By now you should be at the very least familiar with the disturbing allegations against Lori Vallow and her husband Chad Daybell. It has been circling the national and local Idaho and Utah news for a couple of years now. Lori, who seemed like your average suburban mom is linked to a series of deaths surrounding her family. There is a new podcast that takes a deeper look into the confusing stories and tries to uncover more truths from the situation.

Here is a quick recap - Vallow and Daybell are facing charges of first-degree murder in the deaths of Vallow’s children, Tylee Ryan, 16, and Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, who were found buried on Daybell’s Idaho property last year. Daybell is also accused of killing his wife Tammy in 2019 and Vallow is facing charges in Arizona of conspiracy to commit murder in the death of her husband, Charles Vallow, a few months earlier.

Daybell has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, while Vallow is currently being held at a mental health facility for treatment after a judge declared her unfit to stand trial in the deaths of her children earlier this year.

According to Jill Sederstrom with Oxygen True Crime , Rather than determining "who" carried out the murders, UCP Audio’s “The Followers: Madness of Two” examines why the crimes may have happened at all.

“That was the lens we really used to shape our research,” Sarah Treleaven, the host and producer of the five-part series told “You know, we really wanted to talk to people who could tell us how something that seemed unthinkable could possibly happen.”

Lori Vallow Daybell (Photo: John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register via AP, Pool, File)
Lori Vallow Daybell (Photo: John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register via AP, Pool, File)

“It was actually before I was even involved in the podcast and I remember reading that there was a mother whose children were missing and she was refusing to help find them and I just remember being so incredibly struck by that. It is so counter-normative,” she said. “It violates everything we think we know and I just remember instantly ... having great clarity that there was sort of no way that this could end in anything other than tragedy.”

To learn more, tune in Wednesday to UCP Audio’s “The Followers: Madness of Two,” wherever you listen to podcasts.

Lifetime has created a movie about the situation as well called Doomsday Mom. Read more on that here. 

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