'Embarrassing' videos, journals taken from home, Steven Powell says

Josh Powell says he had 'nothing to do' with disappearance of his wife, Susan

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  • catcrazed Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 1:45 p.m.

    I can't believe this Powell family. How could he not be guilty when he won't help the police? Will his children ever recover from this? I hope this terrible tale ends soon for Susan's family's sake. This is heartbreaking.

  • county mom Monroe, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 1:18 p.m.

    Bobp in Port Alice, BC; I guess if I were to ever kill someone I would call you. As a Canadian citizen you could not represent me but you could advise me. You don't seem care about truth or justus just winning in court. At least that is what your statements tell me.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 28, 2011 7:12 p.m.

    Re: My2Cents | 4:35 a.m. Aug. 27, 2011
    "I'd say the WVC police did what they intended to do, persecute and harass and lie. "

    If that's what it takes to catch a killer and bring a mother's body home to her family then they have the blessing of the vast majority of Utahns.

    When dealing with a killer the gloves should come off.

  • BobP Port Alice, B.C.
    Aug. 28, 2011 4:09 p.m.

    I think there is a lot of LDS cultural mixup here. A Mormon goes to his Bishop and confesses major "sins". The police use this ideal and expect the same "cooperation" principla "so the truth will be known".

    The fact of the matter is that the police not only don't have the right to that level of cooperation. The mixing of cultural standards flies right in the face of "the right to remain silent". My advice in many years of criminal trial work was to advise both all clients to tell the police nothing.

    As a matter of fact I never asked the "did you do it" question.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 10:11 p.m.

    Some of these comments are absolutely laughable.

  • Larry Willard, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 6:18 p.m.

    So there was a warrent, Why does the Desret News have so much Information on Private files that was the property of the Powells.
    The Judicial Systen is way out of line in just busting doors down and taking private property.
    It seems we have the 5th to protect us and this raid over throws the right to claim the 5 th.
    Really the intire case should be thrown out, We don't need to furnish information to prosecute ones self.
    I suggest they have nothing anyway, Just a big show.

  • oldschool Farmington, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 6:17 p.m.

    If Josh were innocent, he would be as convinced as everybody else that she was taken against her will and was most likely murdered. He wouldn't be trying to make the case that she ran off with somebody. That's what a guilty person would say in an effort to deflect attention on himself as the killer. If Josh were innocent, he would believe his father's statements about having an inappropriate relationship with Susan, and then he would logically realize that his children are not safe with a guy who doesn't respect normal sexual boundaries. But Josh knows his dad is putting on a front and making up stories in order to deflect blame on Josh. If Josh were innocent, he would tell police exactly where and when and why he took that rental car on a mysterious trip shortly after Susan's disappearance. And he would discuss in detail where he supposedly camped on one of the coldest December nights in the past decade with his poor little kids. He also would let police interview the kids to verify elements of his story. I think Josh is as guilty as sin, and I expect to see him convicted someday.

  • Thomas Smith Sandy, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 5:42 p.m.

    "We came here with a goal in mind and we accomplished it," said West Valley Police Lt. Bill Merritt.

    Does anyone remember the Fifteenth Century Witch hunts? You start with the premise that someone is a witch and then set out to prove it!

    Law Enforcement (not unlike Central European militarily poised ethnic cleansing police) are simply out to "make a case", and the persons of interest should be making as few statements as possible-- every statement will be stacked against them.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 3:16 p.m.

    To Linus | 11:52 a.m. Aug. 27, 2011

    Well said, adn exactly right.

  • Linus Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 11:52 a.m.

    If this weren't so tragic, it would be funny. So many who comment speak for the "public" as though they knew the mind(s) of the public. So many watch interviews with Josh Powell and see guilt. So many seem to know what happened to Susan Powell.

    I am one of the "public," and I'd like to go on record that I don't know what happened to Susan Powell. When I watch interviews with Josh Powell, I see confusion and emptiness; maybe even stupidity. I don't know whether Susan Powell is victimized, dead, fled, abused, or flirtatious. To sum it up; I don't know much of anything about the Cox family or the Powell family. I can't figure out how the rest of you members of the "public" know so much.

    This I do know: There doesn't seem to be much charity in the Powell family, in the Cox family, or in the public comment board. May a kind Heavenly Father soften the hearts of all.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 11:06 a.m.

    QUOTE: Ms Molli | 2:30 p.m. Aug. 26, 2011
    Bountiful, Utah
    "I think it was the cook, using a candlestick, in the library!
    Actually I'm beginning to wonder about her own father. "

    You believe Susan Powells own father is responsible for her death?

