'Cold': West Valley police coordinated 2011 events in Susan Powell case as Operation Tsunami

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  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 11:23 a.m.

    Analysis in 3 parts...

    Part 2:

    The details listed in this article titled "Operation Tsunami" yet again point out what I have been saying for years. Cops played mind games, trying to get Josh to incriminate himself in one way or another; first by interviewing him; second by having his estranged sister interview him; third by trying to trick his father; fourth by trying to get him to fall in love (attempt abandoned); and in this article it points out that once they obtained the wiretap; they tried to get him to incriminate himself while talking with his father over the phone.

    Indeed not only did they tap the phones, they used the media (including both wittingly and unwittingly) as a pawn in their game to stimulate phone conversations hoping for Josh to incriminate himself. Everything they blasted in the media from the evidence they supposedly found, to where they were searching, to enlisting his x-in-laws to push emotional buttons; it was all mind games, for one purpose!

    This article makes that even more clear, though I suspected that all along. This article is the proof that what I have been saying all along was true!

  • mallow Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 11:26 a.m.

    I still do not understand why Steve Powell was eliminated as a prime suspect. I must have missed something.

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 10:36 a.m.

    This series is certainly getting some more substance each week. I like that.

    My usual analysis in 3 parts...

    Part 1:

    First, wiretaps in this instance are certainly advisable. Sounds like they got at least one thing right. (Although if Josh had really been the "brain" that the police presumed, he would have known his phones were tapped, and thus would not have thusly incriminated himself.)

    However, his father Steve may not have been the "brain" and may not have thought about the collateral damage; as it were.

    "However, police also wanted to stimulate further phone conversations between Josh and Steve Powell. They believed those calls were unlikely to happen if both men were present at the house when they served the warrant." and " Steve Craig Powell specifically stated that he did not want to place a laptop computer ... because he did not want the computer seized"

    I bet those police were quite surprised to find the pictures they did on Steve's laptop. Nothing to do with the specific investigation; but properly found as per a warrant, such evidence of a crime was well worth the phone taps.

    So, again while I bash those cops a lot, looks like they did one thing right.