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Friend says Lori Vallow became ‘superfan’ of Chad Daybell

Lori Vallow’s friend said she became a fan of the doomsday ideology

Both Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow will make court appearances today after being charged with murder.
Lori Vallow Daybell glances at the camera during her hearing on Friday, March 6, 2020, in Rexburg, Idaho. At her right is defense attorney Edwina Elcox. Daybell, who was charged with felony child abandonment after her two children went missing nearly six months ago, had her bond reduced to $1 million by an Idaho judge on Friday.
John Roark, the Idaho Post-Register via Associated Press

ABC has released a new preview video before its “20/20” special about the Lori Vallow Daybell case.

The preview has a clip of April Raymond, a friend of Lori Vallow, who spoke with ABC about how Lori Vallow became a “superfan” of Chad Daybell and the doomsday ideology.

  • “So Lori had always been a fan of Chad’s books,” she said.
  • Lori Vallow would talk about Chad Daybell’s work often and promote the idea that he wrote about, Raymond said.
  • “I would describe her as a superfan,” Raymond said.

Raymond said Lori Vallow also had a fascination with the idea of death, too.

You can watch a preview of the episode on ABC.

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ABC’s “20/20” will air a new special episode about the Lori Vallow case, which will review the mysterious details of the case.

  • “The special dives into her broken marriages, ex-spouses’ deaths and the actions she allegedly took that put her at the center of a horrific tragedy. It also reports on (Chad) Daybell’s books on the end of times, as well as the new beliefs friends say Vallow adopted, including referring to her children as zombies,” according to a press release, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

The special will run on Friday, Feb. 26, from 7-9 p.m. MST on ABC.