Nearly two years ago, Gypsy Rose Blanchard was sentenced to 10 years in prison for pleading guilty to murdering her mother, Dee Dee. However, many believe the 26-year-old does not belong behind bars. Gypsy’s life became of great curiosity to millions last year, when HBO released the documentary, Mommy Dead and Dearest, detailing the torture Gypsy went through at the hands of Dee Dee who suffered from Munchausen syndrome by proxy (a form of abuse in which the parent fakes a healthy child’s illness). Dee Dee’s fakery left a healthy Gypsy confined to a wheelchair, unable to walk, run, play, etc. for years. In addition to being malnourished and pumped with medications she did not actually need, Gypsy’s mother shaved her head so those around the two believed she suffered from Leukemia. Now, RadarOnline.com has obtained mugshots from Gypsy’s life in a Missouri prison. Click through the gallery to see her shocking transformation.
As Radar readers know, Dee Dee was found stabbed to death in the Springfield, Missouri home she lived in with Gypsy. A Facebook status posted on Gypsy and Dee Dee’s shared Facebook page said, “That b***h is dead!”
Not long after, police took Gypsy and her online boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn into custody. Gypsy was ultimately charged with second-degree murder and Godejohn was charged with first-degree murder. The couple allegedly plotted Dee Dee’s murder. Godejohn allegedly stabbed Dee while Gypsy was in another room of the house.
Shown here is Gypsy’s first mugshot, taken in July 2016. According to the Missouri Department of Corrections website, Gypsy was 4’11” and weighed 100 lbs.
Back in 2016, Radar interviewed Missouri Sheriff Jim Arnott who said law enforcement believed Gypsy was a victim of Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
Gypsy’s cousin, Bobby Pitre echoed that sentiment. He believed Gypsy was the true victim. “When she was a kid, her mom would tell her to get in the wheelchair,” said Pitre. “But Gypsy was actually pushing other kids around in the wheelchair
Here’s another photo of Gypsy from July 2005. She is holding a placard at the Women’s Eastern Reception Diagnostic & Correctional Center.
Pitre revealed to Radar that Dee Dee was into “dark arts; always talking about witchcraft and things like that.”
Gypsy allegedly met Godejohn, photographed here, on a Christian online dating site. The two were accused of killing Dee Dee and trying to run off after stealing over $4,000 in cash from her safe, Radar previously reported.
Here’s Gypsy one month later, on August 17, 2016. Gypsy ultimately pleaded guilty and struck a plea deal for one decade in prison.
In this photo from August 30, 2016, Gypsy appeared to have fuller hair – a shocking comparison to the bald head she was forced to have growing up.
Gypsy’s father, Rod Blanchard, split from Dee Dee before Gypsy was even born. However, the Louisiana resident remained in contact with his daughter over the years, but claims to have also believed Dee Dee’s lies about Gypsy’s health, Radar reported.
“Dee Dee would never allow Gypsy to come stay with me because she was so sick,” Rod told ABC’s Amy Robach in 2017.
Since her imprisonment, Gypsy has done multiple interviews admitting that she’s happier in prison than she was under her mother’s control. “I’m now able to just live like a normal woman,” the prisoner, 26, told ABC.
Here’s the latest mugshot taken of Gypsy in February 2017. Gypsy has a full head of hair and appears much healthier than her once emaciated frame.
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