Psychologist reveals new details about Josh Powell, Child P_rnography in France, Belgium and the Netherlands

May 31, 2012 Comments Off on Psychologist reveals new details about Josh Powell, Child P_rnography in France, Belgium and the Netherlands

Psychologist reveals new details about Josh Powell
By 97.3 KIRO FM Staff report May 28, 2012

A new documentary on E! Network called “A Family Tragedy: The Powells”, features the first interviews with the psychologist who worked with Josh Powell. It paints an even darker picture of Powell, who died earlier this year when he set his house on fire after killing both his young sons.

Forensic psychologist Dr. James Manley, who works for the state of Washington, says in the documentary that investigators found computer-generated videos and photos that show adults having sex with children.

“And there was [sic] about fifteen images that I found the most disturbing – and they were very lifelike – computerized drawings of adults and children having sex in various ways,” Dr. Manley tells Laura Ling in the documentary.

The images prompted Dr. Manley to recommend a psycho- sexual evaluation. He says the pornography wasn’t a good sign for a parenting situation….

Relatives were also fighting to keep custody of Powell’s two kids, fearing that Powell had been involved in the high-profile disappearance of his wife, Susan Cox Powell. It is unclear whether or not they were aware of the pornography.

The documentary will air for the first time on “E! Investigates” May 29 at 8:00 p.m. http://mynorthwest.com/11/684531/Josh-Powell-more-sinister-than-we-thought

Child Pornography in France, Belgium and the Netherlands
By James R. Marsh on May 29, 2012

Here is a recent documentary on child pornography in France, Belgium and the Netherlands by French journalist Karl Zéro. The report focuses on the Marc Dutroux affair which was widely reported in the international press in 2004.

An excellent in-depth exposé of the European perspective on child pornography and child exploitation with a focus the seeming inability and unwillingness of France to deal with this problem.

In French with English subtitles. Well worth the time and effort to watch the entire program. http://www.childlaw.us/2012/05/child-pornography-in-france-be.html

May Child Abuse and Ritual Abuse Newsletter

April 8, 2012 Comments Off on May Child Abuse and Ritual Abuse Newsletter

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May Child Abuse and Ritual Abuse Newsletter

The newest issue of the child abuse and ritual abuse newsletter is at:
http://ritualabuse.us/2012/04/issue-104-may-2012/

This issue contains information on the Powell Family Tragedy, Josh Powell, Steven Powell, Susan Powell, Miramonte Elementary School, Edgar Friedrichs Jr., Tender Care Learning Center, Matthew K. Byars, Jerry Sandusky, Penn State Abuse Scandal, John Wayne Gacy, online pedophile network, Church Puts Legal Pressure on Abuse Victims’ Group, SNAP, Dutch Church Accused of Castrating Young Men, Philadelphia Catholic Clergy Abuse Trial, Clergy Abuse Cases, Fugitive Priests, Boy Scouts Abuse Case, T.J. Lane, underage forced prostitution, Village Voice – Backpage.com, Hollie Greig case, Foreign Exchange Students Sexual Abuse Case, Children Removed from Texas Home, Survivorship Ritual Abuse and Child Abuse 2012 Conference, ritual abuse of children, When the Devil Knocks, Cheryl Rainfield, West Memphis Three, Satanic Ritual Abuse, Military and Government Experimentation Lawsuit, MK-ULTRA, Bluebird, Artichoke, Mexican Family Accused of Human Sacrifices, Santa Muerte, child abuse, trauma information, pedophilia, Child abuse and neglect costs, SYBIL in her own words, Shirley Mason, MPD, child abuse consequences, brain studies, dissociative disorders and abuse, Public Secrecy About Child Sexual Abuse, Violence Against Women, Bradley Manning, R.A. Dickey, Rapists, Vanessa Williams

Powell Bragged of Knowing How to Dump Body, Mexico Santa Muerte Cult Sacrifices, Vanessa Williams “I Was Molested

