“Doomsday’s Father ‘Chad Daybell’ Thought Harry Potter’s Magic Was Real and Used Spells Before Burying His Wife’s Murdered Children”

DOOMSDAY cult leader Chad Daybell bizarrely believed that spells in the Harry Potter books were real and could be cast by those with “great, concentrated willpower”, according to a new book.

Daybell, 53, made the bizarre remarks in a spirit manifesto in which he also claimed that witches, wizards and zombies were all real and that he was an immortal, teleportable “translated being”.


Chad Daybell claimed the spells seen in Harry Potter were real and could be cast by those who believedCredit: AP
Chad and his wife Lori Vallow have been charged in connection with a number of murder investigations, including the deaths of two of Lori's children


Chad and his wife Lori Vallow have been charged in connection with a number of murder investigations, including the deaths of two of Lori’s childrenCredit: AP
In a manifesto, Daybell wrote that Harry Potter spells could be cast by believers with 'concentrated willpower'.


In a manifesto, Daybell wrote that Harry Potter spells could be cast by believers with ‘concentrated willpower’.Credit: Alamy

Daybell’s crackpot claims are detailed in true crime author John Glatt’s new book, The Doomsday Mother: Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell, And The End of An American Family, which was released Tuesday.

In a copy of the book obtained by The Sun, Glatt explores the depths of Daybell’s outlandish beliefs and the deadly relationship he shared with “cult mom” Lori Vallow.

Daybell and Vallow have both been charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the September 2019 deaths of Lori’s children Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17.

Both children had been missing for nine months when their bodies were finally found buried in the backyard of Daybell’s home in eastern Idaho in June 2020.

The couple face the same charge in the death of Daybell’s former wife, Tammy Daybell, 49, who died in suspicious circumstances on October 19, 2019, two weeks before Chad and Lori’s wedding.

Lori is also charged in Arizona with conspiring to kill her ex-husband, Charles Vallow, 62, with the help of her late brother, Alex Cox.

According to prosecutors, with respect to JJ and Tylee, Vallow and Daybell conspired to kill the two children after they were convinced that they had both become “dark spirits” or “zombies”.

Vallow and Daybell supposedly believed that the only way to rid the person of the dark spirit was to kill them so they could rest in the afterlife.

Charles Vallow had also been called “zombie” by the couple. In various conversations with close friends, Lori Vallow claimed that Chad conducted a reading on Charles and discovered that he had been possessed by an evil spirit called “Nick Schneider”.


In the months leading up to their arrest, Daybell had formed a cult to ride through the end times, believing he had been chosen by God to lead 144,000 chosen people to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

In a manifesto seeking to explain his bizarre and convoluted beliefs, Daybell claimed he was a “translated being” who was unable to die and no longer needed to eat or sleep.

Although they could be injured, Daybell wrote that translated beings such as he and Lori had accelerated healing powers, so no injury would ever be fatal.

The translated beings also possessed powers of teleportation, allowing them to travel through portals anywhere on Earth to do the Lord’s work, Daybell claimed.

“The mysteries of God are revealed to those who are part of it,” Daybell wrote, according to Glatt, of his role in being chosen to lead the second coming of Christ.

“The prophet of the Mormon church presides over the general congregation, while others are called specifically to lead the church of the firstborn.”

In a final section of his manifesto, titled “Spiritual Powers/Gifts,” Daybell oddly wrote that wizards, witches, and wizards were real, much like spells and curses in the Harry Potter books and movies.

According to Daybell, such spells and curses could manifest as a “great concentrated will to use”.


Daybell has previously made other Harry Potter references in gushing texts he exchanged with Lori – his “goddess lover” – just two days after her husband Charles Vallow was shot dead by his brother Alex Cox.

“Tonight I figured out who I feel,” Daybell wrote to Lori in a post dated July 13, 2019. “I’m an adult version of Harry Potter, who has to live with the Dudleys in his little space under the stairs.

