Brian Laundrie’s mother wrote him a letter where she ‘offered to assist him’ and wrote ‘burn after reading this’ on the envelope, lawyer for Gabby Petito’s family claims
A defense attorney asserts that Brian Laundrie’s mother, Roberta Laundrie, ‘offered to aid him’ in a letter that she allegedly penned to her son after he murdered his fiancee Gabby Petito and sent it to him in secret.
Patrick Riley, who represents Petito’s parents in a civil complaint against the family, spoke on NewsNation and implied that even Steven Bertolino, who represents Laundrie’s parents, was shocked by the bombshell letter.
Riley pointed out that the letter in question contained an offer of assistance from Roberta Laundrie to her son. “It’s a really interesting letter, but it’s also pretty bizarre,” she said.
A lawsuit brought by Joseph Petito and Nicole Schmidt against Christopher and Roberta Laundrie claims that they harbored Brian and conspired to help him flee to evade accountability for his crime. Christopher and Roberta Laundrie deny any wrongdoing.
Riley hypothesized that the letter might provide some evidence.
Roberta Laundrie had scrawled “burn after you read this” on the exterior of the package that was discovered in Petito’s van, which was used by the pair on their cross-country road trip, Riley said to News Nation. The envelope was located in Petito’s van.
Riley contends that the recently uncovered letter has the potential to assist in proving the Petito family’s case against the Laundries.
Riley stated that there was no date on the letter, but it seemed to have been written between the time that Gabby was murdered and the time that Brian committed himself. “There’s no date on the letter,” Riley added. Roberta has posed a number of hypothetical situations, such as “if you go to jail, I’ll make a cake and put a knife or saw in it.” One of these scenarios is described here.
He added that the material was acquired as part of the federal inquiry into Gabby’s death.
The statement made by the attorney was something to the effect that “My understanding is that the letter at one point had been in the van, but then it was seized from the Laundrie residence during the time when the search warrant was performed.”
After Petito and Laundrie set out on a vacation across the country together in September, the authorities began searching for her.
On September 19, 2021, her body was discovered dead in the area of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, having been strangled. It had been three weeks since she had passed away.
After the discovery of her body, Brian Laundrie remained on the run, but he was eventually found dead in October of a gunshot wound to the head that he had inflicted on himself.
A few pages from his diary were recently made public by the attorney who represents Laundrie’s parents. On those pages, he admitted to killing Petito and stated that his actions were’merciful’ and ‘what she desired.’
The letter that Roberta Laundrie is believed to have sent to her son is not included in his confession letter, and according to him, Bertolino appeared surprised by the contents of the letter.
Riley commented that it was really intriguing to watch the shock on the recipient’s face when he read the letter.
Riley stated that he did not want to misquote the email, thus he declined to provide a detailed description of it.
He stated that he has read the letter, but that he does not have a copy of it. However, he has requested that a copy of the letter be provided for the purposes of the case.
“There was also something referenced in the letter about Gabby, and at this point, I’d rather not get into it any further because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. It is expected that the letter will speak for itself.
According to the clarification provided by the attorney, the statement made by the mother was not an offer to assist Brian in committing suicide.
He explained, “It was an offer that had something to do with Gabby.”
In addition, Riley disclosed to NewsNation that the confession included in the notebook was not the only one that Brian had left behind. According to the news service, there were two further confessions, one of which was recorded on a “digital device,” while the other was “in written form.”
The attorney had not seen those admissions, but the FBI investigators had informed him of their existence.
On Friday, Bertolino published a startling confession letter that Laundrie had written prior to taking his own life. The letter was authored by Laundrie. On October 20 of the previous year, his notebook was discovered in a dry bag by his body after he fled to the alligator-infested Carlton Reserve near his home in North Port, Florida.
After Petito, 22, had fallen into a creek and hurt herself, the 23-year-old man allegedly wrote in his journal that he had killed his 22-year-old fiancee by strangling her as the result of a “unexpected disaster” in Grand Teton National Park.
A personal message addressed to Petito was included at the beginning of the confession and went as follows: “I want I could be at your side, I wish I could be talking to you right now.”
Laundrie stated in self-pitying phrases written in smudged blue pen that he struggled to soothe Petito who was deteriorating, screaming out in anguish, and shivering from the relentless cold. Laundrie’s sentences were written in a blue pen.