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Susan Powell vanished on Dec. 7, 2009. Her body has never been found. From the beginning, West Valley City, Utah police suspected Susan's husband, Josh Powell, had murdered her. They never arrested him. COLD dives deep into the case files, uncovering never-before-heard details. You'll learn why Susan stayed with an abusive husband, why Josh did what he did and how the justice system failed Susan and her two boys.
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Ep. 18: Angel of Hope

Ep. 18: Angel of Hope

2019-03-1300:35:4467

Nearly 10 years have elapsed since Susan Powell's disappearance. Her body has still not been found. The investigation remains a cold case. In recent years, Susan's friends and family have focused their effort on sharing the story as a cautionary tale. They hope showing the warning signs of domestic abuse can help others safely escape dangerous relationships. In this season finale for Cold, Dave shares his theory on what he believes happened to Susan.For the past three years, investigative reporter Dave Cawley has been studying thousands of police documents, journals, videos and diary entries. He has tracked down new sources, followed new leads and traced Josh Powell's trail from West Valley City, Utah, through Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and on to Washington State, where Powell killed himself and his two sons. Cold is the most complete retelling of the Susan Powell story ever. Join Dave Cawley in his search for truth. Share your thoughts: #ColdPodcast #FindSusan Twitter Instagram Facebook
Ep. 17: Cold Case

Ep. 17: Cold Case

2019-03-0600:58:5462

West Valley City police made one final push before declaring the Susan Powell case cold in 2013, interrogating Josh Powell's uncle Maurice Leach in Oregon. Meanwhile, Susan's family fought for change, both in the courts and at the Washington statehouse. Josh's mom, Terri Powell, went to court in Utah to argue for her share of the life insurance money. Twice-convicted sex offender Steve Powell died alone from heart failure.For the past three years, investigative reporter Dave Cawley has been studying thousands of police documents, journals, videos and diary entries. He has tracked down new sources, followed new leads and traced Josh Powell's trail from West Valley City, Utah, through Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and on to Washington State, where Powell killed himself and his two sons. Cold is the most complete retelling of the Susan Powell story ever. Join Dave Cawley in his search for truth. Share your thoughts: #ColdPodcast #FindSusan Twitter Instagram Facebook
Ep. 16: Chasing Leads

Ep. 16: Chasing Leads

2019-02-2700:56:4975

A jailhouse informant calling himself "Cowboy" provided police with a promising tip early in the search for Susan Powell. He said Josh Powell had spent time with an elusive stripper named Summer. Find Summer, find Susan. Detectives launched an all-out hunt for Summer that stretched on for years, yet failed to turn up any new information. It was just one among hundreds of tips in the Powell investigation that wasted time and resources, never bringing police any closer to finding Susan.For the past three years, investigative reporter Dave Cawley has been studying thousands of police documents, journals, videos and diary entries. He has tracked down new sources, followed new leads and traced Josh Powell's trail from West Valley City, Utah, through Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and on to Washington State, where Powell killed himself and his two sons. Cold is the most complete retelling of the Susan Powell story ever. Join Dave Cawley in his search for truth. Share your thoughts: #ColdPodcast #FindSusan Twitter Instagram Facebook
After the deaths of Josh, Charlie and Braden, West Valley police refocused their investigation on Josh Powell's youngest brother. The mercurial Michael Powell made a play for Josh and Susan Powell's life insurance, ending up entangled in an interpleader lawsuit. During a civil deposition, he lied about his encrypted emails and Facebook snooping with Josh.For the past three years, investigative reporter Dave Cawley has been studying thousands of police documents, journals, videos and diary entries. He has tracked down new sources, followed new leads and traced Josh Powell's trail from West Valley City, Utah, through Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and on to Washington State, where Powell killed himself and his two sons. Cold is the most complete retelling of the Susan Powell story ever. Join Dave Cawley in his search for truth. Share your thoughts: #ColdPodcast #FindSusan Twitter Instagram Facebook
Ep. 14: Killing Susan's Sons

