Worthington: Daybell story among craziest I’ve ever covered

Photo Courtesy: EastIdahoNews.com

 

Worthington: Daybell/Vallow story among craziest I’ve ever covered

By Rick Worthington
1/30/2020

I’ve covered some pretty strange cases in my time doing news. The Daybell/Vallow story ranks right up there with the most wild things I’ve ever tried to cover – let alone try to explain to people.

Look, I’ve covered some big stories.

I was on the air in Reno at KKOH radio the morning Jaycee Dugard was found alive. That was pretty big since Lake Tahoe, her home, was in our coverage area. After 18 years, she was rescued from the two monsters who kidnapped her at age 11. She even had 2 children during her captivity, fathered by her abductor, Phillip Garrido.

The Scott and Laci Peterson story was one I had to endure as a reporter in the Sacramento area. The Peterson couple lived in Modesto, California, which put that national story in our lap at KFBK radio. Scott Peterson is still a guest of the California Department of Corrections on 1st degree murder charges.

Here in Boise, since I’ve been here, I think the takeover of the Malhuer Wildlife Refuge and the standoff by Ammon Bundy and friends is the biggest story I’ve done. It certainly is the one I have taken the most calls about in this newsroom from other news outlets.

Back to the Daybell/Vallow story. I think this one may have more to offer (as a news story) in terms of interesting storylines. It’s a story that includes some pretty “grabbing” subject matter:

**Missing children
**Complete disregard for children’s whereabouts or safety
**Multiple dead spouses
**A Dead sibling who killed one of those spouses
**Religious cults
**Someone who calls themself “a god preparing for the second coming of Christ”
**Running from the law
**Lying to police and family members
**Being found months later at a vacation resort
**Spanning the states of Idaho, Arizona, Hawaii and to a much lesser extent – Utah

Hey – that is just the highlights, folkls! That doesn’t get anywhere close to all the drama this story has. And to top it all off – these two people (Chad and Lori Vallow) still have not been charged with a crime!

Stay tuned…

There is no custom code to display.

Blogs

Worthington BLOG:  From Patriot to Punchline

Worthington BLOG: From Patriot to Punchline

From Patriot to Punchline By Rick Worthington 9/3/20 Have you ever tried to do something good, but went about doing it the wrong way? I think, that is what we saw from Ammon Bundy during the Special Session in Idaho. I fear those actions have tainted the man’s reputation as a freedom fighter to what…

Worthington BLOG: Racism is more common than you think

Worthington BLOG: Racism is more common than you think

  Racism is more common than you think 6/4/20   By: Rick Worthington I guess this is as good a time as any to admit, the #BLM rallies in Idaho and the rioting in other areas has me thinking more about racism than I have in years. Let us speak honestly. Racism exists, and it is…

Worthington BLOG: Don’t Judge Me For Opening My Business Early

Worthington BLOG: Don’t Judge Me For Opening My Business Early

Worthington BLOG: Don’t Judge Me For Opening My Business Early 5/13/20 By Rick Worthington I’m not one to rebel or clash against the government. I believe in the rule of law, and abide by the law as best I can…for the most part. Yes, I’ve had a speeding ticket in my lifetime. I mean, I’ve…

Worthington BLOG: Coronavirus Quarantine Week 4

Worthington BLOG: Coronavirus Quarantine Week 4

  Worthington BLOG: Coronavirus Quarantine Week 4 By Rick Worthington 4/8/20 The Worthington family continues to practice social distancing, as we have for a month now! I think at this point, we are all going a little crazy, and I don’t just mean my family. I miss people I don’t normally miss! Anybody else? As…