Broadcast Features In-Depth Look at Couple’s Motivations
PLUS: Brothers of Lori’s Ex-Husband Speak Out in First Interview Since His Death
‘The Doomsday Files’ Airs Friday, November 12 at 9pm ET/8pm CT
November 10, 2021 – Friday’s all-new Dateline NBC at 9pm ET/8pm CT will reveal new details and an in-depth look at Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell, the Idaho couple charged in the murders of Lori’s children JJ & Tylee. The two-hour special, entitled The Doomsday Files, features exclusive interviews, secret recordings, text messages, new evidence and more that shine a light on Lori and Chad’s true motivations.
During the broadcast, the brothers of Lori’s ex-husband, Charles, speak out in their first interview since he was shot and killed by Lori’s own brother, who claimed it was self-defense. Charles’s brother tells Keith Morrison, “That was not self-defense. That was an ambush. There’s a lot of inconsistencies about that story.”
To watch the exchange, click here.
Additionally, The Doomsday Files will report on Lori and Chad’s inner circle, including Lori’s niece Melani’s alleged involvement with the couple’s fringe religious group that believed doomsday was near. The broadcast will also include never-before-heard secret audio recordings obtained by Dateline of Melani speaking about the attempted murder of her husband. Melani has denied any involvement with the shooting and being part of their religious group.
Chad and Lori have both been charged with murder in the deaths of JJ and Tylee. Chad has pleaded not guilty. Lori is also facing conspiracy to commit shooting charges in the death of her ex-husband. Her trial is currently on hold after a judge found her not competent to stand trial.
Friday’s Dateline marks the fifth broadcast on Lori and Chad from Dateline, which has covered the case since the beginning. Morrison also reported on the case for Dateline’s #1 podcast, Mommy Doomsday.
On Finding Out Charles Had Been Killed
Keith Morrison: What was that like?
Gerry: Being thumped, being hit in the chest with a cannonball or something.
Keith Morrison: They said it was self-defense.
Bobby Vallow: That was not self-defense. That was an ambush. There’s a lot of inconsistencies about that story.
Keith Morrison Voice Over: Then again, they’d been worried for a while, given the things Charles had been telling them about Lori’s spiritual 180.
Bobby Vallow: He said she had chosen a different path, but maybe he didn’t know the extent of the path she chose.
Dateline NBC is the longest-running series in NBC primetime history and is now in its 30th season. Dateline is anchored by Lester Holt and features correspondents Andrea Canning, Josh Mankiewicz, Keith Morrison and Dennis Murphy. Airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and Saturdays, Dateline reaches more than 17 million people every week through its broadcast, and millions more through its social media platforms and podcasts. Additionally, Dateline closed out the 2020-2021 primetime season as the #1 Friday newsmagazine. David Corvo is the senior executive producer, and Liz Cole is the executive producer.
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