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Lori Vallow Daybell murder trial: Texts between Lori and others revealed in court

Texts between Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell show Daybell told Vallow, "I turned up the pain to 10 and placed a spiritual virus in her," referring to Tylee Ryan.

BOISE, Idaho — Monday starts week six of the Lori Vallow, or Lori Vallow Daybell trial, with former FBI Special Agent Douglas Hart on the stand to testify to multiple text threads between Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell about a "plan to take the children."

Lori Vallow is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and grand theft in connection to the deaths of two of her children, JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan, as well as the death of her current husband's late wife, Tammy Daybell.

Vallow will no longer face the death penalty, however she could be sentenced to up to life in prison.

There are no cameras allowed in the courtroom, but KTVB investigative and courts reporter Alexandra Duggan is there:

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Cross-examination of former FBI agent

3:20 p.m.: "Why didn't you stop looking for JJ and Tylee?" the prosecution asked former FBI Special Agent Douglas Hart.

“You always hope for the best outcome and work as tirelessly as possible until the case is resolved," Hart said.

John Thomas, Lori Vallow's defense attorney, is now cross-examining former FBI Special Agent Douglas Hart.

Thomas asks if there were "lots of videos" of Lori Vallow playing with her kids, singing with them and interacting like a mother on her iCloud account. None of them were shown today, Thomas says. Hart agrees.

Thomas asked if there were texts about taking her children to restaurants, paying bills and other activities with her family. There was, Hart said.

"Isn't it true that Lori was a pretty good mother?" Thomas asks Hart.

"With the exception of what happened to her children, yes," Hart said.

Thomas asks Hart if it would surprise him if Lori Vallow's passwords to everything were "5kids4ever." Hart said no, this would not surprise him, but he has never seen it in Lori Vallow's iCloud.

Among the texts between Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell, he discusses people named "Ralph and Ira." Thomas asks if he knows this could be a reference to a movie. Hart said he wouldn't know beyond the context of the case because Chad Daybell was the person "assigning all these names to people."

Thomas tells Hart that it could be possible he was interpreting the "death percentages" given by Chad Daybell in a wrong way, because some death percentages of the three who died (Tammy Daybell, Tylee Ryan, JJ Vallow) were much higher than others.

"Isn't it possible this was all fantasy, a Dungeons and Dragons type thing?" Thomas asks Hart.

"Aside from three people being killed," Hart replies. "Not everything was all fantasy."

Thomas asks Hart if it's fair to say Chad Daybell manipulated Lori Vallow. He says yes. 

The prosecution stands up for re-direct. Rachel Smith asks Hart if it's fair to say that Lori Vallow also manipulated Chad Daybell, as well as Alex Cox and her friends. Hart says yes.

"Did any other women that Chad Daybell communicated with have their children buried in his backyard?" Smith asks.

Hart says no. Court adjourns for the day.

2:00 p.m.: On Oct. 23, 2019, Lori Daybell texts Chad Daybell she had a bad dream about her brother, Alex Cox. 

"Make sure he is still him and protect him. He would be the one they use to get to us both. All this alone time is not good for him," she says.

Chad Daybell texts her back some time later, "I just cleared all of Al’s weapons, curses and cords, and filled him with malachite healing balm. I put angels around him."

The jury sees a transcript of writing from the notes app of Lori Vallow's iCloud account. It says:

"Alex Cox multiple creation 4th creation exalted 9 times sibling to me 2 times on 4th creation Rose is exalted married 3 times on 4th creation and became eternal companions after 4th creation his mission is to help Lori."

Chad Daybell: New workout plan after wife's death

1:45 p.m.: On Oct. 14, 2019, days before Tammy Daybell died, Lori Vallow texts her friend Audrey Barattiero that "we got her out but a new one got in" and they are still working on it.

"Any ideas you may have would be appreciated," she tells Barattiero.

Texts between Lori Vallow's niece, Melanie Pawlowski and her show them discussing Pawlowski's ex-husband Brandon Boudreaux -- saying "he's got to be ready to go" and that the two have been "working on it."

On Oct. 19, 2019, when Tammy Daybell died, Lori Vallow texts Chad Daybell asking how he is doing and that she isn't having fun without him.

"I'm hanging in there. My parents are staying here and we are still getting visitors but I will call you soon," he replies. "I'm feeling sad, but not for the reason everyone thinks."

On Oct. 20, 2019, Chad Daybell texts Lori Vallow, "Percentage in body – Holsor 24, Ukola 11, Grisone 14." He later follows up: "Great job on lowering them. I loved talking to you !! It is baby night, so come get me later."

