We now have the case of Joshua and Susan Powell. Like Scott Peterson and Mark Hacking, Joshua Powell is reported to have a problem with women. Instead of treating the wife as an equal, he wanted to CONTROL the wife, make the wife DO AS HE PLEASES.
Adult women are NOT children, NOT slaves, NOT "cooks an 'hoes". A female gave birth to the man. Women should be respected, NOT treated as beasts of burden.
Joshua's actions have nothing to do with Mormonism. The penalty for abuse, spousal, child, and otherwise, is "amen to the priesthood or authority of that man", probably to include disfellowshipment or excommunication. Unfortunately, he was probably absent from Sunday School when this was taught. He hasn't attended to his meetings either.
Mark Hacking was also a slacker. He came home from his Mission early, because he was in a relationship with a convert. He also lied to his wife, and everybody else, by saying he was in Medical School at the University of Utah. When his wife Lori, who was also barely pregnant with child was desperately trying to call the University of Norh Carolina to check on living arrangements, they told Lori that he was not a student at the University of Norh Carolina, and that he never graduated from anywhere. What Mark was trying to do was move to North Carolina, and smoke, drink, and live the "Southern high life". When Lori found out that the last four years was a lie, all of Mark's "dreams" fell apart, and he later shot Lori to death and dumped her body in the dumpster.
Joshua Powell probably moved to Utah to live lazily. He wasn't a stalwart, and didn't care about keeping the commandments. He just wanted to live the life his way like any sociopath, that is do anything at any time, without giving a damn for what is right or for the concerns of others.
Hacking is waiting about 30 years for a parole date.
Peterson is on San Quentin's Death Row; his Appeal with California Supreme Court is still pending. It is very doubtful that his conviction and death sentence would be overturned.
Instead of hidng behind a lawyer, Powell should either be candid or fess up. Otherwise, as Betty Davis would say, "we're all going to be in for a bumpy ride".
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