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Susan Powell vanished on Dec. 7, 2009. Her body has never been found. From the beginning, West Valley City, Utah police suspected Susan's husband, Josh Powell, had murdered her. They never arrested him. COLD dives deep into the case files, uncovering never-before-heard details. You'll learn why Susan stayed with an abusive husband, why Josh did what he did and how the justice system failed Susan and her two boys.
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Ep. 18: Angel of Hope

Ep. 18: Angel of Hope

2019-03-1300:35:4476

Nearly 10 years have elapsed since Susan Powell's disappearance. Her body has still not been found. The investigation remains a cold case. In recent years, Susan's friends and family have focused their effort on sharing the story as a cautionary tale. They hope showing the warning signs of domestic abuse can help others safely escape dangerous relationships. In this season finale for Cold, Dave shares his theory on what he believes happened to Susan.For the past three years, investigative reporter Dave Cawley has been studying thousands of police documents, journals, videos and diary entries. He has tracked down new sources, followed new leads and traced Josh Powell's trail from West Valley City, Utah, through Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and on to Washington State, where Powell killed himself and his two sons. Cold is the most complete retelling of the Susan Powell story ever. Join Dave Cawley in his search for truth. Share your thoughts: #ColdPodcast #FindSusan Twitter Instagram Facebook
Ep. 17: Cold Case

Ep. 17: Cold Case

2019-03-0600:58:5467

West Valley City police made one final push before declaring the Susan Powell case cold in 2013, interrogating Josh Powell's uncle Maurice Leach in Oregon. Meanwhile, Susan's family fought for change, both in the courts and at the Washington statehouse. Josh's mom, Terri Powell, went to court in Utah to argue for her share of the life insurance money. Twice-convicted sex offender Steve Powell died alone from heart failure.For the past three years, investigative reporter Dave Cawley has been studying thousands of police documents, journals, videos and diary entries. He has tracked down new sources, followed new leads and traced Josh Powell's trail from West Valley City, Utah, through Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and on to Washington State, where Powell killed himself and his two sons. Cold is the most complete retelling of the Susan Powell story ever. Join Dave Cawley in his search for truth. Share your thoughts: #ColdPodcast #FindSusan Twitter Instagram Facebook
Ep. 16: Chasing Leads

Ep. 16: Chasing Leads

2019-02-2700:56:4978

A jailhouse informant calling himself "Cowboy" provided police with a promising tip early in the search for Susan Powell. He said Josh Powell had spent time with an elusive stripper named Summer. Find Summer, find Susan. Detectives launched an all-out hunt for Summer that stretched on for years, yet failed to turn up any new information. It was just one among hundreds of tips in the Powell investigation that wasted time and resources, never bringing police any closer to finding Susan.For the past three years, investigative reporter Dave Cawley has been studying thousands of police documents, journals, videos and diary entries. He has tracked down new sources, followed new leads and traced Josh Powell's trail from West Valley City, Utah, through Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and on to Washington State, where Powell killed himself and his two sons. Cold is the most complete retelling of the Susan Powell story ever. Join Dave Cawley in his search for truth. Share your thoughts: #ColdPodcast #FindSusan Twitter Instagram Facebook
After the deaths of Josh, Charlie and Braden, West Valley police refocused their investigation on Josh Powell's youngest brother. The mercurial Michael Powell made a play for Josh and Susan Powell's life insurance, ending up entangled in an interpleader lawsuit. During a civil deposition, he lied about his encrypted emails and Facebook snooping with Josh.For the past three years, investigative reporter Dave Cawley has been studying thousands of police documents, journals, videos and diary entries. He has tracked down new sources, followed new leads and traced Josh Powell's trail from West Valley City, Utah, through Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and on to Washington State, where Powell killed himself and his two sons. Cold is the most complete retelling of the Susan Powell story ever. Join Dave Cawley in his search for truth. Share your thoughts: #ColdPodcast #FindSusan Twitter Instagram Facebook
Ep. 14: Killing Susan's Sons

Ep. 14: Killing Susan's Sons

2019-02-1301:00:4698

Josh Powell carries out his final act, killing his sons Charlie and Braden by setting fire to his rented home in Graham, Wash. during a court-authorized visit. In the wake of the fire, Susan Powell's family and friends find comfort in their community. West Valley police and Pierce County sheriff's deputies seek clues in the charred remains of the house, hoping that Josh might at last point them to Susan's final resting place.For the past three years, investigative reporter Dave Cawley has been studying thousands of police documents, journals, videos and diary entries. He has tracked down new sources, followed new leads and traced Josh Powell's trail from West Valley City, Utah, through Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and on to Washington State, where Powell killed himself and his two sons. Cold is the most complete retelling of the Susan Powell story ever. Join Dave Cawley in his search for truth. Share your thoughts: #ColdPodcast #FindSusan Twitter Instagram Facebook
Ep. 13: 4theKidzz

