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Steven Powell 'got what he deserved,' family of Susan Powell says

Prosecutor has no plans to bargain for info about missing Utahn

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  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    May 21, 2012 2:34 p.m.

    That someone who was convicted of crimes also viewed porn, does nothing to establish that viewing porn causes crime.

    All convicted criminals also drink water, but we would be foolish to conclude from that fact that drinking water causes criminal behavior.

    Even (unsupported) claims that prisons are filled with a higher percentage of persons who viewed porn does not implicate porn-viewing as a cause of crime, any more than Utah being the "porn-consumption capital of the US" can support a conclusion that Utahns are somehow sexually deviant (for example, from religious repression?).

    So let's all take a chill pill and stop trying to draw unreasonable and unsupported conclusions from the Powell case. All we know, and all we may ever know, is that Stephen engaged in criminal voyeurism, and Josh committed a murder-suicide. Attempts to use this sad tale to get on your soap box and preach against porn are naive and arrogant.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 19, 2012 9:00 p.m.

    Re: Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    "I guess the witch hunt/ blood hunt is finally at an end."

    If you are referring to the fact that the jury found the suspect guilty on all 14 counts I guess you are correct. They found the subject of the witch hunt guilty and thankfully he is headed for prison.

    Decent society appreciates the fact that this convicted criminal will be separated from among us for a period of time.

  • Zona Zone Mesa, AZ
    May 17, 2012 3:17 p.m.

    Hopefully, this will finally allow Pat Reavy and the rest of the Deseret News to have some closure. ... But more seriously, glad this creeper got put away. The State of Washington did what the State of Utah didn't have the guts to do: Arrest a Powell and make him face the consequences of his acts.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    May 17, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    This ongoing saga is a perfect example of reality TV--the trainwreck we know as the Powell family. Coming up after the commercial break, we'll see if Alina Powell can get the help she so desperately needs to deal with her denial.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    May 17, 2012 11:57 a.m.

    I guess the witch hunt/ blood hunt is finally at an end. Now we can get on with our lives.

  • awarthurhu bothell, WA
    May 17, 2012 11:27 a.m.

    Evidence point to Steven Powell as co-conspirator, seen with Josh scouting areas in desert to hide body, calling Josh the day of the murder, and taking off sick days to meet Josh halfway who drove rental car 800 miles, and keeping sick mementos of Susan even after death. Steven is in WA jurisdiction, so WA authorities need to investigate Steven for his role in murder and get West Valley to cough up everything they have found and covered up. They and the rest of us should not stop at voyerism.

  • CB Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2012 9:54 a.m.

    "Sins of the father...." Look at what it has done to this family.

  • snowman Provo, UT
    May 17, 2012 8:49 a.m.

    LDS Liberal: Some of those pictures were of Susan, but those were not used because she isn't here to testify.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    May 17, 2012 8:20 a.m.

    Since Steven has children who will spend countless energy defending what they believe to be true, they deserve to know what the truth really is. And they deserve to be told my their father, Steven. Only in the event that he tells the truth to them and to the world, can everyone touched by this tragedy heal and be set free. How can a father not see the destructive nature of the evil of lies, deceit, and crime? Is that how he wants his children to live the rest of their lives, only to learn the truth beyond the grave? Steven, tell the truth and take the consequences, that all might be healed.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    May 17, 2012 7:39 a.m.

    @LDS Liberal: This story (or any like it) is irrelevant unless it happens to someone you know. I thought liberals were concerned about everyone's well-being, not just their own, and liked the media to dig. Thank you for clarifying.

    Thank you, D-News for keeping this story in front of us all these months. If left to the WVC Police, it would have disappeared with Susan Powell 2 years ago.

  • SoDakota Yote Vermillion, SD
    May 17, 2012 6:16 a.m.

    I hadn't heard that Susans' family is using the west valley pd...is that really going to happen??? If so, that would lessen my respect for them....
    No need to profit off the unfortunate loss of your daughter, IMO

  • EnglishAlan Rugeley, Staffs
    May 17, 2012 2:22 a.m.

