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Monday, February 06, 2012

The most heartbreaking story I've heard in awhile

Police: Josh Powell donated boys' toys, other items before murdering them

Powell sent off goodbye emails, spread 10 gallons of gasoline

Husband of missing Utah mom spent some time planning fire that killed him, sons, police say

Words fail, that anyone would do this to their children. It's a strange story. A woman disappears. The father-in-law was making advances to her, recording adult and juvenile females, and was arrested on child porn and voyeurism charges. The father lost custody because he had the children in the house with his creepy father at the time of the man's arrest, and was trying to get back custody of the boys. The father was a person of interest in the disappearance of the mother, and there was an indication from the kids that when they went on a sub-freezing camping trip, mom was in the trunk of the car. A court-ordered supervised visit ended in disaster with him blowing himself and his young sons up in flames. It's just mind-numbing.

On the other hand, it's the week for news stories about sick and wrong people who kill children.

Alyssa Bustamante called killing 9-year-old 'enjoyable,' then went to church
"I just f------ killed someone. I strangled them and slit their throat and stabbed them now they're dead. I don't know how to feel atm. It was ahmazing. As soon as you get over the "ohmygawd I can't do this" feeling, it's pretty enjoyable. I'm kinda nervous and shaky though right now. Kay, I gotta go to church now...lol."
The person she killed was a nine-year-old girl. Bustamante was 15 at the time.

Update 2/7/12: The story of the Powells, which I didn't think could get worse, has taken a gruesome turn. An autoposy revealed hatchet wounds on the necks of the two boys, with a hatchet there with the bodies. So essentially their father pulled them into the gasoline-filled house, attacked them with a small axe, and then blew up the house. They all died ultimately of smoke inhalation, so they were wounded and dying. The house went up so quickly I can only hope that they died quickly, but how horrible to suffer like that.

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