“Every few weeks I can escape and have amazing adventures with my loving goddess, but then I have to go back to my place under the stairs, feeling trapped. But I feel permanent freedom coming!”

Daybell is currently awaiting trial for the murders of Tylee, JJ and his ex-wife Tammy.

Vallow has been deemed mentally unfit to stand trial for the murders and is being treated at a secure mental health facility.

She was first arrested in connection with the disappearance of her children in January 2020, four months after they were last seen alive.

Tylee was last seen on a family trip to Yellowstone National Park on September 8, 2019, while JJ was last sighted on September 23 when he was seen being carried over the shoulder of his uncle, Alex Cox.

JJ and Tylee were found dead on Daybell's property


JJ and Tylee were found dead on Daybell’s propertyCredit: AP
Investigators were led to the site after Daybell sent a suspicious text message to his then-wife Tammy


Investigators were led to the site after Daybell sent a suspicious text message to his then-wife TammyCredit: AP

Lori was charged with murder in June 2020 when their bodies were found buried in a pet cemetery on Daybell’s property in Salem, Idaho.

Investigators allege the two children were killed by Alex Cox at the direction of Lori and Chad. The FBI discovered that Cox was on the Daybell property on September 9 and September 23.

JJ’s body was discovered first. The young boy, who had autism, was found wrapped head to toe in duct tape and stuffed into trash bags.

Tylee, meanwhile, had been dismembered and burned in Daybell’s home, before her charred bones were thrown into a shallow grave.

Prosecutors allege Daybell, who for years had worked as an occasional gravedigger, used his skills to help Lori dispose of her children’s bodies.


As Glatt writes in his new book, Daybell’s attempts to cover his tracks in a text message actually led to his downfall.

The doomsday prepper had texted his then-wife Tammy on September 9 shortly after Tylee’s death saying he had shot a raccoon on their property and burned it in their home .

The text, as reported by Glatt, was a ruse to explain “the distinct smell of burning human flesh” that hung over the property, in case Tammy “smelled it and became suspicious.”

“Well, I had an interesting morning!” wrote Daybell in the text. “I felt I had to burn all the limb debris near the hearth before it got too wet from the coming storms.

“When I did, I spotted a big raccoon along the fence. I hurriedly grabbed my gun, and he was still walking. I got close enough that one shot did the case.

“He is now in our pet cemetery,” he continued. “Times of fun!”

Police realized something was wrong with the message months later when sifting through text messages and cellphone records in June 2020.

Rexburg Police Department Detective Ron Ball noted that raccoons are nocturnal, but Daybell’s text was sent at 11:35 a.m.

The FBI Cellular Analysis Investigative Team was then called in to analyze the text and many others like it, and using data from cellphone pings they were able to zero in on a burial site.

However, rather than dig up the remains of a raccoon, they found the charred remains of 17-year-old Tylee.


Daybell’s trial is currently scheduled for January 2023. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against him.

Vallow is also awaiting trial, however, she will not appear in court until she has been declared mentally competent by the State of Idaho.

According to Glatt, Vallow continues to write to Daybell and reads his scriptures every day.

Chillingly, sources told the author that at night she was often seen on surveillance camera “dancing in her cell at night to the music in the back of her head”.

The Doomsday Mother Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell and the End of an American Family by John Glatt was published by St Martin’s Press on January 18 and is available to purchase here.

Daybell's trial is set to begin in January 2023


Daybell’s trial is set to begin in January 2023Credit: Mega
Chad and Lori met at an apocalyptic convention in October 2018 and began having an affair shortly after.


Chad and Lori met at an apocalyptic convention in October 2018 and began having an affair shortly after.Credit: East Idaho News
Glatt's book is now available for purchase


Glatt’s book is now available for purchase
Cult mother Lori Vallow STILL deemed unfit to stand trial for murder of two children as she was ordered to stay in a mental health facility

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