Skip to comments.Josh Powell dies in home explosion (along with the bodies of two children)
Posted on 02/05/2012 2:12:25 PM PST by Sleeping Freeper
SALT LAKE CITY -- Sunday afternoon, an explosion occurred at the home of Josh Powell.
Brother-in-law, Kirk Graves, confirms that Powell was killed in the explosion.
King 5 TV in Seattle reports that Powell had visitation with his two sons -- who live with their grandparents Chuck and Judy Cox -- at the time of the explosion. According to the report, the caseworker, who was outside at the time, smelled gas just before the explosion. Firefighters recovered two bodies that appear to be children.
More details will be released as made available.
Was his wife’s body ever found?
And nothing to those of us who haven’t. What’s the background, without the hysterics?
Wifes body was never found. Here’s a link to another story....
His wife disappeared a while back under very suspicious circumstances. I had to look it up because the name sounded familiar.
Unbelievable! He murdered his wife(They never found the body) and now he murdered his two boys and killed himself. He is the ultimate schmuck
Oh, THAT guy! Creep! Sorry his children were killed.
In a nutshell, wife went missing. Husband reported that they went camping in the middle of the night. Wife never found. Children sent to live with grandparents since husband was a suspect. Husband wanted the family court to turn children over to him or a neutral third party. Husband was visiting children and the house blew up (children were ages 5 and 7).
Authorities believe an explosion and fire at the home of Josh Powell has killed him and his two children.
Police are awaiting verification from the Medical Examiners Office, but they believe the three dead are the husband of missing Utah woman Susan Powell and their two children, said Ed Troyer of the Pierce County Sheriffs Office.
KOMO News reported the explosion took place at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, and flames roared through the home near the intersection of 182nd Street and 84th Avenue.
A case worker had just dropped off Powells sons at the home for a supervised visit, the source said. Powell then shut the door on the caseworker and locked it.
The case worker then reported smelling gas fumes, and then an explosion ripped through the home.
Last week, a judge ordered that Powells sons, Charlie, 7 and Braden, 5, remain in the custody of their grandparents, Chuck and Judy Cox.
thx - I was cutting and pasting the same article;(
wow unbelievable, but not really.
josh powell’s father was SUPER weird. I knew any son of his had to be a super weirdo as well.
Josh took the kids out in middle of the night in freezing conditions to go “camping” and when he home the next day the wife was gone. they claimed she must of took off on a bicycle and ran off with another man. LOL he also decided to do a steam cleaning of his carpet that day his wife went missing.
maybe the cops got some evidence and josh got tipped off.
What an evil thing to have done. What was this man’s background, did it have anything to do with his actions?
It’s gone mainstream now....
You’ve got to give it to the Mormons. Just when you think a stranger story can’t come out of Utah, it does... and then you find out its related to the church.
What a despicable thing to do. That case worker is probably lucky to be alive.
I’m so angry. He should have had those kids taken away as soon as his wife went missing!
at least Josh is now facing God for his crimes.
I also have to wonder why the judge in the case, or whoever made the decision regarding the "supervised visitation" did not think to have it take place in a neutral location, preferably under guard, and not in Powell's home, considering the circumstances. Since he was under suspicion of having murdered his wife, it does not take that strong an imagination to think that he might kill the children. (He could just as easily have killed the social worker as he did the wife, the children, and himself).
Oh no. This makes me sad. How devastating for those children’s grandparents. They’ve suffered so much and now even more imaginable.
The second he locked the door to that house those poor children were dead. The case worker is lucky she isn’t amongst the dead. Powell must have been planning this for days. I agree they should have met in a neutral location considering this guy has shown throughout the years that he is unstable and his father is a whack job. I would never have allowed those kids to be in the home with their father. Meet at the park or some restaurant, not at his home where he could do harm to them. Those poor grandparents, not only did they lose their daughter but now they have lost their grandbabies too
I DO NOT condone these actions, I do understand what it is for a person to be convicted in the media without any evidence. I also understand being driven insane by unfounded accusations and unreasonable requirements set by people in positions of authority.
If he killed his wife, I have seen no evidence. Let me look at your life as closely as he was looked at. You folks really think he was a murderer/mastermind? Ya.
I know what it is to have no friends in this world and to be vilified by others without any facts. He broke. You probably would too.
RIP Josh Powell, but youll burn for taking the kids with you.
Thanks. What a dirtbag. I remember hearing about camping in the middle of the night some time back. Dirtbag!
I would not break. Nobody can drive you insane if you’re not guilty. His own guilt is what drove him insane.
I don’t think he deserves to rest in peace. He killed innocent children.
He could have easily killed them at a neutral location too unless they were going to do some kind of security check on him. I don’t know anything about this case, but it doesn’t sound like it was going to end well one way or the other. Very sad and messed up story all the way around.
Tragic! Powell lost his boys because police found child porn on his computer. The house was owned by Powell’s dad, who is in jail for child porn.
You can’t crack an innocent person? Hmm, Nobody ever plead guilty to crime they didn’t commit? Nobody ever broke in a POW camp?
You’ve never experienced a serious injustice? This serious an accusation? Been accused and convicted in the rumor mill, abandonded by friends fellow “Christians”?
Now he’s a killer for sure.
They can indict a ham sandwich, but they couldn’t find enough to charge him? OK, sounds like no evidence.
Now he’s a killer. He has already been judged by the Almighty.
The JUDGE who gave him visiting rights is the problem. If I as a physician screwed up like this I would be sued. The JUDGE nothing and the lawyers who helped.
I feel sorry for the Cox family, and actually also for Powell's sister. One clip I watched concerning his father's arrest mentioned that she was estranged from her father and she stated that she was happy he had been arrested and that society would be protected from him.
I watched and read all the links in the thread and have to wonder if the father wasn't involved in Susan Powell's death in some way. Josh Powell's father was apparently obsessed with her and actually claimed that they were having a sexual relationship though Josh Powell denied it and her father stated that it was untrue and "disgusting." (It is that!)
In any case I hope Powell's father never gets out of jail.
Reaganaut, have you seen the story Utah Binger links to?
My point in posting that link is that this obviously sick kid was driven to doing terrible things based on the pressure to be Mormon perfect. I don’t know what I would have done at that young age had my dear wife said she would divorce me and take the kids if I didn’t get a Temple recommend.
The subtle sickness of it all is maddening. And yes he was very, very sick.
I hadn’t seen the Mormon aspect to the whole mess.
The Mormon ultimatum sounds as though it drove the guy over the cliff. It was a mess already but that could have been the thing that kicked him over.
When this murderer refused to let the police question his young sons about the camping trip and disappearance of their mother it told me he was guilty. Why wouldn’t he do everything possible to help find his wife? He didn’t kill himself because he was broken-he killed himself because he was afraid he was going to be arrested. The kids were not under his control anymore and he feared the police would question the oldest boy, who was 5 at the time, and learn the truth. He obviously had no problem killing his kids because he had done it before.
His story was that he decided to go camping with two toddlers during a blizzard at 2am on a Monday morning. Since his wife had no car, he told police that his wife had probably ridden off on a bicycle in a blizzard to run away with another man. Although he did not show up for work or answer his phone for days, he did have the time to have his carpets steamcleaned within hours after his wife went missing.
But please, remain in your fantasy world.