Gabby Petito

Been out of the loop on this one but the wife just gave me the full run down. 

Obviously have no idea what actually happened except for the fact that this guy did what everyone should do if you're ever in this situation, regardless of guilt: Lawyer tf up and don't say a word to anyone. The cops/DA need a scalp and you're by far easiest target, again, regardless of guilt. 

What's your read on the situation? 

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Sep 20, 2021 - 10:08am

Lawyering up and saying exactly what your legal counsel says (which is almost always the bare minimum) is the way to go for pretty much anything. It sounds like the body they found is her - interesting that the dude is now missing as well.

  • Analyst 2 in ER
Sep 20, 2021 - 11:48am

Yeah there is no benefit to speaking publicly for him. I don't get why people are so mad about that 

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  • Associate 1 in RE - Comm
Sep 20, 2021 - 11:08am

Interesting that OP and commenters so far are all discussing this as if he didn't do it. I guess not surprising based on past threads on this site (eg the one where everyone was defending the MLB player who beat the shit out of a woman).

Statistically speaking, it is far more likely the husband was the murderer than anyone else even without additional info. I mean they lived in a van together. They get in a fight (as seen on the police camera), go separate ways, and then in a totally unrelated event she is murdered by a stranger? Of course it's a possibility, and this is why we have due process. But I'd say it's a low probability outcome compared to the boyfriend / husband murdering her. And I'd say the same if it was the husband found dead in the woods.

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
Sep 20, 2021 - 11:11am

No one implied that he didn't do it. As an associate I would assume you'd do a better job at reading comprehension.

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  • Associate 1 in RE - Comm
Sep 20, 2021 - 11:45am

Lol look how triggered you and the other responders are. You don't have to explicitly say "he didn't do it" to give off that energy. People are saying good on him for lawyering up and protecting himself?

If I ever found myself in that situation, I would be actively seeking out the assistance of the FBI and Police. I'd want to figure out who murdered my wife.

I wouldn't lawyer up and go into hiding… unless of course I did it ;)

  • Associate 1 in IB - Restr
Sep 20, 2021 - 11:32am

Guilty until proven innocent.

Of course the media hasn't said outright that the dude is the suspect, but they have spoon fed a narrative to the general public and everyone has gone absolutely crazy with it. I went on the guy's IG last night out of curiosity and I was astounded by the sheer volume of engagement on there basically telling him that he was guilty and he wouldn't get away with it. It's such a shame because now, even if he is guilty, the investigation is completely ruined. What rational person would ever surface in the public after the entire country has accused him of being a murderer. The media completely destroyed any chance of closure for the family in my opinion, while also compromising the investigation. 

Sep 20, 2021 - 1:07pm

Didn't he return home and not mention that she was dead or missing and she was only reported missing after her family had heard nothing? And hasn't he completely refused to work with investigators? 0 innocent people behave like that. It's the kind of circumstantial evidence that would absolutely convict him by a jury of rational people. 

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Sep 20, 2021 - 11:44am

It's very likely he did it, and the autopsy will tell. But based on the police footage it's clear that she is unstable, aggressive, and has physically assaulted him in the past. He likely has a couple of these traits, but there is a BIG difference between him just murdering her and her attacking him, he punches back on self defense, things escalate, etc. time will tell.

Everyone is trying to peddle this narrative of her being an innocent angel and being murdered. Really isn't that cut and dry.

  • Analyst 2 in ER
Sep 20, 2021 - 11:55am

Well if you haven't noticed over the past year, most of the public is easily influenced by engaging storytelling without much basis of actual evidence lol. I don't think its surprising that the media is portraying this girl as some darling angel who was perfect. By doing that they are simultaneously making the girl sympathetic and the guy a villain. Its amazing because in the quick digging I did (~30 min) there is actually barely anything of substance that suggests anyone knows what really happened. This is an interesting story with an engaging dynamic, but people are not thinking rationally at all and are purely speaking out of passion

Sep 20, 2021 - 2:11pm

No one is pedeling anything. You're making disingenuous leaps of logic to support an unpopular take.

If you look at the series of events as a whole, like the text from her phone etc and him returning as an impossible timeline and stonewalling authorities from step 1 are not defensible even if she attacked him etc.

I think as details unfold it will be discovered.

If the glove don't fit, you must acquit!
Sep 20, 2021 - 11:46am

Have you actually read about the Bauer case? The media has tried to ruin his career and completely ignores the text messages clearly showing the girl was trying to get a big payday. I don't see how there are any similarities between these two cases.

Sep 20, 2021 - 1:11pm

How do you know he even did it tho? Because the news told you he did?

