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Idaho mom Lori Vallow Daybell Sentenced In Deaths Of 2 Children And Her Romantic Rival

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BOISE, Idaho – Lori Vallow Daybell, an Idaho mother, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Monday for the murders of her two youngest children and a romantic rival in a case that included bizarre claims that her son and daughter were zombies and that she was a goddess sent to bring about the Biblical apocalypse.

In May, Vallow Daybell was found guilty of murdering her two youngest children, Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 16, and conspired to murder Tammy Daybell, her fifth husband’s prior wife. According to the judge, Vallow Daybell will serve three consecutive life sentences.

Chad Daybell, the wife’s husband, is facing the same murder accusations. Vallow Daybell is also facing two more charges in Arizona: one for planning with her brother to murder her fourth husband, Charles Vallow, and another for conspiring to murder her niece’s ex-husband. Charles Vallow was slain in a shooting in 2019, although her niece’s ex escaped another attempt later that year.

Judge Steven W. Boyce said at the Fremont County Courthouse in St. Anthony, Idaho, that the search for the missing children, the discovery of their bodies, and the evidence photos shown in court traumatized law enforcement and jurors and that he would never be able to get images of the slain children out of his head.

Boyce described a parent killing their children as “the most shocking thing that I can imagine.”

Vallow Daybell defended the killings by “going down a bizarre religious rabbit hole, and clearly you are still down there,” according to the judge.

“I don’t think you have any remorse to this day for the effort and heartache you caused,” he remarked.

Boyce heard from numerous victims’ representatives, including Vallow Daybell’s only surviving son, Colby Ryan.

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Lori Vallow Daybell, an Idaho mother, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Monday.

“Tylee will never be able to become a mother, wife, or pursue the career she was born with.” “JJ will never be able to grow and spread his light with the world as he did,” Ryan wrote in a statement read aloud by prosecution attorney Rob Wood. “My siblings and father deserve so much better.” I want them to be remembered as people, not as a spectacle.”

Ryan also wrote about his loss.

“I’ve lost the chance to share my life with the people I care about the most.” He wrote, “I have lost my sister, father, brother, and mother.” “I pray for healing for all involved, including those who took the lives of everyone we loved.”

Tammy Daybell’s death and the murder scheme caused a schism in her family, Tammy’s sister Samantha Gwilliam testified in court.

“Why? Why would you plot anything so heinous? “You are not exalted beings, and your actions disqualify you from being one,” Gwilliam remarked, referring to the strange theological beliefs. “Because of your choices, my family lost a beloved mother, sister, and daughter.”

Tammy Daybell’s mother was dying of cancer and spent the last months of her life watching the murder trial, according to Gwilliam. The family has also been pursued by the media and others drawn by “all of the salacious scandal you stirred up,” Gwilliam told Vallow Daybell, who sat between her defense counsel and looked down.

“I think about my sister every day. “I will mourn her and my mother’s death daily,” Gwilliam stated. “As for you, I choose to forget you, and as I leave the courtroom here today, I choose never to think of you again.”

Before passing the sentence, Boyce heard from Vallow Daybell. She quoted Bible texts about people not judging one another. She, too, lamented the loss of her children and Tammy Daybell, but she knew they would be reunited in the afterlife.

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She stated that she is visited regularly by the souls of her deceased children and the ghost of her “eternal friend,” Tammy Daybell and that the three were not killed.

“Jesus Christ knows that no one was murdered in this case,” she declared. “Accidental fatalities occur. Suicides occur. Medication can have fatal adverse effects.”

Wood cited the two Arizona cases and three murders in Idaho in six weeks.

“A defendant who is willing to murder her own children is willing to murder anyone,” said Wood. “Only a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole can protect society from this defendant.”

Vallow Daybell was committed several times to therapy to be mentally competent for court hearings. However, according to court reports, Wood stated that there is no indication that her offenses were influenced by her “alleged mental illness,” which includes delusional disorder with exquisite elements.

“The evidence is overwhelming that she did know right from wrong,” Wood said, citing testimony from many witnesses who claimed she lied about the deaths.

Alex Cox, Vallow Daybell’s brother, shot and killed her estranged husband, Charles Vallow, at a suburban Phoenix house in July 2019. Cox claimed he acted in self-defense. He was never charged and died of natural causes, according to authorities.

Vallow Daybell was already dating Chad Daybell, a self-published author of apocalypse fiction partly based on Mormon teachings. She relocated to Idaho with her children and brother to be closer to him.

