In 2015, Gypsy Rose Blanchard stabbed her mother to death, then fled the home they shared together. After she was apprehended by authorities, she detailed years and years of abuse she endured at the hands of her mom, Dee Dee. The case was complicated and heartbreaking, and Gypsy Rose was eventually sentenced to 10 years in prison. Now, she’s opening up about the abuse that drove her to kill Dee Dee.
People who knew Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her mother Dee Dee believed that they had a loving relationship. Gypsy Rose suffered from a variety of serious illnesses, and Dee Dee was a devoted caretaker. But it was all a lie.
Dee Dee told everyone that Gypsy was sick. She was confined to a wheelchair, spent time in and out of the hospital, and appeared to be frail and in poor health. Gypsy’s illnesses netted Dee Dee a lot of free stuff. Trips to Disney World, thousands and thousands of dollars in donations, even a custom-built home from Habitat for Humanity. But the reality was, it wasn’t Gypsy who was sick. It’s believed that Dee Dee had Munchausen by proxy, a factitious disorder that caused her to “make” Gypsy sick for the attention it brought her.
Gypsy says she believed her mother was her best friend. “For a long time I believed, like, we were best friends, and when I was younger she was my best friend .… other than my stuffed animals. And so I thought that she was a great mother. No complaints, we got along so perfect. I saw her as an angel that can do no wrong.”
Fights with Dee Dee got progressively worse as Gypsy got older, and the abuse got more severe. Gypsy recalls one time when she attempted to run away; Dee Dee found her and physically restrained her with chains. “She physically chained me to the bed, and put bells on the doors and told anybody that I probably would have trusted that I was going through a phase, and to tell her if I was doing anything behind her back.”
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In the interview, Gypsy talks about her life now, and how she feels her sentence is too harsh. She also explains why she never just got up and left after she realized she wasn’t sick. Says Gypsy, “I honestly didn’t think about that. I was always so afraid of her — afraid of the consequences after.” Gypsy is currently serving a 10 year sentence for Dee Dee’s murder. Her boyfriend Nicholas Godejohn, who authorities say helped plan the murder, is awaiting trial.
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