Ep. 14: Killing Susan's Sons

2019-02-1301:00:4688

Josh Powell carries out his final act, killing his sons Charlie and Braden by setting fire to his rented home in Graham, Wash. during a court-authorized visit. In the wake of the fire, Susan Powell's family and friends find comfort in their community. West Valley police and Pierce County sheriff's deputies seek clues in the charred remains of the house, hoping that Josh might at last point them to Susan's final resting place.For the past three years, investigative reporter Dave Cawley has been studying thousands of police documents, journals, videos and diary entries. He has tracked down new sources, followed new leads and traced Josh Powell's trail from West Valley City, Utah, through Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and on to Washington State, where Powell killed himself and his two sons. Cold is the most complete retelling of the Susan Powell story ever. Join Dave Cawley in his search for truth. Share your thoughts: #ColdPodcast #FindSusan Twitter Instagram Facebook
Ep. 13: 4theKidzz

Ep. 13: 4theKidzz

2019-02-0600:59:1584

Josh Powell went to court in Washington in a bid to get his sons, Charlie and Braden, returned to him. West Valley City police warned the social workers they'd found incestuous cartoon pornography on Josh's computer. After reviewing those images, forensic psychologist James Manley suggested Josh undergo a psychosexual evaluation. Meantime, detectives puzzled over why Josh's brother, Michael Powell, sold his 1997 Ford Taurus to Lindell Auto in Pendleton, Ore. just weeks after Susan Powell's disappearance.For the past three years, investigative reporter Dave Cawley has been studying thousands of police documents, journals, videos and diary entries. He has tracked down new sources, followed new leads and traced Josh Powell's trail from West Valley City, Utah, through Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and on to Washington State, where Powell killed himself and his two sons. Cold is the most complete retelling of the Susan Powell story ever. Join Dave Cawley in his search for truth. Share your thoughts: #ColdPodcast #FindSusan Twitter Instagram Facebook
Ep. 12: Topaz Mountain

Ep. 12: Topaz Mountain

2019-01-3001:01:3998

With the wiretap winding down, West Valley police returned to Utah's West Desert with cadaver dogs. They found what at first appeared to be a grave site, but soon discovered it held no sign of Susan. Meantime, digging of a different sort on Josh Powell's computers and digital devices turned up new leads. The FBI and U.S. Secret Service encountered one encrypted hard drive that resisted every effort to view its contents.For the past three years, investigative reporter Dave Cawley has been studying thousands of police documents, journals, videos and diary entries. He has tracked down new sources, followed new leads and traced Josh Powell's trail from West Valley City, Utah, through Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and on to Washington State, where Powell killed himself and his two sons. Cold is the most complete retelling of the Susan Powell story ever. Join Dave Cawley in his search for truth. Share your thoughts: #ColdPodcast #FindSusan Twitter Instagram Facebook
Ep. 11: Operation Tsunami

Ep. 11: Operation Tsunami

2019-01-2300:57:23102

West Valley City police were running out of options. Every traditional approach to the Susan Powell case had failed. So, during the summer of 2011, detectives began brainstorming plans for a major, multi-state operation code-named Tsunami. It all hinged on the use of a court-authorized wiretap to monitor Josh Powell's phone calls, in the hopes he would let slip some important clue about the fate of his missing wife. To stimulate that conversation, police staged a bizarre public search in Ely, Nevada and they raided the Puyallup, Washington home of Josh's father, Steve Powell.For the past three years, investigative reporter Dave Cawley has been studying thousands of police documents, journals, videos and diary entries. He has tracked down new sources, followed new leads and traced Josh Powell's trail from West Valley City, Utah, through Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and on to Washington State, where Powell killed himself and his two sons. Cold is the most complete retelling of the Susan Powell story ever. Join Dave Cawley in his search for truth. Share your thoughts: #ColdPodcast #FindSusan TwitterInstagramFacebook
Ep. 10: Charlie