The kids were last seen alive in September of this year. After an extended family member became concerned, police confirmed they were missing a month later. Their bodies were buried in Chad Daybell’s garden the following summer.

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During the trial, specialists testified that Tylee was stabbed and her body was burned before being interred in a pet cemetery, according to Wood.

Wood speculated that JJ’s head was wrapped in tape and plastic, asphyxiating him and that his last thoughts must have “been filled with fear and betrayal.”

Tammy Daybell’s body was damaged, implying she fought back while asphyxiating on her bed, according to Wood.

Chad Daybell married Lori Vallow in November 2019, just two weeks after Daybell’s last wife, Tammy, was murdered. According to authorities, Tammy Daybell was initially said to have died of natural causes, but an examination later revealed she had been asphyxiated.

During the trial, defense attorney Jim Archibald contended that there was no evidence linking Vallow Daybell to the murders but plenty demonstrating that she was a loving, protective mother whose life took a drastic turn when she met Chad Daybell and fell for his “weird” apocalyptic religious views. He suggested that the fatalities were caused by Daybell and Vallow Daybell’s brother, Alex Cox.

Daybell informed her they had been married in prior lifetimes, and she was a “sexual goddess” tasked with saving the world by gathering 144,000 followers so Jesus could return, according to Archibald.

During the trial, Vallow Daybell’s former acquaintance Melanie Gibb testified that Vallow Daybell believed individuals in her life had been taken over by demonic spirits and turned into “zombies,” including JJ and Tylee.

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Matthew Perry’s Death Under Investigation In Connection With Ketamine Level Found In Actor’s Blood

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Los Angeles  — Authorities have begun an investigation into how Matthew Perry obtained the ketamine that killed him, police said Tuesday.

Los Angeles police are collaborating with the US Narcotic Enforcement Administration and the US Postal Inspection Service to investigate why the 54-year-old “Friends” star had so much of the narcotic in his system, LAPD Capt. Scot Williams said in an email.

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Matthew Perry’s Death Under Investigation In Connection With Ketamine Level Found In Actor’s Blood

On Oct. 28, an assistant discovered Perry, 54, face down in his hot tub, and paramedics arrived and confirmed him dead. His autopsy, which was disclosed in December, revealed that the level of ketamine in his blood was within the range used for general anesthesia during surgery. The primary cause of death was categorized as an accident, with no foul play suspected, according to the report.

The coroner cited drowning and other medical conditions as contributory reasons.

TMZ initially revealed the probe.

People close to the star informed coroner’s investigators that he was receiving ketamine infusion therapy. The decades-old surgical medication has experienced a significant increase in use in recent years to treat depression, anxiety, and pain.

However, the medical examiner stated that Perry’s most recent treatment, which occurred one and a half weeks prior, could not account for the ketamine levels in his blood. The medication is normally metabolized within hours. According to the medical examiner’s report, Perry was being treated by at least two doctors: a psychiatrist and an anesthesiologist who also functioned as his primary care physician. No illegal drugs or paraphernalia were discovered at his home.

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Matthew Perry’s Death Under Investigation In Connection With Ketamine Level Found In Actor’s Blood

Perry struggled with addiction for years, beginning with his time on “Friends,” where he starred as Chandler Bing alongside Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer for ten seasons from 1994 to 2004.

In other cases, celebrity deaths caused by drugs prompted authorities to punish those who gave them.

After rapper Mac Miller died from an overdose of cocaine, alcohol, and fentanyl-laced counterfeit oxycodone, two of the guys who gave him the fentanyl were convicted of trafficking it. One was sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison, while the other received 10 years.

Two doctors and a manager of model and reality TV star Anna Nicole Smith were charged with scheming to obtain her prescription medicines before her 2007 death but not with causing her deadly overdose. All accusations against one doctor were subsequently dismissedexcept one misdemeanor fraud charge.

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Matthew Perry’s Death Under Investigation In Connection With Ketamine Level Found In Actor’s Blood

After Michael Jackson died in 2009 from a deadly dose of propofol, a medicine designed for use only during surgery and other medical operations, not for the insomnia the singer wanted, his doctor, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011. Murray has maintained his innocence.

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Accused Of 2003 Sexual Assault In Lawsuit

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NEW YORK — A former model accused Sean “Diddy” Combs of sexually abusing her at his New York City recording studio in 2003, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday, the latest in a slew of allegations against the embattled hip-hop entrepreneur.

