WEST VALLEY, Utah. -- A video missing Utah mom Susan Powell made a year before she disappeared indicates her marriage to Josh Powell was troubled and she wanted documented proof of their assets.
Now with the case no longer active, Utah police have released that video and a wealth of other documents, including a secret last will and testament Susan Powell had written and hid in a safe deposit box.
It's been known for some time that this tape and a secret will existed, but Wednesday was the first time their contents have been released to the public.
"This is me, July 29, 2008," the video begins, showing Susan going from room to room in the family's West Valley, Utah home. Her children were playing in the background as she narrated.
"Covering all my bases, making sure that if anything happens to me or my family or all of us that our assets are documented," she says in the video.
Just one month before that video was filmed, Susan wrote a secret will and testament
implying she feared for her life.
"I want it documented somewhere that there is extreme turmoil in our marriage," she wrote.
She said Josh threatened her that if they got a divorce, "there will be no lawyers, only a mediator, and I will ruin you."
Susan Powell added that Josh told her: "You, Susan, would be destroyed and your life would be over and the boys will not grow up with a mom and dad."
She put the will in a safe deposit box with explicit directions that husband Josh not be allowed to see it.
And the last paragraph starts: "If I die, it may not be an accident, even if it looks like one."
In the letter, Susan Powell asked that if anything happened to her, her father be in charge of her children's lives. But Josh Powell had court-ordered visitation, and it was during one of those visits last year that he killed the boys and himself.
In hindsight Susan's video is chillingly hopeful.
"Hope everything works out and we're all happy and live happily ever after -- as much as that's possible," she said.
West Valley, Utah police said Monday they're certain Josh Powell and his brother were involved in Susan's disappearance.