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Cold is a 2018 True Crime podcast produced by Salt Lake City's KSL-TV, detailing the 2009 disappearance of housewife Susan Powell. Police investigations exposed the sordid nature of both her husband, Joshua Powell, and her father-in-law, Steven Powell, and uncovered evidence that strongly pointed to Joshua being involved in his wife's murder.

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Tropes found in Cold include:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Steven Powell towards his daughter-in-law, in spades.
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  • Driven to Suicide: Joshua kills himself along with his sons. His brother Michael jumps off a parking garage when police begin to suspect him of being an accomplice to Susan's murder.
  • Offing the Offspring: When it becomes clear that he will lose custody of his sons because of the psychosexual evaluation, Joshua locks himself in his house with the boys, kills them with a hatchet, and sets the house on fire with him inside.
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