April 6, 2012 Comments Off on Powell Bragged of Knowing How to Dump Body, Mexico Santa Muerte Cult Sacrifices, Vanessa Williams “I Was Molested

articles:
– Josh Powell Friend Says He Bragged of Knowing How to Dump a Body
– Josh Powell Bragged About Committing Perfect Crime, Friend Says
– Mexico Santa Muerte Murders: Nacozari ‘Death Saint’ Cult Sacrifices Lead Police To Investigate Family
– Vanessa Williams In ‘You Have No Idea’: ‘I Was Molested’

Josh Powell Friend Says He Bragged of Knowing How to Dump a Body
By Katie Kindelan Apr 5, 2012

The friend to whom Josh Powell once bragged that he knew “how to kill someone, dispose of a body and not get caught,” according to recently revealed court documents, said it was “scary that I even had that conversation with him.”

Powell boasted at a 2008 Christmas party he attended with now-missing wife Susan that he knew how to commit the perfect crime, thanks to his obsession with television crime shows, the friend told ABC-affiliate KTVX in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The TV report did not name the friend but ABC News has identified him as Scott Hardman.

“He was basically telling me about how the best way to dispose of a body would be down a mineshaft like a vertical one,” Hardman said in the KTVX interview. “It would be the best way of disposing one because they’re so unstable.”
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/04/josh-powell-friend-says-he-bragged-of-knowing-how-to-dump-a-body/

Josh Powell Bragged About Committing Perfect Crime, Friend Says
04/5/2012 David Lohr
In another startling development, the man who alleged to police that Josh Powell bragged he “could kill someone … and not get caught” has taken his story to ABC-affiliate KTVX in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The media outlet did not name the man but ABC News has identified him as Scott Hardman.

Speaking with KTVX, Hardman said the conversation took place at a 2008 Christmas party, roughly a year before the disappearance of Powell’s wife, Susan Cox Powell.

“He was basically telling me about how the best way to dispose of a body would be down a mineshaft like a vertical one,” Hardman said in the KTVX interview. “It would be the best way of disposing one because they’re so unstable.”

Hardman said Powell was obsessed with television crime shows and credited them with teaching him how to get away with murder….

Hardman’s tip prompted police to search dozens of abandoned mines outside of Ely, Nev., but they found no evidence that Susan Powell’s body had been disposed of in a shaft.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/05/josh-powell-perfect-crime_n_1406657.html

 

Mexico Santa Muerte Murders: Nacozari ‘Death Saint’ Cult Sacrifices Lead Police To Investigate Family By FELIPE LARIOS and ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON 04/1/12

NACOZARI, Mexico – It was a family people took pity on, one the government and church helped with free food, used clothes, and farm animals. The men were known as trash pickers. Some of the women were suspected of prostitution.

Mexican prosecutors are investigating the poor family living in shacks outside a small town near the U.S. border as alleged members of a cult that sacrificed two 10-year-old boys and a 55-year-old woman to Santa Muerte, or Saint Death, a figure adored mostly by outlaws but whose popularity is growing across Mexico and among Hispanics in the United States….

Before last week, there have only been unconfirmed reports of human sacrifices related to the figure in Mexico in recent years, said R. Andrew Chesnut, chairman of Catholic studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of the book “Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint.”

Chesnut said the 2007 shooting deaths of three men appeared to be related to Santa Muerte because the bodies were abandoned at a shrine to the figure outside the border city of Nuevo Laredo. But they showed no signs of being sacrificial killings.

He said that although most Santa Muerte devotees consider killing a “Satanic aberration of devotion,” and that books about the Santa Muerte don’t mention human sacrifice, some followers are extreme.

