Brian Laundrie's Instagram vanishes after bloody princess drawings appeared
Internet sleuths continue to dig into the artwork left behind by Brian Laundrie to get a glimpse into his psyche, now that he is dead and the mystery behind both his and as well as Gabby Petito's deaths might never be solved. The latest bit of artwork of Laundrie that has come under scrutiny includes a set of prints featuring an anime woman’s mouth being smothered in blood-red paint. Soon after, however, his Instagram page was deleted.
Till Thursday, October 28, Laundrie's social media page, which had the apt handle called @bizarre_design_, was filled with photos of his expeditions across the country with his girlfriend as well as pictures of his artwork. The 23-year-old boyfriend of Petito frequently shared photos of his artwork, on his Instagram page. Most of the designs appeared to be done on paper. However, his Instagram profile has now been deleted. So if one tries to access his page, one will be met with a blank page with the message, "Sorry, this page isn't available. The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed." It should also be pointed out at that Petito's social media page @gabspetito, which also contains pictures of the couple together, sharing romantic moments, is still up and running.
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In an Instagram snap posted last year, Laundrie exhibited multiple black-and-white linocut prints of a Sleeping Beauty look-alike character with red paint muzzling her mouth. The prints were strewn next to a paperback copy of author Chuck Palahniuk's book 'Lullaby'. He captioned the image: “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 @chuckpalahniuk #linocut #linocutprint #lullaby #invisiblemonsters #bookstagram #art.”
If you are unfamiliar with Lullaby, it is a horror-satire novel that was published in 2002. It revolves around the story of journalist Carl Streator, who is writing an article about crib death when the realization hit him about the odd connection between the deaths of the babies and those of his own wife and infant. He then digs into their deaths and discovers that the woman and the child had died after he read them a "culling song" from a book. He then transforms into a serial killer after memorizing the rhyme and kills people over minor annoyances.
An online commenter had dug into Laundrie a few weeks back suggesting the cartoon female-vandalizing prints symbolized the darkness in his mind. “He's so very intentional,” the post reads. “This was no accident.”
Laundrie, the boyfriend of 22-year-old vlogger Petito, had reportedly not been seen since September 14 and was confirmed 'missing' on September 17. This led police to search the nearby Carlton Reserve for Laundrie, the person of interest in Petito's death case, whose remains were found at a Wyoming Park by the authorities. The case began drawing national interest after Brian returned home to Florida on September 1 without his girlfriend after a cross-country road trip. On October 21, the FBI confirmed that the partial skeletal remains recovered from the park a day earlier were Laundrie's after comparing his dental records.