Gypsy Rose Blancharde

HBO has done a documentary on Gypsy Blancharde’s case. I haven’t had an opportunity to see it, but have tried to keep up to date on the case as far as Nicholas Godejohn’s part in the murder.  This case is has multiple victims.  Dee Dee Blancharde was stabbed to death by Gypsy and her boyfriend, Nick because her mother was making her pretend to be sick while reaping the benefits from various charity organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Angel flights, and more.  Everyone who knew Dee Dee and her daughter thought both were delightful, and felt bad for Gypsy because she was so sick.  No one had a clue that she didn’t need a wheelchair and could walk, but her mother forced her to pretend to be sick.  Dee Dee was killed, and it is hard at times to find sympathy for her.  No one deserves to die but the only way that she was letting Gypsy out of her grip was if she weren’t around anymore.  It’s heartbreaking that Gypsy even had to make that kind of decision.  She suffered her whole life at the hands of her grifting mother.

Gypsy had multiple unnecessary medical tests, and was taking many prescriptions which caused her teeth to fall out and no doubt did make her sick.  She was much older than her mother told others.  Friends of Gypsy said later that Gypsy dreamed of being normal and  in love.  She wanted a real relationship with a boy, and sadly the only way that could happen in her mind, was to eliminate her mother.  In July 2016, Gypsy pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder for her role in the crime. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Nick Godejohn waived his right to a jury trial, and will have a bench trial with the evidence presented to the judge in December 2017.

What I find remarkably sad is how great Gypsy looks now compared to when her mother was alive and forcing her to be sick.  This is her mugshot from the State of Missouri Department of Corrections website.

 

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  1. Elaine

    You really need to see the documentary. I feel so bad for Gypsy. Yes, it was wrong to plan and carry out her mom’s murder, but the girl had been abused since 3 months old. De De’s own father disowned her years before because she was a con woman. There is a lot of guilt to go around though, including the doctors who’s only evidence of Gypsy’s illnesses were “based on history provided by mother”. She had a feeding tube place when she was little, for Christ’s sake! All as part of the mother’s con!

    I’m glad she only got 10 years. I am not sure how I feel about the boyfriend’s roll, he feels he was protecting Gypsy, yet he’s facing 1st degree charges and life in prison. Yes, he’s older than Gypsy, but seems to have emotional issues of his own.

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    1. E

      Role* typing on my tablet sucks!!

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    2. prinnie (Post author)

      I finally saw it, and what a great job they did in presenting her case. Yes, I feel bad for Nicholas. He is emotionally stunted to some extent – that’s obvious. Probably some form of autism, and I feel bad for him as well. In his mind, he was doing what everyone in Gypsy’s life should have been doing: protecting her. I’m glad he is doing a bench trial rather than a jury trial.

      I really want to write Gypsy. I started a letter to her about a year ago, and never mailed it. Would love to write to her just to let her know that I wish her the best of luck in her new life without being abused. I just hope that being around DeeDee all those years, she didn’t pick up her bad habits. KWIM?

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  2. Mifeng86

    Gypsy wasn’t Dee Dee’s only victim. Dee Dee poisoned her stepmother with weed killer and even worse, she starved her own mother to death. That woman’s life seemed to be one long trail of destruction. As far Nick goes I get the feeling his family was aware of his issues but they just left him to his own devices; How else would he have been able to watch porn and pleasure himself (in McDonald’s mind you) for nine hours ? Nick’s family just wanted their troubled son out of their hair IMO. Gypsy never would’ve wanted her mother dead had someone intervened early on and Nick never would’ve participated in something like this if he’d had a better support system.

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    1. prinnie (Post author)

      I agree with you on all points. I do recall reading that she poisoned family members and starved her mother. In the documentary I was shocked to hear that her own father basically said she wasn’t worth tossing out to the hogs. I really hope that Gypsy is able to find herself once she’s been released from prison, and not find love on the internet. I know that her dad and stepmother are very much involved in her life right now which is a good thing. This whole story is just sad and it’s hard to feel sorry for Dee Dee.

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      1. Mifeng86

        Something else, Nick may have fetal alcohol syndrome that was misdiagnosed as autism. Here if you look at his mugshot you’ll see that he has the features consistent with a person who has FAS. Both Nick and Gypsy were let down by the system.

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        1. prinnie (Post author)

          They sure were let down. It pains me that Gypsy was forced to be sick and to pretend she was a little girl when all she wanted was to live a normal life like other girls her age. He does look like he has FAS. Even in his interviews with police you could tell from how he communicated that he may have had developmental problems.

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