Five suspicious things Brian Laundrie did before Gabby Petito died from emptying ‘locker’ to posting ‘morbid’ knife art
FIVE clues reveal the suspicious things Brian Laundrie did – months before Gabby Petito was found dead in a Wyoming national park.
The 23-year-old fugitive uploaded sinister artworks to his social media platforms and left his fiancée during their cross-country road trip to empty a “storage locker” in Florida.
Laundrie described himself as a comic book fanatic but among his Instagram snaps are a series of chilling drawings.
He shared the artwork with his social media followers – months before starting his tour of America’s midwest with Gabby.
One haunting piece shows what appears to be a man wearing a wolf mask holding a blood-soaked knife.
The character's trousers and jacket are covered in splatters as he leans menacingly forward.
Another post dated July 15 2020 is captioned: Grim Reaper leading sheep to the slaughter" and shows a herd of sheep surrounded by ghoulish figures wielding scythes.
A drawing, which Laundrie says was crafted with pen and watercolor, shows Frankenstein's monster chained to a chair made of rock and wood.
In the black and white image, the monster has shackles around his ankles, feet, and neck.
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Laundrie’s Pinterest profile also contained several posts that referred to darks, ghosts, crime, and witchcraft.
In one post, the fugitive saved an image of the definition of nyctophilia, a "love of darkness or night, finding relaxation or comfort in the darkness."
And, in an album titled "bleak", Laundrie saved an image of a "Witchcraft moon phase magic pocket guide" listed for sale on Etsy.
Gabby's fiancé reportedly boasted about reading a serial killer book to the vlogger.
Laundrie wrote in an Instagram post that he and Gabby read the horror-satire novel Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk.
He said: “Reading is different than any other consumption of media, it takes more effort than staring at a screen half alive, it allows you to use your brain rather than melt it, and there is no author more stimulation to me than Chuck Palahniuk.”
Lullaby, published in 2002, tells the story of journalist Carl Streator, who is writing an article about crib death when he notices a strange connection between the deaths of the babies and those of his own wife and infant.
He then finds out that his wife and child had died after he read them a "culling song" from a book.
Streator unintentionally memorizes the rhyme and becomes a serial killer who kills people over minor annoyances.
Laundrie was snapped slicing an apple with the book on his legs as he and Gabby went hiking to celebrate her 22nd birthday.
Rant, which was released in 2007, is told in the form of an oral biography and is centered around a high school rebel, Rant Casey, and another character named Green Taylor Simms.
In its synopsis, the book is described as "a mind-bending vision of the future, as only Chuck Palahniuk could ever imagine."
Laundrie wrote on Instagram: "The f**king craziest out of all of Chuck’s books on my shelf, I can’t fathom how he must have written this one! I’d love to preach all of the insane twists and turns but all I can say is that I’ll never forget the name Rant Casey. Or Green Taylor Simms.
"Me and my fiancé read this one out loud together and boy oh boy I can’t believe some of the stuff coming out of our mouths (sic)."
Gabby and Laundrie toured America’s midwest for several weeks as they documented their travels on their YouTube channel but the 23-year-old temporarily left the road trip in August.
Laundrie returned to Florida on August 17 – days after an incident involving the young couple outside a grocery store in Moab.
The missing fugitive left a motel in Salt Lake City to help his father empty out a storage unit that reportedly contained his and Gabby’s possessions, according to Meaww.
It's reported that the 23-year-old returned to Utah and the couple checked out of the hotel on August 24.
The Laundrie family lawyer Steve Bertolino confirmed that the 23-year-old made the trip back to the Sunshine State.
He said in a statement; “Brian flew home to Tampa from SLC on 08/17 and returned to SLC on 08/23 to rejoin Gabby.
“To my knowledge, Brian and Gabby paid for the flights as they were sharing expenses. Brian flew home to obtain some items and empty and close the storage unit to save money as they contemplated extending the road trip.”
Online sleuths were left wondering what was inside the “locker”.
One social media user tweeted: "So, what was in the locker?"
Another Reddit detective commented: “Dying to know what the hell was so important in that storage locker.”
On August 25 – just days after Laundrie had returned to Utah – Gabby last spoke to her family as the couple reached Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Gabby’s remains were found in the state – weeks later on September 19.
Graphic designer Jessica Schultz claims she spotted a man she thinks was Laundrie “acting weird where Gabby’s body was found”.
The 38-year-old camped out at Spread Creek, Wyoming with her pals between August 22-29.
Schultz said that she saw a young white male and a white van on August 26. She claimed she saw the vehicle on two other days – the 27th and 28th.
The graphic designer said the man was "acting weird".
She said: "You know when you’re out in the middle of nowhere, your hackles go up when you see something that’s out of the ordinary.”
Schultz realized that the man was much younger than herself so decided against inviting him into her friendship group.
The graphic designer said she spotted the couple’s white van on August 26 and 27.
I am losing my parents and my brother.
The Ford Transit van was traveling on a one-car width road near a dispersed camping area in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
FBI detectives found Gabby’s remains in that location on September 19 – more than a week after the vlogger’s parents reported her missing.
Laundrie returned to Florida alone – days after the alleged encounter in Wyoming and weeks after starting his road trip with Gabby.
Cassie Laundrie said she joined her brother and her parents on a camping trip in Fort de Soto on September 6 – 75 miles away from his home in North Port, Florida.
She said that her family stayed at the campsite for only six hours.
Cassie claimed that her brother didn’t talk about Gabby at all during the trip.
As she addressed reporters and protesters outside her home, Cassie said: “I am losing my parents and my brother and my children’s aunt and my future sister-in-law on top of this.”
Asked to clarify what she meant by losing her parents, Cassie responds: "They're not talking to us either," followed by "if I knew, I would say, I don't know," when asked why not.
Laundrie was reported missing by his parents Chris and Roberta on September 17 – days after allegedly telling them that he was going on a “hike” in the Carlton Reserve.
There have been several alleged sightings of Laundrie since he was reported missing.
Neighbors allege that Laundrie was spotted running from his home in North Port on the day that he was reported missing.
Dozens of alleged sightings have been reported in North Carolina along the Appalachian Trail, cops say.
And, a flight attendant believes she may have spotted Laundrie in a hotel in Canada, while a tourist claims to have interacted with the fugitive in Montana.
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