Cult Mom Lori Vallow's Kids Were Tortured, Son's Head Was In A Bag While Daughter Was Dismembered

Cult Mom Lori Vallow's Kids Were Tortured, Son's Head Was In A Bag While Daughter Was Dismembered

While Joshua "JJ" Vallow, 7, was found wrapped with duct tape and put inside a plastic while the body of Tylee Ryan, 17, was dismembered and found from their stepfather Chad Daybell's house on June 9.

Trigger Warning: The story has details of child murder and torture that readers may find disturbing 

The mysterious case the two Idaho kids, Joshua "JJ" Vallow, 7, and his sister Tylee Ryan, 17, who went missing last September and whose remains were found earlier this month just got murkier. The bodies of the two kids were found from the home of their stepfather Chad Daybell, a doomsday cult author and preacher. The bodies displayed evidence of torture with the elder child even being dismembered. Court documents mention the strange belief of the children's biological mother, Lori Vallow, and her second husband—that her kids were "zombies" who had to be killed, according to a report in abc11. Not just Daybell, his wife also had beliefs in the doomsday cult and this might have played a part in the murder of the children.



Melanie Gibb, Lori's longtime friend, has been cooperating with the police since the children went missing. According to a report by Lieutenant Ron Ball from Rexburg police, Gibb was the person to have seen JJ alive. Lori had visited her at her apartment last September just before the kids went missing. Ball wrote in his report, "Gibb reports that when she arrived in Rexburg, Lori Vallow informed her that JJ Vallow had become a 'zombie.' Gibb further reports that the term 'zombie' refers to an individual whose mortal spirit has left their body and that their body is now the host of another spirit. The new spirit in a 'zombie' is always considered a 'dark spirit.'" But the term 'zombie' was something that Gibbs had heard her friend use to describe her kids before.



Gibb's statement to the police sheds light on one instance when Lori had called her daughter Tylee a zombie in the spring of 2019. Gibb said she used this term when her daughter did not want to babysit JJ. Lori herself had learned of the term from her husband at the beginning of that year. According to the couple's belief, as stated by Gibb and noted in court documents, when a zombie takes over a person's body, "the person's true spirit goes into 'limbo' and is stuck there until the host body is physically killed. As such, death of the physical body is seen as the mechanism by which the body's original spirit can be released from limbo." The couple also believed themselves to be spiritual leaders and that they were out to rid the world of such zombies.



"She was told by Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow that they held the religious belief that they were a part of the 'Church of the Firstborn' and that their mission in that Church was to lead the '144,000' mentioned in the Book of Revelation. They also stated their mission was to rid the world of 'zombies,'" the document highlighted. Shedding light on the killing, Nate Eaton, a reporter with the EastIdahoNews.com who has been following the case for months told Crime Stories with Nancy Grace,  "I don't think these kids were simply put to sleep and then buried. We know that JJ was wrapped in plastic. He was wrapped in duct tape. There was a white plastic bag over his head. Tylee's remains were burned. She was dismembered." Eaton, however, highlighted it was unclear whether Tylee's dismemberment occurred before or after she died.



He added according to court documents, "She was buried in the ground. It's not like these bodies were simply buried in a decent manner. They were tortured, in a way. We don't know the specifics about that. But we do know that her remains were also burned and they found bones when they discovered her body." Reports of a cult and doomsday prophecies and beliefs had suspected since the beginning of the case. We had reported the same since the kids went missing and with mysterious deaths of family members in the case. Lori's first husband and the biological father of the two dead children, Charles Vallow, was fatally shot twice in the chest by Lori's brother, Alex Cox, on July 11, 2019, in Arizona. Charles had gone to pick up Joshua from Lori's house and gotten into an altercation with her.



Her brother intervened and killed Charles in self-defense. Not long after this incident, Cox passed away. A day later, Daybell's wife before Lori, Tammy Daybell's body was exhumed. Tammy had mysteriously died and her body was buried at Springville in Utah. Kay Vallow Woodcock, the children's grandmother, had written on social media about how her former daughter-in-law's behavior started to change to the point that she no longer seemed like the same person. She said she suspected the hand of a 'cult' that Lori was part of, without giving a name. She wrote, "Things started changing over the past 18+ months when Lori began spending all her time with a new religious group, that we refer to as a 'cult'." Lori and Daybell have both pleaded not guilty to the murders and various other charges.

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