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    Powell case will be turned into crime book

    The bizarre twists and turns in the case of missing West Valley City mother Susan Powell have all the makings of a true crime novel.
    And now, the case will become just that: Renowned crime writer Ann Rule — who has tackled the stories of serial murderer Ted Bundy and the Green River Killer, Gary Leon Ridgway, during her 35-year career— plans to publish a book on the story of Susan Powell, who disappeared two years ago, and her husband, Josh, who killed himself and his two sons in a fiery blaze earlier this month.
    Chuck Cox, Susan Powell’s father, confirmed Tuesday that he and his wife Judy will meet with Rule on Thursday as the Seattle-based author continues work on a project about his daughter and son-in-law.

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    I LOVE Ann Rule. Her books are very well put together and wonderfully investigated.

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    Sadly,this is ONE book that will NOT have a happy ending.

    ...thinking of you Susun.
    If I really thought I could...
    Id give up your ghost for good.
    But Im not so sure it isnt you..
    That keeps my ghost from leaving too.
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    . . . . for Sky.

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    I'm sorry to pick, but Ann Rule doesn't write "true crime novels." She write true-crime, nonfiction books and I'm sure her treatment of the Susan Powell case will be one of those.

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    There will probably be a movie made of this case also.

    Today I was watching the movie Bitter Blood (again) made from a book of the same name and saw so many similarities to this case. For those who don't remember, it was about bitter custody battles that ended when the mother along with her two sons and her lunatic cousin boyfriend blew themselves up back in 1985 to avoid being arrested.

    Everyone knew the boys were in danger but a judge allowed the mother to keep them anyway. LE could have arrested the boyfriend earlier for another crime (impersonating a doctor) but instead they were concentrating on building their case for the murder of five people. They held off doing anything until it was too late.

    Since that was sixteen years ago, I guess nothing was learned and nothing has changed.

    [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitter_Blood"]Bitter Blood - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

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    Quote Originally Posted by watcher9 View Post
    There will probably be a movie made of this case also.

    Today I was watching the movie Bitter Blood (again) made from a book of the same name and saw so many similarities to this case. For those who don't remember, it was about bitter custody battles that ended when the mother along with her two sons and her lunatic cousin boyfriend blew themselves up back in 1985 to avoid being arrested.

    Everyone knew the boys were in danger but a judge allowed the mother to keep them anyway. LE could have arrested the boyfriend earlier for another crime (impersonating a doctor) but instead they were concentrating on building their case for the murder of five people. They held off doing anything until it was too late.

    Since that was sixteen years ago, I guess nothing was learned and nothing has changed.

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    I have read "Bitter Blood". I do not see any similarities between that story and Susan Powell's disappearance. Susan never filed for divorce nor was there any child custody battles between Susan and Josh Powell.

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    I haven't read the book and don't know if the movie was a fair representation.
    I would be interested in reading the book though.

    I was not talking about Susan at all.

    I saw similarities between Josh and Fritz (the boyfriend). They were both suspected murderers.

    I was talking about later after Susan disappeared when the grandparents were trying to keep the boys safe and Josh was being allowed to have visitation rights over their protests. In the movie the father was trying to get custody of his sons to keep them safe but the judge kept overruling his protests.

    The grandparents knew and everyone else knew that Josh had killed Susan. LE already had evidence with the blood on the floor and Susan's note and that the boys were already talking and drawing pictures about their mother's death that night. I assume LE was trying to build their case of murder by finding Susan's body. In the movie, LE had already determined that Fritz had murdered those five people, but were still building their case.

    There was an upcoming evaluation hearing with Josh. In the movie, there was an upcoming custody hearing where the mother's father was going to testify for the boy's father and against her.

    In the end Josh ended up blowing himself and his two sons up. In the movie, Fritz and the mother blew themselves up along with her two sons.

    Why couldn't they have arrested Josh earlier for the terrible pictures on his PC or for murder as a way to keep him behind bars before that fateful day? Just as in the movie where LE didn't arrest the boyfriend earlier for another crime nor did they get him with murder charges before that fateful day in 1985. (I know, hindsight.)

    Sixteen years later and there is still a problem with minors being allowed to stay with suspected murderers.

    I hope I have explained myself a little better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watcher9 View Post
    I haven't read the book and don't know if the movie was a fair representation.
    I would be interested in reading the book though.