Ep. 13: 4theKidzz

2019-02-0600:59:1596

Josh Powell went to court in Washington in a bid to get his sons, Charlie and Braden, returned to him. West Valley City police warned the social workers they'd found incestuous cartoon pornography on Josh's computer. After reviewing those images, forensic psychologist James Manley suggested Josh undergo a psychosexual evaluation. Meantime, detectives puzzled over why Josh's brother, Michael Powell, sold his 1997 Ford Taurus to Lindell Auto in Pendleton, Ore. just weeks after Susan Powell's disappearance.For the past three years, investigative reporter Dave Cawley has been studying thousands of police documents, journals, videos and diary entries. He has tracked down new sources, followed new leads and traced Josh Powell's trail from West Valley City, Utah, through Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and on to Washington State, where Powell killed himself and his two sons. Cold is the most complete retelling of the Susan Powell story ever. Join Dave Cawley in his search for truth. Share your thoughts: #ColdPodcast #FindSusan Twitter Instagram Facebook
Ep. 12: Topaz Mountain

Ep. 12: Topaz Mountain

2019-01-3001:01:39105

With the wiretap winding down, West Valley police returned to Utah's West Desert with cadaver dogs. They found what at first appeared to be a grave site, but soon discovered it held no sign of Susan. Meantime, digging of a different sort on Josh Powell's computers and digital devices turned up new leads. The FBI and U.S. Secret Service encountered one encrypted hard drive that resisted every effort to view its contents.For the past three years, investigative reporter Dave Cawley has been studying thousands of police documents, journals, videos and diary entries. He has tracked down new sources, followed new leads and traced Josh Powell's trail from West Valley City, Utah, through Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and on to Washington State, where Powell killed himself and his two sons. Cold is the most complete retelling of the Susan Powell story ever. Join Dave Cawley in his search for truth. Share your thoughts: #ColdPodcast #FindSusan Twitter Instagram Facebook
Ep. 11: Operation Tsunami

Ep. 11: Operation Tsunami

2019-01-2300:57:23111

West Valley City police were running out of options. Every traditional approach to the Susan Powell case had failed. So, during the summer of 2011, detectives began brainstorming plans for a major, multi-state operation code-named Tsunami. It all hinged on the use of a court-authorized wiretap to monitor Josh Powell's phone calls, in the hopes he would let slip some important clue about the fate of his missing wife. To stimulate that conversation, police staged a bizarre public search in Ely, Nevada and they raided the Puyallup, Washington home of Josh's father, Steve Powell.For the past three years, investigative reporter Dave Cawley has been studying thousands of police documents, journals, videos and diary entries. He has tracked down new sources, followed new leads and traced Josh Powell's trail from West Valley City, Utah, through Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and on to Washington State, where Powell killed himself and his two sons. Cold is the most complete retelling of the Susan Powell story ever. Join Dave Cawley in his search for truth. Share your thoughts: #ColdPodcast #FindSusan TwitterInstagramFacebook
Ep. 10: Charlie

Ep. 10: Charlie

2019-01-1600:53:4284

Josh and Susan Powell's oldest son, Charlie, started to open up about his missing mommy in 2010 as he attended the Mel Korum YMCA and started kindergarten at Carson Elementary School. Charlie's comments about killing bears and Mormons raised alarm for summer camp counselors and his teacher, Tammy Forman. Meanwhile, West Valley City police took their investigation in a new direction, planning to introduce Josh to a possible romantic interest on a Seattle commuter train.For the past three years, investigative reporter Dave Cawley has been studying thousands of police documents, journals, videos and diary entries. He has tracked down new sources, followed new leads and traced Josh Powell's trail from West Valley City, Utah, through Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and on to Washington State, where Powell killed himself and his two sons. Cold is the most complete retelling of the Susan Powell story ever. Join Dave Cawley in his search for truth. Share your thoughts: #ColdPodcast #FindSusan Twitter Instagram Facebook
Ep. 9: The Light of Seattle

Ep. 9: The Light of Seattle

2019-01-0901:04:1691

Steve Powell sang to the FBI just months into the search for his missing daughter-in-law Susan Powell. Agents tried to warn him that his son, Josh Powell, was likely a murderer and could kill again. Steve's bizarre views came under even more intense scrutiny after West Valley City police discovered he'd written and performed songs about Susan using the alias Steve Chantrey. He had even convinced Susan to sing background vocals for his planned album, "Light of Seattle."For the past three years, investigative reporter Dave Cawley has been studying thousands of police documents, journals, videos and diary entries. He has tracked down new sources, followed new leads and traced Josh Powell's trail from West Valley City, Utah, through Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and on to Washington State, where Powell killed himself and his two sons. Cold is the most complete retelling of the Susan Powell story ever. Join Dave Cawley in his search for truth. Share your thoughts: #ColdPodcast #FindSusan Twitter Instagram Facebook
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Steve

The entire herd is crazy. Father, mother, children, all of them.

