Lies, Abuse & Matricide: The Story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard

Traditionally when one thinks about a murderer their minds go straight to individuals like Dahmer, Bundy, Gacy, the Manson Family or other names from the list of America’s most notorious; people deemed as psychopaths, but the case of Gypsy Rose Blanchard is much different. Blanchard is not your average natural born killer, she is someone who saw murder as her only escape from a life that was filled with lies and years of abuse.

Who is Gypsy Rose Blanchard?


Gypsy Rose Blanchard was born prematurely to  Clauddine “Dee Dee” and Rod Blanchard (whom separated not long before Gypsy’s birth) . When Gypsy was just three months old, her mother became convinced that she had sleep apnea and began seeking treatment for the infant which included several overnight hospital stays and sleep studies. After extensive testing, doctor’s did not believe that Gypsy was suffering from the condition, but Dee Dee wasn’t convinced. Following the sleep apnea testing, Dee Dee became convinced that her daughter was suffering from a wide range of health issues due to an unspecified chromosomal disorder.

When Gypsy was 7 or 8, she was riding on her grandfather’s motorcycle with her cousin and they had a minor accident in which Gypsy sustained a minor abrasion to her knee. Kids get bumps and bruises, but to Dee Dee this was the beginning of a downward spiral of abuse and lies. Dee Dee told claimed that the small abrasion that Gypsy suffered would require surgeries and other extensive procedures to fix as she was convinced that Gypsy suffered from multiple disorders. This incident would lead to Gypsy’s long term wheelchair confinement and a massive web of lies.

Living a Lie


Though Gypsy saw on several occasions that she was in fact able to walk without a wheelchair, her mother continued to convince her that she wasn’t and kept her confined to it. She often went to the Special Olympics with her parents, and in 2001 was even named the honorary queen of the Krewe of Mid-City Parade, a child-oriented parade held in New Orleans during Mardi Gras.

Gypsy stopped going to school after second grade and Dee Dee home schooled her due to her various illnesses. Gypsy taught herself to read with the use of the Harry Potter books. Around this time, Gypsy’s father remarried, but Dee Dee instead of finding a new partner invested her time in her “chronically ill” child and moved in with her father and stepmother. This is where Dee Dee’s depraved behavior would be uncovered. Not only was Gypsy’s health getting worse, but the health of Dee Dee and her stepmother began to decline. Her stepmother believed that she was preparing food laced with weed killer to make Gypsy sicker and to try to do away with the one person questioning her treatment of her daughter. Dee Dee was fed-up with her stepmother’s questioning and moved away with her daughter; shortly after they moved out, her stepmother’s health returned to normal.

After the move, Dee Dee began taking Gypsy to the Tulane Medical Center at the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans with claims of newly presented hearing and vision issues as well as claims of on setting muscular dystrophy. Doctors performed muscular biopsies and found no trace of the illness, but that wasn’t good enough for Dee Dee, she insisted that they continue to test and treat her for a list of illnesses she believed Gypsy suffered from. Due to Dee Dee’s claims, doctors placed Gypsy on anti seizure medication.

After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, Dee Dee and Gypsy relocated to Missouri as a doctor had suggested that they do. Gypsy’s life would get a lot more complicated and Dee Dee’s lies would get much deeper after this move. Gypsy was put on a feeding tube due to Dee Dee’s claims.


After the move to Missouri, Dee Dee and Gypsy would receive a massive outpouring of community support and media coverage. On top of all of the newfound attention, they began receiving help from organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Ronald McDonald House, from which they would receive a new wheelchair friendly home, free trips to Disney World and backstage passes to a Miranda Lambert concert as well as financial help.

Dee Dee soon began claiming that her daughter suffered from leukemia which led to more lies and Dee Dee regularly shaving her daughter’s head and wearing wigs on her to maintain the appearance that she was in fact suffering from the illness.

