Police video from January 2019 documents the turmoil in Lori Vallow’s then-marriage to Charles Vallow, six months before her brother Alex Cox fatally shot Charles, claiming self-defense.
Law & Crime obtained multiple videos of Charles Vallow sharing concerns with police that his wife was mentally unstable, and suggesting to them that she be evaluated at a mental health facility. The conversations in the videos indicate that Lori Vallow took her children to stay in a hotel the night before, and in a police interview room she accused Charles Vallow of coming to the hotel and snatching her purse from her car. She also claimed that her husband took her phone and used it to “impersonate her.”
In the police interview room, Lori Vallow and her daughter Tylee were joined by Lori’s friend Melanie Gibb, who corroborated Lori’s account that Charles Vallow pretended to be Lori in messages to friends.
In police bodycam video, Charles Vallow told police about Lori’s extreme religious beliefs and said she had become increasingly unhinged.
Later that day, Lori, Tylee and Melanie Gibb spoke to police about Charles Vallow’s claims that Lori should be taken to a psychiatric unit. The tone of the conversation was lighthearted, and at one point Tylee Ryan joked that her mother should be put in a “padded room.”
Tylee also told police that the previous night was not the first time that the family members had spent the night away from home to distance themselves from Charles.
Tylee and her 7-year-old brother Joshua “JJ” Vallow disappeared in September 2019, and Lori and her new husband Chad Daybell refused to cooperate with the investigation into their disappearances. On June 9, investigators discovered the remains of Tylee and JJ buried in Chad Daybell’s backyard.
Daybell and Vallow are both in custody in Idaho, facing various felony charges, though neither has yet been charged with murder.
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