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More text messages revealed in Lori Vallow-Daybell trial

MADISON COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI) – Court began Monday with FBI Agent Doug Hart back on stand to continue direct examination with the prosecution.

More steamy text messages between Lori Vallow-Daybell and Chad Daybell were released showing the two were planning to be together in July 2019, shortly after Lori's former husband, Charles Vallow's death, and before Chad's former wife, Tammy Daybell's death. Hart describes their relationship as a driving force for the alleged crimes.

On July 18, 2019 Chad sends Lori messages calling her beautiful and angelic. He sends, "Just grab me by the storm and I will follow you to the ends of the universe." Fire emojis followed the message. Hart says Chad and Lori referred to Chad's private part as 'the storm.'

After hearing this, people in the Madison County Courthouse gasped and laughed.

Chad wrote a love story for Lori, referring to themselves as James and Elena. He had messaged her a passage detailing a time Chad visited Lori in Arizona in November 2018. He wrote, "James and Elena had agreed to visit the temple the following morning. She returned to the hotel room and after additional romance on the couch, the calmed their nerves enough to give each other a blessing... He knew he was in the presence of an exalted goddess who has returned to earth to perform a special mission. This mission included being with him... The immense power radiating from her confirmed his belief that she was among the great women in the world... The sexual chemistry was undeniable, but the spiritual unity was a glorious bonus."

The texts also talking about Charles's insurance money.

On July 18, 2019, only a week after Charles died, Lori texted Chad saying, "I just got the letter from the insurance company saying that I am not the beneficiary. It is a spear through my heart. Who do you think he changed it to?" Chad responds saying, "This is terrible, but it is probably another step in bringing down the Gadiantons, especially Brandon." Gadiantons are a reference from the Book of Mormon for a group of evil people or robbers. Hart says these messages are discussing a financial motive.

Chad also sent, "It will be interesting if it got changed after he (Charles) had two bullets in his chest."

According to texts and Agent Hart, Chad and Lori had also discussed the children's deaths and harming kids. Hart says Chad had a scale indicating how close people are to death; The closer they were to zero or 100, the closer they were to death.

In the messages sent in July 2019, Lori had asked Chad to give her percentages on her children. Chad sent, "She (Tylee Ryan) is at 0.13. I turned up the pain to 10 and placed a spiritual virus on her. He (JJ Vallow) is at 99.99. Raphael visited him and told him to follow him into the light. I also assured him that James would love and take care of his mommy, which he had with all his heart and soul." Lori replied, "That is sweet!! Miss you desperately!" Raphael was another alias Chad would use.

On July 29, 2019 Lori was on a trip with Melani Boudreaux (now Pawlowski). Chad sent Lori a message that said, "Do you want me to cause pain yet to those 3's you're riding with?" The number indicating the scale Melani's children, Blake and Brighton, were on. Lori replied, "Probably hold off on them til we arrive. They will be mistake (miserable) to deal with. But I'll text you if they start acting up and we can zap them." Chad said, "Sounds great. Yes, if they are going to act up at least we'll give them a reason to scream."

Lori would continually ask when and if JJ was at a zero on Chad's scale. By August 2019, Chad told Lori he was. On August 7 she said to Chad, "We r both so tired of taking care of demons. We are weary. Please ask the Lord to take them." Agent Hart says this referred to Lori's children.

More messages showed Lori and Chad were having some issues before her move to Rexburg. She would say she was frustrated that she was never a priority. Chad tried to comfort her and texted her, "We are surrounded by telestial relatives that are simply obstacles. I'm sick of it!"

The last known video of Tylee was taken Sept. 8, 2019 in Yellowstone. The last known video of JJ was taken Sept. 22, 2019 in his red pajamas.

On Oct. 5, 2019 Chad texted Lori about Tammy. The messages said, "The short version si that she has switched. Tammy is in Limbo, and a level 3 demonic entity named Viola in her body... Not sure of the timing for removal, but once her actions verify the differences, I don't want to wait."

Agent Hart also reviewed the 'patriarchal blessing' Chad gave to Alex. What stood out to Hart was the mention of how Alex's mission was to protect his sister, Lori, and when it said, "You have already assisted us in ways you can never be repaid." Hart says this is a direct quote from Chad connecting Alex to these crimes.

You can view a timeline of events and all our past stories on Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow-Daybell HERE.

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