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Father, two young sons, killed in explosion

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Father, two young sons, killed in explosion

Post by Misfit » Sun February 5th, 2012, 11:11 pm

I don't know if many of you have followed the story of Susan Powell, who *disappeared* while her husband took their two young sons for a long ride in the Utah countryside back in 2009. The family have Pacific Northwest connections and Powell had recently lost custody to his wife's parents. This just happened this afternoon. I just needed to vent somewhere. Those poor boys. Can't stop crying. Thanks for listening.
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Post by Ash » Mon February 6th, 2012, 12:47 am

I should stop reading stories like this, I know how they affect me. But it came up on my online local paper and well there it was. Oh my god. Those poor babies. Its things like this that make me hope there is a god and a hell, coz thats where this pondscum belongs.

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Post by rebecca » Mon February 6th, 2012, 12:50 am

[quote=""Misfit""]I don't know if many of you have followed the story of Susan Powell, who *disappeared* while her husband took their two young sons for a long ride in the Utah countryside back in 2009. The family have Pacific Northwest connections and Powell had recently lost custody to his wife's parents. This just happened this afternoon. I just needed to vent somewhere. Those poor boys. Can't stop crying. Thanks for listening.[/quote]

I saw it this morning on the news :( ....The only comfort is knowing the boys are with their mother....As for the father, I think you can guess :mad: ....I also feel for the social worker who knew something dreadful was about to take place and could do nothing to stop it.

My thoughts and prayers to the families concerned, including the parents of the father, they too have lost their son and their grandchildren.

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Post by Misfit » Mon February 6th, 2012, 1:14 am

[quote=""Ash""]I should stop reading stories like this, I know how they affect me. But it came up on my online local paper and well there it was. Oh my god. Those poor babies. Its things like this that make me hope there is a god and a hell, coz thats where this pondscum belongs.[/quote]

I'm just sick at heart and I have no relationship with any of them. I just watched the news and they're reporting that there was a lot of gasoline in the home, so he must have had this planned. They're also reporting that some emails were sent out just prior to this happening.

A rep from the Sheriff's office was just making a comment that we shouldn't be *softening* this by calling it a tragedy, but call it what it is. Murder. My heart goes out to the family of the boys and their mother, as well as for the social worker. How do you deal with the could of, should of, would of?
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon February 6th, 2012, 2:32 am

It strikes very close to home here. Back when we were running a transition home for women and their children, there were many of these 'loose cannon' fathers out there, and lots of judges who were more concerned with the rights of the parents than the safety of the children. The Grandparents fought in court to keep this kind of thing from happening. They lost. So did the boys.
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Post by Brenna » Mon February 6th, 2012, 2:39 pm

I saw this this morning and just made my heart sick. It seems like more and more of these incidents are happening, more maybe the media is just reporting it more.

I cannot imagine what the grandparents and the social worker must be feeling. They knew and now they have to live with their helplessness the rest of their lives. I guess this was the one guy could ensure he made everyone else's lives a living hell.
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Post by Madeleine » Mon February 6th, 2012, 3:13 pm

There have been several similar cases in the UK too, usually the father killing himself and the children but not the mother. Horrible.
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Post by Misfit » Mon February 6th, 2012, 3:25 pm

One of the local news stations is reporting this morning that the attorney for the wife's family has told the AP that the boys were beginning to remember things.
Steve Downing, a lawyer for the boys' maternal grandparents, says they are beyond devastated. They always feared Josh would do something like this.

Downing told the AP the children had started talking to their grandparents about things they remembered from the night their mother vanished.

"They were beginning to verbalize more," he 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."
I can't even imagine what that family is going through. To loose your daughter like that without closure is bad enough, but then the children as well in a way like this. I wish he'd just offed himself. I feel for the social worker as well, I can't see what she could have done that could have stopped it. I think I saw on the news reports last night that he'd likely used gasoline or similar prior to the boys' arrival to get the fire going in a hurry. It burned much too fast for a simple fire. Apparently the house is rented, so there's one more victim - the property owner. May he rot in h*** forever.
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Post by LoveHistory » Mon February 6th, 2012, 8:43 pm

Heart-breaking. As someone above said, at least the boys are with their mother now.

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Post by Divia » Mon February 6th, 2012, 10:39 pm

Its sad. At first I thought he snapped due to everyone hounding him. Then I saw what the boy reported and went, oh. He knew his days were numbered and for some reason it was all or nothing for him. I can't imagine what the wife suffered through. Its obvious that he was a man who needed to be in control at all times.
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