Brian Laundrie seen in police bodycam footage
Brian Laundrie, as captured by police bodycam footage prior to his disappearance. 

Update 10/21/2021: Dog the Bounty Hunter has called off his search after authorities discovered human remains believed to be those of Brian Laundrie. The remains, along with a number of the suspect's belongings, were found in a Florida wildlife area where Laundrie was thought to have been hiding. The FBI has since confirmed that the remains belong to Brian Laundrie. 

Brian Laundrie became a household name following the disappearance and murder of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito. As the story continues to dominate national news, Laundrie remains on the run.

With police getting nowhere, a famous bounty hunter was recently called in to help find his trail. Television personality Dog the Bounty Hunter made a quick assessment after taking up the case: Brian Laundrie is "demonic." Not only that, but he insists that the suspect's macabre taste in art and fiction are signs that the young man is a serial killer.

Were demons involved in the murder of Gabby Petito? Is one’s taste in media indicative of murderous tendencies?

Is Brian Laundrie Demonic?

You might be familiar with Dog the Bounty Hunter, star of an A&E reality show of the same name that ran from 2004 to 2012.

He recently mounted his own manhunt for Laundrie, the boyfriend of Gabby Petito, who is a person of interest in her alleged murder. Petito and Laundrie were documenting their "van life" cross-country roadtrip when Petito went missing. Laundrie abruptly returned to Florida without her, then disappeared.

Dog, whose given name is Duane Chapman, is a devout Christian, and his spokesman said it was his Christian faith that led him to hunt for Laundrie. He researched Laundrie’s social media as part of his investigation. His findings? Something “very dark.”

In an interview, Dog stated that he was disturbed by what he found while searching Laundrie’s social media profiles, including “demonic-looking things” on Instagram. “There are pictures of demonic angels standing there with the sword, and the throat bleeding,” Dog recalled. “There is blood squirting from their eyes."

Prior to their trip, Laundrie and Petito were reading a novel by best-selling author Chuck Palahniuk together. That rang Dog’s alarm bells in a big way.

“I’m thinking more and more about him being maybe a serial killer, not just a killer of Gabby. The books he read are unbelievable,” Dog stated without evidence. “A couple of the books that he's been reading are 10 times worse than Dungeon & Dragons. This kid, Brian has taken those books, obviously to heart.”

While it’s clear that Laundrie has a particularly grisly taste in art, whether he’s a serial killer let alone a killer at all is yet to be determined. 

But if he is, he wouldn’t be the first killer to have an interest in the demonic.

"Demons Made Me Do It"

Cannibalistic serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was obsessed with The Exorcist film series, in which a demon possesses a little girl. One of his escaped victims, Tracy Edwards, reported that Dahmer forced him to watch The Exorcist III, as he hummed and rocked back and forth throughout the movie. After his apprehension, Dahmer told detectives he watched the movie two or three times per week. And recounting his interview with Dahmer, Detective Dennis Murphy reported that Dahmer “felt the character in the movie was driven by evil, and he felt he could relate to the character because he felt he was driven by evil.”

Serial killer Dennis Rader, better known as BTK, went further than an interest in horror films. Some 13 years after his initial 2005 confession, he explained he was downright possessed by demons during his killings.

How could a guy like me, church member, raised a family, go out and do those sort of things?” he pondered in 2018.  “I personally think, and I know it’s not very Christian, but I actually think it’s a demon that’s within me… It entered me when I was young, and it basically controlled me.”

Still, while many are quick to accept the “the devil made me do it” excuse, fans of gruesome and grisly art and film are quick to suggest that they’re simply an easy scapegoat to explain the unspeakable.

No one blames Ted Bundy’s murder spree on Volkswagen, for example.

What is your reaction?

60 comments

  1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

    As there is no evidence of what demons are, or even exist, we would have to rely in psychiatric evaluation to determine if he has a form of mental illness, if he is ever located, and found guilty.

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    1. Clyde Lawrence Wilson's Avatar Clyde Lawrence Wilson

      Of course he has a mental illness. Anyone who would murder another person is mentally ill. I say that as a co-founder of Texas' first 24/7 crisis center in 1970. There are no evil people, there are only damaged people. Whether the damage results from abnormalities in the brain, like conservatives have according to an fmri study or are the results of abuse, it's all damage. None of us grows up thinking that we want to be dysfunctional, violent people.

      1. Clyde Lawrence Wilson's Avatar Clyde Lawrence Wilson

        I should have said, he has or had a mental illness. It now looks like he's suicided out.

      2. John Phillip McElroy's Avatar John Phillip McElroy

        There are dozens of PEW and clinical studies that link liberals, especially white liberals to mental disorders however there are none linking them to conservatives. Your hate, limited knowledge and education are obvious in your need to make misinformed and dishonest political attacks where politics aren't the subject. Seek help!

