Although a father being buried with his children is normally something encouraged, this is not the case with the Powell family. Then again, the Powell family is far from normal.
Josh Powell, responsible for the death of his two sons, Charlie and Braden, had previously arranged for a cemetery space next to his children. However, due to recent conviction that he had a hand in the deaths of his sons, authorities are seeing that doesn’t happen.
Paul Pastor, the county sheriff, and Ed Troyer, a detective, purchased two plots at the Woodbine Cemetery which surrounded the boys.
Troyer told Mail Online, “We might not be able to keep Josh Powell out of the cemetery, but it’s way better than having him right next to the boys.”
Many feared that family and friends would not be able to visit and mourn the children in peace if their murderer was not even a grave stone away.
“For him to be buried near those kids is just unthinkable,” Anne Bremner, the attorney to the boys’ maternal grandmother, told Mail Online.
Most would agree with Bremner considering the atrocity that resulted in the painful death of two beautiful boys.
Following a mysterious camping trip, Powell became a primary suspect for the disappearance of his wife, Susan, in 2009. And last fall his live-in father was charged with child pornography. It was then that his sons were removed from his house.
On Feb 5. a social worker brought the two eager boys to Powell’s home for a supervised visit. They were promised a surprise, and the social worker was immediately locked out.
Nothing but horror followed as Powell swung at his sons with a hatchet, doused the house with gasoline, and quickly made it burst into flames.
Powell reportedly did not even live in the home; he only decorated it with pictures to create the illusion that abandoned house was his. It is unknown where he was living when not in the rental house located in Graham, Wash.
Josh Powell’s father remains in custody for child pornography and as a suspect for the murder of Susan Powell.
Over 1,000 people attended the funeral for the two boys. Detective Gary Sanders told Mail Online, “He committed the most evil act. And he gave them the greatest gift, which is to be in their mother’s arms.”