New Josh Powell Hatchet Details Make Tragedy Unbearable

It seems impossible for the Josh Powell murder-suicide story to get worse. But it just keeps doing that. The latest reports show that the father of two first used a hatchet to hit his two sons, Braden, 5, and Charlie, 7.

The children had been living with their grandparents since their father was under suspicion in the disappearance of their mother Susan Cox Powell. Now, not only will authorities likely never find the mother's body, but they are now faced with the fact that the supervised "visits" they allowed were the reason the boys were killed. Powell apparently grabbed his sons in the house, locked the social worker out and lit the house on fire.

Now, an ax on the scene and hatchet marks on the bodies show it is even worse. He also took a hatchet to his two young sons in a murder-suicide that is out of a parent's worst nightmare.

What would drive a person to do such a thing? Clearly Powell has been troubled for years and his own family is terrifying enough. His own father is in jail on child porn charges.

But he clearly showed remorse. He expressed his remorse in a voicemail to family members in which he said:

I'm sorry to everyone I've hurt. Goodbye.

It is one of those things that makes it all the more chilling. We want to believe all people who would do things like this are insane and out of their minds. After all, who wants to think a man who loves his children could plan something like this and take a hatchet to his own children? It is beyond horrifying.

The sad truth is much scarier. A person can know right from wrong. They can feel remorse and sadness and they can still do something like this. It is even worse than a horror movie where everything is oversimplified and everyone is a sociopath.

Our hearts all break at the thought of these poor boys trusting their father even though he had already allegedly taken their mother away from them.  How could this happen? We want to blame someone. Was it the fault of the court for not taking away visitation? Was it the fault of the father for being a sick psychopath?

Maybe the truth is actually far scarier. Maybe he was calculated and remorseful and still did this unthinkable thing to children. It is so very much worse than anyone can imagine.

Do these new details make this story worse for you?




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nonmember avatar Jess

I can't fathom this. I feel sick to my stomach thinking of what kind of twisted individual would do this to their children. What a screwed up disgusting man. Why anyone harms their children is beyond me. Good Lord.

navyw... navywife0204

yes is did make it worse... and we live about an hour away from there.

kelti... kelticmom

Do we really need to know every single horrible detail of cases like these? Is it not enough that we know that the one person who was supposed to love these kids and save them from harm took their life? Do we really have to hear every horror that those precious angels endured? I saw this first thing on the news this morning,and it make me want to vomit.  We the public have gotten in this mindset that we are entitled to know every detail of every crime story, celebrity life, etc.  What about the family of these little ones? Is it fair to them that the awful final moments of their grandchildren and nephews are public fodder now? Whatever happened to privacy?  We should never forget their lives, but let's show them respect by not trotting out all the gory details. RIP sweet angel babies.

Kritika Kritika

I agree with kelticmom. I had a family member pass away at the hands of criminals and it was like a blow to the stomach every time a news article would pop up. To us it's sad but somewhere out there is someone crying their heart out reading this.

Kwiat2 Kwiat2

It made me want to puke. Nancy Grace last asked if the boys didn't feel anything because of the blast and the "expert" said most likely no. It was some solace somehow. Now we know that's not the case at all.

chicm... chicmommyx3

"But clearly he showed remorse" - are you kidding me Sasha?!?!  Just because someone says they are sorry, does not mean they are remorseful.  He clearly was NOT sorry.  He left the message before he committed this horrific act on his own children.  When someone is remorseful it means they are sorry for what they have done and will try not to make the same mistake again.  He knew this was wrong, and followed through with it anyways.  The only thing that is sorry in this story is him - he is a sorry husband, a sorry son, a sorry father.  He was sorry that his children were old enough to start talking about what he did to their mommy!  And that was one sorry comment you made in this story as well!

nonmember avatar Christie

@kelticmom and @kritika....People who do not want to know the details do not have to read the articles....there are some people who feel a need to know what others suffered if just so they can mourn for that person in their own way (like me) ....if you do not want to read it DON'T....but to say that people shouldn't put these articles out there is some cases where the "suspect" isn't dead this is especially important to warn the public to beware of that individual or to keep vigil and try to help solve the crime or find the missing person/ takes a village...the police cannot do it all themselves.

monta... montanagirl02

Well said Kelticmom! Rest in peace sweet angels, I'm sure you are with your mom now. What is up with this crimes? I just had the same thing happen a block away where the dad killed the mom, the 2 kids and then himself. If you need help, it is out there!  crying

RanaA... RanaAurora

I really just felt like I was going to vomit. That's horrible.

kelti... kelticmom

@ Christie, it was the headline for numerous article and blasted all over the tv this morning as I was getting ready for work. It was IMPOSSIBLE to avoid hearing it. And at the risk of sounding mean, you DO NOT need to know every horrible detail to mourn those boys properly. That is total bs. All you need to know to mourn is that they are gone and their "father' was responsible. Needing to know every morbid detail is rubbernecking.  And if the "suspect" was still on the loose, releasing every detail of a crime to the public can actually hinder an investigation and cause problems later on in court. (see Casey Anothony trial here...)

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