A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It chronicles how Lori Vallow becomes obsessed with the apocalypse, and how her beliefs encouraged extreme behaviors.
Positive Role Models
Both Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell had been devoted parents, but their belief system changed the way they lived their lives. The Woodstocks were proactive in searching for their J.J. and Tylee, and it is because of their insistence that the case was pursued.
The series includes interviews with an Asian-American investigative journalist.
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Violence & Scariness
The murder of children and spouses are major themes; Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell are charged with committing them. The violent end of the world is discussed as part of a belief system. Domestic violence and child sexual abuse is also discussed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Multiple marriages and infidelity is referenced.
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Some muted cursing during emotional phone exchanges.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sins of Our Mother is a true crime documentary about the well-publicized case of doomsday believer and alleged murderer Lori Vallow. Religious fanaticism and murder (including the killing of children) are major themes. There are some limited but disturbing details offered about violent acts, and the remains of the deceased are briefly discussed (but nothing is shown). Topics like child sexual abuse and infidelity are mentioned. Non-traditional religious beliefs stemming from Mormonism, and how they do not align with the teachings of the LDS church, are also discussed. On rare occasion strong language is bleeped out.
Is It Any Good?
The harrowing and emotional true crime series offers disturbing details about how Lori Vallow's descent into religious zealotry allegedly led her to conspire to murder. While Sins of Our Mother offers a clear overview of the publicly known facts about the case, it's the chilling texts and recorded conversations between Vallow and her son Colby, friends, and Chad Daybell that highlight the more disturbing (and sometimes bizarre) details surrounding what happened. This, in addition to footage of Vallow and Daybell happily together as others searched for their children, supports the idea that they are both guilty of murder, despite the fact that series was released prior to their trials. But the intention of Sins of Our Mother isn't to be objective; instead, it's designed to highlight how a woman whose religious beliefs became so dark and obsessive it destroyed a family, and how people overlooked it while it was happening.
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