June 23, 2021

The Princess and the 3 Peas: Angry Mama Bear

[jessica]I apologize in advance for the tone of this blog. I typically like to keep things light-hearted and fun, but there is something weighing heavy on my heart and I really need to vent!

Something happened about 20 minutes from my home to two innocent little boys and I believe it could have been completely prevented.

In 2009 a woman named Susan Powell went missing from her home in Utah. Her husband Josh stated that he took their two boys camping and Susan was gone when they returned.

Josh was a person of interest from the beginning, but never formally charged with anything. Susan and her husband Josh were both from the area where I live. Susan’s family also lives locally, and I have seen billboards and flyers for years asking for any information on her disappearance and offering a reward.

I am not sure on dates, but eventually Josh moved back to this area and Susan’s parents got custody of the two boys. In case you are wondering why Josh’s parents did not have custody of the children it might have something to do with the fact that Josh’s father is in jail.

He is in jail for voyeurism and child pornography charges, and is also a person of interest in Susan’s disappearance. It’s obvious that authorities had suspicions about Josh and that is why he was only allowed supervised visits.

These visits were at his house and not in a neutral location because, according to the psychological evaluations, he didn’t pose a threat to himself or his children.

Last Sunday night Josh Powell dumped gallons of gasoline inside his home, grabbed his two boys from the social worker as she brought them to his door, closed and locked the door, and immediately lit the house on fire killing all three of them.

I hesitate to share this next part but I will because I am sure you can find this information online anyway. The autopsy showed that all three of them died from carbon monoxide, but Charlie Powell, 5, and Braden Powell, 7, also suffered “chop injuries” to their neck and head. A hatchet was found next to the body of Josh which police believe was used to cause those injuries.

As if all of that isn’t bad enough, the detectives working the case in Utah said that they believe Josh is responsible for the killing and disappearance of Susan.

They feared for the safety of the children, and hoped to make criminal charges by the end of the year. Yes I said end of the year and it is only February! So my question is why was he even allowed to see his sons at all, or even be a part of society for that matter?!

A family photo of Josh Powell, his wife Susan, and their two sons

I don’t have to prove that he was beyond crazy, and I had hoped that our justice system had a better handle on protecting people, especially children, from such a psychotic person!

And now they also decide to share that one of the boys talked about “mommy being in the trunk” when they went camping all those years ago.

The police chief in Utah is of course scrambling to cover his you know what, and swears he had a timeline for this case and was doing everything possible to get to the bottom of it.

Not that this is the first case to be handled wrong, or the last, but such a tragedy has occurred this time. I mean could it be any more evident that those boys should not have ever been taken to that home where their father planned out and executed their killings?

How far are we going to take innocent until proven guilty? I mean if you have the paintbrush in your hand and the wall behind you is painted, but no one saw you actually paint it… buddy you are guilty! Oh you were holding it for your friend?

Sorry still guilty and you should really pick better company! It has now cost those two little boys their lives. I am not saying he should have been in jail, well actually yes I think he should have been, but anyway at the very least not allowed to see those children.

Courts are always so concerned with giving biological parents chance after chance after chance to have custody of their children. While I believe they have good intentions there has to be a point, sooner rather than later, when it becomes clear that the biological parent or parents may not be best for the children.

Again sorry to be a “Debbie downer” but I just felt compelled as a well-rounded blogger to report just news to you this week. Please know that I am not naïve, I know bad things are going to happen and children are going to die tragically. But we should try our hardest to protect them from noticeable dangers like Josh Powell.

In regards to Josh, I would not want to be you right now! Let me refer to the Bible for a moment. I am paraphrasing but it goes something like this regarding harming a child.

God says it would better for that person to tie a brick around his neck and jump in the sea!! I might be an angry mama bear but he ticked off God!! Thanks for letting me vent and please go hug a child you love! – J



  1. Rita Hilliard says

    Good job Jessica, You are right on with your thoughts.

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