Gabby Petito in an image from her Instagram account @gabspetito. The disappearance and death of Petito, who was travelling in a van across America with fiancé Brian Laundrie, has generated a whirlwind online. Photo: Instagram/@gabspetito
Gabby Petito in an image from her Instagram account @gabspetito. The disappearance and death of Petito, who was travelling in a van across America with fiancé Brian Laundrie, has generated a whirlwind online. Photo: Instagram/@gabspetito
Crime

The Gabby Petito case armchair detectives on TikTok, YouTube and Instagram and what motivates them

  • Internet users, fascinated by Petito’s disappearance and death, have been poring over online video and photos for clues as the hunt for her fiancé goes on
  • In China, internet sleuths form ‘human flesh search engines’. An expert says such cases intrigue people who ‘have a fantasy about being able to solve crimes’

Gabby Petito in an image from her Instagram account @gabspetito. The disappearance and death of Petito, who was travelling in a van across America with fiancé Brian Laundrie, has generated a whirlwind online. Photo: Instagram/@gabspetito
Gabby Petito in an image from her Instagram account @gabspetito. The disappearance and death of Petito, who was travelling in a van across America with fiancé Brian Laundrie, has generated a whirlwind online. Photo: Instagram/@gabspetito
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