Laundrie’s father seen for the first time since son’s “Murder Confession” notebook

BRIAN Laundrie’s father has been pictured for the first time since his son’s notebook confession to the murder of Gabby Petito.

Chris Laundrie, who was photographed solely outside his home in North Port, Fla., has remained silent as more chilling details emerged about his late son’s case.

Chris Laundrie was photographed outside his home today


Chris Laundrie was photographed outside his home todayPhoto credit: for The US Sun
Chris lives on the property in North Point, Florida


Chris lives on the property in North Point, FloridaPhoto credit: for The US Sun
Excerpts from Brian's diary found with his remains were released on Friday


Excerpts from Brian’s diary found with his remains were released on FridayPhoto credit: Instagram

The now infamous Laundrie diary was recovered by the FBI along with his skeletal remains on October 20, 2021.

In a notebook excerpt, he admitted to killing Gabby.

According to a magazine image obtained by The Sun from Fox News Digital, Laundrie wrote that Gabby was dealing with some sort of injury and was “waking up in pain”.

He wrote that he “mercifully ended her life” because it was “what she wanted.”

A timeline of Brian Laundrie's whereabouts following the murder of Gabby Petito
Brian Laundrie admitted to'ending' Gabby Petito's life in a notebook confession

“She woke up in pain, restarted her whole painful cycle while angry that I was the one waking her up,” he wrote.

“She wouldn’t let me try to cross the creek, thinking like me the fire would go out in her sleep and she would freeze to death.”

The discovery was made shortly after Brian’s father found a white plastic bag containing some of his son’s belongings in a bush next to a path.

At the time, Chris had been assisting law enforcement in locating his son.

Excerpts from the diary released on Friday appeared to reveal the manner in which Laundrie killed Gabby.

Excerpts included the chilling final moments in which the vlogger “gasped in pain” as Laundrie detailed what he believed to be a “merciful” murder.

Pat Reilly, the attorney representing Gabby’s parents, Joe and Nichole, was quick to issue a statement condemning the document’s release to the public.

At the same time, he slammed Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino for picking out portions of the journal to be published.

He told WFLA: “I find it ironic that Mr Bertolino says he has published this in full transparency.

“Well someone should ask him why he isn’t putting out the entire notebook – but more importantly, ask him why he’s not putting out Roberta Laundrie’s letter to her son.”


In his statement, Reilly claims there is a copy of a letter containing some “extreme details” of Petito’s murder.

He also claims that a copy of the apparent letter is in Bertolino’s possession and is being withheld from the public.

“There are some pretty extreme things that she said there that I don’t want to say without having the letter here to quote, but I’ll just tell you there are some pretty extreme things that were said in this one letter included.” he said.

Reilly claimed the letter is undated and believes the note was written by his mother, Roberta, “after Gabby was killed and before Brian took his own life.”

He claims that what appears to be a letter was found at the Laundrie family home but was taken from the van in which Brian and Gabby had traveled across the country.

He said: “By the way, I will tell you that the envelope that contained the letter had the words ‘burn after reading this’ written on it.

“I would just like to say that in that letter was an offer to help Brian with some things.”

Reilly also told NewsNation’s Brian Entin that “the notebook isn’t the only confession Brian left.”

“He told me today there was a second confession on a ‘digital device,’ and possibly a third confession in writing,” said Entin, NewsNation’s senior national correspondent. said on Friday.

“Reilly says he has not yet seen these confessions, but the FBI has told him they are slightly different from the confession in the notebook that we saw.”


The latest claims come after Gabby’s parents confronted Bertolino in a court in Sarasota County, Florida.

The Petito family had sued Chris and Roberta Laundrie for allegedly withholding information about their daughter’s death.

Attorney for the Laundries family filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

They claimed the Laundries knew their son killed Gabby and where her body was, but remained calm and reportedly ready to take Brian out of the country.

Both of Gabby’s parents were in the courtroom, while the Laundrie family and their attorney, Bertolino, were absent.

The attorneys disagreed and presented their arguments as to whether or not the lawsuit should be dismissed.

Laundrie family lawyer Matthew Luca told the court they had the right to remain silent.

He was challenged by Judge Hunter Carroll, who is presiding over the case, when Bertolino’s only comment about hoping Gabby and her family would be reunited was made on behalf of Brian’s family.


Gabby’s family attorney Patrick Reilly said her silence – and Bertolino’s lonely comment – while allegedly knowing Gabby was dead gave false hope and provoked emotional distress.

Carroll will weigh the two sides and is expected to make a final decision in two weeks.

