INTERNET sleuths have speculated that Brian Laundrie's notebook could contain chilling artwork that reveals the truth about Gabby Petito's murder.
FBI detectives reportedly found a journal as they unearthed "partial" remains in the Florida wilderness last week.
The skeletal remains were identified as Laundrie's through his dental records. On Tuesday, November 23, the Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino said that an autopsy revealed the 23-year-old killed himself with a bullet to the head.
It's not known what's inside the notebook or if it contains anything at all, but it hasn't stopped online sleuths from speculating.
Some amateur detectives think the journal may contain chilling drawings.
Web sleuths previously claimed to unearth a series of "demonic artworks" on Laundrie's social media, alleging the drawings could offer potential insight into the 23-year-old's state of mind.
One Facebook "detective" said: "I think it's probably his art. They were both into drawing."
An internet sleuth feared: "My theory is drawing of the events that led up to it and during her strangulation. It's going to be dark (sic)."
Coroners ruled that Gabby was strangled to death – weeks after a preliminary autopsy determined the manner of her death a homicide.
Laundrie was identified as a person of interest by cops as they investigated Gabby's mysterious disappearance and death.
Some internet detectives fear they'll be "disappointed" if the contents of the notebook are revealed.
One said: “It’s honestly most likely drawings. So honestly, I feel like most will be disappointed.”
Another added: “We’re not owed a glance into it. As much as we all want the details, we’re not privy to any of them.”
Some Facebook sleuths claimed the journal may contain drawings relating to Chuck Palahniuk's novel Lullaby, while others think it will be blank.
Laundrie appeared to brag in an Instagram post that he and Gabby read the horror satire novel.
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.
Unintentionally, he memorizes the rhyme and becomes a serial killer who kills people over minor annoyances.
Laundrie was pictured with the book on his lap in a picture taken while he and Gabby were hiking along the Appalachian Trail celebrating her 22nd birthday.
Gabby's fiancé also revealed that he read the 2007 book Rant.
The novel 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."
A cause of death hasn't been established as Laundrie's remains have been sent off to an anthropologist for further examination, but it hasn't stopped sleuths from touting wild speculations.
Facebook sleuths spotted an alligator-shaped cloud over Immokalee, Florida on October 22 and asked if it was Laundrie.
From the image, the shape appears to look like the head and jaws of an alligator with its mouth open.
Users from a Facebook discussion group dedicated to the Gabby Petito case shared strange pictures of a partially toothless Laundrie, warning "here's what he looks like now."
There is no evidence to support these claims. Laundrie’s body will be cremated without a funeral, Bertolino previously told Fox News.
Before his autopsy was confirmed today, experts had previously said there are a number of ways Laundrie could’ve died including from a gunshot or fractured skull.
Forensic expert Joseph Scott Morgan told NewsNationNow: “Unless there is specific trauma to an area like the skull that would give us an indication that this is gunfire in some way or that he had been struck in the head with a depressed skull fracture; something of that nature.”
Morgan explained that the forensic and anatomical task is difficult.”
He said: “So what do we do? Well, you don’t have any soft tissue, they’ve already stated that the body is skeletonized. And so … it’s going to be a very difficult task in order to identify something.”
John Widmann, who lives around half a mile from the Carlton Reserve, told the New York Post: "The worst thing is the wild pigs. They're evil animals and will eat anything. Any flesh out in the open will not be wasted."
Widmann fears coroners will not have "much to work on" as they try to establish a cause of death.
Laundrie’s remains were identified exactly one month after Gabby's body was discovered at a Wyoming campground. The long-anticipated autopsy concluded he died of a gunshot wound to the head.
Brian Laundrie timeline
Brian Laundrie has not been seen since the morning of September 13. Here is a timeline of Laundrie’s latest whereabouts:
- July 2021: Brian Laundrie and his fiancé Gabby Petito leave for a grip across the country. The couple visit numerous national parks across the way.
- August 12: Police in Utah respond to an incident involving the couple. The bodycam footage is not released for another month but it shows a visibly upset Gabby talking to police after reports of a domestic violence incident outside a grocery store.
- August 24: Gabby is seen leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Laundrie.
- September 1: Laundrie returns to his home in North Port, Florida without Gabby.
- September 6: Laundrie joins his family on a camping trip about 75 miles from their home in North Port.
- September 11: Gabby's family reports her missing.
- September 13: Laundrie leaves home to go hiking in Carlton Reserve, Florida. His family had initially said he departed on September 14, but revised their timeline weeks later.
- September 15: Laundrie is named a person of interest in the case of Gabby.
- September 16: Bodycam footage is released regarding the incident between Gabby and Laundrie.
- September 19: The FBI announces a body found at a Wyoming national park is believed to be that of Gabby's.
- September 23: The FBI issued a warrant for Laundrie's arrest claiming he "used unauthorized debit cards after Gabby Petito's death."
- September 26: A funeral is held for Gabby in New York.
- September 27: Dog the Bounty Hunter announces he will lend a hand and help search for Laundrie.
- September 28: Gabby's family held an emotional press conference as the search for Laundrie continued.
- October 5: Laundrie's sister, Cassie, appeared on Good Morning America and urged her brother to come forward.
- October 7: Laundrie's father, Chris Laundrie, assisted law enforcement in the search to find his son.
- October 12: Gabby's autopsy results were made public. Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed Gabby died by strangulation.
- October 20: Laundrie's personal items were found near the Myakkahatchee Creek Park trail in Florida. The medical examiner was called to the scene to investigate.
- October 21: Reports stated the human remains found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park were bones.
- October 21: The FBI confirmed the remains found have been identified as Laundrie's.
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