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.