When Josh Powell brutally attacked and burned his children to death last week, I was too angry to even write about it. I was angry that Child Protective Services would take the kids to HIS home for supervised visits. I have never heard of such a thing. It is always done at a neutral area or at the Department of Social Services so that the kids are in a controlled environment. I assume that there will be lawsuits, and Washington‘s laws regarding how they handle custodial issues and supervised visitation will later reflect the outcome of this litigation. At least I hope that change is forthcoming before other children are slain by their parents or custodians.
Josh Powell was a monster. A cold and calculated monster who planned the deaths of his children, and likely murdered their mother. The home he was living in was staged to present a loving father with photos of Susan and the family precariously placed for the best theatrical affect. Josh Powell was mentally ill. I truly believe this. No normal person goes to these great lengths to terminate their entire family. He grew up with an abusive father who we now have come to know was a voyeur, pervert and possessor of child pornography. Josh Powell was found to have had incestuous computer generated porn on his computer. The images were said to be “realistic, computer-generated depictions of incestuous parent-child relations” and were disturbing enough to prompt the psychologist to recommend an intensive psychosexual evaluation. He was a very controlling and abusive person, and Susan Powell was trying to get out of the relationship and get her children away from him.
Once the social worker delivered the boys to the door, Josh slammed it and locked her out. He was heard by the social worker telling his son Charlie, “I’ve got a big surprise for you.” I just cannot fathom the last moments in that house. I don’t want to attempt to visualize the last moments in that house, but I do want to know why. What caused Josh Powell to murder his entire family and kill himself? Was it a control issue? An “I can’t have them so no one else will” situation? Unless evidence is found such as journals or writings, etc., we may never know. We can only opine about what was going on in his head, but one thing is for sure…in death, Josh Powell will NOT remain in control of his family. He will not have the last word, and he will not be laid to rest beside his sons. The Powell family had reserved the grave beside the boys, when Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County did something extraordinary. They purchased the two graves surrounding the boys so Powell cannot be buried beside his children. The Cox family will be able to do whatever they see fit with the plots, but Josh Powell will have to be buried somewhere else. Sheriff Paul Pastor, a member of the Crime Stoppers board said regarding the Powell’s reserving the plot beside the boys:
“That kind of struck me as not very acceptable. You murder your kids and then you get buried beside them. That would just compound the evil of him murdering his two kids.”
I couldn’t agree more with him! Donations are being accepted by Crime Stoppers. You can donate by going to their website or by sending check or money order to:
Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County
6824 19th St. W. #139
University Place, WA 98466