The Missouri Department of Corrections announced on Thursday that Gipsy Rose Blanchard, who was incarcerated for her part in her mother’s mur*der, had been granted parole and would be released in December, as reported by Ozarks First and the Springfield News-Leader.
Blanchard, 32, entered a mur*derous plea in July 2016 for her part in her mother Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard’s demise. She received a ten-year prison sentence.
Gypsy’s official release date is December 28, 2023. She will have completed 85% of her 10-year sentence by then. Gipsy was incarcerated in the Greene County Jail prior to receiving her prison sentence; this period of incarceration is factored into her total sentence.
Following the discovery of Dee Dee Blanchard’s body in June 2015, Gipsy and her boyfriend, Nick Godejohn, were both charged with first-degree mur*der.
Following the couple’s arrest, it became clear that Dee Dee had made up all of her daughter’s medical problems and that Gipsy had suffered from Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome, a rare kind of abuse in which a parent or guardian makes up or exaggerates a child’s illness in order to get sympathy or attention.
Dee Dee had persuaded her friends, family, and neighbours that Blanchard was a sickly adolescent suffering from muscular dystrophy, leukaemia, and other ailments, and that he had the mental capacity of a seven-year-old. Blanchard also claimed that her mother had told her that the police would not believe her account if she ever attempted to flee and had prevented her from speaking during doctor appointments.
Gypsy’s Revenge, a 2018 Investigation Discovery documentary, featured Blanchard’s account of her childhood abuse at the hands of her mother. Blanchard stated, “I was afraid and I didn’t know what my mother would do, so I couldn’t just jump out of the wheelchair.” “There was no one I could trust.”
Blanchard stated to Dr. Phil McGraw after her 2016 sentencing that she didn’t think “she [deserved] as many years as [she] got.”
She told McGraw, “I firmly believe that mur*der is not okay, no matter what.” “I firmly feel that I should serve a sentence in prison for that offence. However, I also see why it occurred, and I don’t think I’m in the right place to receive the support I require.
Godejohn, 32, Blanchard’s boyfriend, was found guilty at trial in 2019 and given a life sentence without the possibility of release. For the 2015 stabbing, he was found guilty of first-degree murd*er, according to reports from KOAM, KY3, and the Springfield News-Leader.
Godejohn travelled from Wisconsin to see Blanchard in Missouri after meeting her online. In court, Blanchard claimed that she had “talked him into it.”
In a jail interview for the 2019 Oxygen special Gipsy Rose & Nick: A Love to K*ill, Godejohn remarked, “That was, man, probably the best days of my life, that’s the only way I can describe it.” “I relished every moment of it.”
“I just knew we were soulmates from the very beginning,” Godejohn went on. I have never experienced days as intense, magical, or inspiring as the five days I spent with her, when I was with her physically.
Godejohn and Blanchard have since split up. In April 2019, a family friend revealed to PEOPLE that she was engaged to a man she had corresponded with while incarcerated.
The Act, a Hulu miniseries, was inspired by the same case that served as the focal point of the HBO documentary Mommy, Dead and Dearest.