Gypsy Rose Blanchard released from prison after seven years

Gypsy Rose Blanchard has been released from a Missouri prison after serving seven years of a 10-year sentence for second-degree murder.

Publication: 28.12.2023 - 15:47
Gypsy Rose Blanchard released from prison after seven years
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Blanchard, now 32, was convicted in 2016 for her role in the death of her mother, Clauddine 'Dee Dee' Blanchard, and was released from the Chillicothe Correctional Center on December 28, as reported by TMZ.

Blanchard's case drew widespread attention due to the circumstances surrounding her mother's death in June 2015. Gypsy Rose claimed she had been subjected to long-term mental and physical abuse by her mother, who convinced others, including medical professionals, that her daughter had severe health issues. This included fabricating symptoms of illnesses like leukemia and forcing Blanchard to use a wheelchair and oxygen tank.

Experts suggest that Dee Dee Blanchard suffered from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a condition where a caregiver induces illness in another person, usually for attention or sympathy. Gypsy Rose, however, was later found not to have the illnesses her mother claimed, apart from a lazy eye.

The case took a shocking turn during the trial when Blanchard walked unassisted in the courtroom, despite having been portrayed as severely ill. The abuse led Blanchard and her then-boyfriend, Nicholas 'Nick' Godejohn, to plot her mother's murder. While Gypsy Rose received a 10-year sentence, Godejohn is serving a life sentence without parole.

In a recent interview with PEOPLE, Blanchard reflected on the events, expressing regret and pondering if she could have altered the course of events by seeking help earlier.

Blanchard's story has been the focus of several film and TV adaptations, including the 2019 drama "The Act." A new six-hour series, "The Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard," is scheduled to air on January 5, 2024, where Blanchard will share her story and insights from her perspective.

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