The sad, twisted saga of Tylee Ryan and J.J. Vallow took a grim turn earlier this year. The remains of the missing children, who had not been seen since September 2019, were discovered on property belonging to Chad Daybell. He and the children’s mother, Lori Vallow, had fled to Hawaii but could not escape justice.
Now we have new insight into the twisted minds of Vallow and Daybell, as well as the trail of death they left behind.
Lori Vallow allegedly told her friend, Melanie Gibb, that her children had become zombies. Vallow claimed that she and her husband wanted to rid the world of zombies–and it seems they may have started with Tylee (17) and Joshua (7).
According to a report filed by police in Rexburg, Idaho, Vallow had developed a complicated belief system. It centered on the idea that there are people “whose mortal spirit has left their body and that their body is now the host of another spirit,” the affidavit read.
“While the ‘dark spirit’ inhabits the host body, the person’s true spirit goes into ‘limbo’ and is stuck there until the host body is physically killed,” the statement continued. The police believe that the twisted beliefs came directly from Chad Daybell, as part of his involvement in the Church of the Firstborn religious sect.
Currently, Lori Vallow is charged with multiple felonies that include deserting dependent children, soliciting a crime, and contempt of court. Chad Daybell is charged with destroying and concealing evidence–linked to his apparent attempt to hide the bodies of the children.
The remains were only positively identified this week. It’s likely that the investigation is ongoing, and more charges may be filed against Vallow and Daybell related to the children’s deaths.
However, they are not the only people who are under suspicion at this time. Evidence obtained from the cellphone of Alex Cox, Lori Vallow’s brother, led investigators to the bodies. According to the location data from the phone, Cox was there when authorities believe the children’s bodies were buried.
Cox is linked to another death involving his sister. Last July, he shot and killed Charles Vallow, Lori’s then-husband, in what was ruled as self-defense.
Charles Vallow had filed for divorce and claimed that his wife was obsessed with a mission “to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ’s second coming in July 2020 and that if [he] got in her way of her mission she would murder him.”
Cox is rumored to have attempted to murder a man named Brandon Boudreaux, the husband of Lori’s niece Melani. Boudreaux claims that his estranged wife wanted to kill him for insurance money “to help support the cult that she is believed to be a part of.”
The trail of the dead doesn’t end there. Cox himself died suddenly in January of “unknown causes,” according to the New York Times. In October of last year, Chad Daybell’s then-wife, Tammy, died of what appeared to be natural causes.
Daybell and Vallow married just two weeks after both their former spouses were dead. Vallow was reportedly drawn to Daybell, who is a “doomsday prepper” after reading his books and listening to his podcast about the end of the world.