Gypsy Rose Blanchard is serving a 10-year sentence for second-degree murder in the 2015 stabbing death of her mother, Dee Dee. Gypsy’s alleged accomplice, Nicholas Godejohn, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder. His trial is set for December 2017.
Following her arrest, investigators uncovered years-long systematic abuse of Gypsy by her mother. Dee Dee Blanchard had spent nearly two decades isolating her daughter, confining her to a wheelchair, and subjecting her to numerous unnecessary medical procedures. Dee Dee had also claimed that Gypsy was developmentally challenged, and told others her daughter was several years younger than her actual age.
Aided by experts, authorities determined Dee Dee suffered from a mental disease commonly known as Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MbP) a form of abuse in which one person, usually a parent or caregiver, falsifies or creates illness, injury or disability in another, usually a child.
In a daytime exclusive, Dr. Phil interviews Gypsy from inside Missouri’s Chillicothe Correctional Center.
“Should you be in this prison?” He asks.
“To be honest, I have complicated feelings about that,” Gypsy responds. “I believe firmly that no matter what, murder is not OK, but at the same time, I don’t believe I deserve as many years as I got.”
Continuing, she says, “I understand why it happened and I don’t believe that I’m in the right place to get the help that I need.”
Does Gypsy say she regrets the role she played in her mother’s death?
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