On Sunday, Charlie 7 and Braden 5, the children of missing Utah mother Susan Cox ,were murdered. The children were blown up in an explosion during a court ordered visitation with a dangerous psychopath.
Susan vanished on December 6, 2009 from her Utah home. If you recall Josh Powell had suddenly, taken the children then ages 2 and 4; camping in freezing temperature at midnight. When interviewed Susan was reported missing, the case covered by the media just prior to securing an attorney, Josh said he didn't know where his wife was and she just left. In the days following, Josh would say she left with another man. He would be the only person named by police in the case.
As in each one of these intimate partner missing homicide cases, the last person to see their wife or girlfriend, is almost always the person responsible for making them vanish. The pattern of conduct in this case prior to Susan vanishing, then afterwards, is significant, and often overlooked by law enforcement. Josh Powell was allowed to leave the state of Utah moving into his father's home with the two young boys.
Many experts of across the country, Reporter Isabelle Zehnder, Statement Analysis Expert Peter Hyatt, Attorney Anne Bremner, Legal commentator and defense Attorney Holly Hughes, among others, discussed the imminent danger to the boys lives. At one time or another we predicted if the legal system didn't remove the children, they would be murdered. Last week permanent placement of the boys was given to Susan's parents Chuck and Judy Cox. Josh Powell by a judge was given supervised visitation like a prize for being the biological father. What was this judge thinking? Powell posed a threat to his own children's lives.
The murders of Charlie and Braden's were by all accounts preventable.
The family of Susan Cox requires not only prayers, but the promise that on the blood of their grandchildren, the epidemic and ignorance in the family courts across the country will do more than award murder's visitation and custody of children, especially when their mothers are missing intimate partner homicide victims!
Let's also remember Susan Cox is still missing and she requires our attention to be found.
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