Susan Powell's Father-in-Law: I 'Lusted' for Her

Steven Powell's diaries cite obsession with missing woman

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 10, 2012 11:05 AM CDT

(Newser) – The diaries of Susan Powell's imprisoned father-in-law have emerged, and they tell a story of "lust" for the missing woman. "The fact is, I can hardly control myself when it comes to her," Steven Powell wrote in an entry obtained by KOMO-TV. From ABC News: "I have never lusted for a woman as I have for Susan. I take chances sometimes to take video clips of her, which I watch regularly."

The elder Powell also described masturbating with Susan's underwear and sliding a mirror under the bathroom door to watch his daughter-in-law, a habit he recognized as possibly "sociopathic." The 2,300 pages contain no clues to Susan's whereabouts, according to the New York Daily News. The 62-year-old Powell is in a Washington state prison for voyeurism and was named a person of interest in Susan's disappearance; pictures of Susan were previously found in his home.

Steven Powell, the father-in-law of missing Utah woman Susan Powell, appears in Pierce County courtroom, Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, in Tacoma, Wash.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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