Join us for an in-depth dinner conversation about death anxiety, terror management theory and Chad’s desire to achieve immortality. We dig as deep as we can into Chad Daybell’s psyche and start to put all of the pieces together to develop a comprehensive psychological portrait of how and why these murders occurred. When Chad met Lori a seemingly inescapable cascade of events and psychological elements began to unfold that ended in multiple murders. Join us to discover why.
Tonight, we revisit Chad’s role in the murders through a close examination of his family upbringing, books and career choices based upon new information since our first episodes. We lay the foundation for the combustible moment when Chad and Lori meet and nothing can deter them from their murderous mission. Lauren concludes dinner with a personal tribute to Tammy Daybell.
We get closer to answering the big questions at dinner tonight- Why do human beings murder? Why did Lori really kill her children? We examine the research on filicide and psychopathy to provide some insight into these thorny questions in addition to bringing in a famous child murderer from the past, Diane Downs, to assist in our analysis. Before finishing dinner, we explore the roles of courage and fearlessness in homicide. What does fearlessness have to do with murder? And what does real courage look like and how can we attain it?
In this second half of dinner we explore the relationship between borderline personality disorder and violence potential. We also make the connection between Lori’s extremism and research on terrorists and terrorism. Is Lori a terrorist? Is Chad a terrorist? What makes a terrorist? We conclude our lengthy two-week dinner with a tribute to the many victims of crime and the emotional impact of delving deeply into crime.
We pick up where we left off in the last episode with the impact of Lori’s family upbringing upon her personality dynamics and life decisions, exploring Lori’s propensity for the extremes in emotions, behaviors and beliefs. We ask: Does Lori have a personality disorder? Was she sexually abused? Is she a borderline personality disorder? Have her past traumas and family wounds contributed to her decision to murder her children? Join us for dinner tonight to find out.
In this episode we begin to disentangle the twisted web that is Lori Vallow Daybell through a close examination of her family upbringing and dynamics. We explore the Cox family system (Lori’s family of origin) through the story of Narcissus and explain how this classic mythological tale still holds sway today.
In a late-night dinner, we explore some of the implications and repercussions from Chad Daybell’s preliminary hearing. We also discuss serial killer signatures and typologies as they relate to this case.
Before we move on to explore Lori Vallow’s role in these murders, we examine Chad Daybell’s peculiar obsession with portals and his and Lori’s disdain for Oprah Winfrey- and what these two quirky beliefs mean for this case and, more generally, for understanding the criminal mind and the human condition.
We begin to piece together the disparate elements of Chad Daybell’s life and the underlying motivations for the murderous schemes he devised along with Lori, examining how and why his upbringing, avoidance of his mortality and the quest for significance all led to his eventual crimes.
This week we conclude our exploration of the three major psychological elements that led to Chad Daybell’s crimes through an examination of closed-mindedness and uncritical acceptance of paranormal phenomenon- both of which played a significant role in forming his cult and failing to curtail his murderous path.