It’s been a busy week for Josh and his father, Steve Powell. They’ve done a lot of talking to media in different venues…TV, newspaper. While this is much preferable to their remaining silent, the public wonders: why don’t they do some of that talking with police? They still refuse to talk to the West Valley City Police Department.
Meanwhile, Steve Powell has changed his story nearly every day this week.
* August 21, Sunday:
On Sunday night, when Susan’s friends spoke out about Steve Powell making disgusting unwanted advances to Susan, Steve Powell told KUTV 2’s Brian Mullahy in a phone interview:
”It’s not true, Brian. I never made any advances toward her.”
* August 23, Tuesday:
Steve Powell told the Salt Lake Tribune in reference to his daughter Jennifer Graves’ claim that he “came onto Susan”:
”“How did she come up with these ideas?” Steve Powell said of Graves. “I’m baffled, and I’m astounded.” He also said: “There are just misunderstandings about how Susan felt about me. Susan never let me forget that she was a woman. But she was also a beautiful daughter to me.”
(Read the comments below the article to see how people feel about his comment: “She never let me forget she was a woman.”)
The Tribune also said: “Steve Powell, who performs as a musician under the name of Steve Chantrey, acknowledged that he has written songs about his daughter-in-law.”
* August 24, Wednesday:
This story from ABC-4 does not have a direct quote from Steve Powell, but it sheds some more light on his obsession with Susan, quoting some of the lyrics of the songs on his Steve Chantrey website. The songs talk about an unrequited love and an obsession for someone the songwriter can’t have.
* August 25, Thursday:
Josh and Steve Powell went on the three major national news shows—the CBS Early Show, Good Morning America and the Today Show—and Steve had changed his story so much that he now claimed that he and Susan had a “sexual relationship.” Among his claims was the following:
”Father-in-law – daughter-in-law flirting with each other, maybe some sexual touching or whatever. And– I enjoyed it, frankly. Susan was a joy to be around in so many ways, not just those ways." (from GMA)
"Susan was very sexual with me. She was very flirtatious. I mean, I’m her father-in-law, and she would do a lot of things that…she did it, I did it. We interacted in a lot of sexual ways." (From GMA)
* August 26, Friday:
* Steve told Seattle’s King 5 News: "Yeah, I became very interested in her and I will say it probably developed into maybe an obsession, I admit, on my part."
Then Steve’s story changed again. He admitted to KOMO News that Susan did NOT like his “advances”:
“Susan became upset when his advances toward her became increasingly overt. ‘When I took liberties or whatever, she became very upset and accused me of hitting on her,’ he said.”
So…which is it, Steve? It’s interesting that even Josh Powell, though he echoed his father’s claims that Susan was “flirtatious,” contradicted his father’s claims in his Good Morning America interview:
“When told of his father’s revelation that he had a flirtatious and sexually charged relationship with his daughter-in-law — and that it was typically initiated by her — Josh Powell denied it, but also said that any flirtation has to do with his wife’s nature.
"There was nothing like that. She’s a very flirtatious person. But that’s just her personality. You know, it’s — it’s part of her friendliness," he said.”
Brent Hunsaker of ABC-4 wrote an excellent blog post about Steve’s obsession with Susan. Here’s another post with some commentary on the stories Steve and Josh have chosen to tell over the past 2 years.
The Friends and Family of Susan Cox Powell Facebook page has been flooded the past few days with overwhelming support for Susan’s family and friends. Here are just a few of the many comments:
So sorry for the trauma you are going through in the media. If it is any comfort the interviews by Josh and his Father come off as orchestrated and very much manipulative. I am praying for you and that truth will come out and the situation will be resolved. I pray that your daughter will be found and that you will have peace and comfort.
We love you, the Cox family & Susan. You are in our thought & prayers…you are part of our lives.
It is so very sad that Josh and his dad are doing this to Susan and her family to discredit her and to slander her. You can tell just by their body language, tonality, and facial expressions that they are lying. All I know is we reap what we sow… I have been praying for the Cox family since the very beginning for the truth to come out. I believe that our prayers are being heard and that the truth is coming.