Brian Laundrie’s Mom Offered To ‘Show Up With Shovel’ To Help Son ‘Dispose Of Body’ In Notorious Letter
A makeshift memorial dedicated to Gabby Petito is located near the North Port City Hall on September 21, 2021 in North Port, Florida.
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Brian Laundrie’s mom’s notorious “burn after reading” letter she sent to her son before he committed suicide has finally been made public.

Roberta Laundrie told Fox News that she wrote the letter to Brian before he and Gabby Petito left for their cross-country trip that began in June 2021, which ended several months later when Petito was murdered and Brian returned home. In a previous affidavit, Roberta said she had written the letter “to reach out to Brian while he and I were experiencing a difficult period in our relationship.”

In the letter, which was made public on Wednesday, Roberta tells Brian: “If you’re in jail I will bake a cake and put a file in it. If you need to dispose of a body. I will show up with a shovel and garbage bags.”

She added: “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 you – not their words.”

Roberta also said she wrote the letter, in which she included the phrase “burn after reading” after reading a book that Petito had given Brian called “Burn After Writing” and encouraged readers to write letters to themselves before burning them.

Even though the letter was allegedly written before Petito was murdered and Brian confessed to murdering her, it has been ruled as admissible evidence in the Petito family’s lawsuit against the Laundrie family in which they claim the Laundries knew their son had killed the Petito’s daughter and tried to help him evade capture.

Laundrie’s family has said they have “no regrets” for the way they acted following Petito’s disappearance.

Laundrie, 23, is believed to have committed suicide after he went missing following the murder of his fiancée Gabby Petito, whom Laundrie admitted to killing, according to the FBI. His remains were found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in October 2021, and his family’s attorney released the notebook found with his body in June 2022.


“I ended her life,” Laundrie wrote, according to a copy of the notebook exclusively provided to Fox News. “I thought it was merciful, that it is what she wanted, but I see now all the mistakes I made. I panicked. I was in shock.”

Laundrie went on to claim that Petito, who was 22 when Laundrie allegedly strangled her to death, had injured herself in a fall while they were visiting Wyoming and that he killed her to take “away her pain.”

Pat Reilly, the attorney for Petito’s family, told People that Laundrie’s claims about killing Petito out of mercy due to an accident were “nonsense.”

“He is writing a letter as though he wants people to feel sorry for him,” Reilly told the outlet.

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