Gypsy Rose Blanchard Looks Very Different Now As She Shares New Details About Murdering Her Mom In 2015

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Gypsy Rose, who was convicted of murdering her mother in 2015, will appear Dr. Phil Nov. 21.

Gypsy Rose Blanchard looks very different now as new photos surface from the jail during an interview with Dr. Phil airing November 21, 2017.

To the world, Gypsy Rose's life was one that gained sympathy and an outpouring of support. The 23-year-old was terminally ill, suffered from muscular dystrophy, leukemia and other ailments that left her bound in a wheelchair as well as the mind of a 7-year-old. Well, according to her mother, that is. 

In reality, Gypsy Rose was a healthy adult who was fully capable of taking care of herself. The abuse she suffered from her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard, was a rare kind where a guardian exaggerates or induces illness in a child for attention and sympathy. Gypsy Rose was a victim of Munchausen by proxy. 

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For over a decade, Gypsy Rose suffered unnecessary medical procedures and painful surgeries, while her mother received praise and sympathy from doctors, neighbors, and strangers. They even benefited from multiple charities such as Habitat for Humanity, the Ronald McDonald House and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Habitat for Humanity even built them their home in Missouri that included a wheel-chair ramp and a hot tub.

"She said that I had muscular dystrophy,” Gypsy Rose tells Dr. Phil during an exclusive interview that airs Nov. 21. “She told me that I couldn’t speak during the doctor’s appointment. She would tell me, ‘Just sit in your wheelchair, play with your Barbie dolls, and let me talk.’ And this continued on even into my 20s.” 

In June of 2015, Dee Dee was found lying in a pool of her blood in the Springfield, Missouri home she shared with Gyspy Rose. When police realized she was missing from the crime scene, a frantic search for her began. People believed that she had been abducted and was in serious danger. 

It didn't last long, after police found her the next day — walking on her own — with her 26-year-old boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn. Together, they had plotted Dee Dee's murder, and she had been murdered several days before her body was found.

Gypsy Rose would often go online after her mother went to bed, and eventually connected with Godejohnin 2012. He had a criminal record for indecent exposure and his own history of mental illness, though police believe that to be real. For three years their relationship developed, along with the plan to murder Dee Dee. 

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After being let in the house and given a knife by Gypsy Rose, Godejohn stabbed his girlfriend's mother several times while she slept. They then stole $4,000 in cash and fled to a nearby hotel. They filed the murder weapon back to Godejohn's home and posted updates to Dee Dee's Facebook so people would find her body. 

Police located Godejohn and Gypsy Rose after a neighbor Gypsy Rose had confided in about the relationship, told police everything she knew. Gypsy Rose pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is currently serving 10 years in prison. Godejohn's trial is set for 2017. 

“I believe, firmly, that no matter what, murder is not OK. But at the same time, I don’t believe I deserve as many years as I got,” she told Dr. Phil. “I do believe that I do deserve to spend some time in prison for that crime but also, I understand why it happened and I don’t believe that I’m in the right place to get the help that I need.”

When asked if she was glad her mother was dead, Gypsy Rose had the following response: 

“No sir,” Gypsy Rose says. “I’m glad that I’m out of that situation, but I’m not happy she’s dead.”

"Mother Knows Best: A Story of Munchausen by Proxy and Murder" airs on Dr. Phil Nov. 21 and 22. 

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Emily Blackwood is an editor at YourTango who covers pop culture, true crime, dating, relationships and everything in between. Every Wednesday at 10:20 p.m. you can ask her any and all questions about self-love, dating, and relationships LIVE on YourTango’s Facebook page. You can follow her on Instagram (@blackw00d) and Twitter (@emztweetz). 

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