Lori Vallow’s older brother, the so-called “doomsday cult” mother accused of the deaths of her two children and her former husband, worried when she and their other brother adopted doomsday beliefs.
Adam Cox spoke about his sister in a bonus episode of the “The Followers: Madness of Two” podcast, which detailed the tangled case over several episodes. He described her as an older sister who played sports while growing up in a Mormon family in Southern California.
Years later, Vallow and her brother, Alex Cox, embraced doomsday prophecies, even before meeting her fifth husband, Chad Daybell, an author who has written about these beliefs.
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“I’ll say that with Chad Daybell even though I don’t know much about him,” said Adam Cox. “When he met Lori and Alex, they were already – when I say the perfect storm, they were ready to be taken.”
“I think Lori may have been mentally ill her whole life,” he added.
Vallow and Daybell face conspiracy and murder charges in connection with several deaths, including his two children – Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, his 17-year-old sister Tylee Ryan – and Tammy Daybell, 49.
“Knowing what Lori and Alex were going through with these people talking about the end of the world, and knowing how Lori was – and Lori talked a lot about death actually, talked about the next life, how great the next life is. awesome and how it’s gonna be perfect and how his kids won’t have to suffer in the next life, ”Adam Cox said in a bonus podcast episode released Wednesday.
“I was like, ‘If they’re good, Lori, tell me where these kids are,'” he added. “If she says, ‘Well, I’m not going to tell you where the kids are,’ that means the kids aren’t alive. I knew right away that the kids were dead.”
Vallow was arrested in January 2020 in Hawaii after failing to present the children – who had been reported missing months before – at the behest of Idaho child protection workers. Their remains were discovered on the Daybell property months later.
Daybell is also accused of the death of his ex-wife, Tammy Daybell, who died a few weeks before his marriage to Vallow. Vallow is also charged in connection with the death in July 2019 of her ex-spouse, Charles Vallow.
He was reportedly shot dead by Alex Cox, who has never been charged and died of natural causes.
Vallow and Daybell have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. The complex case took a turn after Vallow was declared mentally unfit by a judge to stand trial.
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“My mom and dad wrote to Lori in prison, and the letters they received from Lori indicate that Lori hasn’t changed her position or personality at all,” said Adam Cox. “Apparently she’s not talking to anyone. So at this point she can’t defend herself because she’s not answering any of the questions they ask her.”
Idaho prosecutors have said they intend to seek the death penalty for Daybell.