Will Josh Powell's family argue he killed wife so they can collect life insurance?

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  • K Mchenry, IL
    April 13, 2014 7:28 a.m.

    DotGone... When you have a child there is no getting away entirely. This isn't because wasn't careful enough when leaving. She married into a family with two dangerous people. Her husband killed their children and himself. Her Father In Law also has been convicted and done time.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    April 13, 2014 7:10 a.m.

    Interesting conundrum. In order to get the money, the Powell family (which has long asserted that Josh Powell did not kill Susan Powell) now have to claim that he did. In order to deny the Powell claim and/or get the money, the Cox family (which has long asserted that Josh Powell killed Susan Powell) now has to claim that she survived him (being missing is not enough).

    My thought -- neither family should get the money. The money should go to a worthy charity that has no tie to either family and no name association with either family. Neither of the families should take anything from it.

  • Kelliebelle66 West Jordan, UT
    April 12, 2014 5:42 p.m.

    Josh Powell's mother has maintained all along that her son was innocent of murder and that Susan ran off with some man. But now that it comes down to a $2.5 million estate she has decided that Susan is dead. Her changes of opinion are so self serving it is disgusting. The Powell family, except for Jennifer Graves, are a bunch of foul people. Watc the video of an interview that Josh Powell did with the police where he acts like a pompous cold monster. They are asking him questions that any normal husband would want to answer and he just turns his nose up and his head away. He is not a grieving or innocent man. I saw a video where the Cox's were doing a rally in the town where the Powells lived asking for information and Josh and his dad pull up in a van with the boys and start yelling and turning a peaceful rally into a circus in front of the children who are seeing pictures of their dead mother. The Powells do not deserve a penny of this money. Cox should use the money to find Susan and help other victims.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    April 12, 2014 4:48 p.m.

    To grandmagreat - I agree totally with you.

  • jaredw007 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 12, 2014 1:08 p.m.


    "The public and media and police perpetrated are the heinous criminals that drove a father out of tough love to defend his children from public hate."

    Is that you call murdering your own children? Whatever your opinions on Josh's connection to Susan's disappearance are, it's kind of moot point with he did to his children. The guy was murderer. It's just a question now of how many members of his family he killed? 2 or 3?

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    April 12, 2014 10:39 a.m.

    Of course he killed his wife. Everybody knows that. Proving it without her body is another matter.

  • CDL Los Angeles, CA
    April 12, 2014 10:02 a.m.

    Wow! What some people will go through for the sake of money. The Powell's should gracefully go away. They should let the Cox family alone. When you read through it seems to me that since no body or actual proof is found, Susan is 'legally' a missing person and her father is now 'legally' the conservator. In spite of the likelihood that that Josh did kill Susan. And especially if he did kill her, they should walk away and stop causing pain for the Cox family.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    April 12, 2014 9:50 a.m.

    It makes one wonder the type of family life that was in the Powell house. It produced a number of totally despicable people. The grandfather, now in jail, must be held responsible for the whole mess. This reminds us again of the failings of the police to take action that might have saved the lives of the two little boys and put Josh behind bars for life.

  • grandmagreat Lake Havasu City, AZ
    April 12, 2014 8:50 a.m.

    What heartbreak news in this case. The heartache of their loss is enough for the Cox Family. They should not have to be put through this.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 12, 2014 8:37 a.m.

    There has to be a special place in the fiery furnace for people like these.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    April 12, 2014 8:07 a.m.

    This is possibly off topic, but how did Josh Powell have resources to take care of himself when he left Utah and his job? Obviously he had money to rent a house, travel and maintain himself. There are so many missing pieces in the puzzle. I think the Coxes should receive any compensation available. Their expenses in trying to find truth have to be extraordinary. dotGone, I agree with your advice!

  • hockeymom Highland, UT
    April 12, 2014 7:54 a.m.

    @ jenkers
    I agree. The Susan, Charlie, Braden playground, or a home for battered women and children .... the possibilities are endless.

    @ K
    You're right. Our tax dollars will pay for the social worker's therapy (sad) but who pays for the house that he blew up?

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    April 12, 2014 7:37 a.m.

