The notorious members of what many describe as a “doomsday cult” preparing for the end of the world, Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell, are now awaiting trial on charges related to the disappearance and death of Vallow’s children, JJ Vallow, age seven. and Tylee Ryan, 17. Melanie Gibb, Vallow’s former friend and confidant, recently opened up to Keith Morrison at Dateline NBC About the case.
After months of searching for the children, without the help of Daybell or Vallow, law enforcement in Rexburg, Idaho, found the bodies of the children buried on Daybell’s property on June 9. Gibb, who has fully cooperated with the police and the FBI during the course. From the investigation, she revealed that she actually referred to the couple as wicked and “antichrists” during a heated conversation after Vallow’s children disappeared.
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Gibb claimed that Vallow and Daybell asked him to lie to the police.
According to Gibb, she forged a close relationship with Vallow and Daybell over time, especially due to their shared religious beliefs. But everything changed one day, when JJ’s grandparents called the police to ask for a wellness checkup. They hadn’t seen JJ at the time in more than three months, on video chat or otherwise.
Gibb complained about the Date special that she got a call from Daybell, who “looked nervous.” “I get this call out of the blue,” she told Morrison, explaining that Vallow’s new husband allegedly told him not to answer the Rexburg police when they called.
Vallow’s old friend claimed that he said, “Lori will tell them JJ is with you.”
Vallow then allegedly asked Gibb something that opened his mouth. She reportedly asked her friend to take photos of children running around the cinema and to claim she was watching Disney’s. Frozen with JJ
Gibb refused to lie, but now he had a big decision to make. Should I go to the police or not?
The ‘Dateline’ guest said it was like a ‘bomb’ dropped on her at the time
Daybell and Vallow’s old friend said that at first she had no idea what to do. She had once considered Vallow to be as close to her as a “sister”, so it was a devastating blow. “It is like a bomb falls on you. What are you doing? “She said to Morrison Date. “You are just a little in shock.”
Gibb added sadly: “I can’t even begin to tell you how horrible that moment was for me. There are no words to describe it.
The couple’s former friend claimed that they “betrayed” her. “They tried to use me as their escape,” Gibb said, adding that at the time she was wondering why she believed in the extreme spiritual claims they had made.
Soon after, Gibb went to the police with the information he had.
Vallow’s former friend referred to her and Daybell as figures of the Antichrist
After Gibb began cooperating with the police and the FBI, he had one last phone call with Vallow and Daybell.
“That was a very puzzling phone call.” Dateline NBC admitted guest. “These were my friends, and now I was confronting them as potential assassins.”
Gibb explained that he referred to a Alma 30 figure in the Book of Mormon of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he spoke to the couple. “From the teachings of my church, there is a guy named Korihor,” Gibb told Morrison. “And Korihor was an antichrist. I called them both Korihor.
After the call ended, Gibb confessed, feeling a little lost. “I was a little shaken,” she said. “I had faced my adversary.” The most surprising thing, he shared, was the last time they spoke.