In setting his boys on fire Josh Powell enflamed a nation.
Breaking: Stories of Steve Powell going on camping trips is in the news, although Powell's going on late night camping trips have been around for a long time. However, Media going with second-hand news, instead of puting pressure on the lack-luster West Valley Police and therapists who were content with boiler-plate findings. Media is being used as damage control, not investigations, and sounding alarms. However the public is slowly learning what a mockery the entire investigation was and continues to be; including the thoroughly preventable murders of the Powell children, at the hands of officials in two states.
On Feb. 21, 2012, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Utah leads the nation in suicides.
"According to preliminary data from the Office of Vital Records and Statistics, 495 Utahns took their own lives in 2011, compared with 455 in 2010.
“It’s a problem we’ve had for a long time, and it’s not going anywhere,” said Jenny Johnson, education coordinator at the Utah Department of Health.
Because Utah’s population rose during the same time period, state officials do not consider the increase statistically significant. But they acknowledge suicide remains a major problem.
A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study of 2008 and 2009 data found that Utah had the highest percentage of adults with suicidal thoughts — 6.8 percent — compared with 2.1 percent in Georgia, the nation’s lowest."