Prosecutors Allege Lori Vallow Daybell Viewed Children as Obstacles in Pursuit of Fifth Husband, Seeking Their Finances
Lori Vallow Daybell, a former beauty pageant contestant from Idaho, has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her two children, 7-year-old JJ Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, in a case involving a dark religious prophecy and claims of “zombies,” with her husband also implicated in the killings.
Prosecutors Alleged Lori Vallow Daybell Saw Children as Obstacles to Fifth Husband, Citing ‘Doomsday’ Beliefs and Financial Motives
Lori Vallow Daybell, a former beauty pageant contestant from Idaho, has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her two children, 7-year-old JJ Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan. The case gained national attention due to its connection to a dark religious prophecy, wherein Vallow Daybell believed her children were “zombies” possessed by evil forces, as reported. She denied any guilt during her sentencing, claiming her children visited her after their deaths and told her they were happy. Reports said that the judge considered her denial as a factor in handing down a life sentence without the possibility of parole, stating she had chosen the “most evil and destructive path possible.”
According to The Washington Post, prosecutors asserted that Lori Vallow Daybell saw her children as hindrances to be with her fifth husband, Chad Daybell, and aimed to gain access to their finances. They also pointed to her “doomsday” religious beliefs as a justification for her actions. The defense countered that she was a loving mother who was not involved in the killings, despite her unusual ideology.
Chad Daybell Implicated in Killings, Faces Future Trial as Police Investigation Unravels Disturbing Details
Chad Daybell, Lori Vallow Daybell’s fifth husband, has also been implicated in the killings and is scheduled to stand trial in the future. In a published article in CBS News, the police investigation began in 2019 when JJ’s grandparents became concerned about their inability to contact him. The couple had fled to Hawaii, and their children’s remains were eventually found on Daybell’s property in Rexburg. Vallow Daybell was also charged with involvement in other deaths in Arizona, including her fourth husband’s and her niece’s husband.
During the sentencing, family members of the victims spoke about their loved ones and the pain caused by Vallow Daybell’s actions. They expressed their desire to remember them for how they lived rather than the horrific circumstances of their deaths.
The case has been the subject of media attention, with books, movies, and documentaries attempting to shed light on the bizarre religious motivations behind the murders. Vallow Daybell’s sentencing marks the end of a disturbing and tragic saga that has left many baffled and horrified.