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Josh Powell, the husband of missing Utah woman Susan Powell, left a simple and short farewell to the world in a chilling note.

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After two years of being scrutinized in the media and questioned by police and judges, prosecutors and social workers, and living his life under a microscope since the day his wife vanished, Josh committed suicide and killed his two sons by setting fire to his home.

Powell wrote, “I’m sorry, goodbye,” in an email to his attorney just minutes before authorities say he set fire to his home, killing himself and his two young sons, days after he was denied custody and ordered to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation.

According to the Associated Press:

The Sunday blaze at Powell’s home brought yet another twist in the very public scandal that began when Susan Powell vanished in 2009. The case had since spiraled into a salacious saga of finger-pointing and accusations of sex and lies – and now the unthinkable loss of two young lives caught in the crossfire.

A social worker brought the two boys to Josh Powell’s home Sunday for what was to be a supervised visit.

They rushed toward the home, leaving the social worker behind. By the time she got to the door, Powell had let his sons in but locked her out, Graham Fire and Rescue Chief Gary Franz told The Associated Press.

He said emails Powell sent just prior to the blaze seemed to confirm that Powell planned the deadly blast. Pierce County sheriff’s Sgt. Ed Troyer didn’t elaborate on the content of the emails.

Jeffrey Bassett, who represented Powell in the custody case, said he received an ominous email from his client just minutes before the fire.

“I’m sorry, goodbye,” it read.

We can’t imagine that a father would do that to his own sons. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families during this time.

SOURCE: AP