Daughter who plotted mom's murder after being kept in a wheelchair for years says she still loves her
Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her then-boyfriend Nicholas Godejohn spoke about the shocking crime in the upcoming Investigation Discovery documentary 'Gypsy's Revenge'
For almost 20 years, Gypsy Rose Blanchard's mother Dee Dee had woven a complex web of lies about her daughter and went to the extent of telling friends and family living across the country that Gypsy, who was her only daughter, suffered from leukemia, muscular dystrophy, epilepsy and a variety of other severe health issues. The woman kept her daughter in a buzz cut, lied to everyone about her age and kept the girl permanently on a wheelchair. Dee Dee made it look like she was the perfect mother who was utterly selfless and devoted to Gypsy.
This was before Gypsy and her boyfriend, whom she had met on a dating site, plotted to kill her in the Missouri home that the two of them shared. On the day of her murder, Gypsy hid inside one of the bathrooms while her boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, stabbed Dee Dee to death. On June 14, 2015, deputy sheriffs in Greene County, Missouri, United States, found the body of Dee Dee facedown in the bedroom of her house lying on the bed in a pool of blood from the stab wounds that had killed her several days earlier.
The young couple then ran away to his home state of Wisconsin and a nation-wide manhunt was launched to locate the allegedly disabled teen.
When Gypsy was found safe — and perfectly healthy and cancer-free — the case quickly made headlines and garnered reactions of relief, then shock, and finally disbelief amongst everyone who thought they knew her well.
At Dee Dee's murder trial, Gypsy pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for a lenient sentence. Godejohn still remains in custody awaiting trial that is set to start in November. He faces life behind bars if he is convicted.
Both Gypsy and Godejohn speak about the shocking crime in the upcoming Investigation Discovery documentary, Gypsy's Revenge, which is set to air on November 6. The documentary shows the deceptive life that Dee Dee led at the expense of her daughter and it also shows the different ideas of a relationship that Gypsy and Godejohn have for each other. The couple has not spoken to each other since they were arrested for the crime more than three years ago.
Godejohn says in the documentary: "No matter what happens, I’m always going to love her unconditionally. To this day, I still do love her – and I know for a fact that she still does love me." Gypsy, on the other hand, feels the exact opposite. The woman, who now has long hair that tumbles down her shoulders, said: "Now that I’ve grown and matured, I know the difference between love and infatuation. He wants to feel whatever he wants to feel, but I don’t love him no more."
The convoluted story started more than 25 years ago in Louisiana when Dee Dee became pregnant with Gypsy by her boyfriend at the time, 17-year-old Rod Blanchard. Rod was a few years younger than Dee Dee and was "wild as a weed", he said in the documentary. The pair got married quickly but it didn't last long. Rod, however, continued supporting his ex-wife and his daughter as much as he could. It wasn't long before Dee Dee started telling everyone that Gypsy had severe health issues.
Rod said that, by the time Gypsy was seven-years-old, she was confined to a wheelchair. He says in the documentary: "After that first time I saw her in the wheelchair, I never seen her walk again. But through all the illnesses, she’s always been a trooper. She’s always been all smiles."
The father continued to financially help his ex-wife and Gypsy but Dee Dee kept moving their daughter further and further away. First, it was to other areas in the same state and then finally to Missouri after Hurricane Katrina.
Rod described that his contact with Gypsy was mostly through the phone and through presents. He said: "It seemed like Dee Dee was never letting us build that father/daughter relationship that you’re supposed to have with your children. I never raised any really hard questions with Dee Dee, because she’d still allow me to talk to her when I called. I knew that if I raised any serious questions or issues, she’d cut me off in a minute."
Dee Dee was posthumously considered to have had Munchausen syndrome by proxy, which is a condition in which a caregiver keeps a dependent sick to gain attention for themselves. Rod wasn't the only one who was fooled by all the lies of Gypsy's illnesses. Even doctor's seemed to be falling for Dee Dee's stories.
Young Gypsy had multiple surgeries, was on several kinds of medication, and also had a feeding tube inserted once because Dee Dee insisted to the doctors that her child couldn't eat normally.
The devastating Hurrican Katrina made life easier for Dee Dee who used the excuse that the natural disaster had wiped away all of Gypsy's medical records. Adult Gypsy says in the documentary: "She had a very persuasive persona on the outside — you would almost think that she’s just the kindest, sweetest, most genuine woman. If she found the doctor didn’t agree with what she wanted, she would switch to a different doctor that she would find. I’ve probably seen over 100 doctors in my life."
It was also revealed later that there was at least one pediatrician who had suspected that Dee Dee had Munchausen syndrome by proxy but did not inform social services. Rod says: "I don’t blame her for what she done. Everyone failed Gypsy, from myself, her mother, doctors, police, social services. We all looked out for ourselves [and weren’t] totally looking out for her."
Dr. Marc Feldman, a psychiatry professor, said in the documentary: "It became one of the least difficult cases I’ve ever seen in establishing: This is Munchausen by proxy. Dee Dee was a woman of fairly few accomplishments’ who revealed in the ‘sense of identity of the indefatigable, heroic caregiver who left others breathless with the excellence of her child-rearing."
Everyone across the country was left feeling shock, confusion, disbelief, and horror after the crime made national headlines but one person who doesn't seem too affected by what's going on is Gypsy. She will be eligible for parole in 2024 and will be getting out of prison at the age of 32. She said in the documentary: "I have a lot of complicated emotions for my mother. There are some times that I’m angry at her; there are times where I’m like, she just was so desperate for somebody to love her. But regardless of all that, I still love her and I still miss her. She was my mother."