  • BobP Port Alice, B.C.
    Aug. 27, 2011 9:50 a.m.

    Over 20 cops dor over a day, travel expenses, and etc. All for a fishing expedition. That our tax money folks.

  • ed in atl Duluth, GA
    Aug. 27, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    Elane & NeilT
    You both hit the nail on the head. You really can see it on Josh's face. What is said that your eyes are the windows to your soul. I would like to know what Josh's brothers and sister in the house know and the estranged sister know. And if Josh was a real person and my father said those things about my wife, I would get out of there.

  • Broken Arrow Draper, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 8:36 a.m.

    What a field day for the heat.

  • billybubba South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 8:23 a.m.

    Oh come on I am a father of four kids and the last thing that I would do in December is to take 2 kids under the age of 6 out camping in sub 10 degree temps. So his story for that night and the next day just does not wash. He didnt even make arrangements to take off work the next day. I have also been out to Simpson springs it is not a place I would go to camp unless I had dirt bikes or four wheelers.

  • nottyou Riverton, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    Someday, this Steven Powell guy is going to learn a little humility.

  • Redrider07 Kearns,UT, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 8:04 a.m.

    Why go all the way to Simpson Springs, He could have stopped at Lookout, Five-mile Toplift, or even Sunshine Canyon.If he was coming out by way of Tooele, he could have stopped at that fishing lake south of town. I don't think I would go all the way to Simpson Springs,on a very slippery road,in the middle of the night. Makes me wonder if this guy might be lying.
    Has to be awful for the kids, they may know something that they cannot tell, as long as they are in that house. To bad someone couldn't get them out and talk to them. I wonder if that police lady may have been there(at the house during the search) for that very reason,it can be amazing what children remember.

  • walkingdowntown Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 7:12 a.m.

    In regards to Steven Powell, I think the Bard said it best "me thinks he doth protest too much"

  • md Cache, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 7:01 a.m.

    "Cooperation is a two-way street," he told the Deseret News at his home Friday. "The way they're treating our family is completely atrocious."

    Laughable. Come on, everyone knows who did it.

  • MrsB1971 Kissimmee, FL
    Aug. 27, 2011 6:20 a.m.

    In the picture of Steve Powell connected with this article, to me it looks like he's ready to cry. It seems that he has been hoisted by his own petard.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 6:02 a.m.

    This evidence should have been gathered two years ago. Powell's claim that he offered it a year ago does not satisfy the question either.

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 4:35 a.m.

    I'd say the WVC police did what they intended to do, persecute and harass and lie.

    Why would a judge allow for a secret search warrant for a crime that may not have been committed? What the WVC police have done is an illegal search and seizure truing to "create" a crime consistent with their inventive desires.

    As for the police using this lie about Josh not cooperating, he has cooperated to the full extent of the law and his rights. The WVC police do have his statement interviews and questioning but they don't like it when a person declines to torture and weatherboarding investigations.

    Everyone in Utah has been persuaded by the news media and law enforcement that Josh has committed a crime but no one is quite sure what it is yet, may with all the computers and carry out confiscated materials the WVC police can come up with something to prosecute someone for so they can save face with their cheap carnival investigation.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Aug. 27, 2011 1:32 a.m.

    "The way they're treating our family is completely atrocious."

    Boo freaking hoo!

    You smear your missing daughter in law and now you are worried about how others are treating your embarrassing life details. No pity whatsoever.

  • Give Me A Break Pullman, WA
    Aug. 27, 2011 12:58 a.m.

    Steve Powell:

    As graphically close as you think your relationship with your daughter-in-law was, you could be the one then that holds the key to getting her back. You've made it clear that she wants you, so why haven't you been using the national media to ask her to come back to you? What do you know, Steve, that would make that so impossible that even hearing your love songs wouldn't melt her heart and bring her to you? What is in that out-of-touch brain of yours - because for the life of me, (bad choice of words) I can't figure out what is there. And why doesn't your incredible clone son punch you for saying such things about his wife? Awkward.

  • Elane Mesa, AZ
    Aug. 27, 2011 12:13 a.m.

    When Josh Powell is shown on TV, he has a peculiar expression on his face. It is a look of pain and guilt. Some say that our life is reflected on our face, well, his is a face that is hiding some terrible deed. I reflect on the neighbor he visited the day after Susan went missing. She said that his hands were all scratched up--well, digging a grave in the snow would do that to you.
    And of course, he says he went to Tooele, but where did he really go that night?

