Skip to comments.Washington father attacked sons with hatchet before setting blaze: Report
Posted on 02/07/2012 11:44:32 AM PST by servo1969
The monster who killed himself and his two young sons in a Washington house fire two years after his wife vanished reportedly attacked the boys with a hatchet before setting the blaze.
The sons of Josh Powell, who were just 7 and 5, suffered what police described as "chop wounds" to their heads and necks before the Graham, Wash., home went up in flames as a helpless social worker looked on Sunday. The cause of death for all three is believed to be smoke inhalation.
The grisly new details emerged as investigators combed through the charred rubble of the home Monday and released new details about the horrifying climax to a long, bizarre saga.
"This was definitely a deliberate, planned-out event," Pierce County Sheriff's Detective Ed Troyer said.
Investigators found two five-gallon gas cans in the rubble, supporting the theory that Powell, who had lost custody of the boys to his missing wife's parents, had set an accelerated blaze after locking out the social worker who had brought young Charlie and Braden for a supervised visit.
Steve Richards, assistant chief of Graham Fire and Rescue, said responders arrived about three minutes after getting the call and found flames already through the roof.
"It was just devastation," he said.
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Worth every cent of the taxpayer money in his or her paycheck.
When OJ Simpson got custody of his kids after a civil suit found him liable for their mother’s death, something in me died.
They'll have to live with that. But sometimes it's hard for normal people to contemplate the scope of evil.
I wonder the reason he killed the wife? His Dad?
Just wondering.... this whole event is just horrendous.
He knew those boys where going to die YET he used a hatchet on them..
A truly sick F.
What a sick, sick, sick effing bastard he was...
That entire extended family gives me the creeps.
I heard that the youngest child had drawn a picture in school (kindergarten) of his family going camping with the mother in the trunk. The teacher turned the picture over to the police.
They said that it didn’t really mean much, but the authorities were moving closer to an arrest. The youngest boy was only 2 1/2 on the night of the camping trip, so nothing that he says can be considered as evidence.
Inlaws described him as a narcissist.
I feel for the grandparents..but what were they thinking? On that fateful day, boys were begging to stay home and Grandma insisted that they go with Daddy.
If it’d been me, I’d have thrown myself on a hand grenade to protect those children. And they knew he killed their daughter. I woulda hoped Grandpa would’ve ‘taken care’ of the problem long beforehand and nobody would’ve blamed him if his gun accidentally discharged while he was cleaning it when Josh walked in to pick up the kids.
Those boys are now with the Lord.
Hell isn’t hot enough for that POS...
Libs don’t believe there is evil.
This man was evil.
My fist thought was the poor kids and then, this is clear evidence of the existence of real evil in the world.
If I were Grandpa in this situation, the police would still be looking for the body.
The monster is in hell,his kids are in heaven. RIP.