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Sun Feb 5, 2012, 06:00 PM

Adult, 2 children killed in explosion at Josh Powell home




http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Explosion-at-Puyallup-home-rescue-operation-at-Powell-residence-138746774.html



GRAHAM, Wash. - An explosion and fire at the home of Josh Powell has killed two children and an adult male believed to be Powell and his two young sons, officials say.

The explosion shook the normally quiet cul-de-sac neighborhood at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday, and flames roared through the home near the intersection of 182nd Street and 84th Avenue.

Firefighters rushed to the scene after receiving multiple frantic 911 calls, where they found two young victims and an adult male victim.

Graham Deputy Chief Gary Franz said it's believed that the victims are Josh Powell and his two young sons.

Powell's wife Susan disappeared in December 2009 under suspicious circumstances while the couple was living in Utah, and he lost custody of his two sons last year.

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Reply Adult, 2 children killed in explosion at Josh Powell home (Original post)
rsmith6621 Feb 2012 OP
BanzaiBonnie Feb 2012 #1
KT2000 Feb 2012 #3
yardwork Feb 2012 #4
ManiacJoe Feb 2012 #5
classof56 Feb 2012 #6
KansDem Feb 2012 #7
pkz Feb 2012 #2
southernyankeebelle Feb 2012 #8
Dan Feb 2012 #34
southernyankeebelle Feb 2012 #38
ronnie624 Feb 2012 #45
shanti Feb 2012 #40
southernyankeebelle Feb 2012 #52
Trajan Feb 2012 #9
DesertRat Feb 2012 #10
rfranklin Feb 2012 #11
Tx4obama Feb 2012 #12
Glimmer of Hope Feb 2012 #13
Justice wanted Feb 2012 #14
LeftyMom Feb 2012 #16
Justice wanted Feb 2012 #18
MissB Feb 2012 #19
nolabear Feb 2012 #23
LeftyMom Feb 2012 #25
TBF Feb 2012 #39
Trajan Feb 2012 #43
Occulus Feb 2012 #46
rustydog Feb 2012 #28
Justice wanted Feb 2012 #36
McCamy Taylor Feb 2012 #15
left coaster Feb 2012 #20
Dan Feb 2012 #35
naaman fletcher Feb 2012 #51
TygrBright Feb 2012 #17
MissB Feb 2012 #21
Bucky Feb 2012 #32
Skittles Feb 2012 #41
pacalo Feb 2012 #48
MissB Feb 2012 #22
obamanut2012 Feb 2012 #24
LeftyMom Feb 2012 #27
Confusious Feb 2012 #26
Bucky Feb 2012 #31
Confusious Feb 2012 #33
liberalmuse Feb 2012 #29
greiner3 Feb 2012 #30
solarman350 Feb 2012 #37
icarusxat Feb 2012 #42
LadyHawkAZ Feb 2012 #44
Mist Feb 2012 #47
pacalo Feb 2012 #49
maddezmom Feb 2012 #50
LeFleur1 Feb 2012 #53
Still Blue in PDX Feb 2012 #54

Response to rsmith6621 (Original post)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 06:08 PM

1. The visitations with his sons were supposed to be supervised

Who was supervising him?

The maternal grandparents said they always feared something like this.

What the hell happened? Who was supposed to be supervising the visits?

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Response to BanzaiBonnie (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 06:13 PM

3. the caseworker was pushed out the door

when she took the children off for supervised visit. Then the explosion happened.
This sounds planned.

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Response to BanzaiBonnie (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 06:13 PM

4. Who was supervising the visit? Very good question. Those poor children.

This should not have happened.

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Response to BanzaiBonnie (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 06:14 PM

5. Probably the case worker, who was forced out of the house.

She got lucky on that one.

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Response to BanzaiBonnie (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 06:15 PM

6. Article said a caseworker had delivered the boys and tried to enter the house.

Powell slammed the door on her, locked it and then she thought she smelled gas. The explosion followed. Not sure how the caseworker fared.

God, this is just so unutterably sad. Those poor little guys! Words fail...

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Response to BanzaiBonnie (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 06:15 PM

7. Perhaps this might help answer some questions

CBS Affiliate KIRO reports that Powell had a supervised visit Sunday with his sons, who had been placed in custody of Susan's parents.

Graham Fire and Rescue Chief Gary Franz told The Associated Press that the explosion occurred moments after a Child Protective Services worker brought the two boys to the home for a supervised visit. He said Powell let the boys in the house, then blocked the social worker from entering.

The social worker called her supervisors to report that she could smell gas, and the home exploded.


http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57371698/blast-kills-spouse-kids-of-missing-utah-woman/

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Response to rsmith6621 (Original post)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 06:08 PM

2. POS b*stard!!!!!! n/t

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Response to rsmith6621 (Original post)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 06:23 PM

8. I hope this evil man ended up in hell. Hope the 2 boys are with his mother's spirit. The

 

hate this man must of had for his wife and her family was sick. I wonder what Josh's father did to him when he was a baby to make him turn out this way.


