Lori Vallow’s best friend is speaking out for the first time, revealing new details about the ‘cult mom’ whose two children haven’t been seen since last September.
On Friday, Melanie Gibb sat down for an interview with journalist Nate Eaton, after spending five months ‘in hiding’ following an unsealed arrest warrant alleged that Vallow had asked her to lie about her kids’ whereabouts.
Vallow is currently behind bars on charges of child neglect and desertion in connection with the disappearance of her daughter, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, and her son, seven-year-old son Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow.
In a sneak peak of Gibb’s interview – set to air in full on Tuesday – she does not address whether Vallow actually asked her to lie about Tylee and JJ’s whereabouts.
However, Gibb does disclose that Vallow’s husband, Chad Daybell, called her sounding ‘very nervous’ and ‘very scared’ and asked her not to pick up the phone if police called.
She further claims that best friend Vallow became increasingly obsessed with ‘dangerous teachings’ after she met Daybell – a prominent Doomsday author.
‘On one occasion, Lori said to me “If Chad is Satan, he sure is a good one”‘, Gibb states in the sneak peak.
Lori Vallow’s best friend Melanie Gibb (right) is speaking out for the first time, revealing new details about the ‘cult mom’ whose two children haven’t been seen since last September. Vallow reportedly asked Gibb to lie about the kids’ whereabouts
Valloow’s children, Tylee and JJ disappeared in September but were never reported missing by their mother
Gibb further claims that Vallow believed her seven-year-old son JJ was ‘a zombie’ and slowly began to believe ‘that everyone in her life was turning into zombies’.
In the interview, Gibb does not reveal whether she is still on friendly terms with Vallow.
However, she says that Vallow failed to tell her for four days about the death of the husband she was married to before Daybell.
Vallow’s fourth husband, Charles Vallow, was shot dead last July – just four months before she married Daybell.
Gibb reveals that Vallow’s husband, Chad Daybell, called her sounding ‘very nervous’ and ‘very scared’ and asked her not to pick up the phone if police called.
Vallow married Daybell last November – two months after her children, Tylee and JJ, disappeared. Vallow’s best friend, Melanie Gibb, says the ”cult mom’ became increasingly obsessed with ‘dangerous teachings’ after she met Daybell – a prominent Doomsday author
Timeline of JJ and Tylee’s disappearance
July 11 2019: Lori Vallow’s husband, Charles Vallow, is killed by her brother, Alex Cox, in Arizona
August: Lori moves children JJ and Tylee to Rexburg, Idaho
September 23: The last time JJ was seen at his school in Idaho
October 19: Chad Daybell’s wife Tammy dies at their Idaho home
October 25: A friend of Tylee receives a text from her phone
November 5: Lori and Chad marry
November 26: Out-of-state relatives ask Idaho police to perform a welfare check on JJ. Lori and Chad claim he is in Arizona with relatives. Police also learn Tylee has not been seen since September, either
November 27: Police execute a search warrant at Lori and Chad’s home, discovering the couple have fled Idaho
December 11: Tammy Daybell’s body is exhumed from the Utah cemetery
December 12: Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, believed to have died in Arizona
December 21: Police issue a press release about JJ and Tylee, revealing they believe their disappearance is linked to Tammy’s death
December 24: Lori and Chad issue a statement through an attorney saying they love their son and daughter and look forward to addressing ‘allegations once they have moved beyond speculation and rumor’
December 30: Police accuse Lori and Chad of lying to investigators and say they believe the couple know where the kids are or what happened to them
January 26 2020: Lori and Chad are seen for the first time in months as police serve two search warrants in Kaua’i
January 30 Lori misses court deadline to produce the children to authorities
February 20: Lori is arrested in Kauai
The interview with Vallow’s best friend Melanie Gibb comes after Vallow’s mother Janice Cox and sister Summer Shiflet broke their silence for the first time to defend her in an interview with CBS News last week.
In a new clip from the interview, reporter Jonathan Vigliotti asked the women whether they believed it was possible Vallow’s missing children were ‘in a bunker somewhere?’
‘I think that’s possible,’ Cox said, but she did not elaborate on where she believed the children were.
Lori Vallow’s mother Janice Cox said ‘it’s possible’ the ‘cult’ mom’s missing children are hiding in a bunker somewhere during an interview with CBS News
Investigators say Tylee was last seen hiking in Yellowstone National Park with her family on September 8. Meanwhile, all traces of JJ vanished on September 23 – but Cox claims to have spoken to the missing 7-year-old by phone on October 1
She and Shiflet also failed to explain why Vallow has so far refused to cooperate with investigators trying to find out what happened to her children.
When asked about the matter, they replied in unison: ‘Well, that’s a great question,’ laughing towards one another as they spoke.
