BRIAN Laundrie designed bookmarks covered in blood that his fiancé Gabby Petito tried to sell online shortly before their ill-fated road trip across the US, from which only he returned.
Gabby, 22, whose body was found at a campsite in Teton County, Wyoming on September 19, listed the custom-made bookmarks for sale on her Depop page, “thingsgabbydoes”, in February of this year.
Retailing for $5, the bookmarks came in a variety of designs[/caption]
Gabby and Brian pictured together[/caption]
Retailing for $5, the bookmarks came in a variety of designs, some of which feature birds, penguins, and even a shadowed outline of the Marvel Comics character Hellboy, a known favorite of Laundrie’s.
Another of the designs, titled “Chuck Palahniuk custom”, includes a stamp of two angels facing one another over a fountain. Overlayed on top of them is a bright pink lipstick mark.
The mark is seen placed inside Palahniuk’s famed novel, Fight Club, which Laundrie frequently referenced in his artwork and on his social media pages.
Droplets of blood and red smudges are eerily seen splatted across the book and bookmark.
A second design, a black outline of a dead mockingbird, is also advertised for sale next to a copy of Palahniuk’s horror-satire novel Lullaby, which Gabby and Brian spoke about reading during their doomed adventure.
All the items on Gabby’s Depop page are listed as “SOLD”, though it’s unclear when those sales were made.
BRIAN’S ‘STRANGE ART’
The 22-year-old van-life vlogger, who would be found strangled to death seven months later, also sold old clothes, headbands, and jewelry on her Depop page.
The designs of the bookmarks match similar images shared by Laundrie on his Instagram page, @bizarre_design.
In one post, from July 14, 2020, Laundrie uploaded a comic-book-style sketch of Brad Pitt’s portrayal of Tyler Durden in the movie Fight Club and quoted the character.
“Only after disaster can we be resurrected. It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything. Nothing is static, everything is evolving, everything is falling apart,” he emulated.