Brian Laundrie, the fiancé who murdered his fiancée Gabby Petito, claims to have done so as an act of mercy. The family’s attorney has disclosed the notebook found beside Laundrie’s body in which the 23-year-old boyfriend admits to murdering his fiancée.
In the notebook found in October 2021 after his death by suicide, Laundrie stated in the notebook that he ended her life because it was merciful. He claimed that she was in pain and he was in shock. He decided to take “away her pain” and knew he could not “go on without her.” Brian Laundrie alleges in the notebook confession that he strangulated girlfriend Gabby Petito in ‘mercy’ killing because she was in ‘severe’ pain after an accident on their van-life trip in Wyoming.
Images of the eight water-logged pages given to DailyMail.com by the Laundrie’s attorney Steve Bertolino illustrate the apparent dramatic twist to a story that has riveted America. Petito’s remains were discovered in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park in September 2021. A medical examiner ruled that she died as a result of homicidal strangulation. Laundrie, who went missing around the same time, was discovered dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the Florida woods in October of last year.
Laundrie has described Petito’s death as an “unexpected tragedy” in the notebook provided by Steven Bertolino. He claimed Petito was hurt as the couple rushed back to their car before it became too dark to see and attempted to cross a stream. Petito, according to Laundrie, had a bump on her forehead after a fall in the creek that subsequently became larger. She was in pain and allegedly begged him to her misery.
Patrick Reilly, a lawyer for the Petito family, stated that Laundrie’s assertion that the killing stemmed from a “tragic accident” was “nonsense.” Petito’s family has filed a civil lawsuit against the Laundrie family. The lawsuit claims that Christopher and Roberta Laundrie were aware of Petito’s whereabouts while authorities were pouring resources into a huge missing persons investigation.
They are seeking more than $30,000 in damages for the mental agony they had as a result of the Laundries’ alleged deception. According to the March filing, Christopher and Roberta assisted Laundrie in concealing Petito’s murder and were planning for him to escape from the country.