The story of Gypsy Blanchard shocked the American public in 2015. For years, she was under the care of Dee Dee’s possessive mother, who told her she was sick, confined her to a wheelchair and isolated her from the outside world. Finally, the girl talked her boyfriend into killing her mother. As a result, she was sentenced to 10 years in prison. On Thursday, Gypsy, 32, was released from prison after being released on parole after spending seven years behind bars.
It’s a case that – as the BBC wrote – “shook America.” It was June 14, 2005, in a house on the outskirts of Springfield, Missouri. The police then made a macabre discovery – the body of 48-year-old Dee Dee Blanchard was found in a pool of blood, with numerous stab wounds. The murder was committed by Nicholas Godejohn, her daughter’s boyfriend. It was Gypsy Blanchard who talked him into killing her mother.
After the murder, the two fled to Wisconsin, where Godejohn lived. That’s where the police found them. Gypsy was later sentenced to ten years in prison for second-degree murder. Godejohn is serving a life sentence without parole.
On Thursday morning, Gypsy Rose Blanchard was released from the Chillicothe Correctional Center in Missouri after spending seven of the ten years behind bars. She was released early.
However, the question returns – why did Gypsy decide years ago that her mother must die?
“A tragic event, shrouded in mystery and public deception”
“Things are not always what they seem,” Sheriff Jim Arnott said in 2015, describing the case related to the murder of Dee Dee Blanchard. He then stated that it was a “tragic event, surrounded by secrecy and public deception.”
Because this case is truly a ready-made script for a psychological thriller. There is a crime here, a series of lies, and a public deception committed by Dee Dee Blanchard over the years. But above all, there is a drama of a mother and daughter that led to tragedy. The case aroused great media interest, not only overseas; a TV series and a documentary film were created on this subject based on facts.
The mother lied to her daughter for years and isolated her from the world
Dee Dee Blanchard cared for her daughter Gypsy alone for years. She allegedly mentally abused her, telling her that she was a disabled person and required constant medical assistance. The woman convinced people around her that her daughter suffered from many diseases, including leukemia, epilepsy, visual impairment and muscular dystrophy.
Therefore, Gypsy used a wheelchair and a feeding tube, even though – as it later turned out – she could walk and had no health problems. She looked like a human wreck.
The mother constantly lied to doctors, telling them that her daughter constantly suffered from numerous diseases. She received support from charities and sought treatment from dozens of doctors, often presenting her daughter as younger than she actually was and subjecting her to unnecessary treatment.
Gypsy discovered by accident that she could walk after all. Later, the girl, all the time isolated by her mother, gradually began to discover not only the actual state of her health, but also other elements of the outside world, which until now – due to her mother’s attitude – did not exist for her. In 2013, she met a boy, Nicholas Godejohn, on a dating website. As she later recalled, they quickly fell in love with each other, but initially their bond was only through the Internet. Dee Dee categorically forbade her daughter from having any contact with the boy.
However, over time, Gypsy, increasingly aware of the situation she found herself in, began to think about how to break free from her toxic mother. At first she tried to run away from home. Finally, as she later admitted, she persuaded Godejohn to kill her mother.
Why did Dee Dee Blanchard isolate her daughter from the world, lying to her and everyone around her? She probably suffered from Munchhausen’s vicarious syndrome. – The caregiver affected by it causes the child to develop symptoms of the disease in order to receive emotional gratification – sympathy, concern from the environment. It is also a form of violence against children – diagnosed years ago by a specialist in this field, Dr. Marc Feldman.
Gypsy Blanchard: I wanted to be free from my mother’s oppression
While in prison, Gypsy gave a series of interviews in which she detailed her mother’s abusive behavior, and a memoir she wrote while behind bars is due to be published in January.
In a recent interview with People Magazine, Blanchard said: “No one will ever hear me say that I’m glad (the mother) is dead or that I’m proud of what I did. I regret it every day.” – I wanted to free myself from its oppression – she said during Godejohn’s trial. And she admitted: – I talked him (Godejohn – ed.) into doing it.
Due to the abuse she suffered, she reached a plea deal with prosecutors, which meant 10 years in prison in exchange for pleading guilty.
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