Springfield, MO- (5/15/17)
Looking back on the numerous interviews we’ve conducted and court hearings attended, there is one thing that we can take away from this case; its anything but normal.
From the first time gypsy was seen in a Greene Courtroom, I could tell that there was much more to the death of her mother than originally thought. Throughout several proceedings, we learned more and more about the Blancharde family, and the physical and mental abuse that Gypsy endured by the hands of her mother growing up, as well as the death by stabbing of Dee Dee Blancharde which was orchestrated by gypsy and allegedly committed by her boyfriend at the time, Nicholas Godejohn.
A huge portion of the many hearings on the case were concerning Gypsy’s medical records. Soon after gypsy was arrested and charged with the death of Dee Dee Blancharde, her mother, it was revealed that gypsy who has always had some kind of medical condition was actually perfectly healthy. The pills her mother made her take took a toll on her appearance, making her seem disabled and needing of assistance. But as court dates proceeded, this seemingly fragile girl who was wheelchair bound, nearly bald when arrested, and pale, had begun to grow hair, started looking healthy, and could even walk.
Erin Lee Carr, the director of Mommy Dead and Dearest says, “Right along when gypsy thought she was 15 years old, she was actually 4 years older than that, she said, you know “I want to find a boyfriend”, I want to find love”, and she started to try and gain autonomy from her mother, and just these little bits of independence, “Can I have a friend”, “Can I go visit a friend?” And her mother said absolutely not”.
As we learned more and more about the case, gypsy began to show emotion, sometimes breaking down in front of the judge. Soon after, we learned that Gypsy has only received a 2nd grade education, and was rarely allowed to talk to anyone besides her mother. Last year, she pleaded guilty to the 2nd degree murder of her mother, and is currently spending 10 years in the department of corrections for her actions. The HBO documentary which aired tonight features unseen footage and interviews of Gypsy and her family members, and will take an even further in-depth look into the shocking story of the Blancharde family.