Powell is the Puyallup, WA, father who killed his children, Charles, 7, and Braden, 5 – attacking them with a hatchet and then blowing up his house with himself and his sons inside on February 5th. Last weekend, the boys were buried in a public cemetery and Josh Powell’s family was planning on burying the Josh next to his boys.
To keep Josh Powell from being buried near the sons he killed, Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County purchased the plots around Charles and Braden Powell’s grave. “We might not be able to keep Josh Powell from being buried in the cemetery, but we can keep him away from the boys,” he said in a phone interview with The Times. “Bottom line is, it’s not fair for murder victims to have the murder suspect laid to rest next to them. It’s hurtful to the community and dishonors the boys.”
“For him to be buried near those kids is just unthinkable,” Seattle attorney Anne Bremner told the Associated Press. She represents Charles and Judith Cox of Puyallup, Wash., whose daughter is Powell’s missing wife, Susan.
This whole incident, including Josh’s wife missing in December 2009, are all horribly tragic. However, who in the world does anyone think they are to butt in and make these decisions when they are not tied to this family in any way? Personally, I do not care for the idea of Josh being buried next to the boys either, especially with this being such a brutal murder/suicide and after hearing that Josh’s computer had images of animated incestuous sex on it.
But it is not my place to make the burial decisions – that is entirely up to the family. Josh’s family wants Josh to be buried next to the boys, but the parents of Josh’s missing wife do not and have hired an attorney to handle this matter, which is the way it should be.
It is very irritating with how so many people in today’s society feel it is their “duty” to make decisions for others who are complete strangers to them. I know many people may disagree with my views on this burial, and that’s perfectly fine. But it is not my place, nor anyone else, to make these decisions for someone who I am not related to, nor ever knew before the news brought them to my attention.
I say the Powell family should just cremate Josh and be done with it. After all, Josh rather started the cremation process on his own, did he not? That is not meant to be insensitive, but more brutally honest. Josh did a horrible thing, and apparently many before this. I say move on and refocus on any clues or leads to finding his missing wife, or her remains if that is the case.