    @ Kuipo,

    Could it just be that the only "big pay-day" that the Cox's want is the opportunity to give their beloved daughter a proper burial. Put yourself in their shoes for a day or two. Have you ever lost someone close through similar circumstances? I am fortunate that I never have, but I know that in their place there is NO STONE that I would leave unturned, including, if necessary, suing the West Valley PD to release ALL information.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 16, 2012 8:57 p.m.

    Re: Ms Moll Bountiful, Utah
    "I think the possible sentence for this offense is too long."

    In the first place he wasn't convicted of an offense. He was convicted of 14 offenses.

    And no, this trial wasn't about revenge, it was about the criminal behavior this man was convicted of. The world is a better and safer place with this man locked up in prison.

    I'd have more sympathy for Mr. Powell if he would allow Susan Cox's parents to give her a decent burial.

  • Ms Molli Bountiful, Utah
    May 16, 2012 6:37 p.m.

    I think the possible sentence for this offense is too long. What he did was wrong -- that I will agree. I hope that parents and others have a wakeup call. I'm well aware of the windows in my home that outsiders can see thru. Do I expose myself near those windows? Heck no! Yrs ago the cost for housing an inmate was approx $75,000 a yrs. Its probably higher now. I'd rather use that money for other kinds of criminals. I've not seen any evidence published that he has ever taken any action towards molesting a child. If he had, I'd feel very differently about locking this man up. Its sick and twisted what he did ... but with the limited resources we have this isn't where I've want my tax dollars to go. I've seen articles posted in this paper where a seminary teacher in Utah was convicted of having sexual relations with a student and many members of his community pled for a lenient sentence because he was such a "good father". People are twisted when it comes to revenge ... that is what this trial was about.

  • guswetrust Cebterville, Utah
    May 16, 2012 5:50 p.m.

    Just as Dr. Phil would say, "You cannot change what you don't acknowledge. " Alina needs to look closer at the dynamics of her family and quit blaming everyone else.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    May 16, 2012 5:39 p.m.

    Sammy: is that what your counselor told you? Utah is the porn capital of the world?

    I hope Stephen gets the sentence he deserves. He has hurt enough of his family already.

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    May 16, 2012 4:43 p.m.

    some of you folks need to read the article more closely. It says the normal sentence for this type of case is 43 MONTHS. that means from 3 to 4 years. Although a 70 year sentence is a possibility, its pretty unlikely that he'll get the maximum.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 16, 2012 4:03 p.m.

    this guy is obviously one sick man so do we put a guy in prison for an addiction ? We put drive by killers in prison for 18 months but we put a man with a disgusting addiction away for 70 years? Unless the man actually physically abused kids or committed murder I don't see the justification for viewing bad stuff on the internet and a 70 year prison sentence.

  • morganh Orem, Utah
    May 16, 2012 3:48 p.m.

    This case goes beyond liberal or conservative ideology. It show's how destructive pornography is and how wrong choices made by a father destroyed his marriage and his relationship with his children and extended family members.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    May 16, 2012 3:42 p.m.

    Actually her images were found. It is relevant to Susan Cox.

  • gratefulmouse san angelo, tx
    May 16, 2012 3:38 p.m.

    I think the most important thing here is that powell will spill what happened to susan ..how she died and where she is ..her body if she is dead which we all suspect...we dont know who did what the dead husband did he kill his wife and why...then we have two dead sons...wow...what a mess. why didnt they just get help...people put those things off ..when one sees they are not well or doing things that arent in sinc with reality or what is the norm go get help .its better to nip it right off ..everyone has something they need help with none of us are perfect..I dont understand the huge sentence mr powell got though..they havent proved that he murdered the daughter in law susan...they know and I would be pretty sure that he was the voyuer...taking the pics ...but was there something else not said that he did to warrant the huge sentence..he definitely needs help...he is a sick man...but for a sentence to be that long ??

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    May 16, 2012 3:30 p.m.

    Excellent verdict! I hope he serves the sentences consecutively . . . in the general prison population . . . and NEVER gets out of jail.

