Lori Vallow trial update: Court hears Colby Ryan call confronting ‘cult mom’ over sibling deaths

Lori Vallow: Ex-BFF Makes Disturbing Testimony In ‘Doomsday Mom’ Trial

The high-profile trial of “doomsday cult mother” Lori Vallow resumed Tuesday in Boise, Idaho, after a day-long hiatus on Monday.

Ms Vallow, 49, is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy and grand larceny in the deaths of daughter Tylee Ryan, 16, and son Joshua “JJ” Vallow, seven.

Tylee and JJ were last seen alive in September 2019. Their bodies were found buried at the property of Ms Vallow’s new husband, Chad Daybell, in June 2020.

Ms Vallow is also charged with conspiracy to murder Mr Daybell’s first wife Tammy in October 2019.

She has pleaded not guilty to a dramatic case involving multiple murders and unsolved deaths in which jurors heard testimony from Ms. Vallow’s former friends about bizarre ritual “castings” to rid people of dark spirits.

On Tuesday, Ms Vallow’s surviving son Colby Ryan told the court about text messages he received from his sister’s phone in the weeks following her murder that felt like he was speaking to someone else.

The jury then heard him angrily confront his mother about the deaths of his siblings in a phone call with her in prison.

“You ripped my heart out!” he told her.


Timeline of the mysterious case of the “doomsday cult mother”.

Rachel Sharp has compiled a chronicle of the tragic and bizarre case:

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Chad Daybell warned Lori Vallow of a police search when she was arrested

Rachel Sharp has the story.

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Lori Vallow’s trial hears horror over the murders of her children

The remains of his sister Tylee were found nearby.

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Everything we know about the murder trial of Lori Vallow Daybell’s ‘doomsday cult’

Rachel Sharp delves into the deeply disturbing tale of suspected murders, unsolved deaths, and apocalyptic cult beliefs about killing zombies surrounding Lori Vallow and her husband, doomsday author Chad Daybell.

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Revealed Vallow’s chilling response when asked about missing daughter, 16

A former friend of Lori Vallow has revealed the ‘cult mum”s chilling reaction after being confronted about her missing teenage daughter.

On Friday, Ms Vallow’s former friend and former cult acolyte Zulema Pastenes told the court about the ritual “castings” Ms Vallow and Mr Daybell performed to exorcise demons from “dark spirits”.

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Vallow trial hears emotional prison appeal with surviving son

On day six of testimony in the trial of “cult mother” Lori Vallow, the jury heard a recording of a telephone conversation between the defendant and her eldest son during the first few months of her incarceration.

In the emotional exchange between mother and son, Ms Vallow refused to turn on her camera while Mr Ryan wanted to know if Jesus had really told her to murder his siblings.

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‘There’s a lot to be said’: Lori Vallow’s cousin opens up about extreme religious beliefs

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The court is adjourned for that day

Judge Boyce adjourned the court for the day.

The trial will resume tomorrow at 8:30am MT.

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Another piece of evidence is the rental application for the terraced house in Rexburg. Lori put her income at $5,000 a month (the sum of all Social Security benefits) and said her reason for moving was so her daughter could attend BYU-Idaho.

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Lori also shared a credit card with her brother, Alex Cox.

In a March 2019 statement, there’s an airfare for Tylee to fly to Hawaii with a friend and another for Chad Daybell to fly from Idaho Falls to Mesa.

Both Charles Vallow and Tammy Daybell were alive at the time and married to Lori and Chad, respectively.

Oliver O’ConnellApril 18, 2023 21:57

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing russellfalcon@ustimespost.com.

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