Duane Chapman, the former reality television star known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, has re-emerged as part of an ongoing manhunt for Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the suspected murder of Gabby Petito.
While tracking down leads, Chapman has developed an interesting theory that Laundrie might be responsible for other homicides.
“The books he read are unbelievable”
According to the New York Post, the conjecture is based on Laundrie’s alleged fascination with the “dark side” and a “demonic past” said to be evidenced by his reading habits and social media posts.
Chapman offered his opinion on the case in a recent interview with The Sun.
“I’m thinking more and more about him being maybe a serial killer, not just a killer of Gabby,” he said. “The books he read are unbelievable.”
Referencing books he described as “10 times worse than ‘Dungeons and Dragons,'” Chapman said the Laundrie appears to have “taken those books obviously to heart.”
As a result, he said the apparent fugitive, who disappeared days after his fiancee was reported missing, might have been driven toward violent acts, Chapman argued.
“He built himself to be that”
“And this is what happens when your kid is looking at those kinds of things,” he continued. “He just overnight just didn’t become a killer. A killer is made, and he is built to be, or she, a killer. 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.”
Reports by both the Post and Sun detailed some of the books Laundrie had reportedly read recently along with “disturbing” artwork regularly posted to his social media accounts.
Of course, not everyone is on board with Chapman’s active role in the hunt for Laundrie. His estranged daughter, Cecily Chapman, for example, has dismissed his efforts as little more than a “publicity stunt.”
Specifically, she speculated that Chapman engaged in the search to raise his public profile in hopes of landing another lucrative reality television gig.
Reports appear to bolster her suspicion, including one A&E insider who told The Wrap that Chapman pitched a new series documenting his search for Laundrie, but noting that the network “immediately passed” on the idea. With or without Dog the Bounty Hunter’s involvement, however, it seems clear that the Petito case will continue attracting attention far and wide for some time to come.