killed you? I didn't
What a horrible situation for the family of Josh Powell. Can you imagine how
terrible it would be to wonder every day what you could have done to prevent
what happened? Not feeling any sympathy for Steven Powell but his exwife and
children have suffered a great deal, I am sure. Their lives are changed forever.
Josh and the kids, and probably Susan, have gone on to whatever rewards they
have earned in this life but the rest of the family is still here to try to put
together the pieces of their lives. Hopefully we can respect them and understand
the difficulties they are undergoing and will always undergo because of what
Josh did. Let's not blame them or condemn them for something they did not do.
Re: On the other hand | 12:58 p.m. Feb. 16, 2012 "Give them a bit of
a break."It is beyond insensitive to want to bury a cold
blooded killer next to the children whose lives he took. Perhaps his family
should give a bit of a break to the family of these boy's mother.
It would be so hard to be in the Powell family. They have to all have emotional
issues stemming from being in a home with Steven Powell. I can't imagine what it
would be like to be Terri Powell. Mothers love their sons, and want to believe
the best, even when it is nigh impossible. I'm with those who extend them
sympathy, despite the horrid things the two messed up men have done.
@gramma b, when you're as close to a situation as the Powells are to this one,
it's hard to be objective. These people have suffered a lot. Give them a bit of
His sister, Jennifer, is the only one who seemed to consistently have a
conscience. His sister Alina was blaming others for the murder of his children.
His mother was writing letters a few months ago, trying to get those innocent
children back into his clutches. How could anyone with half a brain have
believed his nonsense story about a midnight camping trip that just happened to
coincide with his wife's disappearance? As long as there was that much of a
cloud over him, anyone with a conscience would not have tried to get the
children into his clutches. Especiallly his mother, who knew about his previous
suicide attempt, whom he had threatened with a knife, and who knew how
unbalanced he was.
I actually feel sorry for the Powell family. What he did was despicable, and I
can't imagine how he could even do what he did, but it breaks my heart that his
family is paying for his crimes. I don't support what the man did. I've been
praying for the Coxes and their grief. But I also pray for the Powells. I am
glad they decided to move him to another cemetery, as putting him next to his
murdered children would be so wrong. But I also pray that they'll find peace in
their hearts with time.
In spite of his actions, he is still someones son and brother. You can still
love someone, even when you don't love what they have done. Would anyone really
think the original idea was any attempt by his family to be malicious? Obviously
not since they have changed their minds. Lighten up a little and see the whole
The big question is.... Why it's family even think about something like that?
Bless you Terri Powell for doing the right thing. Your grief over the events
wrought by your son are unimaginable to most of us. I felt you were slighted
when Kirk did not mention your family as also suffering during his benediction
at the boys funeral, but realize that you are carrying an incredible burden.
Thanks Crimestoppers. I hope for the Powell family that they can find some way
to be able to find closure with a terrible situation that thier son and brother
brought upon them. What part or role that Steven Powell played in this tragedy
is yet to be determined...and so I have to be sympathetic to his wife and
daughters... for it is they who once again will severly suffer the stigmatic
damage of the consequences brought upon them in all of this.
@ Rifleman - My thoughts exactly! Thank goodness people are still looking out
for the best interest of the boys and their mother. This whole story has touched
many, many lives. I'm sure there will be a good ripple effect from all of this.
How about cremation? This would allow his family to keep his ashes at home.
What this man did was pure evil and I certainly wouldn't him buried beside one
of my loved ones.