If I Can't Have You

If I Can't Have You

Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children

Book - 2014
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"In If I Can't Have You, author Gregg Olsen and co-author Rebecca Morris investigate one of the 21st Century's most puzzling disappearances and how it resulted in the murder of two children by their father. Every once in a great while a genuine murder mystery unfolds before the eyes of the American public. The tragic story of Susan Powell and her murdered boys, Charlie and Braden, is the only case that rivals the Jon Benet Ramsey saga in the annals of true crime. When the pretty, blonde Utah mother went missing in December of 2009 the media was swept up in the story - with lenses and microphones trained on Susan's husband, Josh. He said he had no idea what happened to his young wife, and that he and the boys had been camping in the middle of a snowstorm. Over the next three years bombshell by bombshell, the story would reveal more shocking secrets. Josh's father, Steve, who was sexually obsessed with Susan, would ultimately be convicted of unspeakable perversion. Josh's brother, Michael, would commit suicide. And in the most stunning event of them all, Josh Powell would murder his two little boys and kill himself with brutality beyond belief"--
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2014
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2014
ISBN: 9781250027146
Branch Call Number: 364.1523092 POW NVD
Characteristics: 324 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Morris, Rebecca 1981-


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Feb 26, 2018

A very good book about true crime. I know many folk will remember this awful crime, as it had a lot of media coverage, very well written, I highly recommend this read.

Feb 22, 2017

The authors are very blunt and factual as they should be writing something that is hard to fathom. so many victims and so many monsters in this tragedy.

Sep 27, 2015

This All-American appearing family holds tragic secrets. Susan Cox's faithful Mormon parents didn't want Susan to marry Josh Powell--there was just something about him. They were right. After their marriage he became the classic controlling and abusive husband. One night in the middle of a snowstorm he took their two young sons on a "camping trip" without any gear, and Susan was never seen again. [Warning: spoilers follow.] Confronted by police, Josh seemed oddly unconcerned about her welfare. Inept policing and lack of communication by two small-town police departments when Josh took his sons from a Salt Lake City suburb to Puyallup to live with his father didn't help. Susan's parents pressed for custody when Josh's father was arrested for voyeurism, possession of pornography and sexual obsession with Susan. When the pornography dragnet pulled in Josh as well, he killed the boys and himself in an arson fire. The Utah cops closed Susan's case, and as of the writing of the book, only her father was still looking into it. Sad story, interesting book.

SpringAltman Jun 21, 2014

Chronicles Susan Powell's live before her disappearance and then the aftermath and investigation afterward, including the eventual death/ murder of her two children

May 26, 2014

Heartbreaking, but worth the read.

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