What did Chad Daybell do to his late wife Tammy Daybell? The author is charged for the murder of his ex-spouse and his kids.
The disappearance of adoptive siblings Tylee Ryan and Joshua “J.J.” Vallow gripped the nation, as the teen and her autistic brother were not seen publicly since Sept. 2019. Family members grew suspicious as to where the brother and sister were after multiple failed attempts to contact them. They cited the kids’ mother, Lori Vallow, as a religious fanatic too, and they urged police to look into the matter.
After authorities conducted a wellness check in late November, it was evident that something gravely wrong had taken place. Following the check, a wild series of events took place that left multiple dead and Vallow on the run in Hawaii with her husband, Chad Daybell.
The mysterious case was covered on local and national news channels.
In July 2023, it was reported that ‘Doomsday Mom’ Lori Vallow and her husband Chad Daybell were both charged with the murders of the former’s two younger children and the latter’s ex-wife.
Police believe it was the couple’s radical religious beliefs that led them to commit the homicides of JJ Vallow, Tylee Ryan, and Tammy Daybell.
Who is Chad Daybell, Lori Vallow’s husband?
Chad Daybell is a self-published author who wrote more than two dozen books about near-death, doomsday events, religious-themed fiction about prophecies and the end of the world.
Some of his novels include The Great Gathering, Evading Babylon, and Days of Fury.
He is famous for being Lori Vallow Daybell’s current but fifth husband.
He and Lori jointly worked on Preparing A People podcasts – and both spoke alongside others about the end of the world, reports KJZZ.
The small multi-media company behind the podcasts advertises its lectures, podcasts, and videos as readying people for the second coming of Jesus Christ.
At the time of their involvement with the podcasts, Lori was married to Charles Vallow, while Chad was living with his wife, Tammy Daybell.
Charles Vallow’s sister, Kay, told the Associated Press that he had confided in her that he feared Lori was cheating on him with Chad.
Charles eventually filed divorce documents in an Arizona court last February claiming that Lori believed she was a “translated being” and “a god assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ’s second coming in July 2020,” The Arizona Republic newspaper reported.
After Charles – her fourth husband – was shot and killed in Phoenix last July, she moved her family to Idaho in August.
Two months after Lori’s move, Tammy Daybell died at her home.
Chad married Lori just two weeks after Tammy’s death.
What happened to Lori and Chad’s ex-partners?
Lori Vallow’s estranged husband, Charles Vallow, was shot and killed in Phoenix in July 2019 by Lori’s brother, Alex Cox.
Alex told authorities that the shooting was in self-defense after Charles hit him with a baseball bat, but the case is unsolved.
Whatever the findings, Alex can’t stand trial – as he died of unknown causes in December.
His toxicology results could take weeks, says the Associated Press.
Chad Daybell’s wife Tammy Daybell died in October last year of what her obituary said was natural causes.
However, when Chad married Lori just two weeks after Tammy’s death, police became suspicious and had Tammy’s remains exhumed.
Lori’s long-awaited trial revealed the results of an autopsy performed on Tammy Daybell.
As per KSLTV, her “cause of death was determined to be asphyxiation, not a heart attack, as previously believed.”
What did Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow do to their children?
Investigators first determined that JJ and Tylee had not been seen since September 2019, but Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell never reported them missing.
JJ was enrolled at Kennedy Elementary School in Rexburg, Idaho, on September 3, 2019.
But he only attended lessons for several weeks before being “unenrolled” on September 23, after Lori said she’d homeschool him, reports KJZZ.
It’s not clear when exactly Tylee was last seen, but reports suggest it was also in September 2019.
Investigators said the couple later claimed JJ and Tylee were visiting relatives in Arizona.
After discovering the lie, detectives returned to her and Chad’s home the next day — only to find the couple had left town.
It wasn’t until June 9, 2020, that investigators found J.J. and Tylee’s remains buried on Chad’s property.
In April 2023, Dr. Garth Warren, a forensic pathologist, revealed J.J.’s cause of death to be asphyxiation by a plastic bag and duct tape over his mouth. Meanwhile, Tylee’s cause of death was determined “homicide by unspecified means.”
As a result, Lori and Chad were both charged with first-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit destruction, alteration, or concealment of evidence in connection with J.J. and Tylee’s deaths.
On May 12, 2023, Lori was found guilty of first-degree murder for the deaths of her children and on July 31 she was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
What is Chad Daybell’s religion?
Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell have been dubbed the “Doomsday Mom and Dad” for their cult-like beliefs centered around the end of the world.
Both Vallow and Daybell are Mormons who belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The two were members of Preparing A People, which local Idaho residents have described as a cult because of their extreme doomsday ideologies.
However, Preparing A People have since disputed any involvement with either Vallow or Daybell.
A member of the religious group that follows Vallow and Daybell spoke to CBS 5 Investigates, claiming the couple communicates with spirits and they are true Mormons.
The unidentified woman said they stockpile food and supplies because the world will come to an end.
Another woman who spoke to the Eastidahonews described the cult as an “extremist group” as a “better term.”
“I think ‘cult’ is such a weird word because it doesn’t accurately describe what’s happening,” a woman the outlet called Jessica said.
The woman’s experience with these groups started when she and her husband moved to eastern Idaho in 2015.
What did ‘Preparing A People’ say about Vallow and Daybell?
According to the website, Preparing A People’s mission is to “prepare the people of this earth for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.”
Following the chain of mysterious events, Vallow and Daybell have left in their wake, the organization associated with Preparing a People called Color My Media has attempted to distance themselves from the mysterious couple.
The website clarified they are a multimedia company that put on Preparing a People which they define as a “series of lecture events focusing on self-reliance and personal preparation.”
“It is not a ‘group’ and is not a ‘cult’ or something people join, but has educational lecture events that can be attended or watched on video,” a statement on the Preparing a People Facebook read.
“If you’re here for Chad, well we don’t know Chad. We don’t have any of Chad’s books, we never took money from Chad, maybe he drove by some ‘Preparing A People’ events but if he did he never got out of his car or even slowed down much.”