      3. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

        What's that about conservatives and an fmri study? Would appreciate more detailed information that would allow me to follow up.

  1. Ruth E Barbour's Avatar Ruth E Barbour

    Y'know, this whole "satan" and "demons" thing is old. If there is evil in this world, it was authored by humans. Humans invented religion, and historically have used it to bludgeon the "non-believers" into conformity or ostracism. Folks who do "bad" things are tried in courts now, not in churches.

    1. Stephen D. Atchley's Avatar Stephen D. Atchley

      "IF" there is evil? Lot of things to doubt in this world but evil isn't one of them.

      1. JaZe's Avatar JaZe

        Dolores Canon book 'Between death and life' has a chapter on the subject of demons, etc. Worth reading.

  1. Mabh's Avatar Mabh

    It’s so much easier to claim “the devil made me do it” than it is to take responsibility for the evil you did.

    1. William Dusenberry's Avatar William Dusenberry

      As the Devil; astrologers; psychics, evil; angels; supernatural saints ( not the football players) don’t ( nor did they ever ) exist, neither did, or does any proof, that the God of the Christians, Hebrews, Islamists, LDSers, or Hindu’s ever, or still does exist.

      Only we ‘Secular Humanist Pantheists” who are also ULC saints, an prove that our God exists, as well as can prove that all all ULC ministers, who’ve received ULC sainthood, have saints who actually exist, proves conclusively, that “we are all children of the universe”

      If the God one is using now ( for their prayers, hopes for an eternal hereafter, and to maintain their tribal standing) no longer makes any sense to them, because you’re learning too mush science — including astrophysics— give Pantheism a try — because it can easily be proved, that God and Nature are one and the same thing.

  1. Langwidere's Avatar Langwidere

    Let's hold this young man responsible for his own behavior and not detract with fantastical fiction.

  1. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

    Remember Dog the Bounty Hunter is a convicted murderer and was convicted for drug trafficking. If Dog can be forgiven can't why Laundrie? Dog in in it for the publicity and the money.

    1. Angel's Avatar Angel

      He didn't kill anyone, he was in the get away car. There is a huge differance being an accompise to a muder of a drug dealer and and stangeling your girlfriend...

      1. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

        Please read my post, never said he killed anyone as you stated... I said he was a convicted murderer. I hope you understand the difference.

  1. Angel's Avatar Angel

    Demon? No, just your typical narcissistic human who took it to far...

    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      Angel? No, just your typical narcissistic, and delusional schizophrenic human who took it too far.

  1. Donald Paul Wirth's Avatar Donald Paul Wirth

    The only demon that's taken over Brian Laundrie is that of a spoiled brat that mommy and daddy have bailed out of trouble too many times. This is exactly the type of person that you get when you fix everything for a kid and let them think life has no consequences

  1. Brien's Avatar Brien

    WOW...this is in such poor taste. This person is a CRIMMINAL. Nothing more, nothing less. If he is guilty, his crime is taking an innocent life. His punishment should be loss of his own life. As far as YOUR bad attempt to sensationalize the painful event that the family is now going through is making me ill. ULC, I expect, no, I demand much better of you. The admins should NEVER have used this subject in this manner.

  1. Gwendolyn Lord's Avatar Gwendolyn Lord

    I believe evil is a tangible force in the world. If someone believes they are possessed, they probably are. I have seen things that defy rational explanation. Had conversations with others who have also had the same experience. Regardless of any of our beliefs, if someone commits a violent criminal act, they should be held accountable. It does not matter what the claim of causality is.

    1. William J Lewis's Avatar William J Lewis

      yes

    2. JT of the plains's Avatar JT of the plains

      Agreed

  1. Marathuzula's Avatar Marathuzula

    Holy cow these people are insane. Someone should definitely help dog get over his delusions. Mental health is a big issue that needs to be treated. Demon's didn't make anyone do anything. Evil people do evil things. Delusional people believe in them.

  1. Thomas Allen Grant's Avatar Thomas Allen Grant

    I don't know if this Laundrie guy is guilty or not. In reality, no one except he himself and the dead woman. He may in fact be. But "Dog" is a self agrandizing clown whose help NO ONE asked for or needs. We have real law enforcement officers working hard to solve this. "Dog" also is a convicted felony murderer who in my not so humble opinion, should have never been let out. I care not about his religious beliefs nor his unwarranted celebrity status. It seems likely that Laundrie is guilty based simply on his behavior, but it is also quite likely he is also now dead, so we may never find out the whole thruth. I also fail to understand why this womans death is any more important that the dozens of deaths that seem to occur in our major cities daily. Is it simply because she was a pretty "white" girl? Perhaps? The entire state of affairs is depressing as Hell.