Because of his behavior. Leaving her, mentioning it to nobody, and 1-2 weeks later her parents report her missing; then, he refuses all cooperation (a smart legal strategy for a guilty person, a bizarre legal strategy for an innocent person); and now he's missing. So yeah, the circumstantial evidence is pretty damning. 

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  • Economist in Risk Mnmgt
Sep 20, 2021 - 2:24pm

Let me toss in my .02 and get MSed hard. This is only big news because it's a pretty blonde woman. If Martina and Juan were the characters, no one would give a f.

Why this is showing up in my cities newspaper is beyond me. Then they have a murder blocks from my old office on page 7 begging people with information to come forward. Tell ya this much, the Vic in my case, while female, is not a pretty blonde white girl.

  • Associate 1 in IB - Gen
Sep 20, 2021 - 2:34pm

Let me toss in my .02 and get MSed hard. This is only big news because it's a pretty blonde woman. If Martina and Juan were the characters, no one would give a f.

Why this is showing up in my cities newspaper is beyond me. Then they have a murder blocks from my old office on page 7 begging people with information to come forward. Tell ya this much, the Vic in my case, while female, is not a pretty blonde white girl.

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in b4 the army of edgy "interns" , the ones making all these "why can't I get laid topics" , get here with the racist and/or misogynistic replies

Sep 20, 2021 - 3:19pm

Yea, but thats everything right. 

Fifty shades of grey is only popular because it was a rich good looking dude...if it was about a danny devito looking guy who made minimum wage drove a beater but like dominating chicks he'd be in jail. 

Chicks love the bachelor which is basically just a show about a dude on vacation dating multiple women, but any one of those chicks would be mad if they went on two dates with a guy and he was talking to another lady. 

People go missing all the time, murders have a 50% chance of going unsolved, they happen every day (sadly). Take the lesson, if you want anything to go viral or blow up, just get good looking people involved. 

Sep 20, 2021 - 3:56pm

It's not just the looks, its the fact she comes from a relatively well to do area. If she was poor there would have been a one page ad at the neighborhood Walmart asking for help and that would have been the end of the story (and it would have gone unsolved). 

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Sep 20, 2021 - 3:31pm

Let me toss in my .02 and get MSed hard. This is only big news because it's a pretty blonde woman. If Martina and Juan were the characters, no one would give a f.

Why this is showing up in my cities newspaper is beyond me. Then they have a murder blocks from my old office on page 7 begging people with information to come forward. Tell ya this much, the Vic in my case, while female, is not a pretty blonde white girl.

Of course, that's true. It's a damn shame when any attractive female is killed. It's a waste.

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Sep 20, 2021 - 3:54pm

I was about to come in and say this exact thing. Seriously this has been on the headline for Fox and the MSM for over a week now and it's getting irritating.  That's why she gets all this attention. Upper middle class white blond girl gets the frenzy. Where I grew up poor girls would go missing and all you would see is a page at the neighborhood Walmart asking for help and that would be the end of it.  

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Sep 20, 2021 - 5:14pm

In my town there was a little Mexican girl who got abducted, and they still never found her.  But it is the most well-known criminal case around me.

But yeah, there's a shit ton of domestic abuse in poorer communities in the US, and sadly it doesn't make the news.  I actually walked by spot where a woman was shot outside her apartment by her boyfriend just a couple days ago.

  • Economist in Risk Mnmgt
Sep 20, 2021 - 2:31pm

As someone who's had to retain a lawyer for a criminal case, first thing you're told to do is stfu. While shows like CSI lead one to believe cases are solved by that stray pubic hair that was found, most cases are solved in part or entirely by what a suspect says. Anything you say will be used against you.

Get in a pickle, take the nickel, and be ready for the cheapest $800/hr you've ever spent.

Sep 20, 2021 - 3:33pm

As someone who's had to retain a lawyer for a criminal case, first thing you're told to do is stfu. While shows like CSI lead one to believe cases are solved by that stray pubic hair that was found, most cases are solved in part or entirely by what a suspect says. Anything you say will be used against you.

Get in a pickle, take the nickel, and be ready for the cheapest $800/hr you've ever spent.

And when I was involved in a criminal case, I had exonerating evidence that I shared with the investigators, which immediately ended the case against me. No competent lawyer would have his client withhold exonerating evidence.

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Sep 20, 2021 - 3:58pm

My thoughts exactly. So many poor girls that go missing just end up as a one page ad at the neighborhood Walmart...I know why this is getting more coverage but it's irritating. 

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Sep 20, 2021 - 4:03pm

I agree that this is trial by media once again. We have no clue on what actually happened, but people are already assuming the guy is a murderer and harassing his family for helping him. Complete clownery. He's innocent until proven guilty.

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