A defensive husband fleeing justice after the disappearance of his wife drags both of their families down deeper into destruction and tragedy. Stephanie Bauer brings new insight to the decade-old case of the disappearance of Susan Cox Powell.
Steve Powell recorded hours of his daughter-in-law Susan Cox Powell. Many times it appears without her knowledge. An expert in abuse breaks down Susan’s response when Steve says in recorded audio he has “fallen in love with [her].”
Steve Powell recorded hours of video of his daughter-in-law Susan. Abusers often blame their victims or believe they are complicit, according to abuse expert Dr. Chitra Raghavan. She breaks down how perpetrators can be so out of touch with reality.
Daycare provider Debbie Caldwell discusses the day Susan Cox Powell disappeared. The entire Powell family was reported missing on December 7, 2009 after the children, 4-year-old Charlie and 2-year-old Braden, were not dropped off at daycare. Police ultimately broke into the Powell house and found it empty. Two fans were set up to dry a damp sofa in the living room, and Susan’s purse, car keys and other belongings were in the home.
Chuck Cox and Denise Ernest reflect on Josh Powell's odd behavior. Before marrying Susan Cox Powell, Josh attempted to date Susan's older sister, Mary, who turned him down. He later asked out Susan, and the two wed in 2001. Susan went missing on December 7, 2009, and though Josh was investigated, he was never charged in connection with her disappearance.
Derryl Spencer, a US Marshal for The District of Utah, reflects on the disappearance of Susan Cox Powell. Spencer believes there was enough circumstantial evidence to indict Susan's husband, Josh Powell, for her murder. Though Josh was named a suspect, he was never charged in connection with the case.