  1. Nicholas J Page's Avatar Nicholas J Page

    Yes Brian is possessed by. Evil spirits there are a lot of people who have mental health issues I'm one of them Bi Polar to be exact.Dog is a reformed human The fact Is he chose to turn to religion and become a bounty Hunter who works with the law show's he regrets everything he had done in the past.watching his shows they would always pray

    1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      I’m truly sorry to hear you have mental health issues Nicholas. There is no such psychiatric condition of being possessed by evil spirits. If you ever need any secular counseling please go to www.seculartherapy.org they only use scientific techniques in all of their therapy. I sincerely wish you all the best. 🤗

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      1. William J Lewis's Avatar William J Lewis

        Lionfart, nice passive agressive comment, that can be an issue also.

        1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

          I’m sorry you can’t detect a sincere comment when you read one William.

  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    Don't forget how christianity has often distorted the truth, and confused demons with angels, and gods. Many of their so-called angels are the real hàrbingers of evil who speak with forked tongues. So, you better be Leary of anyone who calls himself Angel. They're usually very intelligent, and quite deceptive.

  1. William Dusenberry's Avatar William Dusenberry

    Dog the Bounty Hunter, can now make good money, by arresting anyone who provides “the morning after they were raped pill” for little bitty granddaughters, who became pregnant due to being raped, by their Texas-Christian daddy’s.

    Christianity, GOP-Texas style.

    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

      Dog the bounty hunter is quite a legend in his own mind. But don't forget, his show was çancelled.

  1. Elizabeth Allyn Smith's Avatar Elizabeth Allyn Smith

    As usual Carl, Well said.

  1. Amber Fry's Avatar Amber Fry

    I think as humans we all have the capacity for great good and we do great evil, no demons necessary. He is clearly troubled, both were as I understand it. But demonic? Only if you consider his troubles as metaphorical demons... maybe... in a serious stretch of the idea.

  1. Reverend Gary's Avatar Reverend Gary

    Demonic . . . . You could better tell if someone is demonic by their behavior like, Joe, who with his policies, actions and lack of action is causing the collapse of the United States of America which some would say is demonic.

  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    Life is full of it alright Ehrman, but heroism isn't the word that comes to mind.

  1. John P Maher's Avatar John P Maher

    VERY DEMONIC ACTION and if FOUND GUILTY, LIFE, NO PAROLE EVER !

    1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      What is demonic action? Do you have any demonstrable evidence that demons are real?

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      1. William Dusenberry's Avatar William Dusenberry

        Lionheart; examples of Demonic activity - almost everything DJT did, while in office.

        1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

          I personally don’t see that attempting to shore up our borders for the security of our nations citizens, keeping our own oil reserves open to keep down gasoline costs, preserving US jobs by not giving those jobs to a foreign nation, and not losing military assets and military lives with poor military decisions, as demonic.

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  1. John P Maher's Avatar John P Maher

    AND A BIG< GREAT BIG WOLF HOWL for DOG the BOUNTY HUNTER !

  1. Katelynne Shouse's Avatar Katelynne Shouse

    🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  1. Alexander Clarke's Avatar Alexander Clarke

    He is a complete AH and nothing more. He will probable be found dead because he is a coward.

  1. Charles Jude Platt's Avatar Charles Jude Platt

    Another name for "Demons" could be 'malicious evil ego.

  1. Richard Lee Cornell's Avatar Richard Lee Cornell

    If so then lets burn him at a stake. Can not have him running around infecting. While we are at it. To make sure there are no other witches in his family, they also need to go up in smoke. To be safe his neighbor need to be question as well since he was born a demon he would have had contact with them. Better to nuke the town, for if you find one demon there would be others. Better be safe then sorry.

  1. Donald G Magel's Avatar Donald G Magel

    Can you imagine.. ...Laundrie reads BOOKS?

  1. Frederick Richard Vobbe's Avatar Frederick Richard Vobbe

    While I have be belief in demons, as well as angels, to say for certainty that Brian Laundrie is possessed by demons is only opinion and evidence based on media reporting. One can only answer that question by the confrontation of the person and spirit.

  1. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp's Avatar Catherine Ohrin-Greipp

    WOW, there is a law in this country, innocent until proven guilty. I don't care about Brain L or his family or his girlfriends. The demon thing is quite funny, entertaining and silly. Doug is a has-been trying to be relevant again since his wife's death. He's stuck back in the 70's, has used way too many drugs and it shows. Ahem. Boring.

  1. Rev, Steven Bruner's Avatar Rev, Steven Bruner

    Steven

    Yes, Dig The Bounty Hunter could be right. When Jesus walked the earth as a human, he had cast out many demons from people. Yes, there is evil, and it's not here because of humans. It is here because of Satan. Satan has been put in charge of the world, but not in charge of the earth. God had created the earth, and the earth was made good. God created man and woman, but they were manipulated by the serpent which would be Satan. I just wish all humans would realize that we have been forgiven as sinners, and we should want to do good, for our Lord Jesus Christ. Then, we may not have to worry about demons taking control of humans and killing our loved ones.

