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Susan Powell`s Parents Break Their Silence


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`m on a supervised visitation for a court- ordered visit, and something really weird has happened. The kids went into the house, and the parent, the biological parent, whose name is Josh Powell, will not let me in the door. What should I do?

911 OPERATOR: What`s the address?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Nothing like this has ever happened before. It`s visitation, so I`m really shocked. And I could hear one of the kids crying, but he still wouldn`t let me in. He looked right at me and closed the door. Are you there?

911 OPERATOR: Yes, ma`am. I`m just waiting to know where you are.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK, It`s 8119 189th Street Court East, Puyallup, 98375. And I`d like to pull out of the driveway because I smell gasoline and he won`t let me in.

911 OPERATOR: You want to pull out of the driveway because you smell gasoline but he won`t let you...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He won`t let me in.

911 OPERATOR: OK, so you`re supposed to be there to supervise Josh Powell`s visit with the children?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, that`s correct.

911 OPERATOR: And how did...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And he`s the husband of missing Susan Powell.

911 OPERATOR: How did...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is the high-profile case.

911 OPERATOR: How did he -- how did he gain access to the children before you got there?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I was one step in back of them.

911 OPERATOR: OK. So they went in the house, and then he locked you out?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. He shut the door right in my face.

911 OPERATOR: All right.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And the kids have been in there, by now, approximately 10 minutes. And he knows this is a supervised visit.

911 OPERATOR: How many children?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Two. Braden is 5 and Charlie is 7.

911 OPERATOR: Is he alone?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don`t know. I couldn`t get in the house. I rang the doorbell and everything, begged him to let me in.

911 OPERATOR: All right. We`ll have somebody look for you there.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK. How long will it be?

911 OPERATOR: I don`t know, ma`am. They have to respond to emergency life-threatening situations first. The first available deputy...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well, this is -- this could be life-threatening. He went to court on Wednesday, and he didn`t get hits kids back. And this is really -- I`m afraid for their lives.

911 OPERATOR: OK, has he threatened...



911 OPERATOR: 911. What are you reporting?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I just had a house explode.

911 OPERATOR: Anybody home?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don`t know. The house is totally engulfed in fire from front to back. No, (INAUDIBLE) home or not, but if it`s their home (INAUDIBLE)



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The house blew up and it`s on fire!

911 OPERATOR: Do you see smoke and fire?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. And a loud, huge boom. And there`s crap flying all over the place, dark smoke!



911 OPERATOR: 911. What are you reporting?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Josh Powell works for me. Works for me. And I just saw on the news that there was a problem today, and I did receive a strange e-mail from him that he sent at 12:05.

911 OPERATOR: What did the e-mail say?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: "I`m sorry. Good-bye." That`s all it said.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I`m Josh Powell`s attorney, and I understand he had an explosion, and I may have some information.

911 OPERATOR: OK. Let me see here. What kind of information do you have?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I got an e-mail from my client, and that e-mail gives me every indication this was intentional. Basically says, "I`m sorry," and "Good-bye."




911 OPERATOR: And do you know if anyone`s in the house?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes! There was a man and two children. I just dropped off the children, and he wouldn`t let me in the door.

911 OPERATOR: OK. Stay on line for the fire department, OK? I`m going to get them on the line. Do not hang up. Hold on.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: People are saying there`s not somebody here, but I was just there, and there is somebody here! There`s two little boys in the house. And they`re 5 and 7, and there`s an adult man. He has supervised visitation. And he blew up the house and the kids!

911 OPERATOR: The kids and the father were in the house?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes! Yes! He slammed the door in my face! So I kept knocking. I thought it was a mistake. I kept knocking, and then I called 911.

911 OPERATOR: You saw him go back into the house right before the flames?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He didn`t ever leave the house. He just opened the door. The kids were one step ahead of me. They`re 5 and 7. They were one step ahead of me, and he slammed the door in my face.

911 OPERATOR: And you think he might have done this intentionally?




ALINA POWELL, JOSH POWELL`S SISTER: I think my brother might be in trouble or something.

911 OPERATOR: What`s going on with your brother?

ALINA POWELL: I don`t know. He`s sending weird e-mails. He`s saying good-bye and stuff.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There`s been a lot of abuse against him and he`s (INAUDIBLE) and...


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: ... and e-mails and stuff. And he left me a -- there`s voicemail thing that got forwarded to my phone...

911 OPERATOR: What did he say?

ALINA POWELL: He said -- he said something about he can`t live without his sons and he`s too hurt by all this or something, and good-bye. I mean, he just...



JOSH POWELL, HUSBAND OF MISSING SUSAN POWELL: Hello. This is Josh. And I`m calling to say good-bye. I am not able to live without my sons. And I`m not able to go on anymore. I`m sorry to everyone I`ve hurt. Good- bye.


DMU Timestamp: March 07, 2019 02:52

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