Now we will hear from the mouth of the law Nance Grace. Non-stop.

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 09:42 PM

34. What information do you have

that you could share with us - as it relates to Josh's father and how he treated his son..

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Response to Dan (Reply #34)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 10:01 PM

38. All I know his father was arrested for having child porn on his computer. His own daughter isn't

 

close to either of them. She think Josh had something to do with his wife missing. The father is a pervert who tried to starnish his daughter-in-law.

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Response to Dan (Reply #34)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 01:33 AM

45. A vile individual:

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 10:59 PM

40. from another story:

...Jeffrey Bassett, who represented Powell in the custody case, said he received a brief email from his client just minutes before Powell and the two boys died. It said, "I'm sorry, goodbye."

The email arrived at 12:05 p.m. Sunday, about 10 minutes before the explosion, but he didn't see it until two hours later, when others told him Josh and the boys had been killed. He said he knew Josh was upset after being ordered to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation recently, but he didn't see this coming.

Sounds like he knew his goose was cooked.

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Response to shanti (Reply #40)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 10:04 AM

52. Yes I think your right. I have a feeling his father contributed to his problems.

 

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Response to rsmith6621 (Original post)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 06:23 PM

9. Unbelievable ....

How low can a man get ? ..... To harm your own children out of spite ..... It is selfish beyond measure ...

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Response to rsmith6621 (Original post)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 06:35 PM

10. That is just horrible

My heart breaks for Susan's parents and other family members.

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Response to rsmith6621 (Original post)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 06:40 PM

11. What an asshole.

 

that's all.

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Response to rsmith6621 (Original post)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 06:57 PM

13. Oh no. Why were the children with him?

May they rip.

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Response to rsmith6621 (Original post)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 07:04 PM

14. okay maybe I'm dumb(shouldn't surprise anyone) but who the freak is Josh Powell? Is he like famous

or something the way the article is written or am I tired from work?

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Response to Justice wanted (Reply #14)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 07:10 PM

16. I'm with you.

I'd sooner poke myself in the eye with a pointy stick than watch tv nooz, I'm guessing this is some real life soap opera I missed?

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Response to LeftyMom (Reply #16)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 07:14 PM

18. I try clicking on the link and I get a blank page

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Response to LeftyMom (Reply #16)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 07:16 PM

19. Yeah, its one of those stories from 2009ish when his wife disappeared. In winter.

He claims he took the boys camping that night, in freezing weather.

Sad all the way around. I feel bad for the maternal grandparents and the social worker.

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Response to LeftyMom (Reply #16)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 07:21 PM

23. No. This is not a soap opera. This is the tragic death of two small boys. Have some compassion.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #23)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 07:52 PM

25. I don't know any of these people and neither do you.

Whoever they are, their personal tragedy is not national news. Treating it as such only encourages a media that would rather focus on cheap, emotionally exploitative crime stories because real journalism costs money.

I'm not going to encourage this behavior and neither should you.

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Response to LeftyMom (Reply #25)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 10:56 PM

39. Wow. nt

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Response to LeftyMom (Reply #25)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 12:02 AM

43. Um .... Two young children are immolated in an awful conflagration ...

And you are worried about the media ?

Sometimes; People HAVE to get their heads out of politics .... If you cannot find it within your self to understand this pain, well, I have to doubt that your foundational ethics are worthy of emulation ...

There are times to focus on media manipulation - This is not one of those times.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #23)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 02:21 AM

46. This is absolutely meaningless on a national breaking news forum

and only serves to make me wonder what I'm being distracted from.

Bullshit "human interest" filler crap like this is why I do not ever watch TV news.

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Response to Justice wanted (Reply #14)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 08:10 PM

28. He is ath person of interest in his wifes disappearance..His alibi was

he and his sons werre camping one night in subfreezing Utah and whenthey returned home, his wife Susan was gone.
He recently lost custody of their children to Susan's parents....

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Response to rustydog (Reply #28)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 09:47 PM

36. Thank you. Sorry I am behind on these stories. I cringe and turn away as I here this I know I

shouldn't but I just hate these stories.

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Response to rsmith6621 (Original post)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 07:05 PM

15. Sounds like second generation abuse, since the dad probably abused Powell.

Proving that decades of silence about child abuse made America a toxic place for children.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Reply #15)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 07:17 PM

20. Not so great for women either. Just ask Susan Powell. Oh, wait, you can't.. nt

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Reply #15)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 09:44 PM

35. Could you share

any information that you have that - reference parental abuse toward "Powell".

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Reply #15)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 09:53 AM

51. just curious

 

you mean that America is a more toxic place for children than other places?

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Response to rsmith6621 (Original post)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 07:13 PM

17. Am I supposed to know who Josh Powell is? n/t

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #17)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 07:18 PM

21. See above.

His dad was a piece of work too. Dear ole grandpa claimed that josh's wife came on to him. The whole male side of that family appeared to be warped. Grandpa powell was busted for child porn.

