Missing Mom Susan Powell's Brother-in-Law Commits Suicide in Latest Family Tragedy

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The Powell family has certainly seen it's share of tragedy and horror. Last year, Josh Powell murdered his two young sons Charlie and Braden with a hatchet and then blew up the Washington state home with all of them inside as a social worker desperately tried to save the children. He was also suspected in the disappearance of his wife, Susan Powell. In weeks following the murder of their young nephews, Josh's siblings defended him. Josh's brother, Michael Powell, who lived in Minneapolis, was a particular defender. But now Michael has been found dead. Reportedly, he leapt to his death from a seven story parking lot.

Michael, 30, had been fighting an insurance company for most of an $1.5 million policy that Josh had made out to him before his death. But the insurance company didn't want to pay out following the murder/suicide. Michael reportedly committed suicide just after filing an objection to the court decision that agreed that the insurance company didn't have to pay.

It's hard to feel sorry for a man who kills himself because he's not getting a payout stemming from such a horrific situation -- but there's got to be more here than that. Michael had seen his brother and his nephews die in the past year in the most violent, horrific way imaginable. His sister-in-law disappeared, presumed murdered, and both his brother and father, Steven, are strongly suspected of being behind it. Additionally, his father was obsessed with Susan and had thousands of "sexualized" photos of her on his computer. He was also arrested on child pornography charges and is serving time in prison.

This is a lot of stress and heartbreak for one man. Nor can I imagine Michael's upbringing. Steven was said to be a hugely negative influence on Josh -- it's not implausible he was on Michael too. This is one hell of a dysfunctional family.

Still, any suicide at such a young age is a tragedy. It's too bad that Michael couldn't rise above his family trauma -- but I certainly won't judge him because I cannot imagine going through all of what he has been through.

What do you think of Michael's suicide?

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abra819 abra819

Who cares. What waste of space he was on this planet anyway. Those little boys, my heart just aches for their family.


What do I think about Michael's suicide? I think he's dead. I really don't think there will be too many to morn him. I really don't know how he thought there would be a payout. That was a murder suicide;suicide being the operative word here. There is no payout for suicide. Dumb fuck

jec72579 jec72579

Abra, you are contradicting yourself. He was the boys' uncle. He WAS their family, and you're calling him a waste of space on the planet? Unless there's something I'm missing, he was in no way linked to the mother's disappearance, or the boys' murder. I feel bad for the innocent members of this family, who have to go through so much loss and heartache. First, Susan, then the boys, then the father and grandfather being accused, and the father killing himself as well, now this. 

Mommi... MommietoJB

I dont have sympathy for this guy, its been awhile since his brother murdered his nephews and now hes feeling depressed enough to kill himself. It just happens to be right after a denial of insurance benefits.... Please.

DebaLa DebaLa

What a malignant, messed-up family. Sounds like it died, long before its members. Too bad wives and mothers like Susan can't see their way clear to making the break for freedom and sanity... not to mention saving innocent lives.


@Jec maybe she meant how the sibs were defending him. Although when I went to the link it was the sister who was doing the defending not the brother.

Furry... Furrycreature

Waste of oxygen. Glad he won't see a dime of that monsters insurance.

jalaz77 jalaz77

God can things get any worse for that family?? What a messed up family. I feel for the parents of Susan. Not only did they lose their daughter but their only grandchildren from her at the hands of the sick monster that took their daughter. As far as suicide? That is always a selfish act.

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