Suspicions & Gypsy’s Growing Independence


Dr. Bernardo Flasterstein began to doubt Dee Dee’s stories after his testing failed to turn up any sign of the muscular dystrophy. He did not see any reason that Gypsy would be unable to walk on her own and began to believe that there was something more sinister at play. Dr. Flasterstein did not report his findings to social services as he was instructed to treat Gypsy and he believed that the authorities would not take his claims seriously. In 2009, nonetheless, an anonymous caller told the police about Dee Dee’s use of different names and birth dates for herself and her daughter, and suggested Gypsy was in better health than claimed. Officers who performed the resulting wellness check accepted Dee Dee’s explanation that she used the misinformation to make it harder for her abusive ex-husband to find her and Gypsy, without checking this story out with Rod, and reported that Gypsy seemed to genuinely be mentally handicapped. The file was closed.

While those close to Gypsy still believed she was a teenager, by the 2010s she was in fact an adult, and began to test the limitations of her mother’s scheme. A neighbor recalls an incident either in 2009 or 2010 where Gypsy showed up at her door one night, without her wheelchair, seeking a ride to a local hospital to visit a man with whom she shared a romantic interest. The man had been assaulted by a group of people familiar with Gypsy’s medical history, who felt that he was taking advantage of a mentally-challenged underage girl. At the hospital Gypsy produced a birth certificate that gave her correct date of birth, proving that she was of legal age. Dee Dee went to the hospital, where she said that that birth certificate was an incorrect version issued after Katrina, apparently proving it with the “real” birth certificate giving a more recent birthdate. Reportedly Gypsy was made to apologize to all present.

In 2012, Gypsy made contact with a man named Nicholas Godejohn via a Christian singles group on Facebook. The pair quickly moved into more flirtatious conversation which included SDSM topics and even eloping and potential names for their children. The following year, Dee Dee and Gypsy went to meet with Godejohn. As soon as they did meet for the first time in real life, Godejohn says, Gypsy led him to the bathroom, where the two had sex. However, she apparently did not find him as desirable in person as he had seemed online, and she never introduced him to her mother. The two continued their Internet interactions, however, and began developing their plan to kill Dee Dee.

The Murder of Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard


Godejohn returned to returned to Springfield in June of 2015, while Gypsy and her mother attended a doctor’s appointment. After the two returned home and Dee Dee had gone to sleep, Gypsy contacted Godejohn to let him know and he proceeded to their home. Once he arrived at their home, Gypsy handed him duct tape, gloves and a knife which he was to use to murder her mother. Godejohn ordered Gypsy to hide in the bathroom and to cover her ears so she wouldn’t have to see or hear her mother’s murder; he then proceeded to stab Dee Dee several times in her sleep. After the deed was done, the pair had sex in the bathroom, took $4000 that Dee Dee hid in the house and fled to a motel outside of Springfield. To avoid being caught, they mailed the murder weapon back to Godejohn’s home in Wisconsin. Witnesses saw the pair at a bus station where they observed Gypsy wearing a blonde wig and walking unassisted.

On June 14th, Gypsy urged Godejohn to post two status updates to Dee Dee’s Facbook page so that her body would be discovered. The first one read “The bitch is dead” followed shortly by another post that suggested that someone had broken into their home, murdered Dee Dee and raped Gypsy. The updates were reported to police and Dee Dee’s body was discovered on June 14, 2015. Shortly after, a GoFundMe account was created to help pay the funeral expenses of Dee Dee and possibly the missing Gypsy (who everyone still believed was very ill).

Arrest and Conviction


Police conducted an IP search on the status updates made to Dee Dee’s Facebook page and discovered that the updates were made from the home of Godejohn in Wisconsin. Police agencies in Waukesha County were contacted and conducted a raid on Godejohn’s residence. Upon breaching his home, authorities not only found Gypsy safe and unharmed, but she was moving around without the assistance of her wheelchair and appearing rather healthy. Both were taken into custody.

