Documents reveal disturbing influence Josh Powell had on his children

Young boys reflect father's anti-Mormon views

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  • kargirl Sacramento, CA
    Feb. 19, 2012 5:10 p.m.

    Sad thing is, it's so easy to say something should have been done as we look with 20/20 hindsight. But at the time, roaring in there like bulls in a china shop could have been the exact wrong thing to do, and if law enforcement/social workers had been wrong, as happens in other cases, what kind of horrible mess could that have caused? As long as people are human, even those who try so much to do the right thing in such convoluted cases, there will be mistakes made and not discovered until it is too late. What we can learn, perhaps, is to see when there is time, the signs that help may be needed when loved ones can still give it or find it for those who require it, and assist more quickly.

  • SpanishImmersed Mesa, AZ
    Feb. 19, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    Porn kills. What could be had only in a brown bag at the corner store, is now readily available at a mouse click. Its addictive power spiraling out of control in many lives. The late mr. powell and his father sought immediate family as prey, showing the depravity of porn in its most heinous state. Porn is a scourge and a plague on the family. Countless young minds are now being hyped-up on internet porn. As a society, we are sacrificing our innocents to this addiction. Guard well your home and family. If you are in the clutches of porn to any degree, walk away. It is a cancer, not a vehicle to natural affection.

  • kiaoraguy Provo, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 9:12 p.m.

    Evil walked amongst us...

  • PAC Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 18, 2012 5:23 p.m.

    The more I read about this the more sick I get! You never know what you live next too. There are just no words for it.

  • VocalLocal Salt Lake, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 3:08 p.m.

    I think the most appropriate remark came from the social worker involved in the case: "Mr. Cox stated that the state and visit supervisor did everything they could do within the law but the law is not set up to deal with people like Josh,"

    Josh was a psychopath whose behavior deviated so far from the norm that nobody could have predicted the dark turn his actions would take. I hope that while we learn from this case we recognize that it was an extreme that is unlikely to be repeated and making a whole long list of rules or laws just based on this extreme example is unlikely to prevent a similar tragedy.

  • blueturf Rupert, ID
    Feb. 18, 2012 2:39 p.m.

    what an unfortunate situation i feel bad for the cox family the powells have enough problems family wise it seems.

  • EnglishAlan Rugeley, Staffs
    Feb. 18, 2012 2:30 p.m.

    @ Fibby1123

    How wrong!! There were "ONLY about 15 computer-generated images of incest and 400 images total." Am I the only one that thinks if there was only ONE computer-generated image of incest, and that was the only image found that it is one too many?

    Children have the right to feel protected in their family home. They have the right to be brought up in a home where their dad does not get turned on by watching family members, in other homes or his own home,acting out sexual acts. Children, dare I say it, deserve to be raised in a home where the head of the home does not cheat on his wife by watching any pornographic pictures or films. The Saviour of the world told us that any man that looked upon a woman with lust in his mind has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Josh Powell for some reason disliked the Mormon Church, but I would presume that the rules in his adopted Church do not differ on that subject. All of this behaviour would surely mean that he shouldbe asked to take the tests requested by social-workers.

  • EnglishAlan Rugeley, Staffs
    Feb. 18, 2012 1:56 p.m.

    @ 101 Ways, Please say you are trying to make a joke?

    The guy "takes his kids camping in sub-zero weather." He says their mum agrees. Do you believe either story? When asked if mum was there, one of the boys says that she was, and travelled in the trunk. Does your wife travel to camping trips in the trunk? I can't convince my wife to do that, for some reason.

    Powell has pornography on his computer, and takes photos that only include legs. Is that normal? He has his kids, along with other family members, walking around the house naked. Is that the norm in your house? It doesn't happen in mine.

    The police,Mayor, Sovial workers, and every normal person on this planet thinks that this behaviour makes the man a person under suspicion, and they are in the wrong? Don't you have even the slightest doubt that he is changing the truth?

