God Speed & God Rest Powell Boys

God Speed & God Rest to two little boys in Pierce County Washington.

I don’t know their names. Their mother Susan became a missing person two years ago when she was allegedly said to have left her two young boys & her husband Josh Powell.  In Utah Her husband Josh Powell is the one who said his wife left. After he had supposedly taken his two young toddler boys camping in the middle of dead winter. In snow country.

Yesterday while the rest of the Pacific Northwest & the country was getting ready to watch Super Bowl 2012 Josh Powell emailed his attorney, three words, “I’m sorry, Good bye”;  and while his two boys were there on a court ordered visitation with the social worker from Children’s Protective Services Josh Powell lit his home, himself and his two boys on fire and all three dies in an explosion.  The social worker had been pushed out of the home just prior.

I am sad, really sad. This did not have to be. I know from watching the story unfold from last year that Josh Powell was considered a person of interest in wife;s disappearance. Not one other person who knows Susan Powell believed for one second she would leave her children behind. The information I was able to garner from investigative journalism is that Josh Powell had been in family court just prior for a child custody hearing. The two boys had been living with their maternal grandparents and the judge just recently ordered a psychiatric evaluation. People near the family who are sharing said that Josh Powell had become quite different in the days just before. Calmer, more focused. Now we know why.

I am dumbfounded about him blowing himself and his two boys up. So unexpected for someone just following the case because it is a passion. I am a child advocate and the very thought of what this social worker is now having to go through breaks my heart. She/he will be the one who the ball drops on. This person will be made the scapegoat. And this person was just following a court order, working on a Sunday. My heat & prayers go out to this person.

My heart is torn apart for the grandparents, the parents of Susan Powell who lost their daughter and now may never know where she is. I am so sorry that the small family that was their daughter’s gift of grandchildren to them are all gone now. How absolutely sad and pointless.How wrong.

To the two young boys whose lives were just starting: “you are with the angel’s now that God has sent to escort you to His Heaven. You are in a place of perfection and I have no doubt you are being re-connected with your beloved mother. God has the perfect playground for you so now go forward and put away all the adult things you should never have had to deal with.  Be children, God’s children.

God knows that this illness in our world where innocent children and women’s lives are being snuffed out by the men that are supposed to love them has to stop. It’s pure evil at its core. I will not pretend to know why or what the answer is. But I do know that giving a father visitation in his home when his wife is missing is a crazy idea. Social workers are not police. If we as a country and community cannot find a way to better protect our children I am afraid for the future. Very afraid.

Men like Josh Powell are ill, I get it. But something different must be put in place to protect the kids. There were warning signs, yet the kids and parent’s rights sometimes out weigh the safety of those very children. I do not pretend to have the answer. I wish I did.

©tjhelser 2012

14 thoughts on “God Speed & God Rest Powell Boys

  1. This story is so sad. You know, stories like this are common here too. More common than they should be. Parents torching themselves along with their kids… usually it’s because the parent cannot afford to look after the kids anymore, and because he feels like taking his world, he decides life would be too bad on his children without him so he takes them with him. Recently (perhaps a month back) a man tried to do this, but he survived and was pulled out of the fire. Unfortunately the children died in the fire. It’s sad that people should get pushed to these extremes by whatever circumstances in their lives.

    • I agree Ladybird. Something is very wrong in our world when a man who is very willing to take his children’s and his own life because he is unable to support them. We as a world community and village should be doing so much more.

      However in this situation for what ever reason this man took his children’s lives because he wanted no one else to have them. He is suspected of killing his missing wife and as investigators grew closer to having a reason to question him more (the child custody case) it’s believed he freaked. As well as his oldest boy was beginning to talk.I believe this is a total different kind of mind set for this man. He had a selfish and personal agenda I believe. Unlike the men you speak of who really believe they are protecting their children from the horrors of deep poverty.

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  3. It was such a senseless event…all of it! It so baffles the mind how people get to the point where they are so not in control of themselves that they actually feel compelled to end lives…even their own. I suppose there are many reasons WHY….but it is so disheartening to see it happen…over and over it seems these days. A very chaotic world we live in~

    • I cannot come to terms in my mind or heart that there is ever any justification for taking a child’s life. I think as in the media that he was freaked his boys were beginning to talk. Because he was too cowardly to face the music concerning his wife, Susan and her circumstances that she came missing under I have no doubt he was involved with. And if you have the mentality to take your children’s lives than it is no stretch to believe he took his wife’s life. And with no qualms. I saw him in an interview once where he said he would not hurt his wife, then went on to add although unsolicited that he would never harm his boys either. Kind of eerie now thinking back.

  4. Glad to see others commenting on this case. I found a WordPress blog that hasn’t been used in awhile but it says it’s the official blog for Susan’s case: http://heartsknitforsusan.wordpress.com/.

    Other relevant sites are:




    • Thank you for the other sites for Susan Cox Powell. I am so angry about this. I am a child advocate and do not understand a judge thinking for even one misguided moment that Powell should have been with his children on his own turf. It’s just not done. There was a comment made that the judge was saving monies for the county. Another absurdity. Places such as MC-Donald’s and parks are used every day as are police stations. Unless we change the legislation in this country our unprotected and most vulnerable children are going to continue to die at a rate of 300 children dying a year due to child abuse.

      • I can see why you have an in-depth understanding of these cases. While I’m struggling with a legal basis for my thoughts, I just don’t understand why men or women suspecting of harming or killing their spouses are allowed custody or visitation. As I said in my latest blog post, other kinds of witnesses are protected. The Powell boys were freely handed over to the suspect.

        I really don’t think this is over… I’ve heard reports that Steven Powell may know more than he’s letting on.

      • Thank wildninja for replying. I do not think people like you & I are able to ever come to terms with such tragic loss due to someone Else’s evil. There is nothing in my mind and heart that could possibly justify actions of this sort. For a man like Jeff Powell to murder his children because they may tell what happened to their missing mom is nothing but outright cowardliness. I am a woman of deep faith and forgiveness is part of my beliefs. Yet God gave me free will and my free will cannot hide the disgust I feel for humans that give birth but have no business being a parent.

  5. To remember that his mom had comeI. Heard on the news that the oldest boy had started to remember that his mom had come on the “camping trip” with them but was in the trunk….

    • I know Kate. I am immersed in the case as I cannot pull away. Thinking of those two innocent babies and that they went to Heaven knowing what happened to their mom makes me ill. The word innocent keeps popping over and over in my mind. The innocent children and their innocent mother.. God Rest all their souls please.

      Thanks Kate for sharing with me. It helps to feel that even though it may be strangers to us now we are all God’s babies, and grieving even for the unknown should never be done alone. You’re the best!!

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