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 10:11 p.m.

    "Cooperation is a two-way street," Yes, Josh cooperation is a two way street, something you have not been willing to do with the police as reported in the Deseret News.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    Josh Powell has no credibility. No sane person takes two small children camping in the middle of the night. I have been to Simpson Springs. Just an isolated campground on the pony express trail. Maybe a fun historical sight. Not a place to take children winter camping. As far as the dad to go public that he had a relationship with his daughter-in-law. Something is very wrong here. It appears the Powell family is doing everything to make Susan look like she is unstable. I don't buy it and neither does the public. I think the police are on to something and the Powell's are scared and in a panic mode. This tragedy can't come to a conclusion fast enough.

  • Sarah B SLC, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 8:42 p.m.

    the story about her being sexually interested in her father in law are just as believeable as his story about taking little kids camping in the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere, in December-just for fun.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Aug. 26, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    Is there a leak in the Pierce County Sherrif's Office who warned the Powell's of the search. The whole situation seems suspect.

  • MrsB1971 Kissimmee, FL
    Aug. 26, 2011 7:33 p.m.

    To Give Me A Break, I totally agree. Nothing they find on those computers will shock or surprise me. If LE finds all of that and more, they both deserve a long stretch in jail. Hopefully justice won't be delayed any longer.

  • OlpuebloguyInWyo Evanston, WY
    Aug. 26, 2011 6:41 p.m.

    The cops will get to the bottom of all this. Keep-up the good work WVC Police Dept. Stay focused. Keep-it-up...

  • Give Me A Break Pullman, WA
    Aug. 26, 2011 6:33 p.m.

    This is possibly going to be OJ Simpson all over again. They can't get Josh or Steve on Murder without a body, but they can send these two slime-balls to prison for a very long time if there is Kiddie porn on that computer. Then the children can go to a decent home. And it is sounding like with the sex obsession in that household there is a better than good possibility. They should soon be able to get all the interest and attention they are craving, but from the wrong people.

  • Joggle Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 6:17 p.m.

    It's a mystery yet to be unraveled. Sometimes it takes many years! Hopefully justice is served in the end.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    To "TRUTH" - I agree with your observation completely. Time will prove your theory.

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 4:37 p.m.

    I hope people can see through some of these posters who are obviously a support team for Josh. Yesterday's article had a number of comments that were loaded with nonsense supporting Josh and people are hitting "recommend" on remarks that are idiotic. Not buying it.

  • Alyson50 PROVO, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 4:30 p.m.

    You haven't heard "creepy" until you've heard Steve's 'original songs.' They played excerpts on KSL radio this afternoon. I had to stop eating my lunch.

  • justacoolchic Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 4:26 p.m.

    Mr. Powell seemed eager and willing to display Susan's private thoughts and feelings she wrote in her journal online for the world to see... I wonder if he would be ok if someone did the same thing to him?

  • Two Cents Springville, Utah
    Aug. 26, 2011 4:21 p.m.

    This is why you should never write in your journal... it could come back to haunt you someday... (kidding).

    I hope this goes somewhere. I hope they can solve this thing. Justice needs to be served. It's all too strange. Late-night frigid camping with small children, wet carpet, friends who says Josh was controlling and she maybe wanted a divorce, wacko father-in-law with fantasy journals... please make it stop.

  • ih8bella West Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 26, 2011 4:19 p.m.

    I'm worried most about the children. They are going to be so messed up. Steve Powell is a leach of the lowest order. He's hurting his grandchildren in ways he'll never understand. What he says about his relationship with Susan is despicable, not because of whether or not it's true, but because he thinks it's ok to announce it to the world. Why does Josh Powell keep his children in that environment?!

  • AZJazzFan Gold Canyon, az
    Aug. 26, 2011 2:58 p.m.

    Taking the kids to go camping in the middle of the night in singel digit temperatures "without" his wife . . . has the media discussed the search of that campsite?

  • Okieland Norman, Ok
    Aug. 26, 2011 2:53 p.m.

    What's that Steve? You feel "Victimized again", having your journals confiscated and read through is "potentially embarrassing?" Imagine that. I wonder how Susan (the real victim here) would have felt knowing you intended to publish her journals online for the world to read. Interesting...

  • Ms Molli Bountiful, Utah
    Aug. 26, 2011 2:30 p.m.

