After serving more than eight years in prison, Gypsy Blancharde is scheduled to be a free woman this week. The Springfield woman was granted parole and will be released from Chillicothe Correctional Center in northwest Missouri.
Blancharde, 32, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2015 stabbing death of her mother, Dee Dee Blancharde. Gypsy, who claimed she was abused by her mother, convinced her online boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, of Wisconsin, to kill Dee Dee.
After the killing, Gypsy and Godejohn fled to Wisconsin, where they were eventually arrested.
Gypsy admitted to writing on her mother’s Facebook page, “That Bit** is dead.” That and another disturbing post were found to have been posted from Godejohn’s home in Big Bend, Wisconsin.
In 2015, Greene County Sheriff’s investigators said Gypsy admitted she knew Godejohn was going to stab her mother and did not stop it or report it to authorities.
Godejohn said Gypsy gave him the knife to kill Dee Dee. He claimed he would not have murdered Dee Dee if Gypsy had not asked him to.
Godejohn said he and Gypsy took several thousand dollars from a safe in Dee Dee’s bedroom.
The Blanchardes scammed the public for years by claiming Gypsy had a variety of health problems and used a wheelchair. After the murder, it was revealed Gypsy and her mother took advantage of charities, including Habitat for Humanity. The Blanchardes claimed they were displaced by Hurricane Katrina and bought a home from Habitat for Humanity.
Gypsy’s attorney, Mike Stanfield, said she was abused by her mother and that helped her get a plea deal. Dee Dee kept Gypsy’s head shaved and forced her to use a wheelchair even though there was allegedly nothing wrong with Gypsy’s legs.
Gypsy claimed to be a victim of Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a mental health problem in which a caregiver makes up or causes an illness or injury in a person under his or her care, for the purpose of personal gain.
Gypsy has since been the subject of numerous true-crime TV programs, including Dateline.
Missourinet requested an interview, but Gypsy declined the request. Karen Pojmann, with the Missouri Department of Corrections, said Gypsy has been declining interviews with reporters outside of larger documentary projects.
Gypsy was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Godejohn will spend the rest of his life in prison.
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