The same day, he tells Lori Vallow to look for a condo for them while she is in Hawaii. 

"I want to get going full steam on the Lili workout plan. Tighten the abs, get a full body tan, grow my hair out. This could be really good for the both of us!" He texts her.

1:35 p.m.: Lori Vallow tells her brother via text that she and Chad Daybell need to "go on a real date" on Oct. 4, 2019.

Chad Daybell later texts Lori Vallow on Oct. 5, 2019, just four days before Tammy Daybell was shot at, that he has "big news" about her.

“The short version is that she has been switched. Tammy is in limbo and a level 3 demonic entity named Viola is in her body… Viola has been attached for about a year to my niece…The personality differences from Tammy should be evident quickly… Please seek a confirmation on this but I have checked three times since I’ve been home."

He sends another text:

“Not fully sure of the timing for removal, but once her actions verify the differences, I don't want to wait."


1:20 p.m.: Texts between Sidney Woodbury and Lori Vallow are shown to the jury. Woodbury was JJ Vallow's babysitter for a short time.

On Sept. 24, 2019, Woodbury asks Lori Vallow if she is still able to care for JJ Vallow that day. Lori Vallow replies that JJ Vallow's grandparents took him for a few weeks to give her a break.

"I'm not sure when he'll be back but I'm going to do some traveling while he's gone. Probably to see my friends in Hawaii but I'll let you know for sure when we are both back in Rexburg. You are great!"

These texts were two days after JJ Vallow was last seen alive.

11:45 a.m.: On Aug. 11, 2019, Lori Vallow tells Chad Daybell to be with his family and focus on his children. He texts her to "put him aside" until things change.

Lori Vallow replies, "Are you going to threaten me that I'm unprotected for doing so?"

He texts back, "Absolutely not. I'm so upset at the circumstances; I'm demanding they protect you more than ever."

Lori Vallow tells Chad Daybell she is "so alone" without him.

He texts her, "I feel so alone too. We are surrounded by telestial relatives that are simply obstacles. I am so sick of it!"

On Sept. 3, 2019 -- just five days before Tylee Ryan is last seen -- Alex Cox, Lori Vallow's brother, tells her he changed their Wi-Fi username to "anti-laman" and the password is "2manykids."

She replies, "Funny!!" She later texts him, "We r trying to get to the bottom of what we need to do to eliminate them completely. I am sure you will be told also."

Alex Cox texts back, "Excellent."

They discuss how Alex Cox "needs practice" shooting a rifle at the shooting range, and that their other brother, Adam Cox, is a "Z" -- meaning a zombie, according to Hart, who testified to this on the stand.

Lori Vallow says that because Adam Cox has anxiety, he is not strong enough to fight back.

"JJ is stronger," Lori Vallow says in the texts. "Fights them off every day." She later tells Alex Cox he is a "good boy" and will fill him in later.

A plan to "take" the children

11:21 a.m.: A massive text thread between Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow are read into the record from Aug. 10, 2019. They discuss "a plan to take the children."

Here is the thread in full:

Lori Vallow: "Please check JJ. He just woke up saying crazy stuff and won’t go back to sleep. He is talking to blake. Its weird."

Chad Daybell: "JJ is still JJ. I am told his spirit recognizes Blake as evil and is unsettled by him."

Chad Daybell: "Hey, my love. How is JJ now?"

Lori Vallow: "He’s better. He was just up talking nonsense for like 2 hours last night, I'm sure they were bugging him. Is he at zero yet? I miss you."

Chad Daybell: "Yes, he’s at zero. He probably was partly through the veil, talking to people both light and dark."

Lori Vallow: "Maybe he was talking to the real Blake."

Chad Daybell: "Yes, that was the real Blake."

Lori Vallow: "Do u think there is a perfectly orchestrated plan to take the children? We just have to wait for it to be carried out? I feel lost. Like I should be doing something to help."

Chad Daybell: "There is a plan being orchestrated for the children. I was shown last night how it fit together, but it has been taken from my mind of course."

Lori Vallow: "What should I be doing?"

Chad Daybell: "You are doing everything right, my love. The Lord told me she is right on track… He said to just keep resolving the telestial issues so you are unbecombered and fully free.”

Lori Vallow: "That actually feels good that JJ was talking to the real Blake.. Getting close... I sensed he was barely attached to his body."

Chad Daybell: "You're so incredible in many ways, your mission has barely begun."

Lori Vallow: "As long as it end with you… It's all good."

Chad Daybell: "Yes, cheek to cheek, loin to loin. It isn't very far away my love."