“With no clerical authority to stop them, some practitioners engage in aberrant and even abhorrent rituals,” Chesnut said.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/01/mexico-santa-muerte-murders-family-investigated-cult-killings_n_1395176.html

Vanessa Williams In ‘You Have No Idea’: ‘I Was Molested’ 04/5/2012
When it comes to Vanessa Williams, “You Have No Idea.” The 49-year-old’s new memoir, which carries the mysterious title, reveals within the pages that as a child, she was molested by a woman.

The incident occurred when Williams was just 10 years old, making it hard for the young girl to comprehend just what was happening to her. In the latest issue of People magazine, on stands now, Williams details an incident in which an 18-year-old girl, Susan, a friend of a family friend whom the actress described as the “epitome of cool,” inappropriately touched her….
Susan told Williams, “Don’t tell anyone” — and she didn’t.

Williams kept her molestation a secret for years, not knowing how to comprehend the events that transpired that night in California.

“I didn’t really understand until college,” Williams said of the moment she finally realized what had happened to her. “I was with my boyfriend and it hit me and I blurted out: ‘Oh my god — I was molested.'”

Williams’ startling revelation led her to “become a bit more rebellious.” The beauty admits that she smoked marijuana in high school and had an abortion her senior year.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/05/vanessa-williams-molested-woman_n_1406611.html

National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, Susan Powell’s Parents: Josh Powell’s Dad Knows What Happened To Missing Daughter

April 5, 2012 Comments Off on National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, Susan Powell’s Parents: Josh Powell’s Dad Knows What Happened To Missing Daughter

“Rape and sexual assault inflict profound suffering upon millions of Americans every year.  Nearly one in five women has been raped, and still more have endured other forms of sexual violence or abuse.”

Susan Powell’s Parents: Josh Powell’s Dad Knows What Happened To Missing Daughter 4/4/2012

….Josh Powell, the primary “person of interest” in the missing person case, killed himself and his two sons by setting fire to his home earlier this year. Despite evidence suggesting Josh played a role in Susan’s disappearance, he was never arrested by authorities in West Valley City, Utah. As a result, Susan Powell’s family believe the authorities are at least partially responsible for the death of her two sons, Braden, 5, and Charles, 7….

Court documents unsealed on Friday revealed that Susan Powell left a letter in a safety deposit box saying she did not trust her husband and that if she were to die, “it may not be an accident, even if it looks like one,” the Associated Press reported.

Authorities also found Susan Powell’s blood on a floor next to a sofa, which appeared to have been recently cleaned and had two fans set up to dry it.

Josh Powell, who is described in the documents as “unwilling to help” the investigation, said he took his two sons on a late-night camping trip the night Susan Powell disappeared. Investigators found Susan’s cell phone in her husband’s car, which he “did not have an answer” to explain, the Associated Press reported.

Susan’s purse, keys and credit cards were among some of the other belongings found in the couple’s bedroom. The documents also show that Susan Powell had several life insurance policies, totaling $1.5 million in value. “There is direct evidence. There is circumstantial evidence. There is motive,” Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist told ABC News. “There is everything but the body.”

The court documents also detail an apparent obsession Steven Powell had with his daughter-in-law. In a cabinet belonging to Steven Powell, authorities found several images of Susan, some of which showed her in her underwear, while others featured her face copied onto other women’s naked bodies. Another image depicted Steven Powell masturbating to an image of his daughter-in-law. According to Susan Powell’s personal journals, she did not want anything to do with Steven Powell, whom she described as a pedophile.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/04/susan-powell-josh-powell-charles-judy-cox-steven-utah_n_1403293.html

Presidential Proclamation — National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, 2012

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Though we have come far in the fight to reduce sexual violence, the prevalence of sexual assault remains an affront to our national conscience that we cannot ignore.  This month, we stand with survivors of sexual assault, join together to break the silence, and recommit to ending this devastating crime.

