Cold

Cold

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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.


1: Hope in Darkness episode 2
Jul 29 • 34 min
The Cold team presents the complete second episode of our sibling podcast: Hope in Darkness. It’s the story of an American citizen wrongly arrested and detained in Venezuela. Josh Holt and his new wife Thamy were both held for two years. Episode 2 of Hope…
1: Trial update and Hope in Darkness episode 1
Jul 22 • 35 min
Susan Powell’s parents have resumed their civil lawsuit trial against the state of Washington after a four-month delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Cold host Dave Cawley offers a look at how Pierce County Superior Court has adapted to avoid the risk…
A conversation about Hope in Darkness
Jun 3 • 12 min
Dave Cawley provides an update on his efforts related to season two of Cold before discussing a new podcast series called Hope in Darkness with its host, Becky Bruce. Hope in Darkness comes from the same KSL Podcasts team responsible for Cold, in…
Bonus: Project Sunlight
Dec 11, 2019 • 55 min
Cold returns at the 10-year anniversary of Susan Powell’s disappearance with new episodes focused on previously undiscovered evidence in the case. For this episode, Dave Cawley dives into the digital evidence gathered by police during their investigation.…
Bonus: Car Crash Con
Dec 4, 2019 • 45 min
Cold returns at the 10-year anniversary of Susan Powell’s disappearance with new episodes focused on previously undiscovered evidence in the case. For this episode, we hear from three people who were involved in car crashes with Josh Powell. In each case,…
Bonus: Dumpster Drops
Nov 27, 2019 • 54 min
Cold returns at the 10-year anniversary of Susan Powell’s disappearance with new episodes focused on previously undiscovered evidence in the case. For this episode, we examine data from a GPS tracker that police hid on her husband Josh Powell’s minivan…
18: Angel of Hope
Mar 13, 2019 • 31 min
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.…
17: Cold Case
Mar 6, 2019 • 54 min
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.…
16: Chasing Leads
Feb 27, 2019 • 52 min
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…
15: Fall of the House of Powell
Feb 20, 2019 • 64 min
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…
14: Killing Susan’s Sons
Feb 13, 2019 • 58 min
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.…
13: 4theKidzz
Feb 6, 2019 • 57 min
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…
12: Topaz Mountain
Jan 30, 2019 • 60 min
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…
11: Operation Tsunami
Jan 23, 2019 • 56 min
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…
10: Charlie
Jan 16, 2019 • 51 min
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…
9: The Light of Seattle
Jan 9, 2019 • 63 min
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…
8: Wearing a Wire
Jan 2, 2019 • 58 min
Josh Powell abandoned his home on Sarah Circle less than two weeks after the disappearance of his wife, Susan. He retreated to Puyallup, Washington and the home of his father, Steve Powell. On both ends of the move, he called on members of The Church of…
7: Scouring the Desert
Dec 26, 2018 • 58 min
Josh Powell told a group of his wife’s friends and coworkers a year before she disappeared that if he were ever to commit murder, he’d dispose of the body by dropping it down an abandoned mine. That and other clues led West Valley City police to launch an…
6: Josh in the Wind
Dec 19, 2018 • 61 min
Josh Powell went off the grid for 18 hours after avoiding arrest on Dec. 8, 2009. He popped up the next afternoon in Tremonton, Utah. Police soon learned he’d put 807 miles on a rental car. The news media learned of Susan Powell’s disappearance and began…
5: 10 Minutes
Dec 12, 2018 • 62 min
The criminal investigation into Susan Powell’s disappearance kicked into high gear on Dec. 8, 2009. Josh Powell frantically cleaned his house and minivan before meeting detective Ellis Maxwell for a tense second interview. In secret warrants, West Valley…
4: Find Susan
Dec 5, 2018 • 60 min
Josh and Susan Powell’s daycare provider, Debbie Caldwell, sounded an alarm when the couple’s boys, Charlie and Braden Powell, failed to arrive at her home on the morning of Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. West Valley City police detective Ellis Maxwell drew the…
3: Faith and Finances
Nov 28, 2018 • 58 min
Susan Powell feared for her life. She braced for divorce as her marriage to Josh Powell reached its lowest point in 2008, but worried how he would react. She even wrote a secret last will and testament that said, “If I die, it may not be an accident, even…
2: Wake Up, Little Susie
Nov 21, 2018 • 64 min
Susan Cox married Josh Powell after only 6 months of courtship. She immediately found herself under the lens of her father-in-law Steven Powell’s video camera. The camcorder even captured Steve’s confession of love for his daughter-in-law Susan Powell in…
1: To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before
Nov 14, 2018 • 61 min
Josh Powell believed in his own greatness from at least age 5. So why wouldn’t any girls date him? Why did his only other serious girlfriend before Susan Cox run away in fear? Perhaps because he inherited some of his father Steven Powell’s bizarre beliefs…
Prelude
Nov 7, 2018 • 7 min
Susan Powell vanished from her home in West Valley City, Utah on a cold December day in 2009. Her husband, Josh Powell had taken the couple’s two sons out camping in a blizzard. He claimed to have no idea where his wife had gone. Susan has never been…