Brian Laundrie has confessed to the murder of Gabby Petito.
Posthumously, that is.
On Friday, an attorney for the late 22-year old released eight pages from Laundrie’s journal, unveiling to the pubic for the first time an entry in which Laundrie admits to the aforementioned crime.
“I ended her life,” wrote Laundrie in the notebook, which was found in October 2021 after his death by suicide.
As a quick refresher, all these months later:
In September 2021, the body of Petito was disovered in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
A medical examiner determined she was killed by strangulation.
Laundrie, who had been dating Petito at the time, vanished almost immediately afterward… amid nationwide calls for his arrest.
He was then found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the Florida wilderness in October of last year.
“I’m sorry to everyone this will affect,” Laundrie also wrote in this journal.
“Gabby was the love of my life but I know adored by many. I’m so very sorry to her family, because I love them.”
In the notebook, which was provided to various outlets by lawyer Steven Bertolino, Laundrie referred to Petito’s death as an “unexpected tragedy.”
He went on to explain…
“I don’t know the extent of Gabby’s ingerys (sic) only that she was in extreme pain.
“I ended her life, I thought it was merciful, that it is what she wanted, but I see now all the mistakes I made. I panicked.
“I was in shock.
“But from the moment I decided, took away her pain, I knew I couldn’t go on without her.”
Laundrie claimed that Petito fell during a hike, leading him to think that the only way to end her suffering would be to take her life.
He claimed Petito had a “small bump on her forehead that eventually got larger,” as well as other injuries, and that she was “begging for an end to her pain.”
We’ll never know the truth, of course.
“He is writing a letter as though he wants people to feel sorry for him,” replied a lawyer representing Petito’s family late last week.
Petito’s family, meanwhile, has brought a civil suit against Laundrie’s family.
The legal documents allege that Christopher and Roberta Laundrie knew the whereabouts of their daughter’s corpse during the time in which authorities were pouring resources into a gigantic missing persons investigation.
They also believe Laundrie’s mom and dad were set to help their son flee the country in order to get away with his crime.
They’re seeking more than $30,000 in damages for the mental anguish they suffered due to the alleged deceit of the Laundries.
On the last page released, Laundrie wrote:
“I have killed myself by this creek in the hopes that annimals (sic) may tear me apart.
“That it may make some of her family happy.”
The final words on the page — written with a different pen than the previous ones — read as follows:
“Please pick up all of my things. Gabby hated people who litter.”