Chad Daybell’s ex-friend pinpoints moment ‘cult leader’ took ‘dark turn’ as trial for Lori Vallow’s kids’ murders begins

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A FRIEND of accused killer and doomsday author Chad Daybell has described how his beliefs took a dark turn once he met his future wife, Lori Daybell Vallow.

The former friend spoke out on Monday as jury selection began for Chad’s trial for the murders of Lori’s kids, JJ and Tylee Ryan, and his ex-wife, Tammy Daybell.

Chad, 55, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder after the bodies of Vallow’s children, 7-year-old JJ and 16-year-old Tylee Ryan, were found buried in his Idaho yard in the summer of 2020.

Their mother, Lori Vallow Daybell, was found guilty of their deaths last year and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

At Lori’s trial, prosecutors described how she and Chad believed “dark spirits” took over their loved ones, whom they then deemed “zombies.”

They apparently believed that destroying a possessed person’s body by killing them would get rid of a zombie.

Eric Smith, a religious author and an ex-friend of Chad’s, elaborated on the couple’s dark beliefs in an interview with Court TV.

Smith had listened to some of Chad’s teachings at a conference and became interested in his work.

Chad then moved to the same city that Smith lived in and they eventually met up and formed a friend group of about 10 to 15 people.

Smith said that he didn’t spend too much time with Chad, a self-published author of doomsday books, but they got “personal” when they did meet, as they spent time in people’s homes listening to Chad read from his books.

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