Lifetime to air film on murder mystery swirliing around Lori Vallow, her kids

In news that has a surprise factor of zero for anyone who has been following the riveting and lurid case of Lori Vallow and her cult evangelist husband, Chad Daybell, Lifetime will produce a TV movie about the sprawling tale of a toxic love (and perhaps murders) that destroyed numerous families, Inside Edition reports.

The title of the Lifetime movie about Lori Vallow? “Doomsday Mom.”

Vallow and Daybell are awaiting a joint trial in eastern Idaho, to start no earlier than October, on charges that they conspired to hide the bodies of her two children on his property in Salem. The couple, who are obsessed with preparing for doomsday and believe in zombies, has also seen a parade of mysterious or violent deaths among those in their inner circle over the past three years. This includes Lori’s two previous husbands and brother and Chad’s previous wife of 29 years.

Lauren Lee Smith will star as Lori Vallow in the Lifetime movie, which will air June 26, while Marc Blucas will tackle the role of Chad Daybell.

“Doomsday Mom,” starring Lauren Lee Smith and Marc Blucas, will be coming out on television Saturday, June 26, the network announced earlier this month. The movie will be a scripted recount of the stories of Lori Vallow Daybell, her fifth husband Chad Daybell and their involvement in a doomsday-prepper group.

Lori Vallow Will Be Portrayed as ‘Doomsday Mom’ in New Lifetime Movie

The Lifetime movie about Lori Vallow is all set to begin filming this spring.

Lori’s story rocketed into the national consciousness in December 2019 after word broke that her two children, Tylee Ryan, 16, and JJ Vallow, 7, had been missing since September from their new home in Rexburg, Idaho. 

Vallow, who married her lover of one year, Chad Daybell, in early November 2019, spent the winter with him in Hawaii before she was arrested for deserting her kids. Investigators relied on location data from the cell phone of Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, who died of a blood clot in December 2019, to lead them to the burial sites of the children on Chad’s property in Salem in June 2020. 

The Post Register notes that the Lori Vallow tale has always felt ready-made for a Lifetime movie.

***Set partly in Rexburg, the movie’s focus will be on “an Idaho mother whose two missing children lead authorities through a web of death and deceptions as they try to uncover the truth of their disappearance,” according to the network.***

Lifetime movie about Lori Vallow coming in June

There have been numerous TV specials and even a podcast about Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell’s shocking tale, but the Lifetime movie will be the first dramatization.

Defense attorneys for the couple recently requested and were granted a delay of at least three months in their trial, which had been slated to begin in mid-July.

Smith is known for “CSI” Crime Scene Investigation” while Blucas is a vetran of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Patch notes that the Lifetime movie won’t necessarily be about murder, considering that neither Lori Vallow nor Chad Daybell has been charged with actually killing her children.

Investigations into the deaths of their spouses, Charles Vallow and Tammy Daybell, are continuing. The East Idaho News, which has extensively covered the case, reported in November that it had obtained an October 2018 audio recording in which Lori said she “was going to murder” her third husband, Joe Ryan, “like the scriptures say … just to stop the pain and to stop him coming after me and to stop him coming after my children,” but turned to her faith instead.

Phoenix investigators recently re-opened an inquiry into the April 2018 death of Lori’s third husband, Joseph Ryan. But in the end, they concluded that he died of a heart attack while alone in his apartment. 

The Lifetime movie has plenty of bizarre behavior on Lori Vallow’s part to chronicle. 

For example, when in July 2019, Arizona authorities questioned her after Cox shot her fourth husband, Charles Vallow, in what he said was self defense, Vallow was cool as a cucumber.

KSL reports that Linda Purl and Patrick Duffy will also star in the Lifetime movie about Lori Vallow.

Lighthouse Pictures is producing the film for Lifetime with Sony Pictures Television distributing. Karen Glass and Tom Mazza of Everywhere Studios and Judith Verno of Peace Out Productions serve as executive producers. Stephen Tolkin wrote the script and Bradley Walsh serves as director.

Made for TV movie based on Daybell story set to air this summer

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