Police focused on Josh Powell's odd behavior from the beginning, new documents show

Redacted reports reveal little new info in Susan Powell case

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  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Aug. 8, 2012 11:41 a.m.

    If they had arrested him back then maybe his children would be alive today.

  • SpaceCowboy69 Syracuse, UT
    Aug. 8, 2012 9:14 a.m.

    I know we all have speculation, but I would honestly like to ask the WV police what else they were waiting for? Was it that they didn't have a body? Did they feel the evidence was just circumstantial? I would be interested to hear from the WV police on why they didn't charge Josh. I would assume they have brought other cases to trial with less evidence.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Aug. 7, 2012 9:31 p.m.

    They could not even prove she is dead.

    Think about it. If they charged and he got off there would have been no one to remove him from the boys lives. Look at the Casey Anthony situation. Didn't add up but following the rule of law she the ruling was not as most expected or believe.

  • Joe Bauman Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 7, 2012 8:33 p.m.

    We learned that the "damp spot" on the floor (also on a sofa) was known to be Susan Powell's blood. We learned that a circular saw and latex gloves were found in Josh Powell's car. Of course she is missing and he took off in the middle of the night with his little boys to go "camping". What possible explanation could he have come up with, given these and other other pieces of evidence? The authorities were negligent in not charging him immediately. The evidence went way past circumstantial. Who could have raised a reasonable doubt, and what could that have been?

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Aug. 7, 2012 6:25 p.m.

    Typically a person who has a unnatural fascination on the person missing is usually suspected as well.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Aug. 7, 2012 5:02 p.m.

    But no answers and precious little information were in this article...although the headline was interesting.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Aug. 7, 2012 4:58 p.m.

    In hindsight the WV police must have regrets. So many things pointed towards Josh as the killer of his wife, but no arrest was ever made. The result, the two boys died a gruesome death. This whole thing is so sad.

  • DrAnnBlakeTracy Henderson, NV
    Aug. 7, 2012 4:18 p.m.

    A newspaper in Utah is actually doing some investigative reporting & so many of you here & on KSL are harping at them about this?????

    This case is NOT over no matter who is dead! You have two little boys who recently lost their lives & someone needs to find out why? I, for one, care enough that I want to know why. If we are to learn something from this & move on then we need some answers to do that!

    So was this a negligent homicide on the part of authorities who had enough information to do something to protect those boys & did not?

    Or was this a case of authorities pushing an innocent father beyond his abilities to cope?

    Also we know from Susan's writings that she REALLY wanted Josh medicated. So why has no one asked what medication he was on when we know that a fixation (ideation) on both homicide & suicide are both listed as side effects of antidepressants - the most popular of the mind altering drugs given out like candy in Utah for over two decades?

    I'm ready to learn a lesson from this case! I say give me some answers so I get the lesson!!!!

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Aug. 7, 2012 2:37 p.m.

    It's the DA who charges. They need enough evidence to win in court. They only have one shot. It's hard without a body.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Aug. 7, 2012 2:29 p.m.

    Pat, What is your purpose of writing all these articles after the fact. I am already grateful I have no family living under the protection of the WV Police. Now that Susan, Josh and the boys are dead, what is the point of dredging up the fact that Josh should be alive and behind bars and Susan's sons should still be alive?

    When will we see a full investigation of how this case was (mis)handled by the keystone cops??

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Aug. 7, 2012 1:29 p.m.

    So with all this "evidence" that was leggally seized, WVCPD couldn't connect the dots? Or did Josh Powell commit the "perfect crime" about which he studied the mothods? I'm weary of not getting any results and it's too bad that mistakes were made and the truth has never come to the light of day. Will it ever? What were the reasons for all the "smoke screens" thay the public witnessed during the months and years of investigation? Does Steven Powell really know any answers? What a bizarre case......surely.