Susan Powell’s father: husband, father-in-laws’ harsh words ‘blatant falsehoods’
PUYALLUP, Wash. — Susan Cox Powell, the Puyallup, Wash., native who went missing from her West Valley City home last December, was portrayed in a very negative light by her husband and father-in-law last week; her father, Chuck Cox, says they are “blatent falsehoods.”
Josh Powell broke his 11-month silence last week during an interview with Nate Carlisle of The Salt Lake Tribune. His father, Steve Powell, joined him during the two-day interview.
They had harsh words to say about Susan, and her father thanks the media for giving him and his family the opportunity to address these blatant falsehoods.
What did they say about Susan?
Josh and Steve Powell said the following about Susan:
She ran off with a boyfriend, she abandoned her children, she absconded, she wasn’t abducted and she wasn’t murdered.
She’s mentally ill, her husband said, she’s unstable.
“She’s ‘sexually’ and ‘financially’ driven,” her father-in-law said.
Her husband said, “She’ll be chewed up like hamburger” when she returns. He’s referring to the pressure he says has been put on her by her family, friends, and the public to be perfect.
They claimed Susan’s father is controlling, he’s the “puppet master.” Read below what Josh’s sister has to say.
The truth about Susan, another perspective
Chuck Cox said that foremost, Susan was a loving mother totally devoted to her marriage and the support of her husband. “We know,” he said, “as I am sure everyone realizes she was not perfect but I assure you, it wasn’t due to a lack of effort.”
“Everyone that knew her,” he said, “can attest to her loving, helpful, optimistic attitude.”
“We appreciate your help, support and confidence in her,” Cox said. “We know that the Police are doing everything in their power to resolve this case and bring the guilty to Justice. We will continue to do everything in our power to find Susan.”
During a live interview with “Good Morning America’s” Ashleigh Bansfield, Josh’s sister Jennifer Graves said, “The whole story is ridiculous. They’ve made it up, they want to make themselves look better, or less guilty, I should say.”
Bansfield said that Josh Powell blames the press for vilifying him, something Josh’s father said would happen soon after Susan disappeared. Bansfield said that Josh believes Susan will be “chewed up like hamburger when she comes back.”
Family and friends say Susan was never known to be mentally ill, and her own father, Chuck Cox, said Friday mental illness does not run in their family.
Powell said Susan wasn’t the victim of foul play, but instead went missing because of mental problems saying: “My wife is extremely unstable.” Shelby Gifford calls that ridiculous.
“She absolutely did not have a mental illness, no history of mental illness even in the family. In terms of her being unstable that’s just so inaccurate,” said Gifford.
Josh claims Susan voluntarily left her children. Gifford said:
“I think that Josh’s claims that Susan voluntarily left her children are absolutely preposterous if you knew the first thing about her you knew she was a mom everything else was second in her world to her boys,” said Gifford.
Susan’s father, Chuck Cox, said he and his wife both met with psychiatrists since their daughter disappeared.
“We have both seen psychiatrists since this started,” Chuck Cox said referring to his daughter’s disappearance, “who have told us we are doing very well, except we’re mildly depressed.”
Josh Powell’s sister, Jennifer Graves, and her husband, Kirk Graves, are appalled by Josh’s contentions and say it’s not Susan’s family that has a history of mental illness – it’s Josh’s family – with “one of Josh’s brothers diagnosed as bipolar and schizophrenic.” Jennifer said her father is controlling and drives the actions of some of his children.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that with mental illness running in the family, the Graves wonder if Josh might be the one suffering from it.
Josh talks about a time when Susan chased him around the kitchen table and when she ran down the street in her underwear yelling at him.
Kiirsi Hellewell, Debbie Caldwell, and JoVonna Owings, all friends of Susan’s, and Jennifer Graves, Susan’s sister-in-law, all say Susan confided in them about many things, but that she never told them she chased her husband around the kitchen table or that she ran down the street in her underwear while yelling at her husband.
In a Q13Fox report, Gifford said she highly doubts either incident ever happened. She said, “I think that from our perspective Josh can say whatever he wants to say it doesn’t make it true it doesn’t make it accurate,” said Gifford.
The Salt Lake Tribune said that Josh spent a lot of time talking about Susan’s family, the Coxes.
Josh Powell claims Susan’s father, Chuck Cox, is controlling and manipulative, he’s the “puppet master.” The Coxes, he said, are entirely motivated by image.
Josh’s sister, Jennifer Graves, believes otherwise. She thinks it’s their father, Steve Powell, who is controlling and manipulative. She said Steve is a “father who is such a controlling person that he drives the actions of some of his children.”
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