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Gypsy Rose Blanchard, Convicted in Mother’s Murder, Prepares for Early Release and Opens Up in Exclusive Interview

Scheduled for early release from prison on December 28, Gypsy Rose Blanchard, infamous for being a victim of Munchausen by proxy, shares her perspective in a recent interview with PEOPLE.

Having spent eight years behind bars, Gypsy, now 32, vividly recalls conspiring with then-boyfriend Nicholas “Nick” Godejohn to kill her mother Dee Dee in June 2015. Court arguments and widespread belief suggest Gypsy was a victim of the rare form of abuse, wherein a guardian induces or exaggerates illness in a child for attention.

Gypsy explains that she felt desperate to escape her mentally and physically abusive mother, who subjected her to unnecessary medical procedures. With the release of Lifetime’s upcoming docuseries, “The Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard,” premiering on January 5, she shares her deep remorse and evolving sense of forgiveness exclusively with PEOPLE.

Reflecting on her tumultuous childhood, Gypsy recounts Dee Dee’s false claims of numerous illnesses, leading to unnecessary medical interventions. Despite Gypsy’s awareness that she didn’t require such treatments, she faced manipulation and coercion from her mother. Gypsy describes her sheltered upbringing, isolated from the outside world and exposed only to Disney movies, which didn’t portray warning signs of bad parenting.

As Gypsy rebelled in her teenage years, the relationship with her mother turned violent, with verbal and physical abuse. The decision to have Dee Dee killed followed Gypsy’s failed attempt to escape ahead of another needless medical procedure. Feeling trapped and powerless, Gypsy turned to her co-defendant Nick, whom she had met on an online dating site.

Godejohn received a life sentence for carrying out the attack, expressing that he’d do it again to protect Gypsy. However, Gypsy, after years of reflection, therapy, and self-work, expresses remorse and believes her mother didn’t deserve such a fate. Granted parole in September, two years before the expiration of her 10-year sentence for second-degree murder, Gypsy looks forward to reuniting with her family and husband, Ryan Anderson, whom she married behind bars last year.

Facing the public eye once again, Gypsy hopes her story serves as a cautionary tale against resorting to violence in abusive relationships. As she approaches freedom, she acknowledges her journey toward forgiveness for herself, her mother, and the situation, expressing a newfound understanding of her mother’s actions as possibly beyond her control, similar to an addict with an impulse.

Paul joined the Manchester Evening News in 2004 and Tosbos in 2022. A senior reporter, he's experienced in crime and court reporting - and also holds the defense portfolio.


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