Chad and Lori Daybell

Mormon doomsday prophets investigated for the murder of their spouses and children

2009 - 2019

Chad and Lori Daybell (via Kido Talk Radio)

Chad Daybell is a Mormon who believes he has special abilities to receive supernatural visions after surviving two near death experiences. Compelled to share these insights, he launched a publishing venture in 2009, spinning tales of his supernatural encounters into novels. Through this, he was able to gain a small following, but eventually faced financial problems. However, he was able to revitalize his floundering company by focusing on predictions of an imminent apocalypse. From then on, his religious views became increasingly radical. 

Around 2015, Lori began reading Chad's writings and became enamored with him. By 2018, their fates intertwined when Lori finally met Chad, sparking a revelation of a profound connection spanning multiple lifetimes. Driven by this cosmic bond, Lori, accompanied by her brother Alex and her two children, uprooted her life to be near Chad, despite the fact that both Chad and Lori were already married to other people.

Their lives soon took a dark and twisted turn as Chad and Lori's love story morphed into a chilling narrative. They reportedly became entangled with the Church of the Firstborn, a fundamentalist Mormon doomsday sect linked to kidnappings and murders. Believing they had the supernatural ability to identify individuals as "light" or "dark," based on their perceived allegiance to Jesus or Satan, they deemed the "dark" ones as "zombies" who needed to be eradicated.

In a rapid succession, loved ones began to disappear or meet untimely deaths: Lori's husband Charles was fatally shot by her brother Alex in July 2019; her children, Tylee and JJ, vanished that September; Chad's wife Tammy was killed in October; and Alex himself died in December that same year.

In the shadow of this turmoil, Chad and Lori, now both widowed and with the children nowhere to be found, hastily married in November 2019. However, their union was soon overshadowed by an investigation into the children's disappearance, leading to a distressing discovery: Tylee and JJ had been tragically killed and buried in Chad's backyard, deemed by the couple as "zombies." Arrested and charged with multiple crimes, Lori faces a lifetime behind bars after a guilty verdict, while Chad awaits his trial.

Religion: Latter-Day Saint Movement

Denomination: Church of the Firstborn

Founder: Chad Daybell

Founded: Around 2009

Ended: Around 2019

Location: Rexburg, Idaho

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2006: Lori married Charles Vallow

2014: Lori and Charles adopted JJ Vallow

2017: Lori's relationship with her children starts to change as she delves more seriously into the writings of Chad Daybell

2018: Lori meets Chad Daybell, who was married to Tammy and had five children

February 2019: Charles filed for Divorce from Lori, expressing fear for his and his children's safety

July 2019: Charles was killed by Lori's brother Alex

September 2019: Lori and her brother Alex moved closer to Chad

September 8, 2019: Tylee (Lori's 16-year old daughter) disappeared

September 22, 2019: JJ (Lori's seven-year-old son) disappeared

October 2, 2019: Brandon Boudreaux, the husband of Lori's niece, was shot at while driving, but was unharmed

October 19, 2029: Tammy (Chad's wife) was murdered

November 5, 2019: Chad and Lori get married

November 29, 2019: Tylee and JJ are reported missing by police after performing a welfare check requested by their grandmother

December 2019: Alex (Lori's brother) dies

February 20, 2020: Lori is arrested

June 9, 2020: Authorities discovered the remains of Tylee and JJ buried in Chad's backyard. Chad is arrested.

May 25, 2021: Chad and Lori are charged with with first-degree murder for the deaths of JJ and Tylee.  Daybell was also charged with murdering his first wife, Tammy Daybell.

June 2021: Lori was charged with conspiring to murder Charles Vallow.

May 12, 2023: Lori is found guilty on all charges. She was also charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the deaths of her children and Tammy, as well as stealing social security payments issued for the children

July 31, 2023: Lori is sentenced to life without parole.

December 7, 2023: Lori is charged with conspiracy to murder Brandon Boudreaux in 2019

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