Cold

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.
Bonus: Justice Delayed   (01:07:09) September 16, 2020
Secret police wiretap records in the Susan Powell case come to light for the first time, even as Susan Powell’s parents fight for change in the state of Washington. This bonus episode takes you behind closed doors, into the private communications of Josh Powell, his brother Michael Powell, sister Alina Powell and father Steve Powell […]
Bonus Episode 8: Project Sunlight   (55:37) December 11, 2019
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. Digital forensics experts from Eide Bailly describe the ongoing efforts to crack Josh Powell’s encryption. We also share […]
Bonus Episode 5: Car Crash Con   (45:58) December 04, 2019
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, records show Josh made questionable claims about being injured and sought settlements from insurance […]
Bonus Episode 4: Dumpster Drops   (54:19) November 27, 2019
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 the day after the disappearance. It reveals Josh visited several dumpsters in the days, weeks […]
Ep. 18: Angel of Hope   (31:56) March 13, 2019
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. They hope showing the warning signs of domestic abuse can help others safely escape […]
Ep. 17: Cold Case   (54:48) March 06, 2019
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. Josh’s mom, Terri Powell, went to court in Utah to argue for her share of […]
Ep. 16: Chasing Leads   (52:45) February 27, 2019
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 hunt for Summer that stretched on for years, yet failed to turn up any new […]
Ep. 15: Fall of the House of Powell   (01:04:08) February 20, 2019
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 lawsuit. During a civil deposition, he lied about his encrypted emails and Facebook snooping with Josh. […]
Ep. 14: Killing Susan’s Sons   (58:38) February 13, 2019
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. West Valley police and Pierce County sheriff’s deputies seek clues in the […]
Ep. 13: 4theKidzz   (57:30) February 06, 2019
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 psychologist James Manley suggested Josh undergo a psychosexual evaluation. Meantime, detectives puzzled over why […]
Ep. 12: Topaz Mountain   (01:00:20) January 30, 2019
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 computers and digital devices turned up new leads. The FBI […]
Ep. 11: Operation Tsunami   (56:28) January 23, 2019
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 on the use of a court-authorized wiretap to monitor Josh Powell’s phone calls, in the hopes […]
Ep. 10: Charlie   (51:21) January 16, 2019
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 summer camp counselors and his teacher, Tammy Forman. Meanwhile, West Valley City police took […]
Ep. 9: The Light of Seattle   (01:03:24) January 09, 2019
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 scrutiny after West Valley City police discovered he’d written and performed songs […]
Ep. 8: Wearing a Wire   (58:43) January 02, 2019
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 Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help him load […]
Ep. 7: Scouring the Desert   (58:11) December 26, 2018
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 exhaustive search abandoned mines in Utah’s West […]
Ep. 6: Josh in the Wind   (01:01:30) December 19, 2018
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 to hound Josh, even as his own neighbors turned […]
Ep. 5: 10 Minutes   (01:02:00) December 12, 2018
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 City police identified Josh as their sole suspect in Susan’s presumed kidnapping and murder. However, they narrowly […]
Ep. 4: Find Susan   (01:00:48) December 05, 2018
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 assignment of locating the missing family that day and discovered two box fans […]
Ep. 3: Faith and Finances   (58:22) November 28, 2018
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 if it looks like one.” Josh […]