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Opinion: Gypsy-Rose, the media’s favorite former inmate

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Ricky Collins
Gypsy-Rose sending out her message on Facebook that revealed her mother’s death.

Gypsy-Rose Blanchard-Anderson has been social media’s prize possession since December 2023, people just can’t get enough of her. Some have just assumed she was easily going to step into the light of coming back into society so easily, but some of the things Blanchard-Anderson has been put through may have set her back from everyone else.
Blanchard-Anderson initially got her rise to fame after gaining over 9 million followers on TikTok following being released from prison. She was in prison for taking part in the killing her mother, Clauddine, “Dee Dee” Blanchard in 2015 after years of child abuse that she didn’t recognize was happening to her until a late age.
Blanchard-Anderson also suffered from sexual abuse from her grandfather from the age of 9 years old. These events have set Blanchard-Anderson back from others and have played significant roles in Blachard-Anderson’s trauma growing up.
Her mother, Dee Dee, had a disorder called Munchausen syndrome, which is a psychological disorder where parents or caregivers find sympathy through exaggerated or made-up illnesses of their children. This disorder not only affected her mother but also affected Gypsy’s whole life.
Dee Dee required her young daughter to take medication that was unneeded for her, as well as forcing the young daughter to be fed through a feeding tube.
Dee Dee wanted to be a caretaker and she induced illness in her daughter so she could make her dream of being a caretaker a reality. The truth of what Dee Dee had been putting her daughter through came to light in 2015 after Gypsy arranged for her online boyfriend to murder her mother.
Through her mother’s maneuver, Gypsy met country star Miranda Lambert and received many charitable donations, a trip to Disney World, and even a home near Springfield from Habitat for Humanity. All of these were benefits for her mother and not her manipulated and “sick” daughter.
All of the unneeded lies of Gypsy’s need for a feeding tube, medications for her leukemia and muscular dystrophy. Additionally, Dee Dee claimed Gypsy had seizures, asthma, hearing and visual impairments, plus a need for a wheelchair and an oxygen tank.
Everything that Dee Dee was putting her daughter through eventually caught up to her as neurosurgeons revealed that Dee Dee had Munchausen syndrome.
In 2015, Gypsy Rose met her online boyfriend, who became her accomplice. Gypsy met Nicholas Godejohn on a Christian dating site and soon told Godejohn the truth of her mother’s actions. She later asked him to kill Dee Dee so they could be together and end the abuse.
In June of 2015, the two ended up following through with this plan while Gypsy was in the bathroom waiting and covering her ears. When the two returned to Godejohn’s Wisconsin home, they were found by the police. This led many questions as to why Gypsy would do this if her mother cared for her so deeply, but the truth is that Gypsy was afraid and had no one to trust until she met Godejohn.
After the murder, Gypsy had posted twice on the Facebook account her and her mother shared. One post she wrote said, “That b—- is dead!” She later revealed she made those posts so her mother’s body could be found.
Gypsy had spent her whole life being controlled and manipulated by her mother. Gypsy’s choice to murder her mother came from years of physical abuse that her mother could fulfill the caretaking role she always wanted. She had to suffer for her mother’s dream. Now that she is out of prison, Blanchard-Anderson has spoken about being involved in the murder. The former inmate says she regrets it and the killing of her mother was out of panic and desperation.
Gypsy served 85 percent of her 10 year sentence before being released December 28, 2023. Gypsy’s medical records documented the abuse she had been subjected to, so her lawyers arranged a plea deal for the charges she faced in Dee Dee’s death.
Social media has ultimately changed Gypsy Rose’s life by giving her a platform to share her story and to express her thoughts and views, as she learns how to navigate life out of prison. Her perseverance throughout everything she has been put through, is something people think of her highly for.
Blanchard-Anderson did go to jail, but she had dealt with years of abuse for something outside of her control, and now she is doing her best to speak out about everything she endured and is becoming someone people can look up to.

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Abby Stahl
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Abby Stahl (she/her) is a junior at Hayes. This is her first year on staff. She is on the softball team here at Hayes. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, going to clinics and camps for softball, listening to music and spending time with friends and family.
Ricky Collins
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Ricky Collins (he/him) is a senior at Hayes. This is his first year on staff. He is also a member of the school's track and field team. In his highly valuable free time he enjoys drawing and hanging out with his friends. When he's not fighting for truth and justice with his prestigious friends, he relaxes by playing video games or building Legos.
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