An eight-page diary written by Laundrie was released on Friday by his family’s attorney Steven Bertolino.
“Today the Petito family attorney, Patrick Reilly, and myself met with the FBI in Tampa to sort through and take possession of the personal items that belonged to Gabby and Brian,” Bertolino told Fox News. “As part of this return of property in FBI custody I was given Brian’s notebook and I have turned [the] same over to Chris and Roberta Laundrie.”
In the notebook, Laundrie reportedly made a confession to the murder of his fiancé, Gabby Petito.
“I ended her life,” Laundrie reportedly wrote in the notebook. “I thought it was merciful, that it is what she wanted, but I see now all the mistakes I made.”
Laundrie allegedly believed that Petito suffered an injury while the two were camping during their cross-country expedition. He claims that she is in “extreme” pain, but does not appear to make an effort to get her medical assistance.
The 23-year-old Laundrie mentioned trying to keep Petito warm and awake in the diary recovered from the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park on Oct. 20, 2021.
“I thought it was merciful, that it is what she wanted, but I see now all the mistakes I made,” Laundrie said in a possible murder confession. “I panicked. I was in shock.”
Following Petito’s death, Laundrie said he couldn’t go on without her.
He said, “From the moment I decided, took away her pain, I knew I couldn’t go on without her.”
Laundrie wrote, “Please do not make life harder for my family. They lost a son and a daughter. The most wonderful girl in the world. Gabby I’m sorry.”
He added, “I am sorry to my family. This is a shock to them as well [as] a terrible grief.”
Petito’s remains were found in Bridger-Teton National Forest on Sept. 19. A coroner ruled that Petito was a victim of a homicide by manual strangulation and blunt-force trauma to the head and neck.
The Sarasota County medical examiner revealed that Laundrie died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
“The cause of death has been determined to be a gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death has been determined to be suicide,” the medical examiner said in a statement.
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