The Unbelievable, But True, Story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard

I believed I titled this accurately as the unbelievable, but true story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, because that is precisely what it is.

I decided to start the story with the police finding the deceased body of the mother, Dee Dee Blanchard on June 14, 2015, in her home in Greene County, Missouri,

Police arrived around 5 PM after worried neighbors called the police and requested a check. The neighbors were concerned because the mother Dee Dee and her daughter Gypsy was not answering the door, even though the family car was in the driveway.

Police find Dee Dee’s dead body on June 14, 2015, lying face down in her bed.

Due to a low-light film covering the home’s windows, police were having trouble looking in the house. As they waited for a search warrant, they gave a neighbor quasi-permission David Blanchard (no relation to Dee Dee) to enter the home through an unlocked window.

Once inside David doesn’t see anything suspicious and tells the Springfield News-Leader “I didn’t notice anything that would indicate anything wrong.”

David and his wife Kim would later set up a GoFundMe account which was then deleted and the money refunded. There were speculations that David purposely denied seeing the body to receive donations in the GoFundMe account, but was never proven.

Dee Dee Blanchard murdered and left in her bed for 36 hours.

Once the search warrant arrived, the police could finally enter the home where they found the mother Dee Dee Blanchard face down and deceased in her bed with multiple stab wounds in her back.

Chief Forensic investigator for Green County Sheriff’s office Thomas Vandeberg says “rigor mortis was passing which takes 24 to 36 hours, her face was very dark and her skin was starting to slip when we moved her body.”

Police were initially called due to a strange Facebook post posted from the mother Dee Dee’s account

Where is Gypsy Rose Blanchard?

Friends and neighbors were shocked to see that Gypsy was missing and that an unknown assailant may have abducted her.

Gypsy was gone, but her medical supplies were still in the home. Her wheelchair was still there, her feeding tube was still there, among all of her other medications.

Gypsy’s was paralyzed from her waist down and needed a wheelchair to move around.
Gypsy’s medicine cabinet was full when the police arrived at the home.

Gypsy was suffering from a variety of illnesses and disorders.

  • Leukemia – cancer of the white blood cells was causing Gypsy’s hair to fall out and according to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, leukemia is the second leading cause of cancer death among children, adolescents and young adults younger than 20 years.
  • Muscular dystrophy – a group of more than 30 inherited diseases, causing muscle weakness and muscle loss
  • Respiratory issues – from childhood Dee Dee claimed that Gypsy had sleep apnea which causes people to stop breathing or use shallow breathing during sleep
  • Asthma since she was three years old
  • Impaired vision and hearing – Gypsy suffered from a lazy eye and poor vision which is why she always wore thick glasses and even had eye surgery in an attempt to strengthening her muscles in her eye.
  • Epilepsy
  • Paralyzed from the waist down
  • Retardation
  • GI Reflux
  • Anemia
  • Hypoventilation (Gypsy had a CPAP at age 10)
  • Allergies (including sugar)
  • Incontinence
  • Lung disease
  • Heart mummer

Gypsy and Dee Dee were receiving gifts, money, and benefits from Habitat For Humanity, The Ronald McDonald Fund, and Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Gypsy would get free movie tickets, a trip to Disney World, a new home from Habitat for Humanity, help from the Ronald McDonald House, Make-a-Wish Foundation, and even individual meetups with celebrities like Elijah Wood. – Ronald McDonald

Things are not always how they appear.

Here’s where this story gets strange.

Gypsy had none of the disorders mentioned above, in fact, by all accounts she is 100% healthy. She was not paralyzed from the waist down and functioned as a perfectly normal girl.

Gypsy was also into BDSM and cosplay (costume play).

Dee Dee Blanchard suspected of having Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.

An expert best explains factitious disorder (also known as Munchausen Syndrome ‘by Proxy’). Here is a Law and Crime Network interview I found on Youtube from Munchausen syndrome expert Dr. Marc Feldman.

After hundreds of doctor visits, why and how did very few medical experts recognize the mother’s Munchausen disorder?

