Gypsy Blancharde is accused of conspiring with her boyfriend to kill her mother, but new evidence appears to suggest that the 23-year-old was actually a victim of her mother, who may have forced the daughter to act crippled for much of her life.
Sheriff’s deputies in Springfield, Missouri, found the body of Clauddinnea “Dee Dee” Blancharde on Sunday after concerned family members alerted police to disturbing messages on her Facebook account.
The message read, “I f***en SLASHED THAT FAT PIG AND RAPED HER SWEET INNOCENT DAUGHTER.”
Police arrived to find Blancharde stabbed to death and her daughter, Gypsy Blancharde, missing. But investigators quickly determined that Gypsy had something to do with the death of her mother. They traced the Facebook message to a device registered to her boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn.
Investigators tracked down the device to Wisconsin, where Godejohn and Gypsy Blancharde were taken into custody for the murder of the girl’s mother. Detectives said the pair admitted to killing and robbing the 48-year-old woman.
The Huffington Post shared details,
Godejohn allegedly told authorities that he traveled to Springfield and asked his girlfriend if she were sure she wanted him to kill her mother. Gypsy Blancharde said yes, he told authorities, so he sneaked into the mother’s room at night when it appeared she was asleep and stabbed her several times with a knife that his girlfriend had given him.
But one report may offer new perspective on the grisly killing. M.J. Pack, a writer for Thought Catalog and former resident of the town where Gypsy Blancharde lived with her mother, noted several strange details. One was her age — Gypsy turned out to be 23, not 19 as the family reportedly had told people.
“I have yet to find the source on why this information was incorrectly reported, but people on Facebook seem to believe that Gypsy was being infantilized and told to be younger because it came off as more sympathetic,” Pack wrote. “After all, due to her disabilities and their displacement, Gypsy and her mother were given quite a number of kindnesses, including a rent-free home in 2007 and eventually a house built by Habitat For Humanity.”
This led many to believe that Clauddinnea “Dee Dee” Blancharde suffered from Munchhausen by Proxy, a mental illness in which a parent or caregiver misleads people to think their child is sick — or may actually harm the child — in order to gain sympathy and attention.
There are signs that Dee Dee may have suffered from that mental illness. Though her mother said she suffered from muscular dystrophy and leukemia and needed a wheelchair, her boyfriend’s stepfather asserted that she is fine and that he saw her walking without a wheelchair.
While under arrest, Gypsy has apparently stopped needing a wheelchair, which some took as further proof that her mother was keeping her ill on purpose.
— Chase Snider (@chasesnider) June 16, 2015
Gypsy Blancharde’s stepmother seemed to confirm that the girl’s mother suffered from Munchhausen by Proxy.
“Gypsy was a sick child since birth. Over the years we heard stories of some of the things Dee had done to make her more sick. It was hard to believe that she would do to her child.”
Police seemed to have confirmed at least part of the theory, saying they are uncovering details of a financial scam that Gypsy Blancharde was involved in along with her mother.
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