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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

2019-03-1300:35:4493

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

2019-03-0600:58:5482

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

2019-02-2700:56:4990

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

2019-02-1301:00:46114

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

2019-02-0600:59:15114

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

2019-01-3001:01:39126

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

2019-01-2300:57:23123

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

2019-01-1600:53:4297

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

2019-01-0901:04:16110

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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Julianne Derosa-Klug

I think the saddest part is that the kids should have never been at that home for visit. He probably didn't even live there. Those poor children didn't deserve that. I put comfort in God taking care of them and uniting them with their mom. Just so sad.

Oct 17th
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Carls Berg

this episode the host keeps chuckling at weird times.. ffs, keep it together mate this is a story about a murdered woman/mother

Oct 15th
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Julianne Derosa-Klug

I wonder if the doctors kept the blood samples, because it seems like he was poisoning her until she finally died.

Oct 15th
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Omid farahani

awesome😍😍

Oct 12th
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Carls Berg

Catherine sounds a bit worse for wear...

Oct 11th
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Louisa Manyhides Muskovits

I was so angry when I heard the social worker call 911. that dispatcher should have been fired! arrogant, condescending, pos! and its crazy the fire department was only a few blocks away, but took 22 minutes to get there. poor directions from the dispatch, once again, should be fired.

Oct 9th
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Bianca Gravett

Wake up dead. Lol

Oct 8th
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Ariahnrod

The end of the podcast with the episode on Angel of Hope really touched home as a women who suffered psychological abuse from her father, so thank you for the amazing research, detail, time and dedication taken to make this podcast. The ending of both Susan and Lauren really broke my heart. I believe this podcast will be helpful to all the women who may suffer abuse to see the red signs

Oct 5th
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Laurie Florio

chapter eight please of Wallington

Oct 2nd
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Guy Warmoth

IT seems everyone involved suffered from irreparable dumbass disease.

Sep 29th
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Judi Kingsman

this podcast is outstanding! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟😕😢😭😖😊

Sep 28th
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Judi Kingsman

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Sep 28th
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Judi Kingsman

😶😭

Sep 27th
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Judi Kingsman

what a story so far! 😢

Sep 27th
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Judi Kingsman

I need a shower!

Sep 27th
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Judi Kingsman

Far out! Far out! 😭

Sep 27th
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Judi Kingsman

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Sep 26th
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j falschung

I'm conflicted!? I want to say this was an adequate podcast. It has its issues. It drags on, way too long, for starters. But very informative. Is Ellis Maxwell the worst detective .. ever!?!? He is one stupid cop. I can certainly see why he was rejected, so many times, from his hometown police department. The women all, sound so annoying. All of them! What was the cost of this investigation, that went on for years, with no real conclusion. What a waste. Steven Powell, so infinitely Toxic. The damage he caused was reprehensible. The drones out there will never get how sick he was and how this all stemmed from his sick and twisted parenting. I'm sorry Susan died, but she could have left. She should have left. My heart truly goes out to the two Powell boys, innocent victims. But that family was so severely damaged, due to Steven Powell. Michael shouldn't have died. I think he was a victim, as well. It's too bad that horrible dispatcher didn't meet his end. Unbelievable!!!

Sep 23rd
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Lessa Okkerse

I am new to this podcast, I am on episode 5, but I must say, I appreciate the time taken to explain the history of Joshua Powell in the beginning. While I believe he did kill her, I also see how unstable he was from the beginning and I wonder if he tried to convince himself he was not culpable. I grew up Mormon and so this case really hits close to home and is truly heartbreaking on many levels. Thank you to the creators for making this podcast and the care they took with presenting the facts.

Sep 18th
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Sydney Thompson

Who's voice is worse? Josh or Andrew? it's a close call

Sep 17th
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