Gypsy Rose Blanchard, convicted in 2016 for the second-degree murder of her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard, is scheduled for early release from prison on December 28, 2023. Blanchard, now 32, will have served 85% of her 10-year sentence, including time spent in the Greene County Jail before her sentencing.
The case of Gypsy Rose Blanchard has drawn significant attention due to its tragic and complex nature. Dee Dee Blanchard was found to have suffered from Munchausen by proxy, a psychological condition where a caregiver fabricates or induces illness in a person under their care for attention and sympathy. For years, Dee Dee forced Gypsy Rose to pretend she was suffering from various severe illnesses, including leukemia and muscular dystrophy. The community believed Gypsy Rose was terminally ill and disabled, with Dee Dee often portraying her daughter as younger than her actual age and even claiming they were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Their story was compelling enough to receive aid from charities, including Habitat for Humanity, which provided them a home equipped with a wheelchair ramp.
Gypsy Rose met Nicholas Godejohn online and they formed a relationship. In a desperate attempt to escape the abusive situation at home, she and Godejohn conspired to murder her mother. After Dee Dee’s murder in 2015, Gypsy Rose and Godejohn were arrested. Gypsy Rose pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, while Godejohn was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
In prison, Gypsy Rose married Ryan Scott Anderson in July 2022. She has expressed regret for her actions, acknowledging the criminality of her decision while also highlighting the desperate circumstances she faced living under her mother’s control. Her story has been the subject of various media representations, including the HBO documentary “Mommy, Dead and Dearest” and the Hulu miniseries “The Act.”
Gypsy Rose’s case brings to light the complex issues surrounding Munchausen by proxy and the desperate measures one might take when feeling trapped in an abusive situation. Her imminent release marks a significant chapter in a case that has captured widespread media attention and public sympathy due to its extraordinary circumstances.