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What might the Powell boys have known about their mother’s disappearance?
Expert opinion » Statements from young children not inherently reliable.


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"That’s all he knows," Chuck Cox said in the 2009 interview. "He’s too young to understand."

It may be impossible to know whether the boys truly witnessed the events they spoke about, or whether they may have picked up ideas from seeing news coverage or from talking about the case. But many connected to the case have gone as far to say Josh Powell’s murder of his sons and suicide in a fire set at his house is proof he killed his missing wife.

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"If there was any doubt about who murdered Susan Powell, it’s gone now," Pierce County prosecuting attorney Mark Lindquist has said.

Jennifer Graves, Josh Powell’s sister, and her husband, Kirk Graves, have echoed similar statements. Jennifer Graves referred to her brother as a "cold-blooded murderer" in a Wednesday interview.

Said Kirk Graves: "Josh’s primary motive for killing Susan was the fear that she was going to leave him and she would get the boys. And he just couldn’t tolerate that."

mrogers@sltrib.com

Twitter: @mrogers_trib




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