A few did. Including a pediatric neurologist, Bernardo Flasterstein from Springfield MO was one of the first experts to think Dee Dee suffered from Munchausen disorder stating, “I don’t see any reason why she doesn’t walk.”

Doctors also learned from muscle biopsy’s that Gypsy did not have muscular dystrophy.

Gypsy kept a ‘secret’ cellphone and would meet men on internet dating sites.

Gypsy met her boyfriend of three years, Nicholas Godejohn, on a Christian dating website. This relationship would eventually lead to the murder of Dee Dee Blanchard and the couple’s brief escape.

Gypsy and her boyfriend of three years Nicholas Godejohn secretly plotted to kill her mother and then leave town.

Before Gypsy and Nicholas left home they stole $4,000 from the mother, got a taxi and went for a Days Inn Motel in Springfield, MO

Videos of CCTV from local shops around town captured the couple.

The final verdicts.

Gypsy was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Many people believe that Gypsy is innocent; in fact, there is a petition online that is focused on finding justice for Gypsy Rose Blanchard.

Nicholas Godejohn was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Do you think these sentences are fair? Comment below.

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  • This is such a crazy story! I was actually was just trying to summarize and explain it to my boyfriend the other day because we saw a commercial on Hulu for a new show they’re putting out called “The Act” about Gypsy’s life. I’m definitely conflicted about Gypsy and Nicholas’s sentences. On one hand it was premeditated murder. Gypsy asked Nicholas to murder her mother and even though Gypsy didn’t have a real education and Nicholas is on the autism spectrum they both are of sound enough mind to know murder is wrong. If Nicholas was able to sneak into their house at night why couldn’t Gypsy just sneak out and run away with Nicholas somewhere? They were able to hide from the police for a while, could they have also hidden from her mother? If she was able to survive without her medications or wheelchair for a few weeks out of her mother’s care wouldn’t that raise suspicions in other people that maybe Gypsy wasn’t ill like Dee Dee kept insisting? 

    That being said, it does sound like Gypsy made some good faith efforts to escape before or convince people her mother was lying and failed. We weren’t in her situation so it’s probably hard to truly gain an understanding of how desperate she was. It seems like the state didn’t have any other option but to sentence Nicholas to life in prison without parole because that is the punishment according to  Missouri law. It does seem harsh considering the circumstances, especially since he was committing the murder because Gypsy asked him to. 

    It looks like Gypsy received the most lenient sentence according to Missouri law. But I’m torn as to whether or not she should have received more time… Yes, she was abused, but she plotted to kill her Mom for more than a year.  

    I’d also like to know whey Gypsy never called her dad to explain what was going on. He at least knew how old she really was. I’m assuming they didn’t have a great relationship because Deedee probably didn’t want them to but still… murder wasn’t the only option! 

    This is a tough one because I have so much sympathy for both the victim and the perpetrator. 

    • “If Nicholas was able to sneak into their house at night why couldn’t Gypsy just sneak out and run away with Nicholas somewhere?” – Good point, I guess she could of. Okay I feel better now knowing that Nicholas’s punishment fits Missouri law now, even though it does seem very harsh.

      You say that you are torn about Gypsy’s time.. Fast forward ten years (well now she’s almost half way done with her sentence) and ask yourself “am I okay that she will be out of prison and walking in public?” That’s how I think about it. And yes, I am okay with it. Maybe it’s because I’m a guy, but I think she deserves to be free.

      But I get that I’m sitting in a boat pretty much alone. 🙂

      • That is a good way to look at it. Chances of Gypsy killing, or soliciting someone’s murder is probably very low if not zero. I can only imagine the years of terapy Gypsy must need after growing up the way she did   

        • Yeah interesting take Jon – while I don’t think overall she would be a danger to society – she certainly had a good reason to kill her mom — it WOULD make me pause and think, well, she reacted this way over something huge… what if one day she catches her husband cheating on her and she loses her shit and kills him? Just playing the other side, that something wasn’t quite right for her to think killing was the answer.

    • I totally agree with you Kira. This case really just tears you down. It’s not quite self defense, but you can definitely in some way understand the murder, but it definitely wasn’t the only option. Also, thank you for looking into the Mississippi law thing! That is actually really intersesting that for Godejohn that was the sentence they pretty muh had to give him due to his conviction.

