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Gypsy Rose Blanchard is prepared to share her story in her own words.
On December 28, the 32-year-old was released from prison, marking the culmination of an eight-year period following her guilty plea for second-degree murder in the death of her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard. She obtained parole after serving 85 percent of her original 10-year sentence, as confirmed by Karen Pojmann, a spokesperson for the Missouri Department of Corrections, who notified the Associated Press.
The tragedy unfolded as a consequence of Dee Dee’s alleged years-long abuse of Gypsy through Munchausen by proxy (MSP), an uncommon disorder where a caregiver fabricates or induces illness in a child to garner attention and sympathy. Her mother manipulated Gypsy into believing she was wheelchair-bound and suffering from a series of chronic illnesses.
Enduring years of mistreatment from her mother, Gypsy started sneaking online, where she connected with a guy named Nicholas “Nick” Godejohn. They started an online relationship and hatched a plan to murder Dee Dee, and eventually, they went through with it. In 2015, Nick executed the crime while Gypsy awaited in the bathroom.
In 2016, Gypsy pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Two years later, Nicholas was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Post-release, Gypsy has reconnected with her husband, Ryan Anderson, whom she married in a prison ceremony in 2022, as well as with her father and stepmother.
Now that she’s out of prison, Gypsy plans to tell her story in an upcoming Lifetime docuseries, The Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, which will premiere Jan. 5.
“They don’t realize there’s been eight years since I was arrested and I’ve grown up and matured into a woman and I’m married and changed,” she says. “I’m coming out as a woman and sharing my story as a grown-up.”
“I just want to share my story. I want to be a voice for the voiceless. I want to come out and just tell people this is who I am,” she adds. “This is why I’m doing this. It’s important to me [and] it’s close to my heart, so I’m just tackling it. Yes, it is a lot right out of prison, but I’m doing it for a cause, doing it because it’s for a purpose.”
Gypsy shared that she had a mission to break her silence and provide hope for others.
“I want to share with others what I’ve been through because if somebody out there is watching this, they can see me and know that they’re not alone. Because when I was living with my mother, I felt very alone. I always say that if I had someone to tell me, ‘Hey, it’s safe to talk to someone and tell them that you’re struggling. Tell them that your home situation is bad. Tell them you’re being abused,’ I wouldn’t have committed my crime. So that’s why it’s important for me to share my story.”
Now, the couple is just enjoying the everyday stuff together, figuring out how they fit into each other’s lives.
“We’re still learning each other but it’s been great,” Ryan shared. “It was like integrating into our new life together and just settling into married life,” Gypsy added. “We cooked our first dinner together and, you know, it’s fun. We’re learning about each other. I’ve already told him to put the toilet seat down several times.”
As for Gypsy, she says that she was “tired” of being alone.
“I think that, spending eight and a half years in prison, all I was was all alone. And I was tired of sleeping in a bed by myself. I was tired of feeling like I had no one to share memories with,” she adds. “I always knew that I wanted to share it with someone, I just didn’t know who. And, now I know who.”