Note: When summarizing the case, I’m only going to add a paragraph or two. I don’t feel comfortable going into too many details when people have worked hard writing articles about these. I’ll give my brief summary and link or links to the articles I got the information from so that anybody can go back and read up on it themselves.
This Week’s Topic: Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee Blanchard
About The Case:
Gypsy was born in 1991. Her mother made consistent fraudulent claims of Gypsy’s health all of her life. It is believed that she suffered a mental illness that caused her to do this. She also claimed that her and Gypsy were victims of Hurricane Katrina. Gypsy tried to run away in 2011. Her mother tracked her down and brought her back home. In 2015, Gypsy met Nicholas Godejohn online. She wound up convincing him to help kill her mother.
Gypsy claims that she did not know that she was capable of walking and had no health issues at all until her mother was dead. She also claims that she feels freer in prison than she ever did in her mother’s care. She has a chance of being released in 2024.
This one really gets to me. On the one hand, I want to be horrified at what Gypsy did to her mother. On the other hand, I am also horrified at what her mother did to her. No matter what happens or how long she stays in prison, her life will be forever altered. The real question is, was her life already permanently altered before her mother was even killed? I don’t know Gypsy or Dee Dee. I can’t really make full assumptions. I feel like there are obviously a lot of holes in this story. What I mean by that is that I don’t think a lot of the story was made public. I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that this was going on for YEARS without anybody being suspicious. Nobody came forward at all? How much freedom was Gypsy allowed? How often did she get to leave the house? Can I feel sorry for somebody and not be okay with what they chose to do?
I think I want to go back and read more about this case before I solidify my decisions further. There’s a big part of me that wonders what would have happened had somebody looked more into what was going on and put a stop to it before Gypsy felt the need to do what she did. Would Dee Dee have gotten the help she needed? What would have happened to Gypsy? Would she have had a normal life that didn’t involve prison? Would she have gotten her freedom in another way? Many of my questions will never be answered. That’s okay though. Some questions just aren’t meant to be answered.
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