An American mother, well versed in apocalyptic theories, was convicted Friday of the murder of her two children and complicity in the murder of her new husband’s ex-wife by an Idaho judge.
Lori Vallow, among other things, was found guilty of killing her children, ages 7 to 16, whom she had taken, according to investigators, for “zombification.”
Adherents of reincarnation theories, she was prosecuted alongside her new husband, Chad Dibble, author of esoteric books, for this triple homicide and fraud, and the couple in particular continued to receive family allowances after the disappearance of their children.
Lori Vallow, who according to her testimonies considered herself a savior of humanity, pleaded not guilty.
She faces life in prison without the possibility of parole but evaded the death penalty, which was rejected by the judge.
Her husband, Chad Dibble, has not been tried and faces the death penalty.
Like Lori Vallow, he was a member of an extremist Mormon sect that was preparing for the end of the world.
This dark relationship, which marked the state of Idaho in the northwest of the United States, began in 2019 with the disappearance of the two children, according to the grandparents of one of them.
The investigation soon takes a horrific turn when police notice a series of deaths in the entourage of Lori Vallow and her new husband, Chad Daybell.
In 2018, third husband Lori Vallow passed away, apparently due to a heart attack. In 2019, her fourth husband was shot and killed by Laurie’s brother, who claimed self-defense.
The latter himself died soon after, after he was found unconscious in his home.
In 2019, Chad Daybell’s ex-wife also died of “natural” causes.
Two weeks later, Lori Vallow and Chad Dibble left Idaho for Hawaii.
The bodies of the two children, who were last seen alive in September 2019, were found in June 2020, more than nine months after they went missing, near Chad Dibble’s home in Rexburg, a small rural town in that state.
Their story inspired a Netflix documentary series, “Our Murderous Mother,” released this past January.