Upon questioning, Gypsy came clean not only about the matricide, but the years of fraud and abuse that her mother had committed. Gypsy went on to tell police that her mother would often use physical abuse to control her; if Gypsy would begin to act too healthy or say something that may lead others to believe that she was not really sick, her mother would squeeze her hand tightly or use other various physical ways of getting her to stop talking. The more police listened to Gypsy and looked into Dee Dee, the more they began to uncover and even began to believe that Dee Dee may have been responsible for the death of her own mother years prior to her abuse of Gypsy.

The pair were soon extradited back to Missouri and held on a $1 million bond. During the trial, after Gypsy’s testimony of how Dee Dee treated her combined with her severely malnourished appearance, sympathy began to take hold of the judge and the jury. Gypsy was not seen as a vicious murderer, but as an innocent girl that had been mistreated and held captive for her mother’s personal gain. While she may not be a violent criminal, Gypsy still had to face judgement; in July of 2015, Gypsy accepted a plea agreement and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Godejohn’s trial will begin in November of 2018.

To hear the story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and the twisted life she was led to live in her own words, tune into Investigation Discovery on Tuesday, November 6th at 9/8c for Gypsy’s Revenge.


The Holidays Are About to Get Bloodier with Slasher Film’Hanukkah’

What do you get when you combine religion, a sacred holiday, a serial killer and a pissed off son with extremist views and a vendetta? ‘Hanukkah‘, a brand new holiday slasher film, “A Torah-fying new tale of horah.”


Hanukkah is written and directed by Eben McGarr and stars Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects), Nick Principe (Laid To Rest) and J.D. Kaye (Beyond Polaris).

What is the story?

Obediah Lazarus is the son of Judah Lazarus, the original Hanukiller. In 1983, Judah terrorized NY for seven nights and was preparing to sacrifice his eight year old son, Obediah, on the eighth night. Judah was convinced it was God’s will, like Abraham and Isaac, to sacrifice his only son to God. Luckily for Obediah, police tracked Judah down and stopped the sacrifice, but Judah was gunned down in the process. Warped by hatred with no guidance, Obediah Lazarus becomes a religious extremist, intolerant of non-Jews, “bad Jews”, and those he perceives to be enemies of the Jewish faith. He is about to unleash eight nights of horror. A group of Jewish teens are getting ready to party for the holidays, but are in for a Festival of Frights. With the help of a wise Rabbi, they deduce that the murder victims have violated Judaic law and that their only chance at survival is to embrace their faith.

Hanukkah is said to be currently filming, so no “official trailer” has been released, but there is a small teaser available for your viewing pleasure.

For up-to-date information and future trailer releases, be sure to like the HANUKKAH: THE MOVIE Facebook page.

Casting Call: Devil’s Knight: Volumes of Blood 3

Following the success of indie horror anthologies Volumes of Blood and Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, Blood Moon Pictures has announced that they are looking to fill both lead and supporting roles for their upcoming film ‘Devil’s Knight: Volumes of Blood 3‘.

Available roles are for adults ages 17 to 60 (looking for females with interesting eyes) and children ages 7 to 11. This is a non union project.

The following roles are available:


  • Officer Storm: early 30’s
  • Det. Stuart Palmer: late 30’s-early 40’s
  • Harvey: mid-late 30’s
  • Captain Barker: mid-late 30’s
  • Charles: early-mid 40’s
  • Kyle: early-mid 30’s
  • Ben: early-mid 30’s
  • Scott: early-mid 30’s
  • Vin: early-mid 30’s
  • Kane: 17
  • Mr. Durning: early-mid 40’s
  • Uncle Eli: late 40’s
  • David: late 20’s
  • Holter: 40’s
  • Peter: 40’s


  • Officer Holland: early 30’s
  • Betsey Palmer: late 30’s-early 40’s
  • Linda: 40’s
  • Carol: 17
  • Camilla: 17
  • Thea: late 20’s
  • Mara Bates: 50-60
  • Linnea: mid 40’s
  • Alyssa: early-mid 40’s

If you are interested in auditioning, casting call will be held Friday the 13th weekend in July. Saturday, July 14th 12pm-5pm and Sunday, July 15th 12pm-3pm.

The casting event will be held at

1115 Tamarack Road

Owensboro, KY 42301

If you cannot make the event, video auditions are accepted.

