Gypsy Rose Blanchard was convicted of murder in 2015, after her mother was found murdered in her own home. Blanchard received 10 years for the crime, but she apparently thinks the sentence is too heavy, given her past experiences and years of abuse from her mom.
People reports that in an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil, Blanchard described how although she understands she’s responsible, she is conflicted on how she feels about being behind bars. Blanchard’s mother, Dee Dee Blanchard, 48, suffered from Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSBP), a mental health condition marked by a caregiver, such as a parent, making up illnesses in their children or others in their care in an attempt to garner attention.
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Neighbors in Springfield, Missouri, thought that Blanchard had mental disabilities with the intellect of a 7-year-old. They also thought she was terminally ill, battling diseases such as leukemia and muscular dystrophy. In reality, she was a healthy adult who was planning out her mother’s murder with her 26-year-old boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn. In June 2015, authorities found Dee Dee lifeless inside her home, lying in a pool of her own blood. Blanchard and Godejohn were arrested and charged with murder. Blanchard is currently serving out a 10-year prison sentence while Godejohn is still awaiting trial.
“To be honest, I have complicated feelings about that,” Gypsy Rose told Dr. Phil, explaining her feelings on her prison sentence. “I believe firmly that, no matter what, murder is not okay. But at the same time I don’t believe I deserve as many years as I got….I do believe that I do deserve to spend some time in prison for that crime. But I also understand why it happened, and I don’t believe that I’m in the right place to get the help that I need.”
When Dr. Phil asked Blanchard if she was happy her mother was dead, she indicated that she was not. She said, however, that she’s glad she’s no longer in the situation she once lived in.
Blanchard’s case was so popular that she became the centerpiece of the HBO documentary, Mommy Dead and Dearest, which describes the abuse that Blanchard endured, starting from young childhood, at the hands of her mother who convinced everyone who knew Blanchard that she suffered from a string of illnesses.
To see the full episode, watch Mother Knows Best: A Story of Munchausen by Proxy and Murder on the Dr. Phil show, on Nov. 21 and Nov. 22. Check your local listings for exact channel and air time.
[Feature Photo: Greene County Sheriff’s Office]