Friday 24 June 2022 11:48 PM Brian Laundrie's notebook reveals confession that 'he murdered Gabby Petito' trends now

Friday 24 June 2022 11:48 PM Brian Laundrie's notebook reveals confession that 'he murdered Gabby Petito' trends now
Friday 24 June 2022 11:48 PM Brian Laundrie's notebook reveals confession that 'he murdered Gabby Petito' trends now

Friday 24 June 2022 11:48 PM Brian Laundrie's notebook reveals confession that 'he murdered Gabby Petito' trends now

Brian Laundrie murdered girlfriend Gabby Petito in a 'mercy' killing because she was in 'extreme' pain after an accident on their van-life adventure in Wyoming, he claims in an astonishing notebook confession.

The apparent sensational twist to a story that has gripped America can now be revealed in images of the eight water logged pages handed to DailyMail.com by the Laundrie's attorney Steve Bertolino.

Laundrie, 23, writes that he strangled his 22-year-old fiancé as the result of an 'unexpected tragedy' in Grand Teton National Park in which Gabby fell into a creek and injured herself on their road trip last summer.

And he began the notebook with a personal message addressed to Gabby, in which he claimed: 'I wish I could be at your side, I wish I could be talking to you right now.'

In self-pitying sentences written in smudged blue pen, Laundrie claims he battled to comfort Gabby who was deteriorating, crying in pain and shivering from constant cold.

But eventually he killed her, writing: 'I don't know the extent of Gabby's injuries, 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 mistake that I made. I panicked. I was in shock. But from the moment I decided, took away her pain.'

Pages from Brian Laundrie's notebook revealed that he killed girlfriend Gabby Petito (left) allegedly out of mercy after an accident on their van-life adventure in Wyoming. The infamous case triggered a manhunt for Laundrie after he returned to Florida alone and disappeared, with his body and the notebook found days later

Pages from Brian Laundrie's notebook revealed that he killed girlfriend Gabby Petito (left) allegedly out of mercy after an accident on their van-life adventure in Wyoming. The infamous case triggered a manhunt for Laundrie after he returned to Florida alone and disappeared, with his body and the notebook found days later  

Laundrie's notebook contained a letter written to the late Petito before he killed himself following a large manhunt for him

The notes revealed a confession from Laundrie, who claimed he killed Peito out of mercy after an accident during their cross-country trip

Laundrie's notebook contained a letter written to the late Petito before he killed himself following a large manhunt for him, The notes revealed a confession from Laundrie, who claimed he killed Peito out of mercy after an accident during their cross-country trip

Laundrie wrote that he could not live without Petito after he killed her

The note ends with him saying he'll kill himself in the creek where his body was eventually found

Laundrie wrote that he could not live without Petito after he killed her, writing his sucide note and plans to die by the Florida creek where his body was eventually found 

Laundrie's remains were found north of the entrance to Myakkahatchee Creek, in the Big Slough Preserve, off an unpaved trail near a bridge where Brian's parents said he liked to visit. It is four miles north of their home in North Port, Florida

Laundrie's remains were found north of the entrance to Myakkahatchee Creek, in the Big Slough Preserve, off an unpaved trail near a bridge where Brian's parents said he liked to visit. It is four miles north of their home in North Port, Florida 

There is no indication of how Laundrie apparently cared for Gabby before he ended her life.

His notebook was found in a dry bag beside his body on October 20 last year after he fled to the alligator-infested Carlton Reserve near his home in North Port, Florida. He'd shot himself in the head.

In a desperate bid to explain his version of events, he writes: 'I am sorry to my family, this is a shock to them as well as a terrible greif (sic)….

'Please do not make this harder for them, this occurred as an unexpected tragedy.'

The couple were at the national park after visiting Utah on their trip west in Gabby's 2012 white Ford Transit. They were cataloguing the trip on social media.

Laundrie writes in his notebook: 'Rushing back to our car, trying to cross the steam of spread creek before it got too dark to see, to (sic) cold. I hear a splash and a scream. I could barely see, I couldn't finder her for a moment, shouted her name.