  • kuuipo salt lake city, UT
    May 16, 2012 3:29 p.m.

    sounds like he's being punished for his sons sins, and Susan's parents are just looking for a huge pay day by suing the west valley p.d. i'm sick and tired of these people constantly being in the news. there's a lot more important things to report on. i just hope if i go missing that the departments involved will spend as much time and effort in looking for me, but really do you think that's going to happen? NO

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 16, 2012 3:08 p.m.

    Offer him a deal, that if he will tell what happened to Susan, he gets off.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    May 16, 2012 2:27 p.m.

    JCS -- you sound exactly like a Limbaugh wannabe with your hatred of anything "liberal."

    I have news for you, most of us liberals are at least as disgusted with porn as you claim to be. I notice that there are many "conservatives" shouting that censorship of anything, including porn, violates the Constitution.

    And if Utah is truly a "conservative" state, why then are there so many porn addicts living here. Are they all "liberals," or could some of them just happen to "conservatives."

  • nairbnosral American Fork, UT
    May 16, 2012 2:22 p.m.

    @LDS Liberal -
    "This has nothing to do with Susan Powell or Utah."

    Then I guess the DN should not have published any of these stories that have nothing to do with Utah (or Susan Powell for that matter):

    - Ex-tabloid boss faces hacking charges - LONDON - One of Rupert Murdoch's most trusted lieutenants and five people close to her were charged Tuesday...

    - Murdoch to be quizzed on his UK political sway - LONDON - Now, with his influence shriveled by Britain's phone hacking scandal, media mogul Rupert Murdoch...

    - UK police arrest 6 in phone hacking investigation - LONDON - British police made six arrests early Tuesday...

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    May 16, 2012 2:21 p.m.

    Excellent! Excellent! And Excellent!

  • williary Kearns, UT
    May 16, 2012 2:19 p.m.

    @John Clarity Spring

    Clearly all of the issues that Josh and his father have is the result of pornography!

    Sometimes there are just bad eggs.

    I think you could have put these two individuals in the middle of a Disney movie and they would have ended up the way they are/did.

    But it's always nice to try and find someone/something to blame.

  • SLMG Murtoa Australia, Victoria
    May 16, 2012 2:16 p.m.

    John Charity Spring

    Back Home in Davis County, UT

    This case should serve as a lesson for all those liberals out there who claim that pornography never hurt anyone. Steven Powell not only hurt those two little girls whose photos he took, his actions also led to the violent murder of two of his own grandsons.

    Hopefully, those from the left-wing who constantly push for fewer restrictions on pornography will look at this case and change their ways before they create more Steven and Josh Powell's.

    Why do you feel this situation has to be politisied? Unfortunatly there are plenty from the right-wing conservatives that view and promote Pronography as well as having been found guilty of voyeurism. This is a tragic case no matter how you look at it, there is no need to try to try to turn it into a political football by play the blame game on the liberals. AS a liberal leaning person in no way do I or any other liberal that I know support or promote either pornography or voyeurism.

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    May 16, 2012 1:51 p.m.

    Since Utah is the on-line porn capital, then it is especially important that this story be told here in Utah. Then there is the obvious connection with Susan with the hope that Powell will now speak up.

    On a personal level, I am interested in anything that is connected in any way to Susan Powell and her beautiful boys because of my empathy for them. There is nothing wrong with that. For those who disagree, why read the articles, and why castigate those who have a different opinion than they have?

  • MittRomney2012 Tucson, AZ
    May 16, 2012 1:45 p.m.

    @LDS Liberal - What is your problem with Deseret News for reporting this story? Why do you question their journalistic authenticity or ability? How is DN sensationalizing this story? Let me just give you a short list of other news organisations that felt that this story was worth reporting and not "insignificant" :

    ABC News, Reuters, Salt Lake Tribune, New York Daily News, Daily Mail, msnbc, Fox News, Huffington Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and dozens more.

    Please submit a detailed description of your "newsworthy requirements" to each of the news outlets listed above so that they can finally get it right.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 16, 2012 1:41 p.m.

