Dateline NBC podcast 'Mommy Doomsday' detailing Vallow-Daybell case

(Courtesy photo Dateline NBC)

Support Local Journalism

Dateline NBC continues its coverage of the Lori Vallow-Daybell case with the upcoming podcast entitled “Mommy Doomsday.”

The podcast is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 16, on Dateline’s webpage

“The six-episode series, ‘Mommy Doomsday’, features Dateline’s year-long exclusive and original reporting on Idaho mom, Lori Vallow, who made worldwide headlines after her children, J.J. and Tylee, vanished,” said Dateline in a press release.

Dateline plans to broadcast the podcast during the next three weeks.

“‘Mommy Doomsday’ reveals a rare inside look at Vallow and her husband, Chad Daybell, and the events surrounding the disappearance of J.J. and Tylee, including Vallow and Daybell’s participation in a fringe religious group that believed doomsday was near,” said Dateline in a press release. “Both Vallow and Daybell have denied any wrongdoing in the case, which Dateline has reported on since the beginning. They are facing charges of destruction, alteration, or concealment of evidence.”

Dateline interviewed Lori’s friends and family for the podcast. Kay and Larry Woodcock, J.J.’s grandparents, tell of wondering where J.J. was. It also features a meeting between Lori and Rexburg Police officers who were looking for J.J. Kay Woodcock requested police to do a welfare check on J.J. after she hadn’t heard from the boy in weeks. Lori lied to officers about J.J.’s whereabouts saying he was with a friend in Arizona.

Friends also detailed how Lori insisted a demon was living inside her then husband Charles Vallow who was shot by Lori’s brother Alex Cox in July 2019 following an alleged domestic dispute. Lori also told friends she didn’t believe her family would survive an impending apocalypse.

Lori’s only surviving child, Colby Ryan, told Dateline how upsetting it was that family members had gone missing, been killed or died under mysterious circumstances.

“My siblings are gone, Charles is gone, Alex is gone, Chad’s wife (Tammy Daybell) is gone, the kids are missing — How much worse can you get?” he said prior to his siblings’ bodies being found.

Tammy died unexpectedly Oct. 19, 2019, at the Salem home she shared with Chad and their five children. Chad received an estimated $430,000 in life insurance payments following Tammy’s death. Two weeks later, he married Lori in Hawaii.

Tammy’s suspicious death motivated the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office to ask that her body be exhumed, and such was done on Dec. 11, 2019, from a Utah cemetery. Tammy’s autopsy was completed earlier this month, but the results of the autopsy have not been released.

Cox died unexpectedly, Dec. 12, 2019, in Arizona. His death was later deemed caused by blood clots. In June 2020, law enforcement found the bodies of Tylee, 17, and J.J., 7, buried on Chad’s Salem property.

Officers arrested Chad shortly after the bodies were discovered. He’s being held at the Fremont County Jail on a $1 million bond. Lori has been jailed at the Madison County Jail since March 2020 also on a $1 million bond. The couple are both charged with concealing evidence involving the children’s remains.

The Daybells face a jury trial in July over the concealment charges. They nor anyone else has been charged in Tylee’s or J.J.’s murders.

While the Daybells have not been charged in the children’s deaths, they are considered potential defendants in the case surrounding Tammy Daybell’s unexpected death. In a 2020 press release, the Idaho Attorney General’s office stated that Chad and Lori face possible conspiracy, attempted murder and murder charges in Tammy’s death.

Recently elected Fremont County Prosecutor Lindsey A. Blake asked the state to return the case to Fremont County. Last year former Fremont County prosecutor Marcia Murdoch requested the state take on the case. It wasn’t known why Blake requested it back, but it is legal for her to make such requests.

For more information on the upcoming podcast visit