Brian Laundrie’s mother disturbingly wrote about helping him bury a body in a letter that instructed her son to “burn after reading.”
Roberta Laundrie wrote to her son to express her love in a positively murderous missive that referenced burying a body and helping him escape jail.
“I just want you to remember I will always love you and I know you will always love me. You are my boy,” she penned.
“Nothing can make me stop loving you, nothing can or ever will divide us no matter what we do, or where we go or what we say – we will always love each other.”
I’m sorry but Roberta Laundrie’s “Burn After Reading Letter” kinda gives me Norma Bates vibes. pic.twitter.com/v2HV6ygn2l
— Cinema Shogun (@CinemaShogun) May 25, 2023
“If you’re in jail I will bake a cake and put a file in it. If you need to dispose of a body,” the letter continued. “I will show up with a shovel and garbage bags.”
The morbid message was discovered amongst Laundrie’s possessions after he took his own life following a nationwide manhunt in fall of 2021.
Laundrie led law enforcement on a wild chase after the remains of his fiance, Petito, were found near a campsite in Jackson, Wyoming a month prior.
Laundrie and Petito had set out on a road trip to Wyoming in the June of 2021, but when he returned home to his parents house in Florida he was alone.
Law enforcement authorities found Petito’s body in Grand Teton National Park on September 19, and determined that Laundrie had strangled her to death.
According to a notebook authorities found when they located his remains at a Florida state park near his parents house.
His journal said that Petito had been injured around the end of August and he killed her under the belief that she wanted to die.
Roberta claims she wrote the “quirky” letter prior to the couple’s departure on their road trip.
The odd references were supposedly from books that she and her son cherished, in an attempt to improve their strained relationship.
#GabbyPetito's parents got a legal victory in the civil case in #Florida against #BrianLaundrie's parents. They were ordered to turn over the #burnafterreading letter. After finding his body in 2 sec when no one else could and the 20gs in his account👀 I'm looking at u mom & dad pic.twitter.com/QkLYxcXMdi
— TrueCrimeChroniclesLB (@TCChroniclesLB) May 25, 2023
In a statement to Fox News Digital, Roberta said that she was trying to let her son know how much he meant to her through the troubling text.
“I am sure people use phrases all the time to express to their loved ones the depths of their love,” she told the outlet.
“Although I chose words that I thought would be impactful with Brian given our relationship, the letter was in no way related to Gabby.”
The letter has become public due to a three million dollar lawsuit Petito’s parents have filed against Laundrie’s, which alleges they knew their daughter was dead when they released as statement hoping for her safe return days before her body was found.
The Laundries have been trying to keep the letter from being logged as evidence in their suit, but the Petito’s lawyer, Pat Reilly argued that it was written after her murder, and the judge denied their request during Wednesday’s hearing.
“Now that the letter has been shared, I ask that you read it in its entirety, and understand that the letter contains other phrases besides those highlighted by Pat Reilly for sensationalism and to bolster his case,” Roberta’s statement read.
In a March affidavit, she admitted that the letter has references that seem to be related to Petito’s murder, but claimed there was “no connection” between the two.
“While I used words that seem to have a connection with Brian’s actions and his taking of Gabby’s life, I never would have fathomed the events that unfolded months later between Brian and Gabby would reflect the words in my letter,” she stated.
“The words in the letter could never have been a comment on that tragic situation as they were written so many months before.”