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Author of Apocalyptic Mormon Books and His Wife Face Additional Murder Charge

Authorities are connecting more of the dots between a series of deaths and disappearances that happened before self-published Mormon end times author Chad Daybell and his new wife, Lori Vallow, took off for Hawaii in 2019.

The couple has already been charged with three murders: Daybell’s ex-wife, Tammy and Vallow’s two children, 16-year-old daughter, Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old son, J.J.

They’re now facing charges in a fourth murder: Vallow’s fourth husband Charles, who was killed in 2019 under mysterious circumstances that were not previously investigated. CNN has published an article about the evidence for the charges.

It was the same with Tammy Daybell, whose death was originally determined to be due to natural causes, even though she was in good health. Her death was not investigated at the time, but her body was later exhumed.

Charles Vallow was shot and killed in Arizona by Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, who claimed the shooting was in self-defense. No one at the scene called 911 for nearly 45 minutes.

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In another strange twist to the already-strange case, Cox also died in 2019. No one has yet been charged in his death, but stay tuned.

Chad and Tammy Daybell worked together on books for Mormon children, while Chad ran the Spring Creek Book Company and specialized in writing end times novels similar to the best-selling “Left Behind” series, but with Mormon theology and hackneyed writing.

You can still read the description of Chad Daybell’s novel, “Evading Babylon,” on his website: “Natural disasters will lead to economic difficulties, leaving the United States on the edge of collapse. During this time of strife, members of the LDS Church will be invited by their leaders to survive the civil unrest by gathering to holy refuges.”

Steve Rabey

Steve Rabey is a veteran author and journalist who has published more than 50 books and 2,000 articles about religion, spirituality, and culture. He was an instructor at Fuller and Denver seminaries and the U.S. Air Force Academy. He and his wife Lois live in Colorado.