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‘Law & Order’ Uses Gabby Petito Nightmare As Inspiration For Episode

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Last year, the world waited in anticipation for answers on Gabby Petito’s disappearance. Eventually, authorities discovered someone murdered her. Now, the hit crime show Law & Order attempts to tackle a similar situation.

The latest episode was inspired by the Gabby Petito disappearance and murder.

Law & Order doesn’t shy away from tough subjects

Crime isn’t pretty. And that’s exactly why Law & Order isn’t afraid to tackle sensitive subject matter like this. In the past, the show also covered topics like George Floyd and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year, 22-year-old Gabby Petito went on a cross-country road trip with her fiance, Brian Laundrie. Laundrie came home, but Gabby never did.

On Law & Order, we see a similar situation unfold involving the fictional character, Amanda Larson.

As reported by Meaww, “Amanda came to NYC and was living in her van. After one week, the NYPD detectives Bernard (Anthony Anderson) and Cosgrove (Jeffrey Donovan) found the van and started investigating the crime scene. The window of the van was busted and a bloody hammer was found near the vehicle.  When they searched for the girl on the internet, they found that Amanda was quite famous on social media and made a vlog for every moment of her life.”

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Right off the bat, the similarities between Gabby Petito and Amanda Larson are clear. Amanda’s character also had a boyfriend named Daniel, who began acting suspiciously — just as Brian Laundrie did.

If you kept up with the Gabby Petito case last year, you might really be interested to see the new Law & Order episode for yourself.

Keeping Gabby Petito’s memory alive

If you already caught the new Law & Order episode, you might want to learn more about the Gabby Petito case. There is a 20/20 special and a documentary that cover the details of the case. Be sure to check out our previous articles to learn more about them.

Gabby Petito’s murder was a terrible tragedy, but it’s also important to tell her story and keep her memory alive. It seems like that’s what Law & Order might be trying to do with their new episode.

After many years on the air, there’s a lot to love about the classic true-crime show. After being off the air for 12 years, diehard fans felt elated to learn that it was coming back with new episodes.

“One of the wonderful things about doing a television show in New York like this with really juicy parts for visitors is that there’s this extraordinary pool of talent of New York actors,” Law & Order veteran Sam Waterson Variety. “So, the hope and expectation is that there will be a wonderful surprise every week.”

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