Lori Vallow: "Wish I could see with you and be cheek to cheek."

Chad Daybell: "I seriously cannot stop crying. I was allowed to feel my own emotions I will experience as you sing to them, and the love, admiration and reverence I have for you is indescribable. Everything we do is going to be spectacular."

Lori Vallow: "I can’t wait. Literally can't wait. I have no patience. I want you now."

Chad Daybell: "I’m certainly your biggest fan! I love you Lili! Hold on sweet angel, we are so close to the finish line."

Lori Vallow: "I’m trying."

Chad Daybell: "We’ll make it."

11:10 a.m.: Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow get in some kind of fight around Aug. 8, 2019. She begins to ignore him, so he texts her multiple times throughout the day.

“The angels are angry you are ignoring me… I’m not trying to manipulate you to respond, I understand you need your space... But the protection I built around your house is gone. I love you and don’t want you getting attacked," Chad Daybell texts her.

He says if she replies with the "thumbs up emoji" then her protection will be restored. Lori Vallow texts him later that night that she loves him.

11:00 a.m.: On Aug. 7, 2019, Alex Cox sends a photo of Chad Daybell standing next to a photo of Jesus Christ to his sister, Lori Vallow.

He captions it, "Look at the bubbies."

Chad Daybell sends Lori Vallow a photo of Alex Cox standing next to the photo of Jesus Christ with the caption, "Two exalted beings."

That day, Lori Vallow texts Chad Daybell:

"I love you. Taking braxy home now. I’ll check on her."

She sends a follow up text: "She is asleep. She put a bunch of holes in the walls and doors. Definitely had demons helping her, probably 1000. We r both so tired of taking care of demons. We are weary. Please ask the Lord to take them!"

Giving children "a reason to scream"

10:45 a.m.: On July 30, 2019, Chad Daybell texts Lori Vallow:

“I got the inspiration to go back to my original death percentages that helped us track Charles, Ned, etc. Tammy is very close. Her percentage has fallen steadily since Hiplos left. It is encouraging."

Lori Vallow replies, "What is the percentage now? What about JJ’s too?"

"Tammy is at 3, JJ is at 2. Both are being heavily shielded to stop intruders," Chad Daybell texts back.

Lori Vallow then asks, "2 and 3 percent ? Not zero?" Chad Daybell says he will explain later. Lori Vallow tells him, "Ok. Still feeling hot for you."

"Yes, we might need to release a little steam when we talk," he texts her. "Anyway, this is the chart that shows what percentage mortals are still in their body… It worked for my friend’s wife who died, my neighbor, George Bush, Stan Lee, etc… This afternoon Tammy said she felt lightheaded…”

10:08 a.m.: On July 29, 2019, during a trip to California that Lori Vallow took with her niece Melani Pawlowski, Pawlowski's children and JJ Vallow, Chad Daybell texts Lori Vallow:

"One question. Do you want me to cause pain yet to those two 3s you're riding with?"

Lori Vallow replies, "Probably hold off on them until we arrive. They will be mistake to deal with. But I’ll text you if they start acting up and we can zap them."

"Sounds great," Chad Daybell texts back. "Yes, if they are going to act up, we’ll at least give them a reason to scream. I love, cherish and adore you. The wonderful memories keep coming back. You are mesmerizing. Raphael is one lucky guy.”

Hart said he's unsure if Tylee Ryan was on this trip.

9:55 a.m.: On July 23, 2019, the couple discuss the children in the summer before they died.

Lori Vallow: “Good morning. Missing you. Didn’t sleep much. Need you to check JJ. Weird stuff happened in the middle of the night. It’s like they distracted us with Blake. When you get home, check Tylee. She is being super sweet and helpful and she cleaned her room. She is she got switched. Totally not her. See if she got switched."

Chad Daybell: "Yes, she was switched. Please let me know when you can talk and I will explain it."

On July 26, 2019, Chad Daybell texts Lori Vallow, "How are things at home?"

Lori Vallow replies, "She’s fine. Need you to check JJ. She said he was calm and he watched movies all day which he would never do. Missing you!!”

Chad Daybell texts her back, "Missing you too! It is still JJ. I am told she is lying about him being calm and watching movies."

Later, he texts Lori Vallow:  "Tonight I figured out who I feel like. I’m a grown-up version of Harry Potter, who has to live with the Dudleys in his little space under the stairs. Every few weeks I get to escape and have amazing adventures with my goddess lover, but then I have to return to my place under the stairs. But I sense permanent freedom is coming!”

9:50 a.m.:  On July 22, 2019, Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow text about Hawaii.

