Lori Vallow and her husband Chad Daybell are both behind bars on the day they reportedly believe Jesus Christ will return to earth and only 144,000 people on the planet will be spared from unspecified doom.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Vallow’s former, now-deceased husband Charles Vallow said in divorce documents filed in January 2019 that his wife had become obsessed with bizarre religious beliefs and insisted she was a “transmuted being who cannot taste death sent by God to lead the 144,000 into the Millennium.”
According to court documents cited by Business Insider, Charles Vallow said his wife believed she was “receiving spiritual revelations and visions to help her gather and prepare those chosen to live in the New Jerusalem after the Great War as prophesied in the Book of Revelations,” purportedly set to begin on July 22, 2020.
Charles Vallow, who died in July 2019, reportedly claimed that Vallow threatened to kill him if he interfered with her mission.
Lori Vallow’s embrace of extreme religious views appear to have arisen during the time she became acquainted with Chad Daybell, who is reportedly a proponent of the doomsday scenario. When they met in 2018, Daybell was a prominent member of a so-called end-days prepper community known as “Preparing a People.”
The spiritual leanings of the couple, who married in the fall of 2019 weeks after Chad Daybell’s wife Tammy died suddenly, may be connected to the disappearances and deaths of Lori’s two children Tylee Ryan, 16, and JJ Vallow, 7.
The bodies of the children were found in Daybell’s backyard on June 9, the same day Daybell was taken into custody. He remains in jail in Fremont County on felony counts of concealing evidence and conspiracy to conceal evidence.
Vallow is also facing felony conspiracy charges in Fremont County along with misdemeanor charges in Madison County, where she has been in custody since February.
Vallow and Daybell are each being held on a $1 million bond. Neither have been charged with murder, but East Idaho News reporter Nate Eaton said on an episode of “Crime Stories with Nancy Grace” this week that investigators may be waiting to obtain the final autopsy results for Vallow’s children before prosecutors file additional charges against the couple.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, arrest affidavits show that investigators tracked Vallow’s now-deceased brother Alex Cox to Daybell’s backyard on two occasions in September, shortly after each of the children was last seen alive. Cox died in December 2019, and authorities have since determined he died of natural causes related to a cardiac event.
In July 2019, Cox admitted to police that he shot Vallow’s estranged husband Charles Vallow, claiming self-defense. Just before Cox died in December, authorities had exhumed the body of Daybell’s wife Tammy for further examination. The autopsy results for Tammy Daybell have not yet been released.
Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell are both due back in court on separate dates in early August, provided the world has not ended before then.
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