Rape and sexual assault inflict profound suffering upon millions of Americans every year.  Nearly one in five women has been raped, and still more have endured other forms of sexual violence or abuse.  Tragically, these crimes take their greatest toll on young people; women between the ages of 16 and 24 are at greatest risk of rape and sexual assault, and many victims, male and female, first experience abuse during childhood.  The trauma of sexual violence leaves scars that may never fully heal.  Many survivors experience depression, fear, and suicidal feelings in the months and years following an assault, and some face health problems that last a lifetime.

It is up to all of us to ensure victims of sexual violence are not left to face these trials alone.  Too often, survivors suffer in silence, fearing retribution, lack of support, or that the criminal justice system will fail to bring the perpetrator to justice.  We must do more to raise awareness about the realities of sexual assault; confront and change insensitive attitudes wherever they persist; enhance training and education in the criminal justice system; and expand access to critical health, legal, and protection services for survivors.  As we fight sexual assault in our communities, so must we combat this crime within our Armed Forces.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/04/02/presidential-proclamation-national-sexual-assault-awareness-and-preventi

Susan Powell’s Blood Found At Josh Powell’s Home, SYBIL in Her Own Words

March 31, 2012 Comments Off on Susan Powell’s Blood Found At Josh Powell’s Home, SYBIL in Her Own Words

Susan Powell’s Blood Found At Josh Powell’s Home, New Documents Show
By MIKE BAKER 03/30/12

TACOMA, Wash. — Authorities investigating the 2009 disappearance of a Utah woman found her blood in the family home and a hand-written note in which she expressed fear about her husband and her potential demise, according to documents unsealed Friday.

The files raise further questions about why Susan Powell’s husband was never charged in her disappearance before he killed himself and their two young sons in a gas-fueled inferno in Washington state earlier this year. Investigators in West Valley City, Utah, never arrested Josh Powell or even publicly labeled him as a suspect in his wife’s disappearance….

Shortly after Susan Powell disappeared, authorities found blood evidence on a floor next to a sofa and determined that it was Susan Powell’s. The sofa appeared to have been recently cleaned, and two fans had been set up to blow on it.

Investigators found several life insurance policies on Susan Powell that totaled $1.5 million and determined that Josh Powell had filed paperwork to withdraw her retirement account money about 10 days after her disappearance.

The documents describe Josh Powell as unwilling to help in the investigation.

A safety deposit box used by Susan Powell had a hand-written letter titled “Last will & testament for Susan Powell,” according to the documents. She wrote in that letter that she did not trust her husband and that they’d been having marital troubles for four years.

The letter also said that “if Susan Powell dies it may not be an accident, even if it looks like one,” according to the documents….

Investigators had found a gas can, tarps and a shovel in Josh Powell’s vehicle shortly after the investigation began. Susan Powell’s cellphone was also in the car, and Josh Powell “did not have an answer as to why,” according to the documents. One person interviewed by police said Powell had once made comments about how to kill someone and dispose of the body….

The documents also describe how Steven Powell had an apparent obsession with his daughter-in-law. A locked cabinet in Steve Powell’s bedroom contained multiple images of Susan Powell, including some of her in her underwear. Other images showed nude female bodies with Susan Powell’s face copied onto them.

Another image showed Steven Powell masturbating to an image of Susan Powell.

Susan Powell wrote in her personal journals that she did not want Steven Powell involved in her life and wished that Josh Powell would sever ties with him. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/30/josh-powell-susan-powell-missing-utah_n_1392756.html

SAT MARCH 31
7pm • Free
READING: PATRICK SURACI: SYBIL IN HER OWN WORDS
Dr. Patrick Suraci, a friend of Sybil/Shirley Mason, will read from his book SYBIL in Her Own Words: The Untold Story of Shirley Mason, Her Multiple Personalities, and Paintings. Recorded conversations between Mason and Suraci will be made public for the first time, and Suraci will share his interpretations of paintings of five of Mason’s sixteen personalities.
Bluestockings, 172 Allen St
212-777-6028 • bluestockings. com  http://www.indypendent.org/2012/03/30/indy-weekly-events-calendar-march-30-april-5

more information on the reading:
Projections of the paintings of 5 of Sybil’s 16 personalities are accompanied by his interpretations. Shirley’s recorded conversations with Dr. Suraci will be heard in public for the first time. Documents will be produced exposing the untrue statements made by others attempting to claim the Sybil case is a fraud.

