On the 14th of June, 2015, some people in Greene County, Missouri were alarmed upon seeing a Facebook post. It read, “That bitch is dead!”. The account was a joint one belonging to a mother and her severely sick daughter. No wonder the people got suspicious and notified the police. On getting a search warrant, the police entered the pink little house which was built by Humanitarian aid. They found the mother, Dee Dee Blanchard lying prone on her bed with multiple stab wounds. Her wheelchair-bound daughter, Gypsy Rose was nowhere to be found. Finding the wheelchair still at the house-made people to think that she was abducted. All this turned around when the police located a healthy, properly walking Gypsy the next day in Wisconsin along with a guy named Nicholas Godejohn. The story that came forward, later on, left people open-mouthed.
Early life of Dee Dee and the birth of her daughter
Dee Dee was born as Clauddine Pitre in Chackbay, Louisiana. She grew up with her five siblings in Golden Meadow. She was caught many times for petty thefts during her childhood. She used to indulge in stealing whenever things wouldn’t go her way. Her family members were always suspicious about her and even believe that she killed her own mother by denying her food.
She got pregnant with Gypsy Rose when she was 24. The father, Rod Blanchard who was seven years younger, left the family never to return. Dee Dee tried to make Rod come back but to no avail. She then took her daughter and went to live with her family. Rod made it a point though to send an allowance frequently to Dee Dee.
The mother begins to control the daughter’s life
Right from when Gypsy was an infant, Dee Dee used to take her to multiple hospital visits. She was sure that the baby suffered from sleep apnea and this lead to overnight stays at the hospital many times. She even believed that Gypsy had a major chromosomal disorder, though all the tests were normal. When Gypsy was 7 or 8 years old and got bruised after falling from her grandfather’s motorcycle, Dee Dee made it look like it was a major injury and confined Gypsy to a wheelchair thereafter.
Gypsy was made to drop out after second grade and then homeschooled. Dee Dee’s father had remarried when Dee Dee had moved in with him. During this period her stepmother was mysteriously getting ill. Her father suspected Dee Dee of poisoning the food with a weed killer. He also was suspicious about the way Dee Dee was treating Gypsy. Unable to confront all of this, Dee Dee moved out and the stepmother’s health improved soon after.
Dee Dee and her daughter moved to Slidell, where they started living in public housing. Even now Dee Dee would take Gypsy to hospital and make her go through unnecessary biopsies stating that she had Muscular dystrophy. She made her take anti-seizure medications regularly. Tubes were put in Gypsy’s nose and ear to drain out nonexistent infections. She was quite frequently taken to the emergency room even for the smallest discomfort.
All this made Gypsy appear younger than she actually was. The unnecessary medications made her teeth to blacken and fall out. Her mother regularly shaved her head to make it appear as if her hair was falling out. She was made to cover her head with hats or wigs. She fed her with baby food way into her teenage years. She even forged Gypsy’s birth certificate and health records to claim monetary aid. And if Gypsy tried to retaliate, she’d physically abuse her into submission. Gypsy later recalled her mother tightly squeezing her and hitting her with hands and coat hangers.