Father kills self and kids: 'An act of evil'

Father kills self and kids: 'An act of evil'

Graham : WA : USA | Feb 06, 2012 at 7:19 AM PST
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Residents in Washington state received clarification by Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor that the word used about the act Josh Powell chose in the form of blowing up himself and his two young boys is "murder," he does not want anyone referring to this scene as a"tragedy."

In a passionate moment, Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said, "What happened here ... was an act of evil. Do not call it a tragedy because that sanitizes it! This was a terrible act of murder involving two young children," he emphasized.

It took place in Graham, Wash., just after noon. Voice mails went out to family and a lone email to an attorney with three words that read, "I'm sorry, goodbye." It was the work of Josh Powell the man who had set up his home waiting for the case worker to come by for his "supervised" visit. Only he had other plans. As soon as the worker for the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) showed up, Powell opened the door to the boys who ran ahead to greet him, he let the boys in and immediately shut and locked the state worker out of his residence.

While the case worker walked to her car to get her phone, she smelled gas, when she arrived at her car the house blew up, fully engaged in an all out fire. When firefighters arrived they had a job ahead of them, to not only contain the huge blaze, but to get into the house. It took some time, but they finally got in and found the three bodies of Josh Powell and he and Susan Powell's children 7-year-old Charlie and 5-year-old Braden.

Just last Wednesday Powell had been in court requesting full custody of his children, but the judge would have nothing to do with it and instead allowed the already in place supervised visits twice a week to continue, but a psychological evaluation would need to be taken before anything further would be considered.

In the meantime, the children went to their new home with their mom, Susan Cox-Powell's parents, Chuck and Judy Cox, where they have lived since late September 2011 when Josh Powell's children were removed from his care due to his father's arrest.

In Puyallup, Wash., Steven Powell was arrested on over a dozen charges of voyeurism and pornography due to thousands of photos and videos found at his home when police were there to investigate for clues in the disappearance of Susan Powell from Dec. of 2009 -- her husband who lived in the home at the time was the only "person of interest."

Only recently in the case did the children begin to talk about what they saw on that cold December night in Utah when their dad took them "camping." They said that they went for a drive and mommy was in the trunk. Mommy and daddy went for a walk and mommy got lost.

The first words from the oldest came after he drew a picture of what he did over the summer. He drew a picture of a van with his dad driving and he and his brother in the back seat and he said, "Mommy is in the trunk."

A vigil was held near the school, Carson Elementary on Sunday night and extra counselors are on hand at the school Monday for the children who were play and classmates of Charlie and Braden.

In the meantime, the Cox family has asked for time to grieve as they are in complete shock over the loss of their grandchildren, the only thing they had left of their daughter, Susan.

According to the Seattle Times, their Attorney Anne Bremner, learned about the deaths from a Salt Lake City reporter and called Chuck Cox.

"It's unspeakable what he learned. It's horrific," Bremner said. "They've lost everything. They've lost their daughter. They've lost their grandkids."


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