  • I’m actually totally with John in this one and I don’t think she should be serving time. I think she served time for her entire life with her mom. I think she tried to escape and eventually she just felt trapped and like this horrible life as her mother’s puppet would last forever. She probably also had a lot of pent up rage and anxiety. 

    I think she needs to be placed with some kind of foster parent situation. 

    • I have to say now that we recorded this episode Jen and I started watching the Act afterwards, and while dramatized it does help get a sense for the absolute shit she went through with her mom. I’m sympathetic for sure… but not totally convinced!!

  • Gross gross. This is really complex but sorry Jon I have to side with Nicole and Jen on this one. I feel like if she was able to plan the diabolical murder of her mother-for over a year -and manipulate her possibly schizophrenic boyfriend then she had the capacity to explore other options. I can’t imagine the horrible abuse she had to endure but I can’t imagine she wouldn’t be able to outrun her mother or build a case for herself-she was clever enough to get a laptop and a phone for herself-I’m sure she could come up with a million other plans. I think taking the time to give herself a Brazilian and then have sex in the next room with her creepster boyfriend kind of sealed the deal for me-she didn’t display any remorse and clearly celebrated the moment, I would have felt differently if she too had asperger’s. I actually have more sympathy for him given his  psychological condition. Not to mention the fact he’s still in love with her and she kicked him to the curb soon after..YES JEN! Mental health should be taken as seriously as physical health-also because-murder.  What i’d really like to point out is that anyone driving a Nissan Cube by choice should be thrown into prison for committing the sin of ugly. 

    • Shannon if TM2M ever makes any money and we decide to buy you a Nissan Cube with a huge taco and the word PROUD SUPREMO across the back window. Would you drive it?

    • YAAAS team Jen & Nicole!! Yeah good point about the weird sexy time celebration… just creepy and gross!! I feel really bad for the boyfriend of the moment. You would think after all that they’d stay “together.” OMG YES about that car. Those cars kill me.

  • I was scrolling through Facebook the other day and saw an interview with gypsy rose. Turns out she and her family are planning on suing Hulu for creating the documentary mommy dead dearest without the permission of gypsy. I thought it was interesting to see that video right after listening to this episode. 

    • Yeah apparently the serious got a lot of the story completely wrong, which I was shocked by. The details of my episode are verifiable correct with court statements, interviews with Gypsy, and trusted news outlets. They should of labeled The Act as “based ‘loosely’ on a true story” so as not to be sued. Or a better suggestion, they could of not made shit up.

    • I totally understand why she would be upset they are telling her story… but at the same time, the story itself is now public, right? It’s kind of like when we were talking about Andrew Cunanan and the dad wanting the rights to the story… how does one have rights to a story like this when it’s all over the news?I don’t think she can call it slander (not sure if she’s going that route) since she was convicted of the crime — it’s not alleged anymore, you know?

  • She’s suing Hulu for The Act which is a scripted for TV thing that does not portray the story factually at all. A lot of it is wrong and misses key factors. Mommy Dead Dearest was a documentary made by HBO with interviews of everyone involved. HBO is not being sued. It’s vital to know the difference between the two.

  • I’m with Jon and Shelby.


    Part of becoming an adult is being raised with the tools to allow you to mature into someone who can be a responsible person in control of your impulses and understanding consequences fully. Gypsy wasn’t given tools because of her mothers MbP. She was led to believe she was extremely ill (& put through numerous unnecessary medical procedures) from an age too young to realize anything was wrong, she was kept from having a real education (beyond 2nd grade, is what I’ve read) and was mostly isolated by her mom. Abuser manipulate and this type of abuse is manipulation from pretty much birth.

    • Excellent point about her education level – that does impact an ability to make certain decisions, and even if she’s taught killing is bad as a child, when she finds out everything else is a lie, maybe killing isn’t bad? Idk if you followed that but I kinda just blew my own mind there.

  • No they are not fair . He has the mind of a child. Yeah he knows he done wrong but seriously. Life no parole. Unfair

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