This is so tragic and should not have happened. The 3 grandparents that had
these children on their watch and especially the Cox's with all the love and
care, have got to be devastated. Mr. Cox spent two years trying to protect
these two children and Josh's attempts to keep the children away from everyone
is a story that needs an ending so a parent like Josh can't do this in the
future. Parent's rights are important but not when the parent is the person of
interest for two years for the disappearance of the mother. When the judge
ordered the psychosexual evaluation, that should have pinpointed the radar
screen that since that evaluation doesn't happen too often with custody cases,
the father should have not had visitation rights, even under supervision. That
type of evaluation should be put on the alert for law enforcement and child
protection agencies and especially for courts protecting children.
Sad. The boys will never see their dad again because THEY went to heaven.
There needs to be a "Braden And Charlie Powell" law to prevent this
kind of thing. Those boys need to have not died in vain. Their
voices must speak from the grave. Save the children from the kind of man and
history Josh Powell had. There were so many red flags. JWB is
right. "When the judge ordered the psychosexual evaluation,
that should have pinpointed the radar screen that since that evaluation doesn't
happen too often with custody cases, the father should have not had visitation
rights, even under supervision. That type of evaluation should be put on the
alert for law enforcement and child protection agencies and especially for
courts protecting children." There are too many laws that
protect the perpetrator. What about the victims?
May we remember the children and their mother. The father will pay the ultimate
price in the eternities. He did not get away with it.
We live in a great nation with laws that should protect children, but today
those laws failed. There are no words to say...
It is true that Josh will get his reward. However, the system needs to protect
our innocent children that are too young and manipulated by a sick parent that
do harm to this children. Someone needs to look at the system. It is similar
in a way to Elizabeth Smart. Not that Her parents were the problem but the
adult perpetrator who damaged and hurt Elizabeth more than we all can think
about. It is just hard to believe that the father could do this and
would have had to plan for this for awhile.
How can the family possibly be in "Shock"?They told
authorities this was going to happen.The courts agreed and even felt Josh
was a threat and a danger.That's WHY the Coxes had been awarded custody of
the children.They might be "Surprised" he actually went
through with it,They must be "Angry",I'm sure they are
"SAD" beyond anything any of us can possibly imagine, But
Shocked? not in the least.
And now, Josh's father. The investigation turns to him. What was
his relationship to Susan Powell? What did he know? When did he know
it? Will those who want vengeance find it in prosecuting the
father?IN MEMORIAM --CHARLIE POWELLBRAYDEN POWELL
I not sure if there would have been time, but the Social Worker should have
called 911 at the point she was blocked from entering the house. He was in
violation of a Court Order and the Boys where put in Extreme Danger. Supervised
Visits need to be done in a public place (at least the first several) and for a
limited amount of time 1hour. With the Supervisor of the Visit present at all
times.The Supervisor being aware of entrences and exits and the
locations of Bathrooms. At No time should the parent be allowed to be alone with
the child.Many Childern are kidnapped during supervised visits or
evan molested and murdered, threatened with their death and or the death of the
other parent, siblings and evan pets. What ever is known to work and cause the
shild to Not Talk. Recant, or many other things.As a Foster Parent
there has always been adjustment problems after a supervised visit. The Kids
tell their location, and sometimes what ever they can make up to get themselfs
home.This is extreme but is only the tip of the CPS Ice Burg.These workers sometimes think that these parents who lose custody are
just going to roll over and play dead are often wrong. The more anger and hate
the more likely hood of acting out.
One of the strangest persons out there.His dad is the tree, anf josh was
A real tragedy...but one that could have/should have been seen as coming.
Especially since Josh Powell was still undergoing a psych evaluation that
obviously not fully or remotely concluded... that was to have possibly detected
any possibilities of something like this happening. And why weren't there other
safeguards such as supervising initial visits on neutral ground and not in the
safe haven of the home of the most obvious possible principle perpatrator of a
yet unsolved disappearance of the boys mother. Josh Powell never should have
been allowed to leave the state of Utah...where he was considered much more
highly suspect by local authorities and was being watched well beyond thier
scope by the friends and neighbors of Susan Powell.What a waste... and a
miscarriage of justice.
Evaluation before visitation. Period. What a tragedy.
One thing good that the police have done was to put Josh's father into jail.
They said he is now on suicide watch so that will hopefully keep him alive for
justice. Josh and his dad show the same demeanor about all of this. Abuse from
people lead to other people's injuries and even death, whether it is drug and
alcohol abuse, child abuse and problems with pornography. People don't
communicate with each other face to face as much as they did and face to face
shows the demeanor through their heart, soul and eyes. Millions of twitters,
e-mails, and text messages are not necessarily real communication. The Internet
can be good for some things and we can read about so many good things. But we
lose real communication through that process alone.
How can the4 social worker left the kids like that? Calling the supervisor?
Why not calling the cop right away? Didn;t she/he aware the situation that the
father is the suspect of the missing person case?
Social workers are employees. This social worker knew that it was a supervised
visitation and things do happen, that is why it is supervised. However, the
agency, who should have known about the potential of violence and the court
involvement over time. However, communication is a problem when the messages
don't get passed from other case workers involved during the past several
months. The judge's order the other day should have been a red flag for
everyone involved. The Internet site that supposedly Josh's brother had put up
to help prevent the Cox's from having access to the children. Josh could have
done that site as he was very knowledgeable and manipulative. He wanted to be
able to have the Cox's lose. Josh had to know his children would start to
remember, in time and without his constant manipulation of their minds and
actions. Children need to be protected from any perpetrator that will or could
harm them. We protected children from child labor issues for a variety of
reasons. Children died and were abused then as now. The system should have
caught this with all the agencies involved in Utah and Washington.
Read the local paper in Seattle people.The Social worker arrived at
the house.The kids jumped out and ran to the door to see "Dad"
before she could put the car in park, turn off the car, undo her seat belt, and
get out.Josh rushed them in, closed and bolted the door behind them.All before she could even get to the sidewalk.When she got to the
door and tried the knocking, she smelled gas and called 911 immediately.The police were in route when the house blew up.Utah news will
report that in a few days....
GodBless you Braden&charlieIn memory of Susan CoxPowellso
long Josh powell//
innocent lives sadness mourns the loss of lifes emotion
Evan if this incident was out of the Social Workers Hands from the get go. It
still falls on CPS for not having the Supervised Visit in a Public Place.They knew this case was Hot, Very Hot, The Supervised Visit could have
taken place at CPS Offices "Most have areas and Rooms for that that can
also be watched through 1 way glass and Recorded and Filmed interaction.The house should not have been the place for the visit because it is to
easy for the Worker to lose control as she did in this case. Also a Male Worker
would have been better but thats just me.(goes to the kids basic respect for
women when they see their father).As a supervisor of a case this
Hot, I would Not have put my worker in that danger. Without a written Court
Order from the Judge to allow that visit to take place at the Grandparents
house. I would also not have put my career in such danger as to have
my neck in the wind should things go wrong. I might have two workers covering
that visit or do it my self as the 2nd worker under the excuse of training.
This was just poorly read by the system, or dumb before the fact.Would it not be strange if Susan Cox was not Dead and was just being held
somewhere. Those that Rule by Abuse do strange things. Anyone checked the
Basement of that House.
There was no evidence, yet the police and "justice" system persisted
in invading Josh Powell's life, restricting his rights, and 'created' a case. I
definitely do not believe what Josh did was right, but there has to be a limit
to the extent of police persecution and harassment that will push people to this
extreme. If you haven't been there, then you don't understand this comment.
Don't judge and believe that the cops and the courts are always right. It just