After the remains of two children believed to be his missing stepchildren, a petition has begun to circulate demanding that Amazon cease listing and selling books written by Chad Daybell. A raid on Daybell’s home in Salem, Idaho, found bodies believed to be J.J. Vallow and Tylee Ryan, the children of his wife Lori Vallow last seen in September, in a backyard well.
Daybell and Lori Vallow are currently being held in different Idaho prison on charges stemming from the disappearance and J.J. Vallow and Tylee Ryan.
“Author of several Doomsday and religious-themed books, Chad Daybell was arrested on June 9, 2020, after the remains of two children were found buried on his property,” the Change.org petition reads. “Oddly, Chad’s new wife (Lori Vallow) was the mother and caretaker of both of these children.”
Daybell, 51, is the author of about 28 books, many of which concern the “Second Coming” of Jesus as espoused in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Amazon reviews have criticized some as “end times” propaganda masked with Mormon religious beliefs.
A near-death experience at age 17 is believed by many to have put Daybell on the path to holding “cult-like” religious beliefs. Early in their relationship, emails showed Daybell discussing with Lori Vallow if her two children possessed “light or dark” spirits. His indoctrination of Vallow into apocalyptic spiritual beliefs is widely speculated to have led to the disappearance of her children.
“As of June 11, 2020, Chad’s books are still available for sale on Amazon.com,” the petition continues. “This petition is to ask that they be removed permanently. Whether or not he is a child killer will be decided by the justice system. What we DO know, is that these kids were buried on his property and he actively concealed where they were for 9 months.”
As of Saturday afternoon, the petition currently has over 1,200 signatures and a goal of 1,500.
In addition to end times fiction, Daybell has also written a number of books on Mormon religious practices, including priesthood and baptism. One collection of short stories, categorized as “non-fiction” and concerned with “graveyard stories” has taken on a particular morbid character in light of recent events.