Gypsy Rose Blanchard Stabbed Her Mom To Death After Being Forced To Pretend To Be Mentally Retarded All Her Life

Gypsy Rose Blanchard

Gipsy Rose Blanchard was a young girl who was struggling with mental retardation – due to which she had a mental capacity of a 7-year-old – and also suffered from a series of diseases: muscular dystrophy, leukemia, and asthma. She had been confined to a wheelchair since she was a child, was assisted by an oxygen instrument, fed via feeding tube and took dozens of pills daily.

On June 14, 2015, her Facebook account got a status update: “The Dog Is Dead” and then: “I slaughtered the fat pig and raped her innocent daughter. Her screams were so strong.” Police in the town of Springfield, Missouri, broke into her house and found her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard, dead in her bed with dozens of knife stabs. Gipsy Rose Blanchard was absent. Ultimately, she was found in Wisconsin with Nicholas Godejohn, a boy with mental disorders and autism, whom she met on a dating site.

Gypsy Rose Blanchard

The story, however, got even more complicated when it was discovered that Gypsy Rose was actually a full-grown woman with a normal IQ, completely healthy and on her feet. It turned out that during the entirety of Gypsy Rose’s life, her mother Dee Dee had demanded that she pretend to be a cripple. She had taken her hundreds of times to hospitals, had numerous operations performed on her, and unnecessarily gave her daughter pills that caused her to have psychotic seizures.

In addition, the mother had shaved off Gipsy Rose’s hair, claiming that it would fall out anyway because of chemo. None of the family/friends knew the truth. Not even Gipsy Rose’s father! Thus, only after the murder was  it confirmed that the mother had suffered from Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. This is a psychiatric disorder in which a person, who in the vast majority of cases is a parent or caretaker, exaggerates their child’s medical condition, or creates artificial symptoms of a difficult medical condition in order to invoke sympathy in others.

Gypsy Rose Blanchard

Needless to say that to subject a child to unnecessarily dangerous and invasive medical procedures such as surgery is to expose them to serious mental and physical harm. In fact, the syndrome itself is an unusual and rare form of severe child abuse. Gipsy Rose Blanchard and Nicholas Godejohn were put on trial for murder.