Police release home video of Susan Powell

8:25 PM, May 22, 2013   |    comments
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By Brian Carlson

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (KTVX/CNN) - Just days after a new search for missing Utah mom Susan Powell came up empty, there's new information in the case.

Police have released home video of the mom telling the camera how she wanted to protect her family.

Powell disappeared in 2009 and her husband was suspected in her disappearance. Last year, he killed his two sons and died by setting his home on fire.

"This is me July 29th, 2008," said Susan Cox Powell. It's as if she's speaking from the grave. "Covering all my bases making sure that if something happens to me or my family, or all of us, that our assets are documented."

Before she disappeared in December 2009, Susan went throughout her West Valley home and documented all of her and her family's belongings, just in case.

"And I had necklaces too, wherever those are (inaudible) got in a rage, as you can see, and broke this, there's studs and pearls and opals in there, broke those and threw all my DVDs and made a mess because he was angry at me about a year or two back," she said.

Susan was so afraid of what her husband, Josh Powell, might do, she wrote a secret will and testament dated just one month earlier, and kept it in a safety deposit box, with explicit instructions Josh was not allowed to see it.

Inside it she wrote, "For mine and my children's safety I feel the need to have a paper trail at work which would not be accessible to my husband. I want it documented somewhere that there is extreme turmoil in our marriage."

She said Josh threatened her that if they got a divorce, "there will be no lawyers, only a mediator, and I ruin will you."

She says he told her, "You [Susan] would be destroyed and your life would be over and the boys will not grow up with a mom and a dad."

That may explain why Susan next wrote, "I want my marriage to work out."

But Susan describes how nothing she tried seemed to work. "He doesn't want to do counseling and says if I were to buy groceries for cheap sale prices, that he would be happy with this well-purchased bargain-deal food in his stomach would make him happy and our marital problems would be solved."

And as if believing her efforts would fail, she finishes the letter saying, "If I die, it may not be an accident, even if it looks like one."

Then when she appears to run out of room, she goes back to the first page and writes to two names that were blacked out, saying, "I would never leave you.

"Hope everything works out and we're all happy and live happily ever after as much as that's possible," she said in the video.


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