Aug 20th
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Felix Bart

Steve Oh, I agree with that

Aug 20th
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Apple Betty

Your ads are louder than your podcast, please increase your volume.

Aug 16th
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Jennifer Arabella

Apple Betty 😂😂agree!

Aug 16th
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Laura Melrose

His voice makes the hair on my neck stand up

Aug 12th
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Laura Melrose

Hello English ooops didn't clarify, Josh's voice on the journals

Aug 12th
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Hello English

Laura Melrose Really?

Aug 12th
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Apple Betty

Ok a few things, the narrator speaks entirely too fast and hurried, and doesn't speak loud enough. I listen to multiple podcasts and actually have to turn the volume down because it's so loud. I have the volume all the way up and still can't hear it that well. Anyone else have these same issues?

Aug 11th
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Taylor Marie Finch

This episode is just heartbreaking. That 911 operator is awful.

Aug 5th
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Gabriel

Taylor Marie Finch yes, I agree!

Aug 5th
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mattters

family full of sociopaths

Jul 17th
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Felix Bart

mattters 🙄🙄

Jul 17th
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Tiffany Thayne

Ugh. This just hurts my heart. There were so many signs.

Jul 16th
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Joanna Francis

Tiffany Thayne :(

Jul 17th
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mattters

i hate Josh Powell so, so much. dear god i hope hell exists just for people like him

Jul 15th
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mattters

his voice is straight sociopathic. the creepiest sounding dweeb ive ever heard

Jul 15th
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Kristin Lee

mattters Agreed - yikes!

Aug 15th
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Holly Sher

mattters agreed. he is quite literally the creepiest dude I've ever heard. gives me goosebumps

Jul 31st
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Kristen

Thank you so much for your commentary and pledge and being one of the men that GETS IT! You don't know how much this means to the women and families affected by this kind of behavior. thank you 💙

Jul 7th
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Jennifer Siegle

I lost it on this episode. cried and cried. I couldnt imagine hurting my children. I do so wish that piece of shit would have thrown himself in front of a bus. I cant imagine what kind of fear and confusion those poor babies felt.

Jul 3rd
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Laura Pendlebury

That 911 operator made me want to scream.

Jun 27th
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Jennifer Siegle

I truly believe Josh was a psychopath. He seemed to have a lot of the characteristics. there is definitely something off putting about him. i find it crazy that this man ever found any woman who was interested in him.

Jun 26th
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IraLee Barnett

What an amazing season!!!!!! This case has really stuck w me since the “sword and scale” episode that covered it. I had no idea the depth of this story. I think you did a fantastic job of not only filing in huge gaps but also honoring Susan and the boys. May they Rest In Peace.

Jun 25th
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Jennifer Siegle

I dont normally listen to true crime podcasts. This is so.. .. disturbing. I am hooked cant stop listening.

Jun 25th
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Melissa North

that dispatcher should have lost his job!

Jun 15th
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Richard Meriwether II

Josh is probably guilty, but I guess we'll never know. The detective's tactics are horrible though. Goading him into talking. I also agree that this is very biased. I haven't heard any other theories except that he killed her. I dont know if they exist or not but I'm sure some other stuff has come up as possibilities.

Jun 12th
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Sarah Tritt

I dont know why the amount of video and audio recordings these weirdos made are so shocking, but I am indeed shocked by it. It really helped tell the story though. Well done Cold team. This was really well done. (and respectfully done)

Jun 12th
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Spitts

I was told this was a good podcast so I started listening and almost didn't make it through the first few episodes. It starts out really slow and was almost a chore to get through them but eventually it gets a little more interesting. My biggest problem was the voice actor playing Susan sounds like she is whining and entitled every time she speaks so it makes it hard to relate. Every time they read her journal it makes me dislike Susan. Other than that it gets pretty good

Jun 5th
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Kay Lewis

Let me make a correction: instead of "the Powell family". I really meant the Powell men.

May 29th
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