True crime stories you missed this week: July 31-August 4, 2023

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‘Cult mom’ Lori Vallow says at sentencing that her murdered children ‘are happy and busy’

Convicted killer Lori Vallow in a Monday statement expressed her belief that two of her children, Tylee Ryan and J.J. Vallow, and her husband’s first wife, Tammy Daybell – all of whom were murdered in 2019 – are “happy and busy” in the “spirit world.”

Vallow, 50, was sentenced to life in prison without parole Monday for murdering Tylee and J.J. in September 2019 and conspiring to murder Tammy in October 2019.

“I have had many communications with Jesus Christ, savior of this world, and our heavenly parents. I have had many angelic visitors have come and communicated with me and even manifested themselves to me because of these communications,” Vallow told an Idaho courtroom during her sentencing. “I know for a fact that my children are happy and busy in the spirit world. Because of my communications with my friend, Tammy Daybell, I know that she is also very happy and extremely busy.”

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Lori Vallow Daybell at her sentencing in Idaho, Monday, July 31, 2023. Daybell was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 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 usher in the Biblical apocalypse.  (Tony Blakeslee/

Ex-Auburn football player helps bail out wife, her lover who are accused of plotting his murder: report

Former Auburn football player Robert Shiver helped bail out his estranged wife Lindsay Shiver and her alleged accomplices after they were charged with trying to have him killed, according to a local report.

Prosecutors withdrew their objection to the release of Lindsay, 36; her alleged lover, Terrance Bethel, 28; and accused hitman Faron Newbold Jr., 29, after speaking to the target of the alleged plot, the Bahamas Court News reported.

Robert, 38, responded “no comment” when reached by phone.

The trio was arrested July 21 in Abaco, Bahamas, and shipped to Nassau after police uncovered the alleged scheme in WhatsApp messages on the phone of a suspected burglar at Grabbers Bar and Grill on Great Guana Cay, the outlet reported. 

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Lindsay and Robert Shiver allegedly had a vacation home in the Bahamas, right. She was arrested last week for allegedly plotting to kill her husband in the midst of an acrimonious divorce and custody battle.  (Facebook)

Top prosecutor on Long Island serial killer case identifies ‘Fire Island Jane Doe’

A woman whose remains were found on a New York shore in 1996 has been identified as 34-year-old Karen Vergata, Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney announced at a news conference Friday.

The DA, who leads the task force investigating the Gilgo Beach murders, declined to comment on whether Vergata is connected to suspected Long Island serial killer Rex Heuermann.

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The architect was arrested July 13 for the murders of sex workers Amber Lynn Costello, 27, Melissa Barthelemy, 24, and Megan Waterman, 22, whose bodies were found days apart on a stretch of Gilgo Beach in 2010. He is also the prime suspect in the slaying of 25-year-old Maureen Brainard-Barnes.

Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney announced Friday that the Gilgo Beach task force had identified remains found on Fire Island in 1996 as Karen Vergata. (Suffolk County DA/Google Maps)

Father of Goldman Sachs staffer found in NYC waterway reveals his cause of death

Goldman Sachs senior analyst John Castic, who was found dead Tuesday in a New York City creek weeks after a psychologist’s body was found nearby, died from drowning, his father told Fox News Digital.

“The coroner’s office has confirmed that he drowned,” said Jeffrey Castic, who spoke to the city’s medical examiner. “At the moment we’re trying to focus on the positive of his life. He was a bright, charismatic, caring and hardworking young man.” 

The medical examiner is awaiting the results of a toxicology report, but police told Jeffrey Castic that they believe his son was impaired by alcohol and possibly drugs.

John Castic, 27, of Chicago, was found in a New York City creek four days after attending a concert. (Facebook)



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