Ep. 10: Charlie

2019-01-1600:53:4279

Josh and Susan Powell's oldest son, Charlie, started to open up about his missing mommy in 2010 as he attended the Mel Korum YMCA and started kindergarten at Carson Elementary School. Charlie's comments about killing bears and Mormons raised alarm for summer camp counselors and his teacher, Tammy Forman. Meanwhile, West Valley City police took their investigation in a new direction, planning to introduce Josh to a possible romantic interest on a Seattle commuter train.For the past three years, investigative reporter Dave Cawley has been studying thousands of police documents, journals, videos and diary entries. He has tracked down new sources, followed new leads and traced Josh Powell's trail from West Valley City, Utah, through Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and on to Washington State, where Powell killed himself and his two sons. Cold is the most complete retelling of the Susan Powell story ever. Join Dave Cawley in his search for truth. Share your thoughts: #ColdPodcast #FindSusan Twitter Instagram Facebook
Ep. 9: The Light of Seattle

Ep. 9: The Light of Seattle

2019-01-0901:04:1681

Steve Powell sang to the FBI just months into the search for his missing daughter-in-law Susan Powell. Agents tried to warn him that his son, Josh Powell, was likely a murderer and could kill again. Steve's bizarre views came under even more intense scrutiny after West Valley City police discovered he'd written and performed songs about Susan using the alias Steve Chantrey. He had even convinced Susan to sing background vocals for his planned album, "Light of Seattle."For the past three years, investigative reporter Dave Cawley has been studying thousands of police documents, journals, videos and diary entries. He has tracked down new sources, followed new leads and traced Josh Powell's trail from West Valley City, Utah, through Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and on to Washington State, where Powell killed himself and his two sons. Cold is the most complete retelling of the Susan Powell story ever. Join Dave Cawley in his search for truth. Share your thoughts: #ColdPodcast #FindSusan Twitter Instagram Facebook
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IraLee Barnett

What an amazing season!!!!!! This case has really stuck w me since the “sword and scale” episode that covered it. I had no idea the depth of this story. I think you did a fantastic job of not only filing in huge gaps but also honoring Susan and the boys. May they Rest In Peace.

Jun 25th
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Jennifer Siegle

I dont normally listen to true crime podcasts. This is so.. .. disturbing. I am hooked cant stop listening.

Jun 25th
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Melissa North

that dispatcher should have lost his job!

Jun 15th
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Richard Meriwether II

Josh is probably guilty, but I guess we'll never know. The detective's tactics are horrible though. Goading him into talking. I also agree that this is very biased. I haven't heard any other theories except that he killed her. I dont know if they exist or not but I'm sure some other stuff has come up as possibilities.

Jun 12th
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Sarah Tritt

I dont know why the amount of video and audio recordings these weirdos made are so shocking, but I am indeed shocked by it. It really helped tell the story though. Well done Cold team. This was really well done. (and respectfully done)

Jun 12th
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Spitts

I was told this was a good podcast so I started listening and almost didn't make it through the first few episodes. It starts out really slow and was almost a chore to get through them but eventually it gets a little more interesting. My biggest problem was the voice actor playing Susan sounds like she is whining and entitled every time she speaks so it makes it hard to relate. Every time they read her journal it makes me dislike Susan. Other than that it gets pretty good

Jun 5th
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Kay Lewis

Let me make a correction: instead of "the Powell family". I really meant the Powell men.

May 29th
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Kay Lewis

This was such a brutal real life biography about abuse. It's all too real. I have been through it too. The signs of abuse may not always be apparent when you are in the throws of it especially when you have kids. Thank God there is help. The Powell family doomed themselves. Pornography is so evil and such are the Powell men.

May 28th
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Cathy Firlik

Amazing podcast!! I am in tears! I've been a victim more than once and have never been able to understand why i stayed in the relationships so long. I think to myself "what if this were me?" Thank god i survived and I hope i can take something away from this podcast. I wish guys i know would listen to this and hear this last episode and the message. I wish it would stop happening also. Too many victims! Thank you for a great podcast!!

May 24th
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Seal757

dittos on the loud ads!