 

New trial date set for Steven Powell

March 19, 2012 Comments Off on New trial date set for Steven Powell

New trial date set for Steven Powell
March 16, 2012, by Ben Winslow
TACOMA, Washington

A new trial date has been scheduled for the father of Josh Powell. Steven Powell appeared briefly in Pierce Co. Superior Court on Friday, where a judge scheduled an April 23 hearing on a motion to suppress evidence in the criminal case against him. The judge also scheduled a May 7 trial.

Steven Powell is facing voyeurism and child pornography-related charges. He’s accused of taking photos and video of girls and women. Police claim that one of those he filmed without their knowledge is his daughter-in-law, missing West Valley City mother Susan Cox Powell.

She vanished in 2009 and has not been found. Powell’s son, Josh Powell, killed himself and his children last month in an explosion and fire at a home he was renting.
http://fox13now.com/2012/03/16/new-trial-date-set-for-steven-powell/

New documents released from Powell custody case, Hollie Greig Demands Justice

March 5, 2012 Comments Off on New documents released from Powell custody case, Hollie Greig Demands Justice

New documents released from Powell custody case
By Brooke Adams, Nate Carlisle and Melinda Rogers
The Salt Lake Tribune Mar 3, 2012

….other documents among 1,699 pages released by Washington authorities Friday show that long before the state took protective custody of Powell’s children, his oldest son was clearly struggling with the disappearance of his mother and scrutiny that surrounded the family.

….The documents offer a complicated portrait of Powell. He is described as sometimes making inappropriate comments in the presence of his sons about police, his in-laws and others he considered as out to get him and becoming agitated when one son said his mother had been found in the desert; a psychologist who evaluated him said he appeared to be putting on a front. But Powell also is described as a loving, involved father whose supervised visits with his sons that could have been the script for a parenting manual.

….But the documents show that months after Powell relocated, people who interacted with his sons were noting odd behavior. On Aug. 20, 2010, a daycare worker at the YMCA in Puyallup, Wash., called Child Protective Services about comments made by Charlie, then 5. Charlie was asked why he didn’t want to play with other children. During the exchange, Charlie responded that, “My little brother Braden tried to kill me, so he’s in Utah now living with my grandparents” — something that wasn’t true. Charlie also had described to other children how to kill and bury a bear, something he said he learned from a television program.  The document says daycare workers considered the stories “suspicious” and a DSHS caseworker relayed both stories to West Valley City Police.

….Days after his sons were placed in protective custody, Powell sent an email to a DSHS caseworker stating his children were not exposed to any pornographic material his father might have had in the home, which was “why we never thought there was a problem.”

Powell also claimed that his mother Terri would provide a statement saying Steve Powell “never left pornographic materials laying around and never gave any hint at creating porn on any level during her 20-year marriage” — a claim refuted by documents filed in the couple’s 1993 divorce. In those documents Terri Powell said her husband kept a stash of pornographic material and shared it with their older sons. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/53633137-78/powell-sons-charlie-washington.html.csp

Letters Josh Powell wrote to his sons  http://www.scribd.com/doc/83559020/Letters-Josh-Powell-wrote-to-his-sons

Hollie Demands Justice – Working directly with Hollie, Anne Greig & Robert Green http://www.holliedemandsjustice.org/

In the summer of 2000, Hollie told her mother, Anne, that she had been repeatedly sexually abused http://holliedemandsjustice.org/about_hollie_greig/

Brian Gerrish with Mark Windows outside The Royal Courts of Justice. Part two of our report on the latest in the Hollie Greig case. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbvfek8UvPk

