Gypsy Rose Blanchard is poised for liberation from incarceration following her completion of a sentence tied to the tragic demise of her mother, Clauddinnea “Dee Dee” Blanchard. The late “Dee Dee” Blanchard, who allegedly subjected her daughter to prolonged abuse and feigned illness, met her demise through stabbing in her Springfield residence, leading to the arrest of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her accomplice, Nicholas Godejohn, in 2015.
Gypsy Blanchard, at the age of 32, had admitted guilt to second-degree murder and was met with a 10-year sentence. The incident gained nationwide attention and was adapted into a Hulu series in 2019, with Patricia Arquette earning an Emmy for portraying “Dee Dee” Blanchard in the production titled “The Act.”
“Dee Dee” Blanchard’s purported mistreatment of her daughter spanned years, involving the manipulation of Gypsy’s health conditions and the public perception of her ailments. Gypsy, previously ensnared in a web of deceit, was made to believe she suffered from a multitude of afflictions, including leukemia, muscular dystrophy, visual and auditory impairments, and seizures. Her existence was marred by the use of a wheelchair, a feeding tube, and superfluous surgeries, later deemed unnecessary. Documents were allegedly falsified to present Gypsy as younger than her actual age.
Gypsy Blanchard recounted being physically restrained and subjected to isolation, all the while being kept in a state of dependence. As she matured, her mother’s control escalated, including chaining her to a bed and implementing doorbells as an alarm system. Gypsy disclosed to ABC News’ “20/20” in 2017 that her mother’s influence reached the point where she was restricted from forming connections and exploring personal interests.
Breaking free from the constraints, Gypsy ventured into online dating, establishing a connection with Nicholas Godejohn. This development sparked jealousy in “Dee Dee” Blanchard, intensifying her efforts to separate the two. Gypsy, feeling trapped, harbored a desire for her mother’s demise as a means of escape. In June 2015, Godejohn executed the fatal act, stabbing “Dee Dee” Blanchard in her bedroom, claiming it was to safeguard Gypsy.
Nicholas Godejohn faced the legal repercussions of first-degree murder, receiving a life sentence in consequence. In a 2017 interview with “20/20,” Gypsy expressed a sentiment of greater freedom within the confines of prison compared to her life under her mother’s dominion.