After the hearing, Reilly addressed the media with a rhetorical question: What crime did Brian Laundrie or the Laundrie family commit?

While Gabby was missing, he said they were not being investigated or considered suspects.

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At the time, no one knew a crime had happened, Reilly said, so there was no need for any of the laundries to remain silent.

Luca – who represents the Laundrie family – did not address the media publicly after the hearing.

Timeline by Gabby Petito


Gabby Petito, 22, was last seen on August 24 leaving a hotel in Utah. Here is a chronicle of Gabby Petito’s disappearance:

  • June 2021 – Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie embark on a journey across the United States.
  • July 4th – Gabby posts photos of herself barefoot in Gove County, Kansas.
  • 8th of July – Gabby posts photos of herself at Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
  • July 18th – Gabby and Brian post photos of themselves at Zion National Park in Utah.
  • 12. August – In September, body camera footage was released showing an encounter Brian and Gabby had with police in Utah. Police confirmed that no significant injuries were reported.
  • 19.8 – Gabby and Brian are posting a video on their YouTube channel documenting their journey.
  • 24.8 – Gabby is spotted leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Aug 25 – Gabby speaks to her mother, Nichole Schmidt, for the last time. In a later police report, Schmidt said her conversations with her daughter revealed “increasing tension” between her and Brian.
  • 25.8 – Gabby also posts her last Instagram. No location is given.
  • Aug 27 – Gabby will probably be seen for the last time. Witnesses claim they saw Brian in an explosive argument with staff at a Jackson Hole restaurant, leaving Gabby in tears.
  • 27.8 – Four hours later, travel bloggers driving through Grand Teton National Park pass the couple’s “abandoned” van on a dirt road.
  • September 1 – Brian returns to Florida without Gabby.
  • September 11 – Gabby’s parents report her missing to the Suffolk County Police Department.
  • September 14 – Brian’s family issues a statement that he has hired an attorney and will not cooperate with investigators.
  • 14.09 – Brian was reportedly last seen by his family. He reportedly told them he was going hiking in the Cartlon Reserve but had not returned.
  • 09/15 – The North Port Florida Police Department announces that Brian is of interest in the case. He is not charged with any crime.
  • 09/16 – Utah Police release body camera footage of police encounter with Brian and Gabby.
  • 17th of September – Brian’s parents say they haven’t seen their son in a few days and report him missing.
  • 09/18 – The police announce that they have searched the Carlton reservation in Florida for Brian. The police say they haven’t found anything.
  • 09/19 – Wyoming authorities say they found a body in Grand Teton National Park. The FBI says the body is believed to be Gabby’s, but full forensic identification must first be performed to confirm.
  • 09/20 – Police are executing a search warrant on Laundrie’s home, seizing his silver Mustang and a hard drive that may contain “evidence relevant to proving a crime.”
  • 21st September – Officials announce they will conduct an autopsy on the remains found in Wyoming to confirm whether or not they belong to Gabby. Police also resumed their search for Laundrie, this time on the Venetian side of the Carlton Reserve.
  • 09/21 – The FBI announced that the body found in Wyoming has been identified as Gabby’s. The cause of death has not yet been announced.
  • 09/21 – The Teton County Coroner’s Office said Gabby’s official cause of death is yet to be determined, but the original manner of death was homicide.
  • September 22 – Police continue to search the Carlton Reserve for any trace of Laundrie but provide no leads. A specialized diving team is brought in to help with the hunt.
  • 09/23 – Officials announced that a federal arrest warrant had been issued for Brian.
  • 09/26 – Gabby’s funeral was held on Long Island, New York.
  • October 12th: Gabby’s autopsy results have been released. Teton County Coroner, Dr. Brent Blue, confirmed that Gabby died from strangulation.
  • the 20th of October: Laundrie’s personal belongings were found at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. A coroner was called to the scene.
  • October 21: The FBI confirmed that the remains found were identified as those of Laundrie.
  • November 23: Laundrie’s autopsy revealed that he died from a gunshot wound to the head.
The aftermath of Gabby Petito's murder led to the FBI issuing a warrant for his arrest


The aftermath of Gabby Petito’s murder led to the FBI issuing a warrant for his arrestPhoto credit: Instagram
Gabby's family lawyer claimed Friday that Brian's mother, Roberta Laundrie, communicated with her son before his death


Gabby’s family lawyer claimed Friday that Brian’s mother, Roberta Laundrie, communicated with her son before his deathPhoto credit: Splash Laundrie’s father seen for the first time since son’s “Murder Confession” notebook


DevanCole is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. DevanCole joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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