New documents show how Lori Vallow Daybell may have plotted the death of her third husband
Recently released Arizona police documents reveal that so-called “doomsday cult mom” Lori Daybell, charged with conspiring to murder her son, daughter, fourth husband, and the wife of her current and fifth husband, had previously The unsuccessful plot also discussed killed her third husband.
The Chandler Police Department released thousands of files last week, including text messages, hundreds of pages of police reports and audio and video of interviews conducted by detectives investigating Lori and Chad Daybell. The two have been charged with plotting to murder Lori’s children, 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, as well as Chad’s previous wife, Tammy Daybell, in Idaho. Lori Daybell has also been charged with plotting to kill her ex-married husband, Charles Vallow, in Arizona with the help of her now-deceased brother, Alex Cox.
Tammy Daybell died unexpectedly in an eastern Idaho home she shares with Chad Daybell, who married Lori two weeks later. The children had been missing for months, but their bodies were eventually found buried in the yard outside Chad Daybell’s home.
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It was the death of Charles Vallow on July 11, 2019, that began the Chandler Police Department’s investigation. But friends and family members have since told investigators that Lori Daybell allegedly conspired to kill her third husband and Tilley’s father, Joseph Ryan. In 2007, Alex Cox attacked Joseph Ryan with a Taser in a Texas parking lot. Ryan survived but was hospitalized for several days, and Alex Cox was convicted of that attack.
“Lori and Alex planned to kill Joe,” Daybell’s other brother, Adam Cox, previously told detectives, according to documents obtained by Deseret News. “They planned how they were going to kill Joe, and Al was going to have him go to the Taser, throw him in the trunk and take him to a field and shoot him and then bury him. Well, Al went to her Taser and it didn’t work and Joe called the police and Al went to jail.”
According to the documents, several other friends told detectives a similar account. Angeline Law, who considered Lori Daybell a close friend after meeting her while she was in Kauai, told investigators, “Lori had previously said that she hired her brother to kill her because of the stuff she “
During a bitter custody battle, Lori Daybell accuses Joseph Ryan of sexually harassing Tilly as well as her eldest son, Colby Ryan. Joseph Ryan was later cleared of those charges. He died in April 2018 at his Phoenix, Arizona apartment, which officials ruled out of a heart attack.
Adam Cox said in an interview with Detectives, “It is strange that Joe, her ex-husband, reportedly died of a heart attack when they were desperate for money and he left her $50,000 and Tilley got $2,000. Then Charles has $2 million.” “There are a lot of red flags for me.”
Adam Cox continued, “There must be somewhere where they talked about this because Lori and Alex planned Joe’s death.” “I’m telling you there’s something wrong with Lori and Alex and their belief. Lori thinks death is nothing… Family – Cousins and Uncles – They are Lori, Alex and Lori’s ex-husbands Let’s understand history. There’s a whole pattern of things out there,” he said.
Another friend told investigators that Tillie, even after his father’s death, received $2,000 a month until his 18th birthday. Phoenix police said Joseph Ryan’s body was discovered after a neighbor reported foul smell emanating from his apartment. But April Raymond, another friend of Lowry’s Hawaii, told investigators that the account was inconsistent.
Raymond said that Lori had come to visit him shortly after Ryan’s death.
“My understanding if I remember correctly, what he told me is that they hadn’t heard from Joe for about a month and so he and Tilley went to check on him, or see him… because I think That Tilly had a key or something… and when they got there they found her dead,” Raymond said on January 7, 2020.
Lori Daybell reportedly never told Joseph Ryan’s family of her passing, and her sister, Annie Cushing, said the medical examiner contacted her when no one claimed her body. Phoenix police briefly reopened the case but found no connection linking Lowry to Joseph Ryan’s death.