    Why am I getting pasted for stating the obvious?

    Steve Powell -- a creep living in Washington State, committed crimes in Washington State, is found guilty in Washington State.

    This has nothing to do with Susan Powell or Utah.

    Meanwhile -- if it's on-line Porn you people are so up in arms about,

    Cover this:

    "Utah is on-line PORN capital of America"

    Now THAT is relevant.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 16, 2012 1:29 p.m.

    Re: LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    "Proving what?"

    You've previously mentioned a witch-hunt. Apparently the jury found one. Ir should I say fourteen?

    The authorities believe Mr. Powell has information that could help them locate Susan Powell's body. Who knows, Mr. Powell might now be willing to barter information in exchange for a reduced prison sentence. You really can't blame the Cox family for wanting to give their daughter a proper burial.

    People who want to downplay what Mr. Powell did might want to remember that is it is serious enough to send him to prison for a long time.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    May 16, 2012 1:23 p.m.

    At least the Cox's are getting SOME justice. I think Powell knows more. This case is a classic example of how taking a step down the path to evil eventually can lead to disaster for yourself and many others. Steven Powell made the decision to take that step and look where it has all lead. Making evil choices can effect generations.

  • Jim Mesa, Az
    May 16, 2012 1:21 p.m.

    judged by a group of his peers and now he will get to spend some time with a group of his peers. amazing how justice works.

  • SoDakota Yote Vermillion, SD
    May 16, 2012 1:07 p.m.

    I hope that, with the verdict in hand, Powell might want to cut a deal and TELL US what he knows happened to Susan...Now that he is facing significant time in jail, this bird might start to sing, hopefully!

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    May 16, 2012 1:05 p.m.

    OK, now can we cover some real news stories?

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2012 1:01 p.m.

    To LDS Liberal:

    ...and yet you read the "irrelevant story". Hmmm.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    May 16, 2012 1:01 p.m.

    This case should serve as a lesson for all those liberals out there who claim that pornography never hurt anyone. Steven Powell not only hurt those two little girls whose photos he took, his actions also led to the violent murder of two of his own grandsons.

    Pornography dehumanizes others in the minds of those like Steven Powell who view it. These porn viewers inevitably loose all respect and concern for anyone but themselves. Sadly, many like Steven Powell then pass on this tendency for selfishness and perverseness to their offspring.

    Josh Powell obviously adopted his father's attitude that women are mere sex objects. He indulged this attitude so much that he eventually killed her for trying to be more than just the sort of woman that appears in porn. This lack of concern for others led him to think of his sons as mere objects that could be destroyed out of pure selfishness.

    Hopefully, those from the left-wing who constantly push for fewer restrictions on pornography will look at this case and change their ways before they create more Steven and Josh Powell's.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 16, 2012 12:49 p.m.

    Proving what?

    And relevant to the disappearance of Susan how?

    And all happening where [hint: not Utah]?

    Hopefully, the media circus is over.
    Covering this irrelevant story day-after-day for months changes nothing.

    The DN monitor [a supposed "journalist"] has refused to post of a simple journalist definition:

    Sensationalism -
    Sensationalism is a type of mass media in which events and topics in news stories are over-hyped to increase viewership or readership numbers. Sensationalism may include reporting about generally insignificant matters and events that don't influence overall society.
    Some tactics include being deliberately obtuse, appealing to emotions, and being controversial. Trivial information and events are sometimes misrepresented and exaggerated as important or significant, and often includes stories about the actions of individuals, the content of which is often insignificant and irrelevant relative to the macro-level day-to-day events that occur globally. Furthermore, the content and subject matter typically doesn't affect the lives of the masses and doesn't affect society.

  • SundanceKid27 OREM, UT
    May 16, 2012 12:45 p.m.

    $10 a day? That has to be super insulting. Why not just make it free.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 16, 2012 12:30 p.m.

    What in the world was Stephen Powell thinking when he decided it might be a good idea to take pictures of undressed little girls and store the images on his computer? Now that he has been found guilty by a jury of his peers I hope he spends a long time in prison where he belongs.