Was Brian Laundrie a sociopath? Experts decode his 'demonic' artworks
Days after Brian Laundrie's death was confirmed, a psychological expert from New York has analyzed his bizarre and "demonic" artworks, and compared his nature to that of a sociopath. Clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst Dr Orna Guralnik told The Sun that "Sociopaths will act on violent images." She was speaking in the context of the numerous pieces of 'violent' artworks made by Laundrie himself or saved by him on his Pinterest board. Many of these drawings and sketches feature blood, knives, violence, or demonic symbols.
It was previously found in the Gabby Petito investigation that Laundrie suffered from anxiety disorder but did not take his prescribed medication for the same. Though the probe is still underway, Dr Guralnik shared that she believes Laundrie was the one to kill his fiancee Gabby. She dubbed the 23-year-old fugitive as "extremely sociopathic or mentally ill." Referring to the couple's August 12 interaction with Moab police over domestic abuse allegations, Dr Guralnik further added, "He knew how to play with the cops, he knew how to be charming. Sociopaths are good at reading a certain aspect of their environment and creating a certain kind of ease and creating a certain vibe that helps them get away with whatever they need to get away with."
Elaborating further on Laundrie's artworks, Guralnik stated, "Many people translate difficult feelings that they have inside to violent images. Many people translate bad feelings into violent motifs. Then there can be people in the throes of various mental illnesses that can be kind of bombarded with violent images that are representations of how they feel inside."
Laundrie's Instagram page features his artworks inspired by pop culture characters like Hellboy, Fight Club, Rick & Morty, Watchmen and Hotline Miami, among others. However, his Pinterest board offers a deeper insight into his psyche as it is filled with pictures of Wiccan symbols, pagan rituals, and violent imagery.
As a matter of fact, a shocking sketch of a bruised, bloodied woman lying on the ground has been spotted by internet sleuths. Many have likened the same with Gabby Petito and wondered whether her murder was pre-planned by Laundrie. Many expressed their shock at the drawing, while one user asked, "Is that how you left Gabby?"
Following a month-long search, Laundrie's remains were discovered at the Carlton wildlife reserve in his home state Florida itself. The only 'person of interest' and an unofficial suspect in Petito's murder, Laundrie had been missing since September 17, 2021. He also had an arrest warrant out in his name for using Petito's debit card to make unauthorized withdrawals of more than $1,000.