Join Lori Vallow’s cousin (Megan Conner), John Dehlin, Gerardo Sumano, and Hidden True Crime’s Lauren Mathias as they react live to Lori Vallow’s verdict.
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Meegan and Gerardo are so well spoken. They brought up so many good points and expressed them so well. Thank you.
Very interesting episode about a disturbing case.
As a suggestion for helping improve the credibility of the show I want to highlight John’s opinion that “it should be illegal for anyone to say that they speak for god” – which I’ve heard him say several times. That statement doesn’t sound thoughtful or realistic. It’s like saying “I think it should be illegal to have free speech and religious freedom, so we should eliminate that from the First Amendment”. It seems more rational (and Constitutional) to call for a requirement in the American educational system that all students take multiple course on Critical Thinking. That would go further towards fighting extremism of all kinds.
When someone says “I speak for god”, people should have the tools to ask “What is the proof? Why should I believe you instead of the other guys who say they speak for god?”
The best way to stop people from believing wild and harmful claims isn’t to try to stop stupid or malicious people from making constitutionally protected claims, but to equip people with the skills to dismiss those claims on their own.
The defense has miscronstrued what the prosecution was saying about sex, power, and money. The prosecution wasn’t necessarily saying Lori wanted sex, power, and money. They were saying that Lori USED those things to get what she wanted. Chad, in particular, wanted all three of those things.
Lori probably wanted a variety of things. In my opinion, at least power and money were among the things that Lori wanted.
Show me a narcissist that is ever satisfied with a certain level of power or money.
And show me a narcissist that isn’t willing to manipulate people using sex.