Gabby Petito’s boyfriend was ‘mad at the world’ day before she vanished: Witness

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The day before YouTuber Gabby Petito vanished her temperamental boyfriend reportedly was a grey, throbbing muscle of resentment at a Montana watering hole.

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Brian Laundrie, 23, has now himself disappeared and is wanted in connection with Petito’s murder as law enforcement scours the U.S. looking for him.

Now, a 44-year-old Louisiana man is describing the chilling encounter he had with Laundrie at Bullwinkle’s Saloon in West Yellowstone, Mont. on Aug. 26.

Sitting at the bar was Laundrie, wearing a hoodie and drinking by himself, Hunter Mannies told the New York Post. He was giving off an “uncomfortable vibe,” Mannies said, as Laundrie moaned about Southerners and Republican voters.

“He was just mad at the world, it seemed like. I didn’t pay attention to him other than that he and this other couple were the only ones in there,” Mannies told the Post.

Petito disappeared the next day.

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Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito on first date.
Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito on first date. Photo by Gabby Petito /Instagram

At the bar, Mannies, along with a friend and the other couple, were enjoying a few drinks got together.

“The convo got into hunting and guns and politics,” Mannies told the Post, adding that Laundrie burst into the conversation without being invited.

“The guy just looked mad and then at some lull in the conversation, he said, ‘Stupid Southerners and f***ing Republicans.’”

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The other couple responded: “Stupid Southerners? She and I both have ‘Dr.’ in front of our names. Do you?”

Mannies said he laughed and asked Laundrie where he was from and he introduced himself.

“I said, ‘Let me ask you this, New York. What did you expect to find in a small mountain town in the middle of nowhere Montana? Did you expect to find a bunch of Democrats?’”

  1. Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito standing outside their white van in front of Monument Rocks.

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  2. A screengrab from a TikTok video shows Brian Laundrie, left, and a lookalike spotted in Toronto.

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  3. Gabby Petito is pictured in a photo provided by the FBI

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That appeared to be the end of the matter but Mannies said Laundrie was emitting a “weird vibe.” His friend thought Laundrie “had that serial killer look.”

“He was overly invested in our conversation. We felt watched,” Mannies said. “He wasn’t talking to the bartenders. He was there alone. It just stood out as odd.”



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