Gypsy Rose's Dad Speaks Out, Says She Is 'Happy In Prison' & Has 'More Freedom Than She Did With Her Mom'
Gypsy Rose Blanchard's father, Rod Blanchard, says that his daughter, who was convicted of killing her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard, is "very happy" in prison.
In 2016, Gypsy Rose Blanchard was sentenced to 10 years in prison for her role in the murder of her mother, Dee Dee.
Gypsy's story of Munchausen by proxy, murder, and her twisted relationship with her mom capitivated the nation and is the subject of the Investigation Discovery special Gypsy's Revenge.
But today, her father revealed to CrimeFeed that his daughter is doing “really well” in prison. “She’s doing really well. She’s happy and healthy,” Rod Blanchard said.
Gypsy is currently serving a 10-year sentence at the Chillicothe Correctional Center for her role in the 2015 murder of her mom.
On June 14, 2015, police found Dee Dee, 48, stabbed to death in their house. Less than 48 hours later, Gypsy and her boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, were arrested for her mother’s murder.
Ever since Gypsy was a baby, her mother had claimed that she suffered from a variety of illnesses including leukemia, muscular dystrophy, and other chronic conditions and had the mental capacity of a seven-year-old. Gypsy had a feeding tube and used a wheelchair.
But it was later revealed that Dee Dee's claims were all fictitious - and that Gypsy could walk, but did not do so in public due to the fear she had of her mother's abuse and retaliation.
Despite the fact that his ex-wife claimed Gypsy had brain damage as a result of her premature birth, Rod said that his daughter was always intelligent.
“She was a happy baby and a happy child. She was very smart – she always knew the proper medical terms for her [alleged] conditions.”
Despite all of Dee Dee's claims, it turns out that the only medical condition that Gypsy really has is a lazy eye.
Gypsy has passed her “pre-GED exam” and plans to take the GED in the near future. “She wants to be an advocate for child-abuse victims,” he said. “She also wants to get a cosmetology license so that she can do haircutting stuff.”
Rod said that Gypsy has held several jobs in prison – starting with sanitation work and eventually doing photography. “She really likes doing the photography,” he said.
Gypsy has a great relationship with her stepmother, Kristy, and the rest of her family.
Rod said that Gypsy, who will be 32 years old when she is released, has shared her hopes and dreams of life after prison. He revealed that his daughter hopes to have a “normal, decent boyfriend” and children of her own.
He added that Gypsy has had “no” correspondence with her ex-boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, who is currently awaiting his trial on charges of first-degree murder for fatally stabbing Dee Dee while she slept.
There is a petition on Change.org asking Missouri Governor Eric Greitens to free Gypsy. The petition currently has over 9,400 of the requested 10,000 signatures.
Rod said that despite the public support for Gypsy, both he and his daughter are realistic about the fact that the possibility of her being released seems remote.
“They have a new governor now, and in politics they normally don’t pardon people until the last year or two of their term,” Rod said.
Rod has stated publicly on several occasions that he does not blame Gypsy for killing Dee Dee.
Gypsy Rose told People that she felt desperate due to the fact that she was “tortured” by her mother. She said that Dee Dee kept her under control by hitting her – and even chaining her to the bed.
“She physically chained me to the bed, and put bells on the doors, and told anybody that I probably would have trusted that I was going through a phase, and to tell her if I was doing anything behind her back,” she said.
Rod said that when he and Kristy went into Dee Dee’s home, they found objects that seemed to serve a sinister purpose.
“We looked inside the fridge and there was a clear vial with a label on it that said it had Gypsy’s DNA,” he said. “We never did find out exactly what it was, but it’s definitely weird.”
Despite the fact that she has several years of her sentence to serve, Rod says that Gypsy is looking on the bright side. He said: “She’s got a lot more freedom in prison than she ever did with her mother.”
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