THIS FRIDAY, March 2nd 2012, we need you to show your support for Hollie by being at The High Court in London http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dVMkY_cj8I

You Don’t Have to Play Me Backwards…
Satanic Ritual Abuse: The Evidence Surfaces

Daniel Ryder, CCDC, LSW http://www.care1.org/articles/a10_play_me_backwards.html

Josh Powell had cartoon sex, incest images on computer

February 20, 2012 Comments Off on Josh Powell had cartoon sex, incest images on computer

Murder-suicide dad Josh Powell had cartoon sex, incest images on computer  February 18, 2012 | Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. –  Three weeks before Josh Powell killed himself and kids in a violent inferno, Utah authorities disclosed to social workers for the first time that his computer once contained some 400 images of cartoon sex and incest.

Investigators had initially told Washington state officials that there were only a half-dozen images, seized in 2009, but the social worker tasked with keeping the kids safe sent off a note to a psychologist saying “it is now clear there are many more images than initially indicated.”

The psychologist who had previously praised Powell’s strong parenting skills found the images to be a “great concern” and quickly suggested a more intense evaluation of the father.  Powell killed himself before that assessment took place.

Many of the approximately 400 images described in documents released under Washington state public records laws Friday included sexual depictions of popular cartoons, including child-focused characters such as Rugrats, Dennis the Menace and SpongeBob SquarePants. Another 15 images showed 3-D depictions of sex involving parents and their children.

Powell had initially told the psychologist that he visited only pornography sites featuring adults.

“Given the gaps of information about Mr. Powell there seems reason to conclude he may not presently be a stable and appropriate resource for his children,” wrote Dr. James Manley in a follow-up report dated Jan. 31.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/02/17/murder-suicide-dad-josh-powell-had-cartoon-sex-incest-images-on-computer/

Marilyn Van Derbur Atler – Lifetime Achievement Award 2011 – child abuse survivor speaks about her activism to stop child abuse http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbfM3Me86eA&feature=related

Josh Powell Update: Documents report Powell killed pets, threatened mother with knife as a teen

February 14, 2012 Comments Off on Josh Powell Update: Documents report Powell killed pets, threatened mother with knife as a teen

By Crimesider Staff February 13, 2012
(CBS) PUYALLUP, Wash. – New information about Josh Powell’s past came to light last week when the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper reported that documents from Powell’s parents’ divorce two decades ago portray the then-16-year-old as seriously troubled.

According to the Tribune, the documents state that a teenage Powell had tried to commit suicide, threatened his mother with a butcher knife, and killed pet gerbils.

Powell and his two sons were found dead in his home on Feb. 5. Powell reportedly attacked the boys with a hatchet then set the home on fire.

Powell had been a suspect in the disappearance of his wife, Susan, who has been missing since December 2009.

On Friday, police found a comforter stained with blood in a storage unit rented by Powell, reported CBS affiliate KIRO.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57376765-504083/josh-powell-update-documents-report-powell-killed-pets-threatened-mother-with-knife-as-a-teen/

Powell’s story: cruelty, abuse at early age, Father dragged deeper in Powell saga

February 13, 2012 Comments Off on Powell’s story: cruelty, abuse at early age, Father dragged deeper in Powell saga

articles:
– Powell’s story: cruelty, abuse from an early age
– Father-in-law dragged deeper into Powell saga
– Charlie and Braden Powell: Family, Teachers Remember Powell Boys At Tacoma Funeral

Powell’s story: cruelty, abuse from an early age – A look at the divorce file of Josh Powell’s parents shows extreme discord between the parents over everything from religion to pornography. And both parents had concerns about Josh. The Salt Lake Tribune; and The Associated Press February 10, 2012

Long before Josh Powell killed himself and his sons, the pages of his parents’ divorce file portrayed him as a seriously troubled teen who attempted suicide, killed pet gerbils, once threatened his mother with a butcher knife and early on adopted his father’s allegedly disparaging view of women.

