Remember the stranger-than-fiction true-crime case of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and the murder of her mother, Claudine “Dee Dee” Blanchard? If not, please allow me to get you up to speed if you haven’t watched The Act yet.
On June 14, 2015, police were called to the home of Dee Dee after a series of alarming Facebook messages was posted to her personal account. One of the messages posted to her account claimed “that bitch is dead,” while the other messages stated that Gypsy Rose, Dee Dee’s teenage daughter known for her multiple physical illnesses, was raped and killed.
Obviously, the Blanchards’ neighbors were alarmed by the posts and contacted the police. Dee Dee was found dead at the scene, while Gypsy Rose, who was previously bound to a wheelchair (or so it seemed), was nowhere to be found. It turns out, Dee Dee had a bizarre case of Munchausen syndrome by proxy disorder, meaning she believed Gypsy was really sick even though she had a clean bill of health.
On further investigation, authorities found out that Gypsy ran away with her boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn. After Gypsy and Godejohn met in person and fell in love, she enlisted him to murder her mother so they could officially be together. Gypsy was charged with second-degree murder and received 10 years in prison. Godejohn was charged with first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison. And that brings us to today.
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