Gabby’s Mysterious Text

What do you make of Gabby Petito’s penultimate text to her mother. This is what she texted on August 27:

“Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemails and missed calls.”

Gabby’s mother said that the text was odd because Gabby rarely referred to her grandfather as Stan.

Other sleuths believe that Stan is a code word for danger, or that the message is code for an Eminem song in which a boy kills his pregnant girlfriend.


Stan may also be a shortened form of Satan.

I’ll tell you what I think.

I think Brian sent that message.

Gabby might not refer to her grandfather as Stan, but Brian surely would; and it seems logical that he would have met him.

I think at the time Brian sent that message, he was fullbore delusional.

I think he had already killed Gabby.

As to what the text meant, we will have to ask Brian when we catch him.

We can certainly speculate that Brian may be asking for help while informing us that his brain is getting flooded with voices.

Was Stan leaving messages for Gabby? Was Stan calling Gabby? I have to think that there were no such voicemails or calls from Stan. Had there been any, her mother would not have thought Gabby’s comment text to be strange.

If Gabby was reaching out for help to her mother in this text, all she had to do was say: “Brian is crazy. Call the police.” Then fearing that Brian might read her message, she could throw the phone in the woods where he couldn’t find it. She could have revealed their last location. But she didn’t.

She didn’t leave that text because Brian had most likely confiscated her phone right after leaving the Merry Piglets restaurant

Brian was in an angry, paranoid, delusional state.

He still is.

I believe Brian is alive, and I believe he is making his way back to Gabby who he believes is alive.

I expect that he is making his way back to Wyoming.

Brian Laundrie was exhibiting delusional behavior, and not in the casual meaning of the word.

If I tell you that I think the Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl this year, you can call me delusional in a casual sense.

But I’m not hearing things or seeing things.

Brian was hearing voices.

Those voices told him to kill Gabby.

Gabby’s girlfriend indicated that Gabby told her that Brian would have episodes where he would hallucinate.

I believe her.

Brian is in a psychotic state.

We can see him exhibiting this behavior when he arrives back in Florida near the first of September.

He interacts with his family as if it’s another day in the park. In his mind, Gabby is alive.

Because he believes Gabby is alive, his family believes Gabby is alive.

I am confident Brian told his parents that Gabby was visiting a friend in New York or another state.

I don’t think his parents suspected a thing. In fact I think they are now befuddled and bewildered. And scared.

Not knowing what was going on, and not able to think impartially, they took the safe route and protected him.

At this point,on 9/6/21, they don’t see Brian as delusional.

Brian appears normal to them.

Not only is Brian not concerned about Gabby, he likewise has no concerns that the Petito family will worry about Gabby even though by September 6 he has not heard from her in a week. If he’d had concerns, he would have exhibited worry and anxiety.

Once again, the conclusion is obvious: Brian believes that Gabby is alive.

The most credible sighting of Brian on the Appalachian Trail by Dennis Davis indicates that Brian does believe that Gabby is alive.

Brian tells Dennis Davis that he wants to take the back roads to California to see his girlfriend.

I believe him.

Brian will make his way out west. He wants to meet up with Gabby and give her cellphone back to her.

How Brian got to this point is anyone’s guess.

His delusional state is there for all to see.

He is aggressive. He has fixed false beliefs. He is paranoid.

Something happened to Brian Laundrie.

This may be long-standing; this may be organic; this may be drug induced.

Was he seeing a psychiatrist? Has he ever seen a psychiatrist? Was he ever admitted to a behavioral health center?

What kinds of drugs if any was Brian Laundrie consuming?

Was he taking jimsonweed which is ubiquitous throughout the United States?

As a person who can survive in the wild on wild berries and plants, was he consuming poisonous mind-altering plants?

Regardless, he is on the loose, he is paranoid, and he is dangerous.


Archer Crosley

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Gabby and Brian

Why are we obsessed with Gabby Petito and Brian Laundre?

Why has this story gripped the nation?

To begin with, it’s a story of starcrossed lovers. It’s the story of Romeo and Juliet.

We have two young lovers setting out on the adventure of a lifetime only to have their story go tragically wrong.

With that tragic ending comes the destruction of all their dreams, hopes and aspirations.

Those of us who are older can only reflect upon our own lives and how fortunate we were.

We feel bad for Gabby not being able to enjoy the experiences that we enjoyed.

And in the recesses of our minds that we won’t admit to we feel bad for Brian as well for the life that he presumably forfeited out of passionate rage.

But the story is not over which makes it more compelling.

Where is Brian?

What really happened?

Did his parents help him escape?

Will he be caught?

How long can he survive?

Perhaps he already did himself in.

People want to know.

People demand to know.

Gabby Petito and Brian Laundre are an obsession with us.

They have become an obsession because for the past eighteen months we have been cooped up, masked, villified, screamed at, laid off, economically stressed and beleaguered by COVID-19.

The last human interest story that gripped the nation was Kobe Bryant’s death which occurred one month before COVID-19 walked up upon our shores.

In January 2020 Kobe Bryant died, and for the following month Kobe was all we talked about.

Then COVID changed the world.

It seems like a lifetime ago, and perhaps it has been for we live in a much different world now.

For eighteen months COVID-19 dominated the news. We talked about nothing else.

We yelled at each other and screamed at each other.

We pointed fingers at each other.

Never has there been such contempt for our leaders.

There hasn’t been such a divisive issue since Vietnam.

And it is tearing us apart.

The Gabby Petito Brian Laundre affair on a subconscious level is the salve we are looking for to heal our wounds.

It is a story that unites us.

We were all for love, and we are all against wrongdoing.

We need this story.

Gabby and Brian are a reflection of ourselves.

Gabby and Brian loved each other, fought each other, and needed each other as do we.

We want a happy ending to this story.

We want it all to be a mistake.

We would prefer to believe as in Romeo and Juliet that it was all a grand unfortunate coincidence of events that led to Gabby’s death and Brian’s eventual demise.

Perhaps, we imagine, Brian went down to the creek bed to collect some kindling for a fire during which a mountain man or a wandering serial killer came upon the van and murdered Gabby.

Yes, that’s what we want to believe. When Brian returned to the van and saw Gabby lying lifeless, he panicked and went on the lam.

That’s a preferable ending, far more preferable than the ending we suspect.

We are Americans. We don’t like unhappy endings.

And we have had much to be unhappy about in the past eighteen months.

We want to be happy.

We want Gabby and Brian to be happy.

That’s why we are obsessed with this story.

Its Gabby and Brian’s story.

It is our story as well.


Archer Crosley

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