'We KNOW how she died': Gabby Petito’s mom calls Brian Laundrie’s mercy killing confession ‘ridiculous'
Schmidt claimed that Laundrie’s confession was an 'absolute' lie and that he was trying to portray himself as a 'good guy' through his notebook
Gabby Petito’s mother has slammed Brian Laundrie’s confession book in which he claimed to kill the young woman in an attempt to end her “extreme pain”. Nichole Schmidt spoke with the ‘Today’ show and called Laundrie’s words an “absolute” lie as she also noted, “That's ridiculous. We know how she died.”
Schmidt went on to accuse her late daughter’s boyfriend of trying to portray himself as a “good guy” through his notebook. “That was his character, even in his last moments, he wanted to make sure he looked like the good guy,” she added.
As Petito's first death anniversary is nearing, Schmidt reportedly contributed $100,000 from the Gabby Petito Foundation to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH). She stated, “Our story begins because of domestic violence and we don't want it to happen to anybody else. It's hard. We're trying, we're trying to do good for Gabby, and for everybody else.”
The grieving mother had earlier taken to Twitter to express her anger and sorrow. She wrote, “Fed up. #narcissist #thetruthwillberevealed #selfish #wewontstop #justiceforgabby #KeepGoing #Cowards,” while sharing a quote that read, “Narcissists rewrite history to escape accountability. You are not crazy.”
Petito was on a cross-country road trip with Laundrie in 2021 when she suddenly disappeared. A search operation was launched to find her but it ended tragically in September 2021 when her body was discovered in Grand Teton National Park. Later, it was revealed that she died of manual strangulation and her death was pronounced a homicide.
And as police tried to contact Laundrie to unveil the whole truth, he also went missing before being found dead in October 2021 in Florida's Carlton Reserve. His cause of death was reportedly a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Some of his possessions were also found near his remains, including a journal that said why he murdered Gabby.
In the note, Laundrie had reportedly written that the vlogger was in distress after she fell in a creek. He said, “Rushing back to our car, trying to cross the stream of spread creek before it got too dark to see, too cold. I hear a splash and a scream. I could barely see, I couldn't find her for a moment, shouted her name.”
He continued, “I found her breathing barely, gasping, she was freezing cold, we had just come from the blazing hot national parks in Utah. The temperature had dropped to freezing and she was soaking wet. I carried her as far as I could down the stream towards the car, stumbling, exhausted in shock, when I knew I couldn't safely carry her. When I pulled Gabby out of the water she couldn't tell me what hurt. She had a small bump on her forehead that eventually got larger. Her feet hurt, her wrist hurt, but she was freezing, shaking violently, while carrying her she continually made sounds of pain.”
“Laying next to her she said little, lapsing between violent shakes, gasping in pain, begging for an end to her pain. She would fall asleep and I would shake her awake fearing she shouldn't close her eyes if she had a concussion. She would wake in pain, start her whole painful cycle again, furious that I was the one waking her. She wouldn't let me try to cross the creek, thought like me that the fire would go out in her sleep. I don't know the extent of Gabby's injuries, only that she was in extreme pain. I ended her life. I thought it was merciful,” Laundrie added.