Read Roberta Laundrie’s Letter to Son Brian After Gabby Petito’s Death

Roberta Laundrie’s Letter to Son Brian After Gabby Petito’s Death

Brian Laundrie’s mother vowed to help him “dispose of a body” in a “burn after reading” letter, which has now been made public for the first time.

Roberta Laundrie, the mother of Brian Laundrie, wrote a letter to her son in which she promised to assist him in disposing of a body. This letter, which was discovered with Brian’s belongings after his death, has recently been released to the public. The contents of the letter have raised significant questions and concerns.

In the letter, Roberta Laundrie expressed her unwavering love for her son, Brian, stating that nothing could diminish her affection for him, not even sin. She wrote that even if Brian found himself in jail, she would bake a cake with a file in it to aid his escape. Additionally, she declared that if he ever needed to dispose of a body, she would show up with a shovel and garbage bags.

The undated letter was written when Gabby Petito, Brian’s girlfriend who he later murdered, was still alive and well. The couple had not yet embarked on their ill-fated van-life road trip across the United States in the summer of 2021. The letter has now become a crucial piece of evidence in the lawsuit filed by Gabby Petito’s parents, Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt.

  • Legal Battle over Roberta Laundrie’s Letter

The Petito family alleges that the letter was written after Gabby’s murder and while she was still missing. They have filed a lawsuit against Roberta Laundrie, her husband Chris Laundrie, and the Laundries’ former attorney, Steven Bertolino, for emotional distress, claiming that they had knowledge of the murder and the location of Gabby’s body but chose to remain silent to aid their son in evading justice.

During a hearing in Sarasota County, Florida, attorneys on both sides argued over the relevance of the letter to the civil lawsuit. Ultimately, Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Danielle Brewer determined that the letter could be pertinent to the case and ordered that the Petitos’ lawyers should receive a copy.

The Petito family’s attorney, Patrick Reilly, shared the contents of the letter with Newsweek. The letter’s release has further intensified the legal battle between the two parties.

A Letter To Brian Laundrie

Roberta Laundrie advised her son to “burn after reading” the letter.

A Letter To Brian Laundrie

Some of the text of the letter Roberta Laundrie wrote to her son, Brian. (Letter shared with Newsweek by the Petitos’ attorney, Patrick Reilly.)

  • Roberta Laundrie’s Letter

The letter, which was addressed to Brian Christopher Laundrie, had “burn after reading” written on the outside along with a drawing of a bird next to the word “Remember…” The full text of the letter is as follows:

“I just want you to remember I will always love you, and I know you will always love me. You are my boy. Nothing can make me stop loving you, nothing will or could ever divide us. No matter what we do, or where we go or what we say – we will always love each other. If you’re in jail, I will bake a cake with a file in it. If you need to dispose of a body, I will bring show up with a shovel and garbage bags. If you fly to the moon, I will be watching the skies for your re-entry. If you say you hate my guts, I’ll get new guts.

Remember that love is a verb, not a noun. It’s not a thing, it’s not words, it is actions. Watch people’s actions to know if they love – not their words.

“Therefore I am certain that neither death nor life, not angels not the ruling spirits, not things present nor things to come, nor powers from above nor powers from below, nothing in the entire created world can separate our love.

Neither hostile powers nor messengers of heaven nor monarchs of earth. Nothing has the power to separate us…” – Romans 8: 38 (extended version!)

(Nothing can separate us: not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not threats, not even sin, not the thinkable or unthinkable can get between us.)

Not time. Not miles and miles and miles.”

  • Response after the Letter’s Release

After the judge ruled that the letter should be released, Roberta Laundrie, through her attorney Matthew Luka, provided a statement to Newsweek. The statement defended the letter as a simple expression of a mother’s love for her son, stating that the highlighted phrases were taken out of context and sensationalized for the purpose of the case. Roberta Laundrie emphasized that she loved her son and wanted to convey the depth of her affection.

The Petito family dismissed Roberta Laundrie’s statement as self-serving and alleged that the letter was written much later than she claimed. They see the letter as evidence that the Laundries were aware of Gabby’s death and intentionally caused emotional distress during the nationwide search for her. The case continues to unfold, and the letter’s release adds a new layer of complexity to the legal battle.

  • The Murder at the Heart of the Dispute

Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie embarked on a cross-country trip together in July 2021, planning to document their van-life journey on Instagram. However, there are indications that their relationship had become violent. In August, police stopped the couple in Moab, Utah, after witnesses reported seeing Brian hitting Gabby.

On September 1, Brian returned to his family’s home in Florida alone, leaving Gabby behind. Concerned about text messages they received from her, the Petito family reported Gabby missing later that month. Brian was named a person of interest, and his parents reported him as missing as well.

After an extensive manhunt, Brian Laundrie’s remains were found on October 20 in a preserve near his parents’ home in North Port, Florida. His cause of death was determined to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Before taking his own life, Brian wrote in a notebook that he was responsible for Gabby’s death, claiming that she had been injured and he decided to end her pain.

The tragic events surrounding Gabby Petito’s death and Brian Laundrie’s subsequent suicide have captivated the nation. The release of Roberta Laundrie’s letter adds another layer of complexity to the case, further fueling the legal battle between the Petito family and the Laundries.