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(NEW YORK) — Susan Cox Powell was pleasant and warm toward her father-in-law Steven Powell before she disappeared in 2009, in contrast to allegations that she was very wary of him, according to a new website featuring home videos and songs of the Powell family.

The website, titled West Valley and Pierce County Malfeasance, was released on Tuesday exclusively to ABC News by Steven Powell’s daughter, Alina Powell.

It was unveiled on the same day that her father’s trial on voyeurism charges went to the jury.  Steven Powell is accused of filming and photographing two girls, ages 8 and 10, as they used the bathroom in the home behind Steven’s house.

The site aims to show the Powells’ side of a two-and-a-half year feud with Susan’s parents, as well as between the Powells and the police departments that investigated Susan’s disappearance.

Alina Powell said that the videos on the new website won’t affect the outcome of her father’s case, but are intended to begin offering another side of the Susan Powell story to those who are interested.

“The trial will conclude [today] one way or another,” she said.  “I waited to put things out so as not to interfere with dad’s case, but I’ve long been tired of seeing people say things they don’t really know anything about.  (The website) is just kind of to start putting the truth and balance into this stuff.”

Steven Powell was arrested in 2011 on charges of voyeurism and child pornography after a police search of his home yielded dozens of computer disks with images of naked women and girls. 

His son, Josh Powell, who was the only named person of interest in Susan’s disappearance, later killed himself and his two sons in a fiery home explosion.  The videos released on Tuesday show a rare glimpse of the boys, who were kept out of the public eye while they were alive, laughing and playing with their parents.

Among the images found in Steven Powell’s home were voyeuristic pictures of Susan that he had allegedly taken without her knowledge, although those pictures are not included in the charges.  Steve Powell claimed he had a flirtatious relationship before she disappeared.

Members of Susan’s family and friends, as well as an estranged daughter of Steven Powell, have said that Susan was “repulsed” by her father-in-law and wanted Josh to sever ties with him.

The Powells’ new website, however, claims that Susan was in fact comfortable around Steven, and shows home videos of the family together to prove it.

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