February 6 2013

– Susan Powell’s family gathered at the grave of her two young sons on Tuesday in Washington, on the first year anniversary of their brutal murder at the hands of their father.

Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5, Powell were tragically killed in 2012 when their father, Josh Powell, trapped his sons inside his home during a supervised visit, chopped them with a hatchet and then lit two gasoline cans to create a fatal blaze on February 5, 2012.

The deranged father had been the main suspect in the December 2009 disappearance of his wife Susan.


Family: Chuck and Judy Cox, right, the parents of missing Utah mother Susan Cox Powell, are joined by Susan’s sister Denise Cox, left, and her fiance, Andrew Olsen, to remember the tragedy


Sorrow: The grave of Charlie and Braden Powell is decorated with flowers, flags, and toys on the first anniversary of their tragic death in 2012

The family of Susan Cox Powell, who went missing in December 2009 in West Valley, Utah, visited the grave of her two young sons, who were buried together.

Later on Tuesday, family and friends held a candlelight vigil on the first anniversary of the boy’s shocking death in 2012.

Josh Powell had been the main suspect in the disappearance of his wife.

He returned to his hometown of Puyallup, Washington with his sons but lost custody after his father, Steven Powell, was arrested for investigation of voyeurism and child pornography.

Josh Powell was under investigation when he killed himself and his sons, and though they were living with their maternal grandparents for the most part, he saw them on that fateful day while being supervised by a court-appointed social worker.

Powell slammed the door in her face and she promptly called 911 but that was not quick enough as he had already begun his killing spree.


Innocent: Braden, left, and Charlie Powell were killed when their father hacked them to death and then lit their home on fire

Sept. 23, 2011 file photo, Josh Powell
Susan Powell

Suspicious: Josh Powell, pictured in Sept. 2011, was the main suspect in the December 2009 disappearance of his wife Susan Powell, right

In the days and weeks following the incident, Pierce county sheriffs determined that the home itself was part of his elaborate plan, saying that the home was a sham set up only to fool the social worker on the supervised visits.

Powell rented the house in 2011 but neighbors said they never saw it occupied.

‘He set it up like a rental place, with pictures of the family,’ Sergeant Denny Wood Wood of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said.

‘I think it was staged so when CPS [Child Protective Services] came, it would look like a loving family.’


Destroyed: The house, which neighbours thought was empty and abandoned, exploded within seconds


Horrifying: Powell slashed the boys with a hatchet before lighting gasoline

In the ensuing investigation, police found boxes of records in Josh Powell’s room, the News Tribune reported, including gasoline receipts.

‘He was a very meticulous, thoughtful person. This guy doesn’t work on emotion,’ Wood said. ‘We have been working since that day to get those kids away from him.’

Detective Gary Sanders added: ‘He committed the most evil act. And he gave them the greatest gift, which is to be in their mother’s arms.’


Mourning: A young girl holds a candle to remember her cousins, Braden and Charlie Powell, at a vigil in Graham, Wash., on Tuesday

Lives lost:

Lives lost: Friends and family hold candles as they stand near crosses placed in memory of Braden and Charlie Powell

Since the explosion, police have found new evidence relating to Susan Powell’s disappearance. They discovered a blood-stained comforter, which they are testing, in his storage unit.

Investigators also found toys and kids’ clothes in garbage bags in the unit, as well as framed pictures. Those items were given to Susan Powell’s family.

Before she went missing, Susan Powell had told friends she was afraid of her husband who had become moody and controlling.

She emailed friends that she had drafted a makeshift will in her desk at work because she worried her husband might hurt her or kidnap her children if she tried to leave him.

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