Did 'Lullaby' inspire Brian Laundrie? Internet's crazy theory about novel's links
The central plot of 'Lullaby' is about a couple who embark on a cross-country trip and there are one too many similarities with Gabby Petito's death
Gabby Petito's disappearance and Brian Laundrie vanishing in thin air might have been inspired Chuck Palahniuk's horror-satire novel 'Lullaby' published in 2002, Internet sleuths suggest. Laundrie and Petito had shared photos of this book on their individual Instagram accounts. "Reading is different than any other consumption of media, it takes more effort than staring at a screen half alive, it allows you to use your brain rather than melt it, and there is no author more stimulation to me than," wrote Laundrie in a post he shared in August 2020.
A couple of days ago, an armchair detective trying to solve the mystery surrounding Petito's disappearance suggested it had to do with the plot of a novel titled 'Annihilation' that Laundrie was spotted reason in a YouTube video uploaded to their channel. “In their YouTube video (VAN LIFE | Beginning Our Van Life Journey), you can see Brian reading a book called Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, which focuses on people exploring uncharted terrains and go missing. Can this be a clue or was it just a coincide? You be the judge!” wrote an Internet sleuth who runs the YouTube channel Education Reflex.
Was Brian Laundrie copying Oyster from 'Lullaby'?
In a now-deleted post uploaded on an Instagram account, the admin drew comparisons between how Petito's case has unfolded and the plot of 'Lullaby'. The central characters of the book are Mona and her boyfriend Oyster who embark on a cross-country journey. According to the post, Oyster and Mona travel from state to state on a search and destroy mission. They are seeking a book they want to keep out of "sinister hands" because it contains a specific rhyme that when read, kills people. While these are just claims which cannot be verified, the post does make some interesting points and there's holds some weight because of the number of times Laundrie has quoted the book and shared photos of it on his feed. Read below for the full text.
"The main characters of this novel are Mona and her boyfriend Oyster. Oyster is described as a huge "nihilist" environmentalist who hates plastic containers, despises humans, doesn't believe in shoes and goes barefoot everywhere he goes (aka dirty feet, this is important), rocks a goatee, claims to be one of "God's Alligators" and is involved in domestic disturbances. Oyster and Mona travel through many states but the book makes it a point to state more than once that they passed through Kansas, Missouri, and Colorada.
"At one point, Oyster is also locked out of the car he and Mona share due to his assault on another character and abandoned on the side of the road with nothing to "fend for himself". Gabby and Brian are pulled over. The van was speeding then abruptly swerved and hit a curb when police pulled them over. Gabby is in tears and hyperventilating, taking all blame and saying she "is mean" and that Brian gets frustrated with her "OCD". When Brian is asked about this, he states, "we fight about little things. She doesn't like that my feet are always dirty etc" due to always being barefoot and then proceeds to blame/gaslight Gabby (who is in the back of a police car at this time being questioned also) for a series of scratches on his face, hands arms.
"AS they are talking, Gabby asks for water. Upon offering Brian a bottle of cold water, he refuses several times, stating (although again its 100+ degree and they are both OUT OF WATER) he "doesn't like plastic bottles." They continue to talk and Brian mentions his attempt to lock Gabby out of HER van because he thought "she would leave him to fend for himself" and said the scratches were him defending himself from her... a 110 lb petite 22-year-old woman."