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Gypsy Rose Blanchard is released from prison

Gypsy Rose Blanchard is released from prison

Gypsy Rose Blanchard has been released from prison after years behind bars. The Missouri Department of Corrections confirmed she was released from the Chillicothe Correctional Center jail early Thursday morning. Blanchard, now 32, was granted parole after serving several years in prison for her role in the death. Her mother, Claudine “Dee Dee” Blanchard, at their home near Springfield in 2015. Authorities said Blanchard had been a prisoner in her home for years. Forced to pretend to be disabled, Blanchard underwent medical care, tests and procedures on the fabricated word of her mother, Dee Dee, who collected sympathy — and donations — on behalf of her daughter, who also died when she was younger. She met Blanchard in Wisconsin. The man Nicholas Godejohn online sometime around 2012 and quickly struck up a relationship with him. After years of conversations, Blanchard convinced Godejohn to travel from Wisconsin to Springfield to kill her mother. Dee Dee Blanchard was found stabbed 17 times in her bed in June 2015. Authorities asked for the public's help to find Gypsy Blanchard as neighbors believed she was physically and physically wounded. Mentally disabled. Blanchard and Godejohn were found a few days later in Big Bend, Wisconsin, and extradited to Missouri to face charges of murder and armed criminal action. At Blanchard's first court hearing in Wisconsin, the audience was shocked to see Blanchard go under her authority and speak in a very low voice to the judge. From there, the story Dee Dee Blanchard had woven began to unravel. Blanchard eventually pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in her mother's death and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Godejohn was later convicted of first-degree murder in the case and sentenced. To life in prison. Blanchard's story has been featured in the HBO documentary “Mommy Dead and Dearest,” “Dr. Phil,” and in a series on Lifetime and Hulu.

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Gypsy Rose Blanchard is out of prison after years behind bars.

The Missouri Department of Corrections confirmed she was released from the Chillicothe Correctional Center jail early Thursday morning.

Blanchard, now 32, was granted parole after serving several years in prison for her role in the death of her mother, Claudine “Dee Dee” Blanchard, at their home near Springfield in 2015.

Authorities said Blanchard had been a prisoner in her home for years. Forced to pretend to be disabled, Blanchard underwent medical care, tests and procedures on the fabricated word of her mother, Dee Dee, who collected sympathy — and donations — on behalf of her daughter, who also died when she was younger.

Blanchard met Wisconsin man Nicholas Godejohn online sometime around 2012 and quickly formed a relationship with him. After years of conversations, Blanchard convinced Godejohn to travel from Wisconsin to Springfield to kill her mother.

Dee Dee Blanchard was found stabbed 17 times in her bed in June 2015. Authorities asked for the public's help in finding Gypsy Blanchard as neighbors believe she is physically and mentally disabled.

Blanchard and Godejohn were found a few days later in Big Bend, Wisconsin, and extradited to Missouri to face charges of murder and armed criminal action.

At Blanchard's first court hearing in Wisconsin, the audience was shocked to see Blanchard go under her authority and speak in a very low voice to the judge. And from here, the story that Dee Dee Blanchard had woven began to unravel.

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Blanchard eventually pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in her mother's death and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Godejohn was later convicted of first-degree murder in the case and sentenced to life in prison.

Blanchard's story has been featured in the HBO documentary “Mommy Dead and Dearest,” on “Dr. Phil,” and in a series on Lifetime and Hulu.