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.
Introducing: The Letter   (37:00) September 06, 2022
New from KSL Podcasts and Lemonada Media: The Letter In August of 1996, longtime friends on the verge of adulthood – Zachary Snarr and Yvette Rodier – headed into the mountains a few miles from their Salt Lake City homes where they planned to spend the evening taking pictures of the rising full moon. But a 19-year-old stranger […]
Talking Cold: Discussion of Episode 13   (38:06) September 24, 2021
Doug Lovell sent a letter to a journalist, sparking her curiosity. Candice Madsen started looking into the murder of Joyce Yost as a result of Doug’s letter, which ultimately led to Cold season 2. Candice joins Amy, Sheryl and Dave Cawley to talk about the lessons they’ve each taken from the case. Sheryl and Dave […]
S2E13 Last Chance   (01:08:18) September 22, 2021
A KSL employee receives a letter after talking about suicide prevention on the radio. It’s from a man living on death row, who tells the story of how a little mouse helped him endure a period of darkness and despair. But is that inmate, Doug Lovell, telling an honest story? Or is the letter an […]
Talking Cold: Discussion of Episode 12   (52:03) September 17, 2021
Life on death row is something we don’t hear much about. Our guest is former Utah State prison warden Ken Shulsen. He worked almost every job at the prison including overseeing several high-profile executions. He was once taken hostage in a prison riot. Amy and Sheryl also talk big moments from Episode 12 and Cold […]
S2E12 Dancing with the Devil   (57:52) September 15, 2021
The disappearance of Joyce Yost has had a multi-generational impact, leaving her children and grandchildren trapped in a repeating nightmare of court hearings and appeals. Following Doug Lovell’s 2015 conviction for Joyce’s murder, the jury faces the question of whether or not to return him to death row. Their only alternative: life with the chance […]
Talking Cold: Discussion of Episode 11   (47:48) September 10, 2021
A man who defended Doug Lovell in court has a few things to say about what went down. Hosts Ann Dent and Sheryl Worsley spoke with defense attorney Mike Bouwhuis. Cold Host Dave Cawley joins the show for big moments. Talking Cold is honest and frank conversations about the issues brought forward in the latest […]
S2E11 Rising Star   (58:55) September 08, 2021
A turn to religion for Douglas Lovell as he heads toward trial, 30 long years after the crime. He finds sympathy and support among several people of faith, particularly bishops for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Just weeks before his trial is to begin, a man walking his dog spots a human […]
Talking Cold: Discussion of Episode 10   (41:18) September 03, 2021
Investigators conducted five official searches for Joyce Yost’s body, but came up empty. Cadaver dogs were used multiple times. Amy Donaldson and Sheryl Worsley talk with cadaver dog trainer Jayson Harames with Utah Search Dogs about the abilities and limitations of dogs in finding human remains. Talking Cold is honest and frank conversations about the […]
S2E10 Buyer’s Remorse   (01:03:54) September 01, 2021
The promise of returning Joyce Yost’s body has fallen through, leaving Doug Lovell with a death sentence. Joyce’s children continue pressing for answers about their missing mother’s final resting place, while Doug embarks on a more than decade-long series of legal appeals in the hopes of having with guilty plea withdrawn. In the middle of […]
Talking Cold: Discussion of Episode 9   (50:52) August 27, 2021
When a criminal defendant gets the death penalty it can feel like a life sentence to the families of the victims. Amy and Sheryl speak with Matt Hunsaker, whose mother, Maurine Hunsaker, was murdered when he was 10 years old in 1986. The ladies also speak with former capital case defense attorney Mark Moffat about […]
S2E9 High Fidelity   (01:06:02) August 25, 2021
The stakes are set for Doug Lovell as he heads toward trial for the murder of Joyce Yost. The capital murder charge carries a potential sentence of death. His only leverage: returning Joyce’s body to her family. Doug makes a deal as the clock winds down, promising to lead police to Joyce’s grave. Will he […]
Talking Cold: Discussion of Episode 8   (40:25) August 20, 2021
What is it like to work as a detective investigating Cold cases? Amy Donaldson and Sheryl Worsley sat down with Special Agent Brian Davis of the Utah State Bureau of Investigation and member of the state’s new Cold Case Unit. He discusses what it’s like to investigate a murder when there is no body and […]
S2E8 Help Me, Rhonda   (59:20) August 18, 2021
A reckoning comes for Doug Lovell, in the form of a capital murder charge. In a never-before-public audio recording, Sgt. Terry Carpenter confronts Doug about the murder of Joyce Yost. The walls close in and Doug turns to his confidant and co-conspirator: his ex-wife Rhonda Buttars. He doesn’t realize Rhonda has obtained immunity and is […]
Talking Cold: Discussion of Episode 7   (39:37) August 13, 2021
A prison snitch can sometimes provide vital leads about a case, but is it always reliable information? Amy Donaldson and Ann Dent talk with former Salt Lake Police chief Chris Burbank about the pros and cons of information coming from a suspected criminal. Chris currently serves on a national level as the Vice President of […]
S2E7 Shameless   (53:11) August 11, 2021
More than five years have passed since Joyce Yost disappeared. A judge declares her deceased in the eyes of the law, even without her body as evidence of a murder. South Ogden police Sgt. Terry Carpenter receives a surprise tip from a prison informant, who suggests Doug Lovell might have played a role not only […]
Talking Cold: Discussion of Episode 6   (46:41) August 06, 2021
An immunity deal becomes a major development in the disappearance of Joyce Yost. Hosts Amy Donaldson and Sheryl Worsley talk with Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings about when it is and when it isn’t a good idea to promise immunity. Doug Lovell got out of prison early thanks to the Utah Board of Pardons and […]
S2E6 Here We Are   (01:08:15) August 04, 2021
A long shot lead claiming Joyce Yost had died at the hands of a satanic coven took an unexpected turn when South Ogden police Sgt. Terry Carpenter confronted Doug Lovell’s ex-wife in April of 1991. Rhonda Buttars came clean to Carpenter, breaking open his investigation more than five years after Joyce’s disappearance. But Rhonda did […]
Talking Cold: Discussion of Episode 5   (52:29) July 30, 2021
Elizabeth Smart captured the attention of the nation when she was kidnapped at knife-point from her Salt Lake City home in June of 2002. She was 14 years old. Investigators found her nine months later and arrested her kidnappers, Brian David Mitchell and his wife Wanda Barzee. Mitchell repeatedly raped Elizabeth while she was captive. […]
S2E5 Garden Variety   (01:06:18) July 28, 2021
Doug Lovell’s conviction for the rape of Joyce Yost carries a heavy penalty: 15 years-to-life in prison. With Doug safely in custody, South Ogden police turn their attention on his wife, Rhonda. The investigation stalls however, leaving the newly assigned lead detective Terry Carpenter chasing a strange lead involving a claim Joyce died at the […]
Talking Cold: Discussion of Episodes 3 & 4   (37:32) July 23, 2021
Joyce Yost went to police. She pressed charges, but it wasn’t an easy process. The criminal justice system aspires to ensure justice is served while protecting the rights of the accused. But for victims, it sometimes feels as though they are not being believed. It repeats the horror of the crime over and over. Hosts […]