HBO’s Mommy Dead and Dearest is an upcoming documentary that tells the story of a mother, whose mistreatment of her daughter resulted in her murder. The film, directed by Erin Lee Carr, encompasses the life of Dee Dee Blanchard and her daughter, Gypsy Blanchard, and is scheduled to debut on May 15, 2017. Who was Dee Dee Blanchard? Keep reading our Dee Dee Blanchard wiki for more details.
Dee Dee Blanchard’s Wiki
Clauddinnea “Dee Dee” Blanchard was originally from Louisiana. She lived in Springfield, Missouri with her 23-year-old daughter, Gypsy Rose Blanchard before being stabbed to death by her daughter’s online boyfriend. For many years, Dee Dee Blanchard convinced everyone around her that Gypsy Blanchard was disabled with the mental capacity of a seven-year-old.
Authorities assumed that the mother-daughter duo feigned the physical disability to access easy money. While others believe that Dee Dee Blanchard was the one who was sick.
Apparently, Gypsy Blanchard could have suffered from Munchausen by proxy, a psychological condition and form of abuse caused by a guardian who exaggerates or induces symptoms of illness in their children for attention or sympathy.
Since her daughter was born, Dee Dee Blanchard claimed that Gypsy Blanchard was ill. She had even convinced Gypsy’s father, Rob Blanchard, about their daughter’s extreme health conditions. He believed that his daughter was fine until his wife started worrying about Gypsy’s “degrading” health.
Dee Dee Blanchard asserted that Gypsy was diagnosed with leukemia, various muscular disorders, and mental impairment and soon confined her to her a wheelchair. Blanchard became a devoted mother and a full-time nurse to her daughter.
According to her daughter, Blanchard forced her to take seizure medication that would make her lose her teeth, and kept her head shaved to appear as though she had lost her hair from cancer treatment. Though she was 23 at the time, Gypsy Blanchard was kept at home and was being fed through a tube.
On June 14th, 2015, Dee Dee Blanchard was found stabbed to death in her bedroom, and her daughter was nowhere to be found. Gypsy Blanchard conspired to kill her mother with her online boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, who is said to have traveled across state lines to stab Dee Dee Blanchard. They were found and arrested in Big Bend, Wisconsin after the murder. Gypsy Blanchard pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, while Godejohn was charged with first degree murder.