Gypsy Rose Blanchard has revealed new details about the brutal murder of her mom “Dee Dee” Blanchard, and her life behind bars in a prison interview. Additionally, Nicholas Godejohn has given a rare interview, also from behind bars.
On June 14, 2015, police found Dee Dee, 48, stabbed to death in their house. Less than 48 hours later, Gypsy and her boyfriend Nicholas Godejohn were arrested for her mother’s murder.
For years, Gypsy had allegedly suffered from a variety of ailments including leukemia, muscular dystrophy, vision and hearing impairments, and seizures.
She used a wheelchair, and was fed through a feeding tube. But the case took a shocking twist once investigators revealed that Gypsy had never been sick at all.
Instead, they believed that Dee Dee suffered from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a mental health disorder where a caregiver invents or inflicts illness on a person under his or her care to gain attention and/or financial gain.
Her family and friends were shocked to see Gypsy walk into the courtroom, walking unaided and with a full head of hair growing in.
Today, Gypsy Blanchard is in Missouri’s Chillicothe Correctional Center serving a 10-year sentence for her mother’s death. In an interview from prison, Gypsy told ABC News’ Amy Robach that during her childhood of constant doctors’ visits and medical treatments, her mother was often her only friend.
“The prison that I was living in before, with my mom, it’s, like, I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t have friends. I couldn’t go outside, you know, and play with friends or anything,” Gypsy said. “Over here, I feel like I’m freer in prison, than with living with my mom. Because now, I’m allowed to … just live like a normal woman.”
Dee Dee, who had worked as a nurse’s aide, began claiming that Gypsy suffered from a variety of health problems soon after she was born. By the time Gypsy was eight years old, Gypsy’s father Rod says Dee Dee told him that their daughter had leukemia and muscular dystrophy.
Gypsy’s alleged illnesses made her — and her mother — minor celebrities. She received a Make A Wish trip to Walt Disney World, donations from celebrities including Miranda Lambert, and a new house from Habitat for Humanity, after their home was demolished during Hurricane Katrina.As she got older and began to be interested in dating, Gypsy met Nicholas Godejohn online and fell in love — but Dee Dee ordered Gypsy to stay away from him. But the young lovers broke the rules, and continued an online relationship for two and a half years — and eventually, their secret life ended in murder.
An alarming post appeared on Gypsy and Dee Dee’s joint Facebook page that said, “That b—- is dead.” Police traced the IP address of the Facebook post back to Godejohn’s home in Wisconsin, and the pair were eventually arrested and charged with murder. Gypsy later admitted she wrote the post so that someone would find her mother’s body, and that she hoped that she would receive a “proper burial.”
But Godejohn claims that Gypsy was the mastermind behind the murder, according to a news release. “I felt horrible about it. When me and her were in the hotel room … she kept on telling me, ‘Stop crying, stop crying. There’s no reason, reason to cry. It was my idea, it wasn’t yours,'” Godejohn stated in an interview from jail. “I … did what I did because I loved her. I really wanted a life with her, I really did.”
For her part, Gypsy points out that while she may have come up with the idea, he’s still allegedly the one who committed the actual murder. “There’s a big difference between someone who asks someone to kill someone and someone that actually does it,” Gypsy said. “Because I would never kill somebody. I would never physically go through with killing somebody. I can’t.”
Of Godejohn, Gypsy said, “I don’t hate him. I feel sorry for him, and just that somebody could do something so heartless and not express remorse and not feel like he’s responsible for it.”
Godejohn has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and is awaiting trial in Greene County Jail in Missouri, which has been delayed until late 2018. He faces life in prison if convicted.
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Main photo of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and excerpt: [ABC News / 20/20 (screenshot)]