    In my country, if it has feathers, quacks, and waddles, we think the chances are that it's a duck. You think that the police are causing the creature untold pressure because they think it's a duck. My guess is that you are either a misguided friend or relative of Powell, or just someone that has a grudge against the authorities.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Feb. 18, 2012 1:07 p.m.

    Sick and sad, the only way to describe this situation. My deepest prayers go out for the people left behind in the Cox family.

  • Johnson72 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 12:27 p.m.

    I sure wish everyone would put this to rest for Charlie's and Braden's sake, Please let them rest in peace?

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Feb. 18, 2012 11:06 a.m.

    A very sad story and revealing commentary on the evils of pornography. It's effects are so far-reaching, it has no bounds. Books can be written on this story for years, as well as research to help fight it. I hope some good can come from this deeply saddening story.
    My prayers are with the survivors.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 10:52 a.m.

    Those kids should have been placed with a neutral foster family. It was wrong to put them in a game of mental ping pong, with Josh planting thoughts and the Cox family planting thoughts.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 8:57 a.m.

    One of the main lessons I take away from this story is that it is so important that one doesn't make a mistake in who one marries. Poor Susan clearly made a really bad mistake in marrying an evil man. Now she and her children have become victims, a family has been destroyed and a lot of other people have been deeply damaged.

    There is a book entitled "People of the Lie." It describes and analyzes human evil. Josh and Steven Powell are perfect examples. It is so scary to think that there are actually people out there walking around that are capable of this kind of behavior.

  • Honor Code Denver, Colorado
    Feb. 18, 2012 7:57 a.m.

    Sad to say but "taking pictures of legs" confirms this Josh Powell guy was sick!!!

  • Keith43 Springville, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 6:49 a.m.

    In view of the evidence, it is obvious that Josh Powell was constantly abused as a child by his father. The unfortunate thing is that Josh's wife, wasn't aware of his past. I'm sure, that going into their marriage, Josh wanted to leave his past, in the past. Hindsight is 20-20; never the less, Child Protective Services should have permanently removed the boys from Josh and his infuence, long ago. Sad, sad story.

  • Fibby1123 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 6:30 a.m.

    "The documents reveal details about 400 computer-generated images of incest found on Powell's computer..."

    Actually, there were only about 15 computer-generated images of incest and 400 images total.

  • 101Ways Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 3:57 a.m.

    So what is the problem with the Mayor and WVC police department? Maybe no one can make this all up but the police sure can and they are acting out of line with all their continued persecution with stab wounds to murder Josh. The police are the sicko's who should be getting some mental treatment from a psychiatrist, how many times do they want to stab the body?

    Images can have many different variations and layers as any computer generated image can have. Thousands of layers of the same image is part of creating movies or cartoons so this number is not alarming at all. Anyone who uses a program like Photo Shop can attest to how many layers of a photo are created from a single image.

    Still there is nothing to distract from the fact that the police still have no criminal evidence of any crime. What is alarming is how the city Mayor and police department are still trying to justify Josh was a criminal that deserved to die with post mortem and indefensible accusations and innuendos. They are still trying to justify there acts of terrorism and public humiliation of an innocent man.

  • SundanceKid27 OREM, UT
    Feb. 18, 2012 12:01 a.m.

    How is it that it only takes me minutes to see that this guy is a wreck waiting to happen and I didn't even have these documents that the judges and court had. It is a shame that they didn't act sooner or do better.

  • Dick of the NW Bainbridge Island, Washington
    Feb. 17, 2012 10:41 p.m.

    It is hard to find a word or words that can explain what a mentally corrupt person Josh Powell was. I would think a lot of Josh Powell's problems started with his father. I wonder if the Cox's could have ever changed the children through therapy and love. What a sad sad story of how a father can afflict such misery on a family.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 10:35 p.m.

    A person could not make this stuff, what a sick situation.