‘Cult mom’ Lori Vallow ‘believed missing son was a ZOMBIE and kept quiet about ex’s death for days’, best friend claims – The Sun

"CULT mom" Lori Vallow "believed her missing son was a ZOMBIE and kept quiet about her ex's death for days," her best friend has claimed.

Melanie Gibb is speaking out for the first time after spending five months "in hiding" after an unsealed arrest warrant alleged that Vallow had asked her to lie about her children's whereabouts.

Vallow, 46, was arrested back in February and charged with multiple offenses, including two counts of desertion and nonsupport of her children.

The whereabouts of daughter Tylee, 17, and 7-year-old son Joshua 'JJ' are still unknown, and Vallow has repeatedly refused to produce the children in court.

She is currently being held in jail on $1million bond, an amount she has unsuccessfully attempted to reduce twice.

In a preview of Gibb's interview, which is set to air in full on Tuesday, she does not discuss the allegations that Vallow asked her to lie about where her children are.

Recent updates in Vallow's story:

– Late husband says Lori "threatened to kill him" 

– Lori's brother also "threatened to murder her third husband"

– Her mother says kids could be "in a bunker somewhere"

– Lori's niece says kids "are safe and being protected"

During the snippet, Gibb said that Vallow became obsessed with "dangerous teachings" after meeting her husband, Chad Daybell.

"On one occasion, Lori said to me 'If Chad is Satan, he sure is a good one'," Gibb said.

She also claimed that Daybell called her sounding "very nervous" and "very scared" and said: "'Melanie it's Chad, when the police call don't pick up the phone', and my heart just dropped."

Perhaps most notably, Gibb suggests that Vallow believed her son JJ was "a zombie."

She also said her best friend slowly started to believe that "everyone in her life was turning into zombies."

Finally, she touched up the death of Vallow's fourth husband, Charles, who was shot dead last July.

Gibb said that Vallow failed to tell her for four days that her husband had died.

The fresh comments come just one week after Lori's sister and mom spoke to the press.

Last week, Vallow's sister, Summer, and mother, Janice, said the "cult mom" would never harm her kids in an interview with CBS' 48 hours.

In a clip from the interview, host Jon Vigliotti asked Vallow's family if they think the kids could be hidden.

"Do you think they're in a bunker somewhere?" Vigliotti asked in the clip on CBS This Morning.

"I think that's possible," Vallow's mother, Janice Cox said.

Vallow's family has insisted the kids are alive – and the "cult mom" would never do anything to harm them.

"She's not a monster," Vallow's sister, Summer Shiflet told 48 Hours.

"Lori would never harm her children, ever.

She added: "She's not a heartless, cold-calculated, murderess-type of person."

Vallow's mother agreed.

"She would never harm her children," Cox said in another clip from the interview. "I know her."


Cops have been working desperately to try and find Vallow's missing kids.

Although they have not been seen since September, the kids were not reported missing until November when JJ's grandparents had cops do a welfare check.

Vallow and her new husband, Chad Daybell, have refused to reveal where the kids may be.

Lori reportedly believes she is “a god assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ’s second coming in July 2020,” according to divorce documents filed by Lori's ex-husband, Charles before his death.


The couple – who married just two weeks after Daybell's first wife died in October – were flouting around Hawaii as police tried to locate Tylee and JJ.

At the end of January, police gave Vallow one week to produce her kids in front of cops.

When she did not show her kids to police to prove they are alive, Vallow was arrested in Hawaii and extradited to Idaho.

She was charged with two counts of desertion and nonsupport of her children.

Vallow also faces charges for obstructing an officer, solicitation of a crime and contempt.


Cox and Shiflet insisted to CBS in a previously-aired clip of the 48 Hours interview that there's another side to the story.

"We know there's another whole side to this," Cox said.

"We don't know what it is, but we know her," she added.

Her family has not revealed why Vallow would conceal her kids' whereabouts.

Cox also said she spoke with JJ over the phone on October 1. She could not show proof of a phone bill of the conversation.

The "cult mom's" niece, Melani Boudreaux, has also insisted the kids are alive and safe.


Several people close to Daybell and Vallow have died under mysterious circumstances.

The 1998 death of Vallow's sister, Stacey Lynne Cox Cope, is the most recently-emerged mysterious death in the family.

Vallow's third husband, Joseph Ryan, died of an apparent heart attack in 2018.

The following year, the "cult mom's" fourth husband, Charles Vallow, was shot dead by her brother, Alex Cox.

He claimed self-defense and was never charged in the death.

Chad Daybell's former wife, Tammy Daybell, died of unknown causes in her sleep. Tammy died just two weeks before Vallow and Chad married.

Alex Cox was found collapsed on his bathroom floor in his Arizona home in December.

Alex Cox was found collapsed on his bathroom floor in his Arizona home in December.

He was later pronounced dead.

Two of Vallow's lawyers mysteriously withdrew themselves from her case in March, and a judge stood down from hearing her case.

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