Netflix's 'Sins of Our Mother' recounts the horrific Lori Vallow story

'Belief will really take you to a different place'

lori vallow and her son colby, a shot from the lori vallow documentary on netflix sins of our mother
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Sins of Our Mother, the latest true crime on Netflix, rehashes how Lori Vallow's seemingly picture-perfect life unraveled.

"[She] was known to friends and family as a devoted mother of three, a loving wife, and a woman of God. But over the past three years, something went very wrong," the Netflix synopsis reads. 

Skye Borgman, the mastermind behind the viral Girl in the Picture and I Just Killed My Dad, tackles the infamous story in her latest docu-series. While recounting what happened to the so-called "most notorious mother in America," do be warned that viewers will encounter heavy and unsettling material, like Borgman's predecessors. 

*Trigger warning ahead*

'Sins of Our Mother': what you need to know

When Vallow crossed paths with her fifth husband, Chad Daybell, her beliefs grew more serious and problematic. The doomsday ideologist, a member of Preparing a People, seeped his thoughts his wife's head, ultimately causing her to believe that she needed to kill her children to get rid of their dark spirits. 

Sadly, 7-year-old Joshua 'JJ' Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan were discovered in their step-father's Idaho backyard in June 2020 in shallow graves, and both Vallow and Daybell were accused of their murder. Their cause of death has not been released to the public.

Vallow is currently in jail waiting to stand trial for conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of her fourth husband, her fifth husband’s wife and her two youngest children. In August 2022, she was found mentally fit to stand trial. and 32 other news organizations have asked an Idaho judge to reject a request to ban cameras from the courtroom in September 2022, even though the Lori Vallow trial will not take place until January 2023, according to NBC (opens in new tab).

Steven Wright, the attorney representing the news outlets said in a statement, "The public’s confidence in the criminal justice system grows when the courtroom is open to all, including those who cannot physically attend."

Vallow's surviving son Colby, who is now 26, decided to expose a side of his family that the world has not seen in this new documentary. He confronts his mother seemingly in jail in the documentary, asking "Are you sorry for me? Or are you sorry for my siblings?"

According to footage from the trailer, Vallow responds, "Well, I’m sorry that you don’t really fully understand the situation."

"Belief will really take you to a different place," we hear him state in the trailer. 

Though Colby is taking on one stance about his mother's actions, Daybell's five adult children sat down with 48 Hours (opens in new tab) to discuss their father...and why he couldn't be responsible for this horrific story. They attest Vallow is solely responsible. 

"It's just not possible. Anyone who says that my dad could kill a person doesn't know my dad," Mark Daybell revealed to the outlet. 

Days before the documentary's premiere, sex crime charges that were filed against Colby were dropped without prejudice according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, KTVB reports, adding a new layer to the family's story.

Sins of Our Mother, a three-part series, will begin streaming on Netflix on September 14. 

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