May 22nd
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Brendon

I feel so bad for the oldest sister as well! I can't imagine being a part of a family full of Sociopathic Psychopathic nut jobs that all covered up their brother and son murdering his wife! Such a messed up family!

May 21st
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David Berriman

Sorry, law enforcement, you did BOTCH THE CASE. Please, stop it already. Every g-damned case has an argument of "reasonable doubt". It's up to YOU to prove the case. Arresting Josh was a no-brainer and could have led to a confession and the saving of the children. Enough. Like all of us, you're fallible and in this case you struck out on a fastball down the middle. Own up to it. Others can share in the "blame" but it's more about accountability. I know it was hard. I know it wasn't a slam-dunk case at that point but holy crap, arrest the lying, manipulative pos. They arrest people for peeing in the street or smoking a doob in the park but you couldn't arrest Josh? Please.

May 18th
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David Berriman

David Berriman Every time a jury is convened it is pounded into their heads that they will be presented evidence on both sides and that there's a high bar to pass...beyond a reasonable doubt.....to convict. They don't come into the court and hear from the judge, "Well, good news. The cops did such an amazing job that there is no place for any possible reasonable doubt. This case was sowed up so all you have to do is find the accused GUILTY."

May 18th
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Kevin Murray

These scenarios are part nature and part nurture...These Powell men...are disconnected emotionally...not wired correctly...people are objects and assets or liabilities to these psychos...YOU CAN'T FIX THAT...you can possible manage it but only with Extreme measures...it's fitting that he used fire as his agent of exit because he is surly burning in hell right now....from what I heard Susan was a warm hearted woman with a high level of emotional connectivity to people...therefore it does somewhat blow my mind that she was married to such a soulless shark eyed evil person

May 17th
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David Berriman

Kevin Murray She was young and naive and fell under his manipulation....his "spell". Too bad. She deserved so much better and so did her kids.

May 18th
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David Berriman

This is a great podcast series for true crime followers. Amazing work went into this. I can't get over the weak police and prosecutors in this case. No excuses. They blew it and continue to give Josh way too much credit, as if he pulled off the perfect crime or something. Give us all a break. It was more than obvious from Day 1 that he killed and disposed of his wife. There was plenty of evidence, witness accounts, stupid stories and lies etc... to ARREST THE *******. They blew it and sit around talking sbout how Josh outsmarted them as if it's not their doing. ugh.

May 17th
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ABR

I think they were just introducing the fact that it's along the Pony Express Trail, which was part of Josh's route on the day in question, and that there are a lot of abandoned mines there.

May 10th
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Tiara Manning

It seems like Josh is almost flattered by Steve's crush on Susan. I can't even imagine being put in these awkward and wildly inappropriate situations with my father in law! The conversation in the car that was accidentally recorded is making me cringe ugh

May 9th
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Justine Sara Smith

How did they not get permission to plant listening devices? The things they would have heard after that confrontation.

May 5th
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Nancy Williams

I barely know where to begin...Susan, Charlie and Braydon, may you rest in peace. To Susan's family I am so sorry for your loss, but know Susan's death was not in vain. Her story has given strength to those in difficult situations, and will continue to do so. To David, thank you for your thoroughness and compassion covering this tragedy, you covered this horrifying story with respect and reverence. This podcast should be used as a learning/teaching tool, it is a comprehensive account of abuse and its effects, as well as the warning signs.

May 4th
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AshleyP. Garrett

This was the best investigative journalism podcast I have ever listened to. He went into extreme detail on an extremely sad case. I didn't even realize I had already heard about this case on Sword and Scale until halfway through just because of the amount of chronological in depth detail. Amazing.

May 4th
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Breanna Smith

The hands-down most fascinating thing to me in listening to this podcast is not the murder, it's the tireless efforts and lengths the West Valley Police went to in order to chase down EVERY possible lead in this case. I couldn't admire them more and was in awe to walk a little in their shoes as they took you through how a real-life investigation actually works. I also appreciated at the end of podcast when the host who spent an unimaginable number of hours working on this series shared his theory of what happened to Susan even though it went against the usual culture of reporting.

May 1st
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