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Pages from Brian Laundrie’s notebook show he wrote ‘I ended his life I thought it was merciful’

Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie.Courtesy of the Schmidt and Petito family

  • Brian Laundrie’s notebook appears to include a confession that he killed Gabby Petito.

  • “I ended her life. I thought it was merciful, it was what she wanted,” he said.

  • Laundrie also said he chose to take his own life because he couldn’t “live another day without her”.

Brian Laundrie’s notebook, recovered from a Florida swamp by the FBI, appears to include a confession that he was the one who killed Gabby Petito.

“I ended his life,” the notebook said, Fox News reported Friday. “I thought it was merciful, it was what she wanted, but now I see all the mistakes I made. I panicked. I was in shock.”

He wrote that he chose to kill her after she injured herself in a fall in Wyoming.

“From the moment I decided, took her pain away, I knew I couldn’t go on without her,” Laundrie wrote, according to footage from Fox News.

Laundrie and Petito embarked on a road trip across the country in the fall of 2021 which ended in their deaths. They had extensively documented their travels on social media and it was made public that Petito disappeared on 9/11.

Laundrie returned to his parents’ home in Florida until he too disappeared on September 13. Shortly after, he was named a person of interest in Petito’s death.

Petito’s body was found at a remote campsite in the Bridger-Teton National Forest on September 19. His cause of death was initially unclear, but nearly a month later the Teton County Coroner ruled Petito’s cause of death as strangulation.

It wasn’t until October 21 that authorities found remains confirmed to belong to Laundrie on the Carlton Reservation in Florida. They also recovered a backpack full of his belongings, including the notebook.

On November 23, a medical examiner ruled Laundrie’s death a suicide.

“Loved you more than anything,” continued the note – which is addressed to “Gabby” – in Laundrie’s notebook, according to Fox News footage.

“I can’t stand looking at our photos, remembering good times because that’s why I can’t go on,” he wrote. “When I close my eyes, I’ll think about laying on the roof of the van, falling asleep to the sight of a meteor shower on the crystal geyser. I will always love you.”

He apologized to “everyone this will affect,” namely Petito’s family, whom he wrote he “loves,” Fox News reported.

“Please don’t make it difficult for them. This happened as an unexpected tragedy,” Laundrie wrote.

In the note, Laundrie described the injury he said Petito suffered, saying he heard a “splash and scream” near where they were camping in Utah, where Laundrie said that temperatures were below zero.

When he said he found her in the water, he said she was “freezing” and had “a little bump on her forehead that ended up getting bigger.” He said he tried to carry her to safety but he didn’t know where their car was parked and Petito wouldn’t let him bring her back across the creek she fell into.

He described lying to Petito, who got angry every time Laundrie woke her from sleep, he said, because he feared she had a concussion.

He said he did not know the extent of her injuries, “only that she was in extreme pain”.

Laundrie wrote that he “then rushed home to spend what time I had left with my family.”

He added that he considered driving north to where Petito’s family lived and letting his stepfather or brother kill him because “I’m sure they would have liked it.”

“I’m ending my life not for fear of punishment, but rather because I can’t bear to live another day without her. I’ve lost our entire future together, every moment we could have cherished,” wrote Laundrie at the end. of his rating, Fox News reported.

“I’m sorry for the loss of everyone. Please don’t make life harder for my family, they have lost a son and a daughter. The most wonderful daughter in the world. Gabby, I am sorry,” he added.

“I committed suicide by this creek in the hope that the animals would tear me apart. May it make some of his family members happy,” Laundrie wrote. “Please pick up all my stuff. Gabby hated people who litter.”

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