“Hopefully we will be there someday soon together!” Lori Vallow texts him.

Chad Daybell replies, “That is the plan! And my greatest desire."

9:40 a.m.: On July 21, 2019, Chad Daybell tells Lori Vallow via text message that she is a goddess and she and him had undeniable "sexual chemistry."

"They had only known each other for three weeks, but two lonely, misunderstood souls had finally found their best friend they could confide in," he says. "The full plan wasn't completely clear to him, but the immense power radiating from her confirmed his belief that she was among the great women in the universe."

"She loves it." Lori Vallow replies.

Hart said these texts are relevant because the two discuss a plan on how they "would progress together."

At the time of these texts, Charles Vallow had died 10 days prior and Tammy Daybell was still alive.

9:30 a.m.: Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow text about Melani Pawlowski's children.

Chad Daybell talks about ripping and burning the "aura" of Blake Boudreaux.

The prosecution asks Hart what this means. He says, "It's pretty self-explanatory."

On July 21, 2019, Lori Vallow texts Chad Daybell that "Ned gave it all to Rhonda" implying Charles Vallow gave his life insurance benefits to Kay Woodcock, Hart said. "Ned" is what the couple called an evil spirit they say possessed Charles Vallow.

Chad Daybell texts her, "We will work hard on Rhonda when we are together. I will get her numbers as low as I can by Wednesday."

Lori Vallow replies, "Good. Let's work on it hard."

Agent says these texts imply impending deaths of the children

9:15 a.m.: These are the first texts where the couple references the deaths of JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan, Hart said.

On July 18, 2019, Chad Daybell texts Lori Vallow:

"I have been instructed to focus my efforts on Hillary, so I will."

"OK. Find out her percentage for me and JJs," Lori Vallow responds.

"She is at 0.13. I turned up the pain to 10 and placed a spiritual virus in her. He is at 99.99... Raphael visited him and told him to follow Amy into the light. I also assured him that James would love and take care of his mommy, which he will with all of his heart and soul," Chad Daybell texts back.

Lori Vallow replies, "That is sweet! I miss you desperately!"

Hart said Hillary is the spirit that is in Tylee Ryan's body, according to Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell. "James" is who Chad Daybell refers to himself from a past life, according to previous testimony.

Hart also testified that the "percentages" Chad Daybell is referring to is regarding someone's death. The closer someone was to the number 0, the closer they were to death.

After this conversation, more texts are shown from later in the day:

Chad Daybell: "Just grab me by the storm and I will follow you to the end of the universe."

Lori Vallow: "When might that be?"

Chad Daybell: "Wednesday evening, and then repeatedly and gloriously until Friday."

Lori Vallow: "And then what? Back to crying and saying goodbye? Back to the box?"

Chad Daybell: "This trip to Utah had a lot of finality to it.  I was told extreme changes are coming for me and for Utah. I welcome them both."

Hart said "the storm" is how the couple referred to Chad Daybell's genitals, according to his review of the texts between them.

A spear thru my heart

9:00 a.m.: Former FBI Special Agent Doug Hart is on the stand.

He reads texts from Chad Daybell to Lori Vallow on July 15, 2019, where Chad Daybell tells her she is his best friend, he cannot live without her and his love for her is "overflowing."

Lori Vallow responds, "And yet... You are. So sad." She tells him she misses him and has to get back to work.

On July 18, 2019, Lori Vallow texts Chad Daybell about the insurance of Charles Vallow, a week after he was shot by Alex Cox:

"I just got the letter from the insurance company saying that I am not the beneficiary. It's a spear thru my heart. Who do you think he changed it to ?? Brandon ?? Or probably Kay ?? He left nothing for JJ."

Chad Daybell replies, "Wow. That's terrible. There's no way to find out?"

"I might be able to see when I get his computer on Sunday. I could check the emails sent to the insurance company..." Lori Vallow texts him.

Chad Daybell tells her he loves her and "it's terrible" but it's "another step in bringing down the Gadiantons, especially Brandon." According to Hart, the Gadiantons were a "secret society" of evil people in the Book of Mormon.

Lori Vallow tells him the beneficiary must be Kay Woodcock, Charles Vallow's sister and grandmother of JJ Vallow.

"It will be interesting to see if it got changed after he had two bullets in his chest," Chad Daybell replies.

Lori Vallow says Charles Vallow changed his insurance beneficiary in March of 2019 and says it "was Ned before we got rid of him."

The two goes back and forth about who could've became the beneficiary to Charles Vallow's life insurance. The two say they love each other.

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