It sounds like we're finally going to get some real answers in the wild story of Dee Dee Blanchard's murder. Her daughter, Gypsy Rose, is still in prison for second-degree murder, but that isn't stopping her from opening up to ABC's 20/20 in her first network interview from prison on Jan. 5 at 10:00 p.m..
Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee Blanchard (Photo Credit: HBO)
However, it's the other guests on the special that will likely help fill in some of the holes in the shocking story. First of all, Gypsy's ex-boyfriend Nicholas Godejohn, who has been charged with first-degree murder of Gypsy's mother, will be giving his first interview about the crime, and he wants the world to know that he was not the driving force behind the killing.
Nicholas met Gypsy, 25, online in 2015, and allegedly helped her realize that her mother had been basically torturing her, convincing her she has illnesses she doesn't have and making her undergo unnecessary surgeries and shave her head. Dee Dee may have done this because she had Munchausen syndrome by proxy, which is an "unusual mental health disorder where a caregiver invents or inflicts illness on a person under his or her care to gain attention and/or financial gain." In July 2015, Dee Dee was found facedown in the bedroom of her home, which was located just outside of Springfield, MO. Nicholas allegedly stabbed Dee Dee to death to help free Gypsy, though he pleaded not guilty. In the 20/20 special, Nicholas will reveal that it was Gypsy, not him, who was the mastermind behind the entire murder.
The special aims to "explore the question of whether Gypsy is a victim or perpetrator in this bizarre case," and to do it they'll include exclusive interviews with "Rod Blanchard, Gypsy’s father; Gypsy’s neighbor and close friend Aleah Woodmansee; family friends Kim and David Blanchard; Dr. Bernardo Flasterstein, Gypsy’s former neurologist, who suspected Dee Dee suffered from Munchausen syndrome by proxy; Mike Stanfield, Gypsy’s public defender; and local news anchor Leigh Moody who covered the case." We can't wait to see everything Gypsy, Nicholas, and the rest of the people involved have to say when 20/20 airs on Friday, Jan. 5 at 10 p.m..