Gypsy Rose Blanchard, convicted of coordinating the 2015 murder of her abusive mother, was released from Missouri state prison yesterday after serving seven years of a 10-year sentence. The 32-year-old Blanchard's story garnered international attention via numerous documentaries, with a series of prison interviews set to air next week on Lifetime.
The case stemmed from Dee Dee Blanchard, Gypsy's mother who reportedly suffered from Munchausen by proxy syndrome—a mental illness where a caregiver fakes sickness in their patient to gain sympathy for themselves. Neighbors and friends were made to believe Gypsy suffered from cerebral palsy, leukemia, and many other major ailments while being forced to use a wheelchair and undergo invasive surgeries.
The extent of the mother's abuse was only uncovered amid the investigation into her stabbing death at the hands of Nick Godejohn, Gypsy's then-boyfriend, whom Gypsy asked to commit the murder. Godejohn was sentenced to life in prison in 2019; explore the case in-depth here.