Josh, a suspect in the 2009 disappearance of his wife Susan, set fire to his home after a bitter custody dispute with his late wife’s parents.
The case of missing Utah mother Susan Powell-Cox, 28, took a sad turn Feb. 5 when her husband Josh Powell killed himself and his two sons — Braden, 5, and Charlie, 7 — in a terrible explosion at his Puyallup, Washington home, according to CNN. Shortly before the murder-suicide, he sent his attorney an email. “I’m sorry. Goodbye,” he wrote.
Ed Troyer, the Pierce County, Washington sheriff’s spokesman, says the fire was done intentionally: “This was all on him. He set this up. He did it.”
Josh had sent an email to his attorney as well as family and friends to explain that he couldn’t keep living with what was going on. “This was something that was done deliberately and intentionally, and the plan was carried out very quickly,” Ed says.
The bodies were all found in the same room of the house.
Days earlier a judge refused Josh’s petition to regain custody of his sons after child pornography was discovered in the home. The day of the fire, a social worker brought the two young boys to Josh’s home for a supervised visit.
When the children got to the door, Josh pushed the social worker back and locked him and his sons inside.
The social worker tried pounding at the doors to get in, and she says she remembers smelling gas. Two minutes later, as the social worker called her supervisor, the house exploded.
“All the walls in the house were on fire, almost immediately,” says neighbor Ryan Mickle. “I didn’t hear anybody inside.”
Josh was the main suspect in the 2009 disappearance of his wife, and now her family says this suicide proves he’s guilty. “I think this is his admission of guilt, and he just couldn’t handle it anymore,” says Kirk Graves, Josh’s brother-in-law.
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