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WA Justice

It has been a busy week in domestic violence and homicide news here in Washington State. You can search this blog (see the box at the upper right corner) for more posts on each case.

Robert Yates

Last Friday, convicted serial killer Robert Yates filed an appeal in federal court in an attempt to escape the death penalty again. The State Supreme Court already upheld the death penalty in this case and the U.S. Supreme Court didn’t touch that.

Now Yates, also known as the Spokane Serial Killer, claims that he had ineffective counsel that failed to highlight supposed mental illness. He also says they didn’t showcase his many positive aspects including his positive, loving relationships such as with his family members and his “acts of caring and kindness.” (more…)

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From Wikipedia

Temple of Justice, Washington State. From Wikipedia.

Washington Supreme Court rejects Yates petition

See also https://wildninja.wordpress.com/2012/11/22/perry-not-yates/.

The Washington State Supreme Court has rejected serial killer Robert Yates’ 25-point post-appeal petition asking for relief from alleged trial errors. I knew that this was going to be filed but didn’t know when it would reach the Supreme Court.

Yates, also known as the Spokane Serial Killer, challenged a number of procedural issues and alleged that he didn’t get a fair trial, a fair jury, or in general, a fair shake. He’s been on death row at the Walla Walla State Penitentiary for years and that is unlikely to change. (more…)

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KCPQ is reporting that Michael Powell, brother of Josh Powell, has committed suicide: http://q13fox.com/2013/02/12/josh-powells-brother-michael-dies-in-apparent-suicide/#axzz2KkdcxTsC.

For those unfamiliar with the case, Josh Powell brutally murdered his two sons while trapping them in a burning house and was strongly suspected of murdering his wife Susan: https://wildninja.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/3084/. (more…)

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Andrew Wyeth, Wind from the Sea

Andrew Wyeth, Wind from the Sea

I was 10 years old the first time it happened.

She was found dead at a campsite in Eastern Washington.

I remember exactly where I was standing, what the weather was like, who was talking to me. I wasn’t sure how to respond. It was not surprising that the suspect was a family member in this case, but I was shocked at the brutal way in which she’d died.

The suspect was never arrested. They knew he did it, and eventually he was found dead somewhere himself, a topic for another time. But until I learned his fate from the lead detective decades later, that cold, vacant feeling never left me.

It was murder. (more…)

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KOMO News posted this information late last night (http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Docs-Susan-Powells-blood-found-near-couch-at-her-house-145232305.html):

SEATTLE — Susan Cox Powell’s blood was found on the tile floor near a sofa in the couple’s house in Utah, according to a search warrant unsealed on Friday.

The documents were unsealed in connection with a Washington state case against the missing woman’s father-in-law, Steven Powell. Steven Powell was arrested last year and charged with voyeurism and possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

When police first entered the Utah home after Susan Cox Powell was reported missing, two fans were setup to blow air on the sofa. The woman’s husband, Josh Powell, told investigators that he had just cleaned the sofa at his wife’s request. (more…)

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From http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20569176,00.html

Charlie and Braden Powell. From http://www.people.com.

Although a friend emailed me at 1:49 P.M. today to let me know about the Powell murders, I was busy and just heard about these deaths on the 7:00 news.


This is sick. Just sick. Two beautiful little boys who had already lost their mom died today in a fiery explosion in Graham, Washington– which authorities say was started by their father.

I’ll review the basic facts of the case in a moment, but want to note that the first question that came to mind. Why did the Pierce County judge that denied Josh Powell custody of his children four days ago and ordered a psychosexual evaluation give him supervised visits at his home? From the little I know so far, it seems that the parameters set by the court allowed this particular kind of horror to happen. (more…)

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Rob Lowe Untouchable

Reviews of last night’s Drew Peterson: Untouchable movie on Lifetime are mocking the script, chortling that Rob Lowe is too good-looking to pull off the slovenly, bloated Peterson, and rightfully noting that viewers couldn’t tell which characters exist in real life and which don’t. At least a few websites are saying you should watch it just for the laughs.

I wasn’t laughing.

Yes, this was a Lifetime movie. This network usually follows a formula of damsel in distress meets hot dude who rescues her. Or woman takes drastic action against abuser and the legal drama that follows. As cheesy as many Lifetime movies are, women watch these shows because they can relate to them. They give them the feeling that someone else understands what they’re going though. (more…)

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Document the Abuse


Today I was reminded that the Document the Abuse website is up and running. Domestic violence experts Susan Murphy Milano and Sandra L. Brown have created an invaluable resource for victims. This website details how to create an Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit and a questionnaire to help people determine if they’re in a potentially lethal relationship.

Please forward the link to this website freely. Many domestic violence victims make the mistake of not documenting what has happened to them– and it’s an easy omission to make when you’re fighting for your life. I am a staunch advocate of documenting all types of abuse, from what happens in the workplace to the emotional, physical, financial, and sexual abuse that can happen at home. You may have read my previous article on the subject that has appeared on several blogs: https://wildninja.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/documentation/. (more…)

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KOMO News has done an admirable job reporting on the questionable circumstances surrounding the “suicide” of former state trooper Ronda Reynolds. You may remember this story from a post on this site nearly 10 months ago, https://wildninja.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/its-about-time/.

KOMO has now said that despite an inquest jury’s finding that Reynolds’ former husband and stepson be held responsible for her death, Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield will not reopen the case.

http://www.komonews.com/news/problemsolvers/132592623.html (more…)

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This week HistoryLink.org featured the story of what might be one of the nation’s most prolific serial killers and his last victims, Bertha and Beverly Kludt, http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=7971.

The Kludts’ murderer, Jake Bird, did not fit neatly within the typical profile of a serial killer due to his age and race. But his lack of concern for any life but his own is obvious. He claimed to have murdered 44 people in twelve states, although just 11 of those murders were substantiated. His victims were typically white women, and his transient lifestyle gave him convenient access to victims and a means to avoid being caught. (more…)

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