'I found her breathing barely, gasping, any (indistinct as the ink is waterlogged) she was freezing cold, we had just come from the blazing hot national parks in Utah.

'The temperature had dropped to freezing and she was soaking wet. I carried her as far as I could down the stream towards the car, stumbling, exhausted in shock, when my (indistinct) and I knew I couldn't safely carry her.'

He continues in an occasionally confusing monologue: 'I started a fire and spooned her as close to the heat, she was so thin, had already been freezing too long. I couldn't at the time realize that I should've started a fire first but I wanted her out of the cold back to the car. From where I started the fire I had no idea where the car might be. Only knew it was across the creek.

'When I pulled Gabby out of the water she couldn't tell me what hurt. She had a small bump on her forehead that eventually got larger. Her feet hurt, her wrist hurt, but she was freezing, shaking violently, while carrying her she continually made sounds of pain.'

Then he begins his excuse for murdering his fiancée. He writes: 'Laying next to her she said little, lapsing between violent shakes, gasping in pain, begging for an end to her pain. She would fall asleep and I would shake her awake fearing she shouldn't close her eyes if she had a concussion.

'She would wake in pain, start her whole painful cycle again, furious that I was the one waking her. She wouldn't let me try to cross the creek, thought like me that the fire would go out in her sleep.'

It is then he claims he killed Gabby because it was 'merciful'.

Laudrie wrote that Petito's condition was worsening in the Utah wilderness

He claimed Petito was begging 'for an end to her pain'

Laudrie wrote that Petito's condition was worsening in the Utah wilderness and was begging 'for an end to her pain'

After killing his fiance, Laundrie said he rushed home and had thought about getting his friends to kill him to end his own pain

He begged people to leave his parents alone as he  set out to kill himself

After killing his fiance, Laundrie said he rushed home and had thought about getting his friends to kill him to end his own pain

Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito were engaged to be married prior to their deaths

Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito were engaged to be married prior to their deaths

The two were on a cross country trip in their van when Petito was killed. They were sharing images of their trip on Instagram

The two were on a cross country trip in their van when Petito was killed. They were sharing images of their trip on Instagram 

Police and FBI officials retrieved items belonging to Brian Laundrie, including a notebook, near where his body was found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park

Police and FBI officials retrieved items belonging to Brian Laundrie, including a notebook, near where his body was found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park

He adds: 'I knew I couldn't go on without her.

'I rushed home to spend any time I had left with my family.

'I wanted to drive north and let James or TJ kill me, but I wouldn't want them to spend time in jail over my mistake, even though I'm sure they would have liked to.'

Of his own fate in the 25,000-acre swampland on Florida's west coast, he writes: 'I'm ending my life not because of fear of punishment, but rather because I can't stand to live another day without her.

'I've lost our whole entire future together, every moment we could have cherished. I'm sorry for everyone's loss. Please don't make life hard for my family, they lost a son and a daughter. The most wonderful (?) girl in the world I'm sorry.

'I have killed myself by this creek in the hope that animals may tear me apart that it might make some of her family happy.'

As an apparent after thought, and in larger writing, he finishes with the words: 'Please pick up all of my things. Gabby hated people who litter.'

Laundrie began the notebook with the personal message to Gabby, writing: 'I wish I could be at your side, I wish I could be talking to you right now. I'd be going through every memory getting even more xxx for the future. But we've lost our future.

'I can't be without you. I've lost every day we (indistinct) spent together… I'll never get to play with (indistinct) again. Never go hiking with T….I can't bear to look at our photos, to recall great times because it is why I cannot go on.

'When I close my eyes I will think of laughing on the roof of the van, falling asleep to the sight of a (indistinct) at the crystal geyser. I will always love you.'

Attorney Bertolino passed on to the images to DailyMail.com after he and the Petitos' attorney Patrick Reilly met with the FBI in Tampa, Florida, today/Fri to take possession of Brian and Gabby's personal items.

The meeting came three days after Gabby's distraught mom cried in a courtroom listening to her lawyer blast the actions of killer Laundrie's parents as 'callous and shameful'.

