LORI Vallow Daybell had her fourth husband murdered over his $1million life insurance after she lost her mind buying into her new lover’s insane doomsday prophecies, the victim’s sister claims.
Charles Vallow was apparently so concerned about Lori’s increasingly troubling behavior that he met with his sister Kay Woodcock in February 2019 to make arrangements in the event of his sudden death.
The 62-year-old father-of-three told Kay he wanted her to be the sole beneficiary of his $1 million life insurance policy rather than Lori, who was completely AWOL at the time of the conversation.
In the weeks prior, Lori had transferred $35,000 from his business account to her own and repeatedly referred to him as “Nick Schneider” — the name of an evil spirit she believed possessed.
Lori had also threatened Charles’ life, telling him she was preparing for the second coming of Christ and claiming to be a “translated being unable to taste death,” court documents show.
Charles would be dead within months.
He was fatally shot by Lori’s devoted brother – and alleged killer – Alex Cox while arriving at her home in Chandler, Arizona to pick up her 7-year-old adopted son Joshua “JJ” Vallow.
At the time, Cox was claiming self-defense, protesting that Charles had attacked him with a baseball bat during an altercation. Evidence at the crime scene has disproved these claims, and investigators now believe he was murdered in cold blood.
From the moment she found out about her brother’s fate, Kay told The US Sun she sensed foul play. The motive, Kay believes, was the $1 million life insurance policy Charles had spoken to her about months ago.
But Lori would never see a dime of the hefty sum.
“We didn’t believe that for a second,” Kay said of Cox’s claims of self-defense. “We knew straight away that that wasn’t true.
“And then we called detectives in Arizona and said, ‘[Alex and Lori] did they attack him.’
“Lori thought she was going to get a million dollars… and I didn’t know at the time if Charles had ever switched the beneficiary from her to me.
“I didn’t know until about a week later when the insurance company informed me that I was indeed named as a beneficiary.”
POWER OF THE CULT
Days after Charles Vallow’s death, Lori Vallow called his insurance company to inquire about his million-dollar policy, court documents say.
A company representative told Lori that he had changed his beneficiary information and that she would not receive any of the money.
A seemingly upset Lori later texted Kay, writing, “Five kids and no money and his sister gets it all.”
Though Lori couldn’t confirm for certain that her sister-in-law inherited the money, Kay said she remained afraid of retaliation.
She fed Chad Daybell’s bull**t… it was all about that cult
Her biggest concern was that Lori would prevent her from having contact with her grandson, JJ, whom Charles and Lori adopted when Kay’s son was a baby.
Those fears would come true within weeks when JJ and his older sister Tylee disappeared without a trace in September 2019.
The bodies of the two siblings were later found in June 2020 charred and buried in the backyard of Lori’s fifth husband, doomsday fanatic Chad Daybell.
After the heartbreaking discovery was made, Kay said for a time that she believed Lori killed JJ to get back at her for taking life insurance money from Charles.
“I thought if Charles had left her the million dollars, she would have given us JJ back and she would have been happy,” Kay mused.
“But the more I found out about what happened, I think it was all about this cult that she was in.
“She fed into Chad Daybell’s bulls … it was all about that cult.”
TRAGICAL AND TWISTED STORY
Tylee’s remains had been dismembered and cremated, while JJ was found buried in his red pajamas and wrapped in plastic bags with his mouth, arms and wrists covered with duct tape.
Chad Daybell was taken into custody the same day and both he and Lori were later indicted by a grand jury on a number of charges related to the children’s deaths, including first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Lori’s brother Alex Cox is also believed to have been involved in her murders, but escaped charges after his sudden death in December 2019, which was reportedly the result of “natural causes” triggered by high blood pressure and blood clots in his lungs.
Prosecutors alleged that Lori, like Charles Vallow, wanted JJ and Tylee dead because – with encouragement from Daybell – she was convinced they were possessed by “dark spirits” and therefore needed to be purged.
Chad Daybell’s wife Tammy also died during the month-long saga.
Her death, initially ruled as the result of a “heart event,” occurred in October 2019, just two weeks before Vallow and Chad Daybell tied the knot in Hawaii.
Authorities now consider her death suspicious, as court documents state that Cox attempted to shoot Tammy about ten days before her death.
Tammy’s body was exhumed, but the results of her second autopsy were not released to the public. Cox died a day before the exhumation.
When I think of JJ, I think of joy…we miss him every day
Kay told The US Sun that for several months she feared she might be on Lori’s alleged hit list.
In fact, she was so scared that she always carried a gun with her.
“I started carrying my gun around the house with me when I was home alone,” she explained.
“I carried my gun from room to room, so if I was going to take a shower or something, I’d put the gun on the counter; when I sat in the living room and watched TV, she was right next to me on the table.
“I would never drive my car out without him either,” Kay added.
“I was worried about how dangerous Lori and Alex were getting … I thought they might be next to me.”
‘WE MISS HIM’
After a long, drawn-out court case in which Vallow claimed she was unfit to stand trial, both she and her doomsday-obsessed fifth husband will face trial on a range of charges next January.
The two have both pleaded not guilty and could face the death penalty if convicted.
Kay told The US Sun she’s looking forward to getting justice for JJ and finally putting the immeasurable heartbreak of the past three years behind her.
Recalling her grandson, she said: “When I think of JJ, I think of joy.
“We miss him every day.”
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