Letters to family show Steven Powell still defiant behind bars

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  • Dave Z Orem, UT
    June 26, 2013 1:08 p.m.

    I don't think Josh Killed his Wife. I DO think he know that something was going to happen that night and that he left to clear the way for things to take place that night. I also think his father, Steven was directly involved in Susan's disappearance and would not be surprised if his brother who committed suicide had some involvement as well. I wondered if detectives ever looked into Steve's phone records, credit card charges and any other potentially related trip to utah during the days previous to Susan's disappearance. Same with Josh's brother.

  • gee-en Salt Lake City, UT
    May 23, 2013 5:30 p.m.

    I wonder if the government can release the encrypted info out to the public and see if any hackers or some kind of decentralized network of computers can try to decrypt it.

  • DesolationRobot Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 23, 2013 3:46 p.m.

    OneAmerican: Encryption programs are widely available and some are even free. The government has similar and better methods. But the nature of encryption is that it is very easy to create and very hard to crack. It's not like a fancy physical lock where the manufacturer can show the government how to unlock it. Once the data is encrypted, only the right code can unencrypt it.

    Encryption is widely used in business and elsewhere. The fact that it can also be used to cover up crimes is an unfortunate side effect.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    May 23, 2013 2:40 p.m.

    By their rotten fruits you shall know them.

  • OneAmerican Idaho Falls, ID
    May 23, 2013 1:12 p.m.

    "...had frequent communication with Josh Powell, who is suspected of killing his wife, through a device that encrypted their conversations. Investigators were never able to decrypt those communications." Is this device commercially available or was it created by the Powell boys? I am having a hard time believing that these two could have a device that the government could not decrypt. If that is truly the case, someone needs to sell that device to the government.

  • terra nova Park City, UT
    May 23, 2013 11:17 a.m.

    Let him write. The more he writes, the more info prosecutors will have.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    May 23, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    It's amazing how some people can manage to find ways to believe anything they want. The human mind can become so twisted when individuals choose to follow evil paths. It's so scary that there are people like this in the world and soon he will be walking the streets again.

    This man has destroyed his family and he can only find ways to blame everyone else.

    Poor Susan! She just made a terrible mistake in who she married. It's so sad.

  • sally Kearns, UT
    May 23, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    He is right about needing family support. Most of us have mental and physical issues we deal with ourselves and our extended families. I hope he can find the acceptance and help he needs from his family and those in the community outside of prison.

    I remember having friends who everyone else thought were weird, controlling and not all there mentally (I am sure some people think I am too). After becoming a trusted friend, they blossomed and became contributing members of the community. Just listening without judging is a good place to start. Also, learning to laugh about some of our differences helps.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    May 23, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    Steven Powell...

    - Father of a double (triple) murderer.
    - Father of a child who aided the double (triple) murderer then committed suicide.
    - Takes voyeuristic photos of underage neighbor girls.
    - Has a crush on the double (triple) murderer's wife.
    - Plans to live in a van down by the river once he's released from prison.

    I'm sure he'll be a wonderful spokesman for the anti-LDS lobby.

  • Tyler Ray Taylorsville, UT
    May 23, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    The part that irritates me the most is when he says that his son was a good dad to his boys. so now murdering the mother of your children and then blowing up your little boys constitutes everything a good father should be?! despicable!

  • CougAbroad Vienna/Austria, 00
    May 23, 2013 6:08 a.m.

    I'm just hearing about all of this for the first time, but WOW. How sad and pathetic this all sounds. Inappropriate, laugh-out-loud moment of this article (about a convicted felon/sexual predator/dad in deep denial)..."...he might just live in his van." How terribly typical.

  • ImABeliever Provo, UT
    May 22, 2013 10:07 p.m.

    It doesn't matter what books he writes or what he says.
    The bottom line is that the Gospel of Jesus Christ contained
    via the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true
    and he nor anyone else can change it.

  • Another Perspective Bountiful, UT
    May 22, 2013 9:27 p.m.

    Mr. Powell

    Your son killed his two sons and most likely killed his wife too. You raised a monster. Yor are upset with your daughter in-laws father? Why? You seem incapable of seeing reality. The proper response on your part would be to feel apologetic to your daughter in laws family for what Josh has done. Please trust me when I say you are not centered, meaning you are way off base.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    May 22, 2013 8:55 p.m.



  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    May 22, 2013 7:54 p.m.

    How would you like to call this dude dad?

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    May 22, 2013 7:28 p.m.

    I think he is foolishly optimistic if he thinks he's going to get sympathy from anyone.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    May 22, 2013 7:16 p.m.

    Insanity is amazing, isn't it?

  • Beaver Native Garland, UT
    May 22, 2013 7:08 p.m.

    I hope his novel fails big-time. No matter which side of the religious issue you are on, it seems people ought to have enough sense not to support the ego of a criminal. Who knows what an inflated ego would bring next? Not anything good, that's for sure.