Petito and Laundrie are seen on July 4 in Utah. They had set out two days previously on a road trip, planning to document their journey on social media, where Petito was known as a 'van-life girl'

Petito and Laundrie are seen on July 4 in Utah. They had set out two days previously on a road trip, planning to document their journey on social media, where Petito was known as a 'van-life girl'  

The pair had been travelling on a cross-country trip together since July 2, when they left New York. Petito was reported missing on September 11

Resident in Blue Point, New York, set up a candlelight vigil on for their neighbor Gabby Petito

Resident in Blue Point, New York, set up a candlelight vigil on for their neighbor Gabby Petito

A memorial of stones arranged in a cross pattern was spotted Monday evening at the Spread Creek Dispersed Campsite east of the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Petito's stepfather made a similar tribute at the exact spot where her body was found

A memorial of stones arranged in a cross pattern was spotted Monday evening at the Spread Creek Dispersed Campsite east of the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Petito's stepfather made a similar tribute at the exact spot where her body was found

Nicole Schmidt, 41, also toyed nervously with a necklace as she sat with former husband Joseph Petito, 42, the father of the van-life girl.

The devastated mother and father are suing Christopher and Roberta Laundrie, alleging they knew their son had murdered Gabby after he returned to their Florida home alone - and tried to help him flee authorities.

They claim the Laundries are guilty of 'inflicting intentional emotional distress' and that a statement issued by their lawyer hopeful of a successful end to the search for then-missing Gabby was 'outrageous' because they allegedly already knew she was dead.

Their attorney Reilly told Sarasota County Court, Florida: 'This is case not simply about the silence of Robert and Christopher Laundrie who knew their son had brutally murdered Gabby Petito.'

He said it also wasn't about their 'callous refusal despite pleas from the Petito family' to speak out about whether not Gabby was alive – or if she wasn't the location of her body.

'It's about a course of conduct that they committed from when they learned on August 28, 2021 that their son had brutally murdered Gabby Petito,' he said.

Reilly said this included the statement that was made by the attorney advising them at the time, Steve Bertolino, regarding their wish for a successful end to the search.

The Laundries were not in court, but were spotted the following day by DailyMail.com near their home in North Port.

Judge Hunter W. Carroll asked what duty did Christopher, 63, and Roberta, 56, have to do 'anything to help' Gabby's parents.

'It's about what they did with the information that they had,' Reilly replied. 'Not just not disclosing what they knew.'

He added the Laundries could have made an anonymous phone call to reveal the location of Gabby's body. The lawyer said they knew Gabby's parents were 'desperately searching' for information.

Nichole Schmidt (left) and Joseph Petito (right) were in court on Wednesday afternoon for a hearing on the lawsuit they filed against Roberta and Christopher Laundrie

Nichole Schmidt (left) and Joseph Petito (right) were in court on Wednesday afternoon for a hearing on the lawsuit they filed against Roberta and Christopher Laundrie

Joe Petito called Chirs and Roberta Laundrie, pictured, cowards for avoiding his family

Joe Petito called Chirs and Roberta Laundrie, pictured, cowards for avoiding his family

Gabby's remains were eventually discovered on September 19, 2021, in lonely spot in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. She and boyfriend, Brian, had lived with his parents in North Port, near Florida's west coast. The young couple set off on an adventure from New York State – where her mother lives - in early July, heading West

Gabby's remains were eventually discovered on September 19, 2021, in lonely spot in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. She and boyfriend, Brian, had lived with his parents in North Port, near Florida's west coast. The young couple set off on an adventure from New York State – where her mother lives - in early July, heading West

The hearing was to consider the Laundries' motion to dismiss the case. After hearing pleas from both sides, Judge Carroll said he hoped to issue a written decision in two weeks. If he dismisses the motion, the Laundries could face a jury trial next year.

It was the first time Gabby's parents had an opportunity to be in a court over the tragic death of their daughter. Laundrie shot himself after fleeing to a Florida swamp, denying them legal justice.

However, the hearing continued the couple's pain as they had to listen to arguments. Both sets of parents had been friendly before Gabby went missing, the court was told.

Gabby's remains were eventually discovered on September 19, 2021, in lonely spot in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in

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