    I was not talking about Susan at all.

    I saw similarities between Josh and Fritz (the boyfriend). They were both suspected murderers.

    I was talking about later after Susan disappeared when the grandparents were trying to keep the boys safe and Josh was being allowed to have visitation rights over their protests. In the movie the father was trying to get custody of his sons to keep them safe but the judge kept overruling his protests.

    The grandparents knew and everyone else knew that Josh had killed Susan. LE already had evidence with the blood on the floor and Susan's note and that the boys were already talking and drawing pictures about their mother's death that night. I assume LE was trying to build their case of murder by finding Susan's body. In the movie, LE had already determined that Fritz had murdered those five people, but were still building their case.

    There was an upcoming evaluation hearing with Josh. In the movie, there was an upcoming custody hearing where the mother's father was going to testify for the boy's father and against her.

    In the end Josh ended up blowing himself and his two sons up. In the movie, Fritz and the mother blew themselves up along with her two sons.

    Why couldn't they have arrested Josh earlier for the terrible pictures on his PC or for murder as a way to keep him behind bars before that fateful day? Just as in the movie where LE didn't arrest the boyfriend earlier for another crime nor did they get him with murder charges before that fateful day in 1985. (I know, hindsight.)

    Sixteen years later and there is still a problem with minors being allowed to stay with suspected murderers.

    I hope I have explained myself a little better.
    IMHO, I don't see any similarities between Josh Powell and Fritz Klenner. I think Fritz was more cunning than Josh. Fritz was evil but Josh seemed like a Neanderthal. I have not seen the movie, only read the book and pretty much needed a flow chart to keep up with all the murders.

    Since I am not in LE I have no idea why they did not arrest JP. IMO it would seem that LE enforcement had enough on him to name him a suspect instead of a person of interest. And it really grinds my gears that WVPD still has Susan listed as a missing person instead of a murder victim..

    Anyway, thank you!

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    The book is out!

    Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors by Ann Rule is now on sale. The first story in the book is about Susan and Josh. I just started reading it this morning and could hardly put it down.

    "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmarple View Post
    Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors by Ann Rule is now on sale. The first story in the book is about Susan and Josh. I just started reading it this morning and could hardly put it down.
    Thank you! I will be buying it immediately.
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    I am taking notes. I bought it today and I am sad at all the info that WSers uncovered that is credited to other people.
    JMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redkatrampant View Post
    I am taking notes. I bought it today and I am sad at all the info that WSers uncovered that is credited to other people.
    Yep. You are right about that.
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    I was a little disappointed that there was nothing in the book that hadn't been discussed here at WS. But for someone who hadn't followed the case, the book provides a good summary. JMHO

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    Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors
    I got my download for my kindle and read the first part
    about Susan's marriage.
    Oh, it was even worse than I could imagine.
    and then old SP pervert should be locked up forever!
    The P family is truely messed up JMOO
    except the 1 sister and her husband that are friends with the Cox family.
    The Christmas Box Angel is something I did not know.
    Very good read and summary of the tragedies.
    Kyron, HALEIGH, ADJI & Gabriel NEEDS PRAYERS NOW TO FIND THEM!. Zahra & Jonathan in heaven
    Justice for Hailey!!!!
    No Justice for Caylee Marie..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by passionflower View Post
    Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors
    I got my download for my kindle and read the first part
    about Susan's marriage.
    Oh, it was even worse than I could imagine.
    and then old SP pervert should be locked up forever!
    The P family is truely messed up JMOO
    except the 1 sister and her husband that are friends with the Cox family.
    The Christmas Box Angel is something I did not know.
    Very good read and summary of the tragedies.
    I think Ann Rule could have spent a lot more time on SP and his uber-creepiness. She didn't mention how he watched porn in the motel room with his 11 year old daughter there. She didn't mention how he would tell his sons that "girls are only good for sex." I wish she would have really interviewed Jennifer and Kiirsi. She could have told more about how Josh insisted Susan ride her bike to work, but then when they switched, and Josh had to ride the bike to work, he suddenly felt the need to add a $1000 motor to it!! Or how Josh didn't like to "waste table food" on the boys and they should only eat scraps Josh didn't want. I was disappointed that she made this such a short story. It could have been a full length book on its own.
    Justice is the constant and perpetual will to allot to every man his due. Domitus Ulpian

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