As an adult, Powell appears to have repeated in his own marriage to Susan Cox Powell some of the same emotionally abusive behavior he witnessed growing up, according to a story in The Salt Lake Tribune….

Court files show the divorce of Steve and Terrica Powell involved not only serious conflicts over parenting and religion, but allegations of mental unfitness, pornography, polygamy and even witchcraft, The Tribune reported.

A tug of war ensued over the children, who at the time ranged in age from 18 to 7. Josh, the second-oldest child, was 16.

In 1992 court filings, Steve claimed his wife, who studied herbs and natural healing, had mixed a New Age mysticism with Mormon beliefs in a way that amounted to practicing “witch craft and devil worship.”

Terrica responded that Steve’s interest in pornography, which he shared with their sons, had corrupted him, the newspaper said, quoting court files….

In the divorce case, Terrica told the court her husband’s parenting was offensive.

He subjected Josh in particular to overly harsh discipline, she said.

“For years, he pointedly attacked Josh very frequently, nearly every day for a time,” she wrote.

Steve acknowledged Josh was a challenge.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017479417_powell11m.html

Father-in-law dragged deeper into Powell saga
Feb 10, 2012 By GENE JOHNSON and MIKE BAKER
Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – In a folder on his work computer labeled “Personal Pics,” Steve Powell maintained a peculiar collection of photos: 55 depicting his daughter-in-law Susan but few if any showing his son.

Thousands of images and emails on his Washington state government-issued laptop provide a small glimpse into his increasingly scrutinized world. Authorities said this week that he is a person of interest in her 2009 disappearance in Utah.

The files, obtained by The Associated Press as part of a public records request, portray Steve Powell as a meticulous worker who gathered photos by the thousands and had his life upended by the constant inquiries that ensued after Susan vanished.

He is now in jail on voyeurism and child pornography charges – and on suicide watch.

Powell’s son and Susan’s husband, Josh, killed himself and the couple’s two young sons in a gas-fueled inferno Sunday that a prosecutor considers an admission that he killed his wife….

Until this week, authorities have only publicly discussed Steve Powell in relation to the charges he now faces. But a warrant and emails indicate that he has been dragged deeply into the Utah investigation surrounding his son, and police say they want to interview him to see if he knows anything about his daughter-in-law’s disappearance….

Steve Powell said last year that he had a flirtatious and somewhat sexual relationship with Susan Powell. Her parents said she thought he was a creep and moved to Utah in part to get away from him.

In a search of Steve Powell’s Washington state home last year, authorities found explicit images on his computers and images of people being photographed without their knowledge. Among them were pictures of Susan Powell.

Those findings led to the voyeurism and child porn charges, to which he has pleaded not guilty. The state took custody of Josh Powell’s boys and turned them over to Susan’s parents, Chuck and Judy Cox.
http://ap.worldnow.com/story/16909661/father-in-law-dragged-deeper-into-powell-saga

Charlie and Braden Powell: Family, Teachers Remember Powell Boys At Tacoma Funeral By RACHEL LA CORTE   02/12/12

TACOMA, Wash. — More than a thousand people mourned the deaths of Charlie and Braden Powell at a public funeral Saturday, nearly a week after the young boys’ father killed them and himself in a gas-fueled blaze….

The boys’ father, Josh Powell, was in the middle of a custody battle with Cox when he torched his rental home in Graham last Sunday.

Josh Powell was a person of interest in his wife’s disappearance in Utah two years ago, and prosecutors consider the fire an admission that he killed her.

Cox gained custody of the children more than five months ago after police arrested Josh Powell’s father, Steve, on voyeurism and child pornography charges.

The kids were arriving for a supervised visit when Josh Powell blocked a social worker from entering the home. He then attacked the boys with a hatchet and torched the house, authorities said.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/12/charlie-and-braden-powell-funeral_n_1271692.html

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