Lori Vallow’s case, which began with the disappearances of two children with Phoenix ties – Joshua “JJ” Vallow and Tylee Ryan – has now discovered a complicated chain of events that has attracted national and international media interest.

An Idaho court determined Monday that a mother accused of plotting to kill her children, estranged husband, and lover’s wife is now mentally competent to stand trial in Idaho on some accusations.

Lori Vallow Daybell and her new husband, Chad Daybell, are facing a slew of charges in the intricate case involving odd spiritual beliefs involving “zombies” and end-of-the-world prophesies.

They are accused of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the murders of Lori Daybell’s children, 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 16-year-old Tylee Ryan, as well as Chad Daybell’s first wife, Tammy Daybell.

Lori Daybell is also accused in Arizona of plotting to murder her ex-husband, Charles Vallow, with the assistance of her now-deceased brother, Alex Cox.

Why Did Lori Vallow Kill Her Children?

Of course, the most likely answer is religious, but not in the sense that everyone thinks. Vallow felt her children were “zombies,” according to court filings with Vallow’s close friend Melani Gibb. Not in the classic sense of “eating brains,” but in the sense that their souls had departed their bodies.

Dark souls resided in her children’s bodies instead of their true mortal souls, leaving their real mortal souls in limbo, longing to move on to another life. The only way for their spirits to be freed is to murder the person’s corporeal body. Vallow was so engrossed in her faith that it was unsurprising that she would murder her children in an attempt to help them.