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Gypsy Rose released from prison after eight years

Gypsy Rose Blanchard has been released from Chillicothe Correctional Center in northwest Missouri after serving her time in prison for a total of eight years. Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her ex boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, had been sent to prison facing time for their roles in the murder of Clauddine “DeeDee” Blanchard’s death in June of 2015. While Gypsy’s ex-boyfriend faces life in prison, Gypsy was meant to spend 10 years in prison for second degree murder charges, but because she was granted parole in September of 2023 she ended up facing eight years in prison. Gypsy Blanchard had experienced years of her mother Clauddine “DeeDee” Blanchard’s actions caused most likely by munchausen syndrome by proxy which is a mental illness and a form of child abuse. Munchausen syndrome by proxy causes the caretaker of a child to either make up fake symptoms or cause real symptoms to make it look like the child is sick. As time went by, Gypsy met Nicholas Godejohn and had an online relationship, and eventually Gypsy Rose asked him to murder her mother for her so the couple could run away and live life freely. 

Blanchard, who is now 32, was released from the Chillicothe Correctional Center located in Missouri December 28, 2023, three years before her original release date. Blanchard has had a major online community of people on social media apps such as TikTok and Instagram vocalizing their support for her. Video creators on these apps would make videos of them spreading words of support and encouraging others to also be excited for her prison release.

Blanchard has also officially married her new husband, Ryan Anderson. Blanchard says she would receive letters written to her by Ryan that professed his love and attraction towards her and eventually they began a relationship. 

Since being released, Gypsy Rose has published an e-book titled “Released: Conversations on the Eve of Freedom” which talks about the real story of Gypsy’s experiences in prison, her education while confined and her concerns regarding her release. In the future, Blanchard says she hopes to advocate for children suffering from child abuse, specifically those who are under the authority of someone with munchausen syndrome by proxy. 

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Serena Erickson, Arts and Reviews Editor
Serena Erickson is a junior at Hart High School. She has been in the Hart Smoke Signal staff since her freshman year. Prior to the 2023-2024 school year, she was a staff writer and was one of the social media managers for the Hart Journalism Instagram account. This year, she is the Arts & Reviews Editor. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, drawing, watching YouTube and spending time with friends and family. A life changing moment for her was attending the 5 Seconds of Summer show tour.
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