September saw Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s parole after she spent almost seven years in prison for her involvement in her mother Dee Dee Blanchard’s murder.
Gypsy Rose Blanchard was incarcerated for her part in her mother’s murder for more than seven years before being freed from jail.
Gyspy was released from the Chillicothe Correctional Center in Missouri at approximately three in the morning, local time, as PEOPLE was informed by the Missouri Department of Corrections.
In an exclusive interview with Jar Movie, Gypsy declares, “I’m ready for freedom,” just before her early release. “I’m ready to expand and I think that goes for every facet of my life.”
The Missouri Department of Corrections confirmed in September that Gypsy, 32, had been granted parole and will be released in December, according to reports from Ozarks First and the Springfield News-Leader.
After admitting to being involved in her mother Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard’s fatal stabbing, Gypsy was given a 10-year prison sentence in July 2016.
Because Gypsy spent time in the Greene County Jail prior to her release from the Missouri Department of Corrections, she fulfilled 85 percent of her sentence when she was released.
Following the June 2015 discovery of Dee Dee Blanchard’s body, 23-year-old Gypsy and her then-boyfriend, Nick Godejohn, were both accused of her murder.
Gypsy now tells PEOPLE, “No one will ever hear me say I’m glad she’s dead or I’m proud of what I did.” “I’m not pleased with my actions. Every day I regret doing that.”
After they were apprehended, it became apparent that Dee Dee had made up all of her daughter’s medical problems and that Gypsy was a victim of Munchausen by proxy syndrome, a rare kind of abuse where a parent or guardian makes up or inflates a child’s sickness in order to get sympathy or attention.
Dee Dee had persuaded everyone in her life that she was a terminally ill adolescent suffering from muscular dystrophy, leukemia, and other diseases, with the mental capacity of a seven-year-old. “I would voice concerns, being like, ‘I really don’t feel like I need this,’ and she would get really, really upset with me and start manipulating me,” Gypsy relates.
Gypsy stated that during hospital visits, her mother would not let her talk and would tell the authorities not to believe her if she ever attempted to flee.
Gypsy, who was never enrolled in school and was prevented from forming relationships with her father Rod, stepmother Kristy, and her half siblings, says, “I was very sheltered.” “My exposure to other children and the content I could view were restricted. The only outside world I was exposed to was through Disney films, and those don’t discuss the telltale symptoms of dysfunctional parents.”
Gypsy stated to Dr. Phil McGraw in November 2017 that she didn’t think Gypsy “deserved[d] as many years as [she] got.”
At the time, she declared, “I firmly believe that murder is not okay, no matter what.” “I firmly feel that I should serve a sentence in prison for that offense. However, I also see why it occurred, and I don’t think I’m in the ideal location to receive the support I require.
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She’s much more thoughtful now. “She didn’t deserve that,” she remarks regarding the murder of her mother. “I was sadly too ignorant to recognize that she was a sick woman. She should have been serving her sentence in jail for her illegal actions, which is where I am now.”
Following his trial conviction for first-degree murder in 2019, Gypsy’s boyfriend, 32-year-old Godejohn, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, as previously reported by KY3, KOAM, and the Springfield News-Leader.
Godejohn flew from Wisconsin to see Gypsy in Missouri after meeting her online. Gypsy had “talked him into it,” as per her evidence in court.
She regrets that as well. “If I had another chance to redo everything, I don’t know if I would go back to when I was a child and tell my aunts and uncles that I’m not sick and mommy makes me sick,” Gypsy continues. “Or, if I would travel back to just the point of that conversation with Nick and tell him, ‘You know what, I’m going to go tell the police everything.’ I kind of struggle with that.”
Since then, Gypsy and Godejohn have split up, and she is currently married to Ryan Anderson, a teacher from Louisiana whom she married last year while incarcerated. People hear her say, “We’re in love.”
She continues, “When I’m at home with my family, with my husband’s arms around me and I’m surrounded by my loved ones, that is when I will be happy.”
She is now talking about her incredible journey to help others as she gets ready to share her own experience in Lifetime’s compelling new documentary The Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, which premieres on January 5.
“I want to make sure that people in abusive relationships do not resort to murder,” she continues. “Although it could appear that all paths are blocked, there are always alternatives. Don’t follow this path; instead, do anything.”
Call 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453 (the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline) if you believe a child has been abused, or visit www.childhelp.org. Every call is private and toll-free. The hotline is open in over 170 languages around-the-clock.
Lifetime’s six-hour special, The Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, which provides never-before-seen access to the most well-known Munchausen by Proxy victim, debuts on January 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.