  1. Pastor M. Booher's Avatar Pastor M. Booher

    If one is quick to discount that which he/she does not understand there is no room to grow as a person or a servant of the Lord. Demonic possession (in my opinion) is a real possibility for those who open the door to it. Be it with weak character flaws, times of high stress and turmoil or just an empty place in their souls waiting to be filled. Now, Demon can mean a lot of things to a lot of people represented in many different cultures. The common thread is that all cultures have a word or description for "demon" or "possession". My personal belief is when outside energy ,having two polls (positive and negative) interact inside the human brain ( an electric organ used to control thought memory other organs and muscle groups ) it becomes possible to achieve results unbecoming of the character of the individual affected by the outer electric stimuli. This contact or negative energy has been called many names over the centuries. It is an all to real phenomenon that invades then releases the primitive inner darkness of the human animal, bridging thousands of years worth of learned social skills leading to complete and total lack of impulse control. In some cases permanent seizure of ones developed personality. Now most of us can agree on this basic scientific principal, however the real question revolves back to the beginning. And Maybe It should be restated as this : Negative force , combating the pole shift unleashed by the Devil ( negative energy personified ) . That is the nature of our real struggle. Assisting those who wish to follow the path but haven't the strength. All other discussion is a fanciful waste of life. We are called to be God's light and Gods energy, we focus these truths into the world lighting the way home for our Brothers and Sisters in need. We will overtake the darkness and ride the lightning. God bless you all. Pastor Michael Booher ULC Ministry Southern California

  1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom's Avatar Carl Bernard Elfstrom

    Hey Bruner, I think your Lord Jesus Christ, and the fairytale book from which he came are two of the greatest evils this world has ever known.

  1. Jill Robyn Hanns's Avatar Jill Robyn Hanns

    My take is that Brian could've been haunted by his own personal demons, in a psychological sense, not metaphysical. I believe Dog is too quick to judge.

    1. Jill Robyn Hanns's Avatar Jill Robyn Hanns

      I also think Dog is doing this for his own ego, and needs to leave religion out of it.

  1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

    It looks as though John McElroy is correct about mental illness of liberalism. Looking at the new 4 Star Admiral of the fleet Mr/Mrs Levine. There is obviously something not quite right with him/her. I’m not sure what she/he did to get that honor, but it’s being suggested it’s something to do with his/her connection with his/her love if seamen. 🤷🏼

    As for Mr/Mrs Buttigieg (my apologies for not knowing whether he/she is posing as the female of the duo) i guess the less said about him/her the better.

    Regarding mental illness, let’s all hope Biden manages to see out his presidency as best he can. We definitely don’t want his eyesight to fail him or he won’t be able to read the teleprompter, bless him.

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    1. Nicole Joice's Avatar Nicole Joice

      She. Her.

    2. Nicole Joice's Avatar Nicole Joice

      She. Her. And guess what? Not every couple needs to have one posing as the male. Your homophobia is showing.

  1. Wellness Mediums's Avatar Wellness Mediums

    Is Dog the Bounty Hunter a psychic medium or channel? What are his credentials that would lead us to believe his claim that someone would be "demonic"?

    1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

      Master entertainer.

  1. Rafael Picon's Avatar Rafael Picon

    Religious people express themselves in religious terms . Possessed by demons is accurate . Obviously science ,psychiatry and biology would approach it from the complex evolution of the brain and its many levels . The reptilian level being the most primitive and in some people less controllable than others . We have all been socialized to a great extent however sometimes impulses to step out of the rules of social etiquette become overwhelming . The fact that the military can take ordinary citizens and turn them into killers shows that the aptitude is there lying somewhat dormant ... until awakened

  1. Rafael Picon's Avatar Rafael Picon

    Demonic possession is the metaphysical explanation . Biology and psychiatry may explain it as the reptilian part of the brain emerging and taking precedence over socialized behavior . We are all socialize and control our behavior for our own good and for the good of society. The fact that when the military calls us to duty and asks us to kill , we have the aptitude to behave outside of socialized training . Some people actually discover themselves and their usefulness to the country as killers . A psychopath in the right line of work can be a decorated and respect patriot . If the majority of people didn’t have the capacity to kill , wars would be impossible to conduct .

  1. William Mitchell's Avatar William Mitchell

    The only thing that will stop men from doing evil is the return of Christ. The Bible tells us that it will get much worst before the return of Christ.

  1. Alexander Clarke's Avatar Alexander Clarke

    Who cares? He is dead and that is good.

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