SINS OF OUR MOTHER on Netflix is a new true-crime documentary series in three episodes. There’s murder, doomsday views, and very strange ideas presented as religion. It’s as crazy as it is scary. Read our Sins of Our Mother docu-series review here!

SINS OF OUR MOTHER is a new Netflix docu-series by Skye Borgman. Yet again, we’re in true crime and this is exactly as weird (and deadly) as the documentaries that have come before from this documentarist. I don’t mean that in a bad way, but rather that these true stories as so much crazier than anything fictional.


Read our review of the previous Netflix documentary by Skye Borgman here >

This new true-crime documentary series has three episodes. The further along we get chronologically, the stranger and scarier it gets.

Continue reading our Sins of Our Mother docu-series review below. Watch all three episodes on Netflix from September 14, 2022.

Lori Vallow and her “religion”

In Sins of Our Mother, it really is the mother, Lori Vallow, that ends up being the downfall of the family. Sure, Lori Vallow gets a “helping hand” from her latest husband. Still, she was going down a crazy path before the two got married.

Their marriage (and how it came about) is a crazy story in and of itself. One that is also told in this Netflix docu-series.

This is a true-crime story that features multiple murders, extreme doomsday views, and very home-brewed ideas peddled off as religion. Christianity of some sort. Lori Vallow was raised with religion as an important part of her life as the family was Mormon or Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or just LDS).

As such, it seems like her worldview was already skewed in a way that made her even more susceptible to building on her childhood religion and creating something very different.

How being married (and divorced) multiple times fits in with this religion is beyond me. But hey, as long as you’re straight and call yourself a Christian, I guess that sort of thing isn’t frowned upon.

Sins of our Mother – Review | Netflix True Crime

Light and Dark spirits

To me, things get crazy pretty early on in Sins of Our Mother. However, when listening to Lori Vallow’s closest family, this is simply because I’m not LDS. Listening to them try to explain and excuse how you can do things in the name of your religion is its own form of insanity to me.

However, Lori Vallow does stray quite a lot from anything most Christians (of any kind) would recognize. There’s a whole system of light and dark spirits. Lori Vallow (and those who believe as she does) labels people around them as light or dark spirits. And also, how light or dark they are.

The really dark ones are zombies and we all know you need to kill zombies, right?!

Yeah, this is actually part of their belief system, which is extremely un-Christian. Then again, I’m guessing the word zombie is mentioned as many times as “lesbian” is in any scripture, so what do I know?

Actually, what I do know is that this is just straight-up cult-like and has more to do with fanaticism than anything with any religion that has more than a few decades of existence.

Watch Sins of Our Mother on Netflix!

As with most documentaries from Skye Borgman, you will probably be thinking that this is all too crazy to be true. Fortunately, Skye Borgman always tends to have a lot of documentation in her true-crime documentaries. In the case of Sins of Our Mother, we have interviews with the closest (living) family members of Lori Vallow.

Also, we have plenty of statements from Lori Vallow herself. Both in the form of written texts (which, to be fair, could be fake) and telephone conversations. Finally, Lori Vallow had a podcast – of course, she did – where she presented her new take on various religious beliefs.

To say that I find her worldview scary, is an extreme understatement. To know that there are people (quite a few, it would appear) who believe as she does, is mindboggling to me. And yet, we see them and hear from them so often, that we know damn well they exist.


The documentary that started it all for Skye Borgman, the crazy Abducted in Plain Sight on Netflix >

We cover a lot of horror movies and series of all kinds here at Heaven of Horror. But really, the scariest stories always come in the form of documentaries. You cannot make this stuff up and have it be as scary because we horror fans would find it to be too far-fetched.

And yet, here is another Skye Borgman documentary proving that to be wrong. How scary is that?! Do not miss out on this Netflix docu-series in three parts and try to remind yourself of this; When horror fans joke about what they’d do (or how ready they are) for a zombie apocalypse, here are people who truly believe they are already in the fight!

Sins of Our Mother is out on Netflix globally from September 14, 2022.


Lori Vallow was known to friends and family as a devoted mother of three, a loving wife, and awoman of God. But over the past three years, something went very wrong: Now Lori is in jail,waiting to stand trial for conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree murder in connectionwith the deaths of her fourth husband, her fifth husband’s wife, and her two youngest children.

For the first time, Lori’s surviving son Colby steps forward to provide exclusive insight into hisfamily’s backstory as well as their present-tense narrative as Lori faces justice. At the heart ofthis three-part series is a single burning question: how did a seemingly normal womanbecome the most notorious mother in America?

I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
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