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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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Chante Harris

were the children ever interviewed?

Feb 17th
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Kyelee Broadhead

Chante Harris Yes

Feb 19th
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Rick Wagner

this is a great lesson. If you are afraid enough to call 911 TELL them exactly what the problem is. The sister didn't want to say her brother was suicidal and the child supervisor didn't say how dangerous Josh was. It's better to be too strong then to weak. 911 operators hear awful things so if you sound like that's no issue that think the same. you won't be hurting their feelings. I wanted to shake them and say "tell the operator the truth!"

Feb 17th
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Trina Williams

what in tbe entire hell? the dad is beyond disgusting

Feb 16th
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Nada Clontz

This must be the most thoroughly researched true crime podcast I've heard to date. An excellent podcast, but such a horrible, frustrating story. I am a fan of true crime, but never have I heard of a more vile scumbag than Josh Powell. Not just a murderer, but a spineless coward and a loser. The only way he could win at life was by destroying everything and everyone around him. I got a little solace in seeing that he obviously didn't achieve much satisfaction from committing the perfect crime. He probably thought he was going to get away with it and live a wonderful life with Susan's money and his sons happily ever after. Maybe find another wife to leech off of, maybe more. But the self-absorbed narcissist that he was, he didn't think his plan all the way through. The life of a murder suspect wasn't what he had dreamed of. He did humanity a favor by taking himself out. But did he have to take the innocent boys with him??

Feb 15th
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roxicodone

I liked so much about this podcast but got sick and tired of listening to Steve and Josh's longgggg, borrrrrring, drawn-out voices talking about themselves and their fantasies. I get it, they're both narcissists and crazy and depraved. I don't need to listen to the entire journal recording. I had to skip a lot of those interviews and also the 911 calls because I don't need to listen to the entire thing.

Feb 14th
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Katie Schuh

thank you for your inherent empathy & advocacy for victims of domestic violence.... and for actually defining it with nuance in offering resources

Feb 14th
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Stephanie Stovall

I almost didn't listen to this podcast because I thought I knew everything about the case. Boy was I wrong. This is so detailed and well-done.

Feb 13th
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Lindsey Reed

It is so hard to hear that 911 call. That dispatcher was awful!!

Feb 13th
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Kacey Lynn Piña

Lindsey Reed Omg all of the 911 calls are hard to listen to. The operators are not helpful at all. This is so sad.

Feb 15th
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TK Ultra

WTF is wrong with all of the condescending dispatchers the social worker had to talk with?!?

Feb 13th
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Heather Dunham

I lived 1/4 mile from their home. We heard the explosion.

Feb 13th
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Phillip Hunt

brace yourself

Feb 13th
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Candice Bergstrom

Tragic. Hearing the 911 call is still as eerie & heartwrenching as it was on the day that it happened. Listening to the 911 call is infuriating. I personally feel that the first dispatcher should've been fired, or forced to recieve special training for scenarios like this. The social worker was calm & gave clear details that should've been treated as a "life threatening emergency". That dispatcher obviously didn't understand what "supervised visitation" is, & that it became an emergency as soon as Josh shut the door in the social worker's face. Most people would know that this is cause for urgent action. If the dispatcher had known the meaning of supervised visitation, he probably wouldn't have wasted as much time as he did, or classified it as a non life threatening emergency. It's hard to listen to, knowing what's going on inside the house, while the social worker is struggling to get help from the dispatcher. There was no reason for there 5o be so much confusion between dispatchers & fire dept. It took 22 mins for firefighters to arrive, & that's sickening. I hurt for Susan, Charlie, Braden, the Cox's, the Powell's, Susan's friends, police, social workers, & everyone else who's been affected by Josh's actions, & his dad's. I hope that having the truth come out through this podcast, & the possibility that it could help other abused women, will bring some measure of peace to each of them. This series is beyond incredible. The amount of time & work that went into it us appreciated.

Feb 13th
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Kacey Lynn Piña

Candice Bergstrom I agree with you that first 911 operator was so rude and didn’t take the Social worker serious.

Feb 15th
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Charlene Morgan

Amazing!!

Feb 12th
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Jaime-Colleen Richards

I am loving this series; I recommend it to everyone and I wait on pins and needles for the next episode!

Feb 10th
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Rane dae

Perhaps this is an odd question, but I'd like to know why the porn found on Josh's computer was cashed "incest porn". The officer described tentacle porn but that's not necessarily incest. And 300-400 might be considered a relatively small collection in the kink community. Possession of porn by an adult dies not mean they sexually advise their child or allow their child to be advised by others. I find this angle of the questioning disturbing if there was no link between porn and his children, especially if persuing this line with the psychosexual test is what lead ultimately to him murdering his own children.

Feb 7th
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Rick Wagner

Rane dae cartoon porn usually means kids are next. pork is fine but this guy was a mess

Feb 16th
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Patrick's Mom

Rane dae The incest porn was between cartoon children & their cartoon parents. Which is meant to introduce & normalize the idea of children & adults doing unspeakable things to small children. I remember hearing about that part of it when it happened originally....thot I'd heard all about all of it, back when it happened. Then I heard this!!!!

Feb 13th
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Rane dae

This podcast is horrifying in its organization of facts regarding a truly sad case. listening to this, I recall when my boys were 4 & 6. They could be described as these boys were : brilliant, wild, weird and emotionally stunted. How overwhelmed I was then (and still) I felt such compassion for anyone in that parenting scenario.

Feb 7th
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Rane dae

Andrea Hoover I can understand that connection, Andrea. "Cold" is absolutely the most appropos title! Parenting is hard. I'm fairly imaginative and interested in emotional dynamics, including grief in it's many forms. I have some idea how I'd hope I'd support my children if their father disappeared. But if his disappearance was my responsibility? beep boop does not compute! But I think I'd try a little harder to attend to them. The disconnect of Steve is miraculous, don't you think? Those grandparents tried so hard to protect those children. My heart goes out to them.

Feb 18th
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Andrea Hoover

Rane dae I think I misunderstood your comment about having compassion for anyone in that parenting scenario. it's an emotional case and it's taken me weeks to come back to it so my reaction was emotional. As for porn, the context of the circumstances had a lot to do with the scrutinizing the type of porn on the computers. I don't think the porn alone would have been sufficient for concern. I just wish this whole thing had a different outcome.

Feb 18th
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Ari Christine

great podcast

Feb 7th
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Patrick's Mom

Around the 49 min mark on episode 12, that's not necessarily true. It seemed like there was enough evidence to convict Casey Anthony & O.J. Simpson. And yet they both walked away from their trials. You can't fault the prosecutors for wanting to be sure there's enough evidence for ppl to clearly connect the dots. If they didn't, took it to trial & lost, it'd be way worse.

Feb 7th
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Marcee Beth

Patrick's Mom with both of those cases there was a body. I know there are many "no body" convictions, however Josh complicated everything by leaving Utah. LE was getting there and Josh knew that.

Feb 7th
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Haley Reeder

this podcast is so well done. I love it! I feel terrible that the Cox family doesn't get closure and that their precious daughter and grandsons were used and abused by a completely self-serving scumbag.

Feb 6th
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Erin King

This is so painful to hear. I just wish she would've realized that she was in Hell. Why didn't she leave?

Feb 5th
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