Dog the Bounty Hunter claimed Brian Laundrie could be a ‘serial killer’ because of his ‘dark’ choice of literature which is ’10 times worse than ‘Dungeon and Dragons.’
Dog, who was convicted of murder back in 1976, speculated that the sole person of interest in the homicide of Gabby Petito could have killed in the past, saying he is ‘not just a killer of Gabby’.
The 68-year-old reality TV star, real name Duane Chapman, told The Sun people don’t just become killers ‘overnight’ as he continues to embark on his own search for the 23-year-old fugitive.
‘I’m thinking more and more about him being maybe a serial killer — not just a killer of Gabby. The books he reads are unbelievable,’ he said.
Dog the Bounty Hunter (pictured) claimed Brian Laundrie could be a ‘serial killer’ because of his ‘dark’ choice of literature which is ’10 times worse than ‘Dungeon and Dragons’
Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie pictured together. Dog speculated that Laundrie could have killed in the past, saying he is ‘not just a killer of Gabby’
Dog pointed to the ‘serial killer books’ Laundrie was reading as a sign of his ‘demonic past.’
‘A couple of the books that he’s been reading are 10 times worse than ‘Dungeon and Dragons’,’ he said.
‘This kid, Brian, has taken those books obviously to heart. And this is what happens when your kid is looking at those kinds of things.
Dog, who was sentenced to five years in prison in 1976 for the botched drug deal where his accomplice shot a man dead, said killers are ‘made’.
‘He just overnight just didn’t become a killer. A killer is made, and he is built to be or she, a killer,’ he said.
‘He built himself to be that by looking at that kind of, let’s say the dark side stuff. There are pictures of demons all over it.’
He added: ‘I hope the jury that sentences him doesn’t get to see what he’s like.’
Last August, Laundrie boasted on Instagram about reading the novel Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk together with Petito.
The 23-year-old described the dark satire novel as the ‘f**king craziest’.
In it, a journalist uncovers a pattern where a child dies after being read a certain poem. The character then goes on to become a serial killer.
Last August, Laundrie boasted on Instagram about reading the novel Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk together with Petito
‘The f**king craziest out of all of Chuck’s books on my shelf, I can’t fathom how he must have written this one!’ wrote Laundrie.
‘I’d love to preach all of the insane twists and turns but all I can say is that I’ll never forget the name Rant Casey. Or Green Taylor Simms.
‘Me and my fiancé read this one out loud together and boy oh boy I can’t believe some of the stuff coming out of our mouths.’
Dog’s wild claims come after the reality star has injected himself into the hunt for the sole person of interest in Gabby Petito’s homicide.
In Lullaby, a journalist uncovers a pattern where a child dies after being read a certain poem. The character then goes on to become a serial killer
The 68-year-old announced he was launching his own manhunt for the fugitive days after Petito’s body was discovered in a campsite near Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, on September 19.
On September 25, Dog first showed up on the doorstep of the Laundrie’s family home in North Port, Florida, and his parents called the police.
The reality star has focused much of his search since then at the campsite at Fort De Soto in Florida.
Laundrie’s family’s attorney has admitted Laundrie visited the park with his parents on September 6, claiming they left altogether the following day.
Dog has claimed the 23-year-old never left the park.
Meanwhile, the FBI has focused its search mainly at the Carlton Reserve close to the family home, where Laundrie’s parents claimed he was heading the last time they saw him.
However, DailyMail.com revealed Friday that Dog wouldn’t be able to arrest or detain Laundrie even if he did find him first.
Despite his name, Dog is not actually licensed as a bounty hunter or private investigator in Florida – or anywhere else that DailyMail.com has found.
This means, according to professional Florida bounty hunters, there is no legal difference between Dog or any citizen who decides to join the search for Laundrie.
Dog announced he was launching his own manhunt for Laundrie days after Petito’s body was discovered. He posted footage of himself wading through the Fort De Soto Park looking for him
Dog waded through water in the area around the campsite where the Laundries visited in the days before Petito was reported missing
Mike Harrison, vice president of the Florida Bail Bondsmen Association, said Dog could be charged with kidnapping if he were to make the mistake of grabbing Laundrie.
Harrison says Dog’s lack of licensing is well known in the business and stems from an old murder conviction.
In 1976, he was arrested for participating in a drug deal that went bad in Texas when his accomplice shot and killed 69-year-old Jerry Oliver.
While he was in the getaway car and didn’t participate in the shooting, he was found guilty of first-degree murder and was sentenced to five years in a state prison.
This conviction has left him unable to obtain the proper permissions to bear arms, write bail bonds, investigate cases or even travel to some countries like the United Kingdom.
Dog was convicted of murder back in 1976 over a drug deal gone wrong (pictured in mug)
Meanwhile, Dog’s own daughter this week mocked his attempts to track down Laundrie as a ‘publicity stunt’.
Cecily Chapman, 28, told the Sun she thinks her estranged father needs to ‘back off’ and let law enforcement do their job.
‘It’s just a publicity stunt. That’s really what it is. He needs to back off and let the FBI handle it,’ said Chapman.
‘A real (TV) network would be aware of the situation and I’m pretty sure everyone knows that this is a f**kng publicity stunt.’
Chapman voiced her suspicions about her father’s true intentions as it emerged that Dog has already pitched a show about his hunt for Laundrie to at least one network.
A source told The Wrap he put the idea to A&E – the cable channel which aired his Dog The Bounty Hunter show for nine series before it ended in 2015 – which ‘immediately passed’.
She also mocked him for parading a Monster Energy can as a sign he could be closing in on the fugitive.
‘What, you found a Monster Energy can? What does that do for anyone?’ she asked.
Dog’s estranged daughter Cecily Chapman (pictured together) has dismissed his manhunt for Brian Laundrie as a ‘publicity stunt’
Last Wednesday, Dog brandished a Monster Energy drink can he had recovered from his search of the Fort De Soto Park.
The can, which appeared to have been freshly drunk, was found at a makeshift campsite deep in the woods at Shell Island along the coastline by the park.
A spokesperson for Dog said the same day that he was ‘working on very strong leads’ and that it ‘could very well be the last day of the hunt to apprehend Brian Laundrie’.
The 68-year-old has documented his search for Laundrie on social media and has set up his own tip line.
Petito, 22, and Laundrie, 23, set off on July 2 on the adventure of a lifetime traveling across America in their white campervan and chronicling their adventures on YouTube.
On September 1, Laundrie arrived back at his family’s home in North Port without his fiancée but driving their van.
Chapman mocked him for parading a Monster Energy can (above) that he found at a makeshift campsite near the Fort De Soto campsite as a sign he could be closing in on the fugitive
Petito was reported missing on September 11 by her mom after not hearing from her daughter for multiple days and coming up against a wall of silence from Laundrie and his parents.
The Laundrie family lawyered up and refused to let cops speak to him about his fiancee’s whereabouts.
His parents then reported him as missing on September 17, claiming they hadn’t seen him in three days after he headed to the Carlton Reserve on September 14.
Now, they say he went missing one day earlier on September 13.
Petito’s body was discovered at a campsite near the Grand Teton National Park on September 19 and her death has been ruled a homicide.
It is not clear how she died. The FBI said it believes she was killed between August 27 and August 30.
The last reports of Petito being seen alive were on August 27 when witnesses said they saw the couple involved in a ‘commotion’ in a restaurant.
Local police and the FBI have now been searching for Laundrie for three weeks.