But the women insisted that Vallow would never hurt either of her kids.
‘She’s invested her whole life in those children,’ Cox said. ‘So we know there’s another whole side to this. We don’t know what it is. But we know her.’
Tylee and JJ vanished eight months ago in September, shortly after they moved to Rexburg, Idaho from Arizona.
Investigators say Tylee was last seen hiking in Yellowstone National Park with her family on September 8. Meanwhile, all traces of JJ vanished on September 23 – but Cox claims to have spoken to the missing seven-year-old by phone on October 1.
‘I talked to him,’ she said, before vaguely continuing, ‘He just takes the phone, you know, and he knows — you know, he knows who we are.’
Cox provided CBS News with a phone bill that she says shows the alleged call. Rexburg Police have not yet returned a DailyMail.com request for comment on Cox’s claim.
During the same fall the two children disappeared, Vallow married Chad Daybell. Daybell’s wife of 29 years, Tammy, had died just weeks before.
Vallow and Daybell fled Idaho for Hawaii in late November, one day after police began asking questions about JJ and Tylee’s whereabouts.
‘I talked to him,’ she said, before vaguely continuing, ‘He just takes the phone, you know, and he knows — you know, he knows who we are’
Vallow’s request to have her bond lowered from $1million to between $100,000 and $250,000 was denied by an Idaho judge last month
Authorities later tracked the pair down in the Kauai town of Princeville on January 25 and served the mother with a court order requiring her to physically produce the children to authorities in Idaho within five days.
After she failed to do so, Vallow was arrested on charges of child abandonment and desertion on February 20, and then brought back to Idaho where she is being held on a $1million bond.
Despite the couple fleeing to Hawaii seemingly without JJ and Tylee, Cox insisted that Vallow ‘never’ expressed any resentment towards her children or blamed them for the failure of her previous four marriages.
When asked why, as a ‘loving grandmother’ and ‘loving aunt’, they hadn’t approached Vallow to reveal to them where the children are, Shiflet replied: ‘She can’t tell us.
‘She’s in jail. She’s not — everything’s recorded. So she’s not gonna tell us, she can’t discuss anything about the case,’ Shiflet said.
‘I’m positive beyond any doubt that they hasn’t harmed those kids,’ chimed Cox.
The case of missing JJ and Tylee captured nationwide attention when revelations that police are were also investigating three mysterious deaths linked to Vallow and Daybell surfaced.
Four people with links to Lori Vallow have suffered untimely deaths(top in court on March 6). Those deaths are: Lori’s brother Alex Cox (left), her new husband Chad Daybell’s previous wife Tammy Daybell (second left), her fourth husband Charles Vallow (center), her third husband Joseph Ryan (second right). Her sister Stacey Cox Cope (right) died in 1998. It’s not clear what the cause of Cope’s death was
The first death linked to the case was Tammy Daybell. Her death was initially listed as natural causes when Chad Daybell declined an autopsy. Many friends of Tammy have insisted that the 49-year-old was in great shape, casting doubt on the initial ruling.
Authorities exhumed Tammy Daybell’s body in December after determining that her death could be linked to the disappearance of JJ and Tylee.
The results of the autopsy and toxicology tests have not yet been released.
Despite the couple fleeing to Hawaii seemingly without JJ and Tylee, Cox insisted that Vallow ‘never’ expressed any resentment towards her children or blamed them for the failure of her previous four marriages
The second death was that of Charles Vallow, Lori’s husband of more than a decade who filed for divorce from her five months before he was shot and killed by her brother Alex on July 11, 2019.
Charles and Lori had gotten into an argument when he came to pick up JJ, their adoptive son, at her home in Chandler, Arizona.
Alex intervened and fired two fatal shots into Charles’ chest.
Police initially determined that Alex acted in self defense – but the case was reopened with the search for JJ and Tylee, who had moved to Idaho, where Chad lived, with their mother in August.
An email from Phoenix police that was leaked earlier this month revealed that investigators were close to charging Lori in connection with Charles’ death.
Court documents from early December indicated that Charles’ death was being investigated as ‘conspiracy murder’.
Less than two weeks later, Alex was found dead in Gilbert, Arizona, on December 12, the day after Tammy’s body was exhumed.
His death, at aged 51, is now under investigation as police wait for an autopsy to determine the cause.
An additional untimely death close to Lori was unearthed this week: her older sister Stacey Lynne Cox Cope.
Stacey died aged 31 in 1998. The cause is unclear and there is no suggestion Lori was involved in her death.
Chad Daybell and his ‘cult’ mom wife Lori Vallow are being investigated for the murder of his previous wife Tammy, new documents show. Tammy (pictured with Chad) was found dead under suspicious circumstances at their home in Idaho in October