Blanchard Gypsy Rose He regrets having plotted to kill his mother. Before his early release from prisonsays the 32-year-old man People that asking her then-boyfriend, Nicholas “Nick” Godejohn, to kill her mother, Dee Dee, was a mistake.
“No one will ever hear me say I'm glad she's dead or that I'm proud of what I did. I regret it every day,” Gypsy says. “…She didn't deserve that. She was a sick woman and unfortunately I wasn't educated enough to see that. She deserved to be where I am, sitting in prison serving time for criminal behavior.”
Dee Dee's 2015 murder came after she is believed to have inflicted years of abuse on Gypsy due to Munchausen by proxy, a rare disorder in which a guardian exaggerates or induces illness in a child to gain their attention and sympathy.
“I was desperate to get out of that situation,” Gypsy says, before describing some of the abuse she says she suffered.
“Obviously I knew I could walk and didn't need a feeding tube, but everything else was a big confusion for me,” Gypsy explains. “Every time she questioned it, my mother said that she had had a seizure the night before and that she didn't remember it. There was always an excuse.”
When she expressed concern about unnecessary procedures, Gypsy says her mother “would get very angry with me and start manipulating me. She would say, 'If you do well in the hospital, we'll go to Toys 'R'. Let's buy a new Barbie.'”
On top of that, Gypsy says she was “very sheltered” and largely isolated from her father, stepmother, and others.
“I was limited in what I could see and the exposure I had to other kids,” Gypsy says. “What he knew about the outside world he only saw in Disney movies, and they didn't talk about warning signs of bad parents.”
In addition to the medical abuse, Gypsy claims her mother called her names including “bitch, whore, s–t” and would sometimes begin to “hit her, punch her, and slap her.”
“It was very similar to a domestic violence relationship,” says Gypsy. “As long as you are complacent, everything will be fine. If you put your foot down, then everything will be bad.”
After years of abuse, Gypsy asked Nick to kill Dee Dee before another unnecessary medical procedure.
“I just didn't agree,” says Gypsy, who ran away before the scheduled procedure. “She found me, brought me back and put up documentation saying I was incompetent and that she had power over me.”
“I tried really hard to find another way,” he adds. “That's when there was a conversation between my co-accused Nick and I. He said, 'I would do anything to protect you.' I said, 'Anything?' He said yes.'”
Nick proceeded to kill Dee Dee in her house while Gypsy waited in the bathroom. He was sentenced to life in prison, while Gypsy received a 10-year sentence for her involvement in the crime.
“If I had another chance to do it all over again, I don't know if I would go back to when I was a kid and tell my uncles and aunts that I'm not sick and that mom makes me sick, or if I would travel back to the point of that conversation with Nick and say, 'You know what? I'm going to go tell the police everything,'” Gypsy says. “I kind of struggle with that.”
Gypsy tells all that and more in the Lifetime documentary series, The prison confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchardwhich will be released on January 5.
“I want to make sure that people who are in abusive relationships don't resort to murder,” she says. “It may seem like all avenues are closed, but there is always another way. Do anything, but don't take this course of action.”
Now, gypsy, who? he is expected to get an early release from prison on December 28, says she is looking forward to joining her husband, Ryan Anderson, whom she married in a prison ceremony in 2022, as well as his father and stepmother.
“I am on the eve of happiness,” he says. “It's a journey. I'm still trying to get to a place of forgiveness for her, for myself and the situation. I still love my mom. And I'm starting to understand that it was something that maybe came out of her control, like an addict with an impulse. That helps me face and accept what happened.
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