    I think it was the cook, using a candlestick, in the library!

    Actually I'm beginning to wonder about her own father.

  • Lucy Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 26, 2011 2:19 p.m.

    Ok - now I'm convinced father-in-law got rid of her. He's kind of a nut. Maybe him; maybe Josh; probably both. Poor Susan.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 2:15 p.m.

    Steven Powell's version of events sounds more like Meat Loaf's "Paradise by the Dashboard Light"

  • Okieland Norman, Ok
    Aug. 26, 2011 2:13 p.m.

    Chuck Cox and his wife are living every parent's worst nightmare, and then some! To have their daughter VANISH, and then have the Powells purposefully slandering them in a nationwide media and internet campaign....it has to hurt them to the very core. I'm truly sorry Mr. Cox. Although it hurts to hear them broadcast lies about your daughter, you need to sit back and allow it, and almost be grateful for it. Because the public can SEE THROUGH the vicious lies, AND, as they say, you need to allow the fool to hang himself. Keep S & J Powell talking, it's like giving the fool enough rope. Eventually, they'll hang themselves.

  • Peter Coyotl West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 1:49 p.m.

    Steven Powell is creepy but I enjoyed the Buffalo Springfield references from some of the posters.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 1:44 p.m.

    I believe they were divorced some time ago, but it seems like Teri Powell would come forward to clear up some of these questions, since she would actually stay at Steve's house when she visited the kids.

  • Katiebugg Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 1:32 p.m.

    The Father-in-Law creeps me out! What kind of creepy guy reads his Daughter-in-Law's journals anyway? Ewww.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    jwb....thanks for the laugh....

  • Rob Logan, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 1:18 p.m.

    That's a good question JWB. I didn't think of that. It is sad that Josh has his children living in a home where his Father makes these statements about the Mother of his children. If I was him I would get the children as far away as possible. This is disgusting. Where was Steven Powell when Susan went missing?

  • MrsB1971 Kissimmee, FL
    Aug. 26, 2011 1:16 p.m.


    I have been wondering about her also. I would be interested to hear what she has to say about all of this.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 1:08 p.m.

    As I recollect the past 2 years of the missing mother, Susan Cox Powell, I can't remember anything about Steven Powell's wife, Josh Powell's mother and the Grandmother to the two children that Josh Powell has in his custody? Is she missing also?

  • utahprincipal801 Sandy, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    Any father-in-law who would go on national TV and say the things this man has said, is sick. Any parent who would raise children in this household is also sick. Susan's children need some advocate somewhere! I hope this awful situation comes to a conclusion soon, and these children can be placed in a healthy environment.

  • Broken Arrow Draper, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 12:39 p.m.

    Paranoia strikes deep. Into your life it will creep.

  • MSG DFW, Texas
    Aug. 26, 2011 12:37 p.m.

    I think it's time we stop, hey, what's that sound
    Everybody look what's going down

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 12:18 p.m.

    Steve is also accussed of asking Susan to join him in a three way with Josh?....but Josh says he was not aware of his fathers indiscretions.......So which is it? Do these two not live in the same house? How is it that Steve can make such an outlandish claim and yet Josh says he knows nothing!

    Methinks Josh says he doesn't know alot of things about things he knows perfectly well about!

  • billybubba South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 12:03 p.m.

    Paranoia strikes deep
    Into your life it will creep
    It starts when you're always afraid
    You step out of line, the man come and take you away

  • billybubba South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    There's battle lines being drawn Nobody's right if everybody's wrong

  • MrsB1971 Kissimmee, FL
    Aug. 26, 2011 11:56 a.m.

    Well Steve and Josh, you wanted others to read her childhood diaries, you are getting just what you wanted. Happy now? Your deflection may just come right back to bite you in a way you never imagined. It will be very interesting to see what comes of all of this in the future.

  • VocalLocal Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 11:55 a.m.

    Some journalist needs to interview the people that Susan Powell worked with. They would be very good at discounting the slander against Susan Powell from her father-in-law about being flirtatious. They would have been the only people around Susan more than Josh and they would have certainly seen if she was flirtatious. I'm willing to bet her co-workers would disclose that she was neither flirtatious nor giving any indication of arranging meetings with another man but that Susan only wanted to get away from Josh Powell who was allegedly controlling and even allegedly abusive.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Aug. 26, 2011 11:13 a.m.

    Somethins' happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear................

  • Sandy Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    Whatever is found, let's pray it's the truth, and that it comes out soon and puts this case to rest.