Crystal McKinney, a prominent 22-year-old model, said she met Diddy at a restaurant during Men’s Fashion Week in Manhattan. The criminal complaint filed in New York City states that Combs invited her to his recording studio later that night.

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Accused Of 2003 Sexual Assault In Lawsuit

According to the lawsuit, when McKinney arrived, Diddy was drinking and smoking joints with several other males. According to the lawsuit, she smoked some marijuana and “later came to understand” that it was tainted with a narcotic or intoxicating drug. She felt as if she were floating. Diddy escorted her to the restroom, where the sexual assault occurred, according to the lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, Diddy escorted her back to the studio, where she lost consciousness. She later awoke in a taxi and discovered she had been sexually assaulted, according to the lawsuit.

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Diddy’s reps did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.

The Associated Press normally does not identify persons who claim to have been sexually abused unless they come forward publicly, as McKinney has.

The complaint was filed days after CNN published security footage showing Combs assaulting singer Cassie in a Los Angeles hotel corridor in 2016. On Sunday, Diddy published a video admitting to attacking Cassie in a hotel hallway, stating he was “truly sorry” and his actions were “inexcusable.”

Diddy is not likely to face criminal charges for the incident due to the statute of limitations.

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Accused Of 2003 Sexual Assault In Lawsuit

Cassie filed a complaint in November alleging beatings and abuse, which was resolved a day later. However, it sparked increased scrutiny of Diddy, with numerous further lawsuits filed in the following months, as well as a federal criminal sex-trafficking probe that prompted investigators to raid Combs’ residences in Los Angeles and Miami.

The claim was filed on Tuesday under a New York City law that allows accusers to initiate civil litigation within a specific time frame, even if the alleged crimes occurred many years ago.

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Studio Ghibli Takes A Bow At Cannes With An Honorary Palme D’Or

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CANNES, France — The Cannes Film Festival honored Studio Ghibli, the Japanese cartoon factory of surreal ecological wonders that has captivated moviegoers for 39 years, with tales of Totoros, enchanted jellyfish, and floating castles, on Monday with an honorary Palme d’Or.

In the 22 years that Cannes has given out honorary Palmes, Ghibli’s prize was the first for anything other than an individual filmmaker or actor. (This year’s other winners include George Lucas and Meryl Streep.) Hayao Miyazaki, the 83-year-old animation genius who co-founded Studio Ghibli with Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki in 1985, did not attend the ceremony but spoke via video message from Japan.

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Studio Ghibli Takes A Bow At Cannes With An Honorary Palme D’Or

“I don’t understand any of this,” Miyazaki replied. “But thank you.”

At Cannes, where standing ovations may last for hours, Ghibli’s envoys — Goro Miyazaki (son of Hayao) and Kenichi Yoda — received one of the festival’s most thunderous responses. Thierry Fremaux, Cannes’ creative director, walked across the platform of the Grand Théâtre Lumière to shoot the extended ovation, which he stated will be sent to Miyazaki via video.

“With this Palme d’Or, we’d like to thank you for all the magic you’ve brought to cinema,” said Iris Knobloch, the festival’s president, who presented the award.

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Studio Ghibli Takes A Bow At Cannes With An Honorary Palme D’Or

The occasion was honored not with a new Ghibli picture but by four previously unreleased short films outside of Japan. “Mei and the Baby Cat Bus,” a minor sequel to Miyazaki’s 1989 film “My Neighbor Totoro,” grows the Cat Bus from that classic to a full fleet of cat conveyances, most notably the small Baby Cat Bus

The films were all created for the Studio Ghibli Museum outside Tokyo, including “Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess,” a culinary-themed desert for Miyazaki’s 2001 film “Spirited Away.” The other two—”House Hunting” and “Boro the Caterpillar”—create acoustic mini-adventures for forest critters.

Miyazaki’s long-awaited “The Boy and the Heron” won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in March, so the Studio Ghibli party came soon after. (A documentary on its making, “Hayao Miyazaki and the Heron,” was also shown at Cannes.)

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Studio Ghibli Takes A Bow At Cannes With An Honorary Palme D’Or

Miyazaki also sat out at the ceremony. Goro Miyazaki, whose own films include “From Up on Poppy Hill” and “Tales From Earthsea,” revealed that they had to wrap the Oscar in a hotel towel before bringing it home to his father. On Monday, he was relieved that the Cannes prize is portable.

“I’m reassured seeing the Palme d’Or was in a box,” he remarked, smiling.

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