Photos of missing Utah mom Susan Powell, who is presumed dead, were found on the hard drive of her father-in-law — and many of the photos located after not only Susan’s disappearance but the house fire deaths of her husband and their two sons are said to be sexually suggestive.
The missing Utah mom photos are only the latest chapter in a tale that is a horrifying study in the effects of misogyny and depersonalization of women on a family, concluding in four assumed deaths and the imprisonment of the father of murderer Josh Powell. Steven Powell, the family’s patriarch, has been imprisoned for voyeurism and long believed to have possibly been an accessory in Susan’s presumed death as well as strong negative influence on the man his son Josh turned out to be.
The missing Utah mom photos were found years after her 2009 disappearance, which coincided with a mid-winter, middle of the night camping trip Josh Powell made with his then-toddler sons. While Powell was suspected of killing his wife, authorities were unable to prove his role in the case, and Powell later was involved with social services over sexual allegations made against Steven with whom he lived, leading to a loss of custody of the boys.
Earlier this year, Josh Powell took a hatchet to the boys, killing them both, before setting fire to the home and perishing alongside his sons directly before a scheduled supervised visit with the agency, and even still, with the children dead and Susan likely murdered, the Powell family has continued to cast blame upon others for the tragedy.
Sister Alina Powell said after the murder-suicide:
“Josh and his boys spent more than two years being crushed alive by hate, harassment, and abuse. None of us could have anticipated the devastating tragedy that took place Sunday, but what this unimaginable loss shows is that hate will never end well. Hate kills.”
Fox News reports that the missing Utah mom photos were found amid thousands of voyeuristic images of women, but the volume of files dedicated to Susan Powell alone by her father-in-law speaks to a troubling obsession on behalf of the man that police believe may be the only living person who knows Susan Powell’s fate. The network explains:
“Some images zoom closely to Susan Powell’s crotch or her backside, including a set of photos taken through blinds as she’s bending over and doing laundry. None of the pictures, which were found on a disc in Steve Powell’s bedroom, show her naked … The folder dedicated to Susan Powell contains nearly 4,500 images.”
While the missing Utah mom photos have been released to the press, Steven Powell remains uncooperative in the investigation of Susan Powell’s disappearance.