Josh Powell had 'incestuous' images on computer

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  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 12, 2012 6:25 p.m.

    Re: DeltaFoxtrot | 4:12 p.m. Feb. 10, 2012
    "Millions of people in this state have porn on their computers, it does not make them evil"

    The 2010 census put Utah's population at 2,763,885. An no, the vast majority of Utahns are decent people who shun porn like the plague it is.

  • holly56 LOVELAND, CO
    Feb. 10, 2012 7:50 p.m.

    Having been raised LDS, Josh definitely knew the difference between right and wrong. If he was, himself, abused, it would have led to complex and horrible internal turmoil, none of which are excusable for his actions. But it is possible the original guilt is to be laid on his father, Steven Powell. Unless he is struck by an urge for redemption and admits his part in this tragedy, only God will know the full story.

    My heart goes out to the Cox family and to the Graves family for the sad and horrible tragedy that has taken place. But they can be comforted in knowing that Susan nor the boys are suffering any longer and they will see them again. Let God judge Josh, he will have to answer for his actions. As will Steve.

  • holly56 LOVELAND, CO
    Feb. 10, 2012 7:49 p.m.

    Remembering that opinion is not fact, here is what I surmise:
    - Steve Powell abused his son, Josh Powell, as a child
    - Josh and Susan moved to Utah, where his sister Jennifer states he seemed to be "improving" - obviously there had been a problem he was trying to overcome.
    - If abused by his father, Josh had long lasting effects that he still dealt with. Among these were images of incest on his own computer.
    - Susan was aware and it created marital problems which led to whatever happened the night of her disappearance.
    - He subsequently moved to WA with his boys and in with his father.
    - In Aug his father was arrested with child porn images on his computer and charges of voyerism. His ex-wife, Josh's mother, had known about his struggles with pornography and it contributed to their divorce.
    - The boys were taken and placed with Susan's parents
    - Memories began to surface from the boys which could implicate Josh in Susan's disappearance
    - Due to the release of the images on his own computer, Josh was ordered by the WA judge to undergo a psychosexual evaluation AND a probable polygraph test
    - Josh realized that authorities had enough information that could implicate him as 1) possibly molesting his own children or his awareness that his own father may have done so, 2) motive for Susan's disappearance. A subsequent eval and polygraph could prove his guilt.
    - Josh committed suicide/double murder 1) so that he would not have to admit his own wrongdoing(s), 2) admit what may have happened to him as a child, 3) have his own children implicate him, 4) so as not to have his boys taken from him AND have them placed with either the Cox family or his own sister, Jennifer's family.

  • guswetrust Cebterville, Utah
    Feb. 10, 2012 5:53 p.m.

    Forgive me for saying this, could their have been incest issues in Steve Powell's family? Why does his adult daughter live there?

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 4:12 p.m.

    I have to remind people that pornography is LEGAL and that Utah is the capital of digital porn. Millions of people in this state have porn on their computers, it does not make them evil.

    Until the Thought Police start cracking down on peoples' imaginations computer generated drawings are also LEGAL.

    Again, the police had absolutely nothing concrete they could hold Josh Powell on, which is why he wasn't behind bars. Be disgusted with it all you want... it wasn't against the law.

  • thelogicalone salt lake city, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 3:32 p.m.

    Several months ago, when the pornography issue arose, Josh Powell commented that he only had "legal porn". I guess we know now what that was. I'm stunned, and disgusted, that something pornographic in nature and "accurate' is legal only because does not involve real people. As for things being "over" 3, probably 4 lives are over but the lessons to be learned are many. If you don't want to read it or watch it, you may choose to do so.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Feb. 10, 2012 3:23 p.m.

    The images were they wanted the evaluation. They need to do due diligence to take away parental rights.

  • Ms Molli Bountiful, Utah
    Feb. 10, 2012 3:20 p.m.

    You're talking about a computer owned by Josh Powell AND Susan Powell correct?

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Feb. 10, 2012 3:09 p.m.

    The images were on a computer seized TWO YEARS AGO! Where has the WV Police been in all this time? I have the feeling we have the Keystone Cops or worse running around there. Someone needs to ask Buzz Nielson some serious questions about how they mishandled this case and allowed this kind of an end to these children. Seems they were afraid of Powell or inept or both.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Feb. 10, 2012 2:14 p.m.

    Enough with the if only's.

    If they worried he was going to do something physically inappropriate but not fatal and they were not ready to terminate rights the boys were just as safe in a house with a supervised visit as in public. The harm he inflicted had nothing to so with the images on his computer. They suggested awful harm but not mortal danger.

    I do wonder if the dad was also abused in childhood?

  • Article-Reader Spanish Fork, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 1:38 p.m.


    Finding incestuous images on his own computer is hardly here say. Especially given the fact that his wife is missing, and his father is in jail for child pornography that he had while Josh and the boys were living with him. The simple fact that Josh was even allowed to see his boys without seeing iron bars between himself and them is amazing. And now, what do we have to show for it?

    But you're right, Pagan, let's forget about it, the same way you seem to forget what the constitution means on all of your political posts.

  • Article-Reader Spanish Fork, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 1:34 p.m.


    How can you say that we should drop it? It is our responsibility as citizens and neighbors to make sure something like this doesn't ever happen again. Shame on you for wanting to bury the past. We need to learn from our mistakes.

    It was a massive oversight to not allow the attorney to see the images. Especially given that a psycho-sexual evaluation had been ordered. It seems to me that the interest of the children was far from the first thing on the minds of those in control of the situation. The children needed to be taken care of, instead, funerals are being planned. The WVC-PD is going to have to answer a lot of questions, and for good reason. Let's make sure that these deaths were not in vain. Let's make sure that nothing like this ever happens again!

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 10, 2012 1:31 p.m.

    Re: DeltaFoxtrot | 12:24 p.m. Feb. 10, 2012
    "Can we please let this entire story line drop?"

    We need to remember this story so history doesn't have to repeat itself in the future. The second they found incestuous porn on the Josh's computer the court should have given full custody to the grandparents.

  • Lasvegaspam Henderson, NV
    Feb. 10, 2012 1:17 p.m.

    Delta Foxtrot, you must be kidding. As though nothing that will be learned after his death will be invaluable to the agencies involved? As though no future lives may be saved by avoiding similar errors? Nobody is forcing you to click on any future news stories involving Powell. Short-sighted is the word for your attitude.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 1:16 p.m.

    I agree.

    Let this go.

    The state could have done no more in this case...

    unless we want to start taking children away from ANYONE, based on heresay.

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 12:26 p.m.

    From the published record, it seems like the West Valley City Police Department is now going to have to start answering even more difficult questions.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Feb. 10, 2012 12:24 p.m.

    The man is DEAD.

    Can we please let this entire story line drop?

    It is over, finished, let it end.