    How about the insurance companies don't pay out at all? No one should benefit from this travesty. Not the Cox's and certainly not the Powell's. If Josh would have killed just himself but not his sons, then I'd be in favor of his sons benefitting. Since they lost their lives also, New York Life should keep the money.

  • dotGone Puyallup, WA
    April 12, 2014 7:08 a.m.

    Beyond heartbreaking for the Cox family. They are such good people and so steadfast. My heart and prayers go out to them. Awful to have a lovely daughter marry into evil. Again, I have to say, ladies, when you realize you've married into evil, leave without discussing it with him. Hesitating puts you and your children in danger.

  • Kenneth Benson New York, NY
    April 12, 2014 5:39 a.m.

    Ah, it's a marvelous thing to contemplate a fine man like Josh Powell (and now his even finer family) standing up for the sanctity of marriage ... marriage between one man and one woman, until death do them part.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    April 12, 2014 4:52 a.m.

    Josh Powell and his father are the only victims this entire campaign has given to history.

    We can thank government and the criminal law enforcmeent department in WVC now proven to have been less than honest and more than criminal in their actions for years prior to their attacks and harassment of Josh Powell and his children. The public and media and police perpetrated are the heinous criminals that drove a father out of tough love to defend his children from public hate.

    Now some family step in and out of greed want to persecute a father in abstention for a crime that police nor evidence can prove he committed. Even if the family does win or prove any guilt the state will step in and confiscate all the money as retribution payment for gross neglegence cost trying to entrap a suspect. The case is still open in the city government and that makes all the assets of Susan Powell property of the state to impound it all indefinitely. Property rooms never retire nor do they have any regard for any owners until Mayors say owners can buy property back from the government entities.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    April 12, 2014 4:31 a.m.

    I really hope the Coxes prevail in this. They are such victims. It would at least be something they could get out of this horrible tragedy. The Powell family are just perpetuating this.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    April 12, 2014 3:02 a.m.

    @Mid West Mom

    That would be assuming insurance companies have ethics.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    April 12, 2014 1:09 a.m.

    The Cox Family should receive any money's paid out by the insurance company

  • Manti Man MANTI, UT
    April 12, 2014 12:02 a.m.

    The money should go to Susan's family. Their lives have been completely turned upside down. I'm certain that the years of searching for their daughter and battling her murderer for custody of their grandchildren, who he also murdered, also took a financial toll on their family.

  • jenkers Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2014 10:42 p.m.

    The only way to win in this is to agree on both sides that the money should be donated to a really worthy cause -- one to prevent domestic violence or the abuse of children. Kiss the money goodbye and honor the memory of those two little boys by doing something good.

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    April 11, 2014 9:33 p.m.

    The Powell family is one travesty after another. The money should go to preventing this from happening again, not to people who will multiply the travesties.

  • Rand1 Renton, WA
    April 11, 2014 9:26 p.m.

    Maybe Josh outsmarted himself on this one.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    April 11, 2014 9:26 p.m.

    A man can't take out a policy and then kill people who are covered and you or your beneficiaries get the money. At the very least any policy for the boys or himself would not

    If the insurance gives out any cash it should be to the owner of the home that blew up and for any therapy the social worker who brought the boys may need after what he did.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    April 11, 2014 9:20 p.m.

    I agree with all the posters above...

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    April 11, 2014 7:56 p.m.

    If the Powells truly believe that Josh killed his wife Susan, then how can any Powell benefit from murder? I would think that the insurance company would have something to say about that.

  • kaysvillecougar KAYSVILLE, UT
    April 11, 2014 5:59 p.m.

    I have a lot of admirration for the Cox family and Jennifer Graves. The Powell family seems to be going lower than low. What dispicable behavior. None of them should benefit financially, ever from this tragedy initiated by Josh.

  • Itsme2 SLC, UT
    April 11, 2014 5:38 p.m.

    Except for Jennifer, the entire Powell family's behavior is despicable. They should be ashamed for trying to profit from Josh Powell's heinous crimes. Please give the money to the Coxes. It won't bring their precious family back, but if anyone is going to get the money, it should go to them.