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #17)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 08:27 PM

32. No, it's exclusive knowledge for members of the elusive "Google Club"

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Response to Bucky (Reply #32)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 11:16 PM

41. THANK YOU

that's exactly what I do when I am out of the loop

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Response to Bucky (Reply #32)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 03:23 AM

48. Oh, man, that's a good line.

I have an admiration for those who take the incentive to open another window to google for the answer. It prevents the thread from going off point.


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Response to rsmith6621 (Original post)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 07:19 PM

22. Poor (and lucky) social worker.

And poor maternal grandparents.

It's times like these that I wish I believed in a biblical afterlife.

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Response to rsmith6621 (Original post)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 07:28 PM

24. Aren't supervised visits usually at a neutral place?

So things like this don't happen?

Just horrible.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #24)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 07:59 PM

27. It depends on the court order.

Generally if there's some expectation that the family will be reunified, they'll start moving toward lower supervision, sometimes with a trusted adult who isn't involved with the system like a relative. When there's some question about the situation or a safety concern a neutral site and a neutral supervisory party will be used. I did that work for a while, and it broke my heart every day.

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Response to rsmith6621 (Original post)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 07:57 PM

26. Who is Josh Powell?

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Response to Confusious (Reply #26)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 08:26 PM

31. He seems to have murdered his wife to get sole custody

Obviously he had other issues, as if being plain old evil wasn't enough.

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Response to Bucky (Reply #31)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 09:23 PM

33. Thanks

Don't really pay attention to the tabloids. Or news like this.

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Response to rsmith6621 (Original post)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 08:15 PM

29. This is devastating.

I guess we can ascertain he murdered his wife, and now this son of a bitch took his babies with him. Oh my god. Why did they let the children visit him? From what I understand, the case worker was there, but he took the boys into the house and slammed the door on her. Then he filled the house with gas and blew it up.

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Response to rsmith6621 (Original post)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 08:22 PM

30. Damn;

I can't believe it was planned; the Super Bowl is on tonight!

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Response to rsmith6621 (Original post)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 09:53 PM

37. Big Boom Boom--Some Kinda Mormon/Moron Death Ritual?

 

Too bad there's no Heaven nor Hell--That's what John Lennon asked us all to imagine...oui?

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Response to rsmith6621 (Original post)

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 11:41 PM

42. Blood atonement-ask Mitt if you get the chance

Blood atonement is a Mormon thing. If you kill someone God will forgive you if your own blood is shed i.e. take your own life. Google it

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Response to icarusxat (Reply #42)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 12:49 AM

44. I would think killing the kids along with you would negate that.

Much as I dislike the cult, I doubt his being LDS had anything at all to do with this mess.

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Response to rsmith6621 (Original post)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 02:36 AM

47. So, his wife "disappeared" but he was still out and about and could see his kids? Who was asleep

when that decision was made?

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Response to Mist (Reply #47)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 03:26 AM

49. He had supervised visits only. The caseworker tried to go into the house with the kids

but the door slammed in her face. She was on her way to her car to call 9-11 when the house exploded.

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Response to rsmith6621 (Original post)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 09:33 AM

50. Josh Powell Tragedy: Son Said Mom Was In Trunk of Car, Lawyer Claims



Feb. 6, 2012





The young sons of Susan and Josh Powell, who died with their father when he ignited an explosion in their Washington home, were beginning to verbalize that their mother was in the trunk of their father's car on the night that she disappeared in 2009, a lawyer for the missing woman's parents said.

Attorney Steve Downing told the Associated Press that Braden and Charles Powell, who were 2 and 4 at the time of Susan Powell's disappearance, were beginning to tell their grandparents details about the night that their father took them on a late-night camping trip during a blizzard, including the fact that their mother disappeared after leaving in the car with their father.

"They were beginning to verbalize more," Downing said. "The oldest boy talked about that they went camping and that mommy was in the trunk. Mom and dad got out of the car and mom disappeared."

Sgt. Mike Powell of the West Valley City Police Department in Utah did not return phone calls inquiring about the children's assertions about their mother's presence on the December 2009 camping trip, AP reported.
more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/josh-powell-tragedy-son-mother-trunk-car-lawyer/story?id=15520394

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Response to maddezmom (Reply #50)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 10:20 AM

53. Visit With a Monster

I really do not understand why this man had access to those two little boys. If it was absolutely necessary, why not at a neutral place? He was a person of interest in his wife's disappearance, his father used his computer to view child porn, and his binoculars/camera to peek through unsuspecting neighbor's windows in the same home with the children. There have been altogether too many "mistakes" made by judges and DHSH that put children in harm's way. It seems systemic. Something should be done so that this kind of thing, and all of the other harmful things, cannot happen to children in questionable circumstances.

And for those readers who don't know or care about this case, skip the thread. Those of us who do know of it are heartsick, and wish to express that sorrow and outrage here.

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Response to rsmith6621 (Original post)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 03:46 PM

54. I've never heard of any of these people, but this is sad beyond belief.

Like many others here, I don't follow the news. It seems like just so much voyeurism.

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