For more information, email


Smell Like Your Favorite Horror Film with Lathyrus Soaps on Etsy (with Mini Product Review & Discount Code)

Have you ever wondered what the scent in a particular horror film or of a specific character would be (besides blood, fear and rotting flesh) or wanted to smell like you had just fallen out of the film itself? Now thanks to Lathyrus Soaps on Etsy, you can; the store offers a range of bath products such as bath bombs, body butters, wax melts, face masks, shower gels, makeup brush cleaners, lip scrubs, soaps, body mists, body lotions, body scrubs and mystery boxes, all of which are inspired by some of the most prolific genre films and characters.

Lathyrus Soaps is out of Bloomington, Indiana. All of the products are made from natural material and are super affordable for the quality you receive (more on that later, mini product review further down). Prices range from $4 to $20 with an average price of $8 which when compared to big store names is more than a decent price range.

A new body butter scent was announced via the store’s social media inspired by everyone’s favorite bioexorcist called “The Ghost With The Most” (scented with coconut and lime with a hint of vanilla). I for one cannot wait for my order to arrive.

Mini Product Reviews

I have personally tried 5 products from Lathyrus Soaps (still have a face mask to try and another body butter on the way) and have loved every single one of them. Below is a small review of each product I have tried as well as a discount code if you would like to try any of them or any of the other amazing products offered.

*Disclaimer*: Some of these products were sent to me to test out and I am a brand representative, but all reviews are 100% my true opinions of the products as I would not back products I truly did not feel were of quality.

You’ll Float Too Body Butter 

Inspired by: Stephen King’s IT

Scented with: Cotton Candy, Caramel Apples and Funnel Cakes

Review: Scent is strong and long lasting without being overbearing (when applying in the morning, it lasts the majority of the day and when applying at night, I can still smell it in the morning). Smell given is true to the scent description (while wearing it, on more than one occasion I had people say “what smells so good” and “I smell caramel/maple syrup, I don’t know what it is but it smells really good” as I’ve walked by them). After applying it, my skin has a beautiful glow (not Twilight vampire shimmer but healthy looking glow) and it feels soft all day.

Buy: You’ll Float Too Body Butter

Cabin In The Woods Body Butter

Inspired by: The Cabin in the Woods

Scented with: Crisp Leaves, Musk, Bergamot, Clove and Vanilla

Review: Scent lasting power and effect are the same as above. All of the elements blend together nicely and give almost a lily of the valley scent. This is my personal favorite so far.

Buy: Cabin In The Woods Body Butter

The Teen Dream Body Butter

Inspired by: Jawbreaker (Courtney more specifically)

Scented with: Cherry Blossom and Peach (dupe for VS Love Spell)

Review: Scent is listed as being a dupe for VS’ Love Spell, it truly is, but I personally feel that it smells a bit better than Love Spell and is literally half the price (it also lasts longer). The green and pink/purple color swirl makes the product look as beautiful as it smells (a lot like candy).

Buy: Teen Dream Body Butter

Camp Blood Body Butter

Inspired by: Friday the 13th franchise

Scented with: Patchouli, lavender, lily and lime

Review: Patchouli can be a little overbearing, but not in this case, it blends so well with the other scents that it is hardly noticeable. It has a clean scent while smelling like a refreshing day at the lake running for your life (without the sweat and fear smells).

Buy: Camp Blood Body Butter

Rules of Halloween Lip Scrub

This is one of the products I was sent and is not currently listed on the store page, so I cannot say what it is scented with or link it for purchase. It smells a bit like candy corn and while using it, it tastes a bit like candy at first with a hint of cinnamon that lasts on the lips. My lips are super soft and the color is even improved after using.


If you are interested in trying any of the above products or something else in the store catches your fancy, save 10% off the already great prices with code MELISSA10

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Predator Returns with a 4th Movie this Fall

It has been over 8 years since we last saw the Predator, but after three independent films and two crossovers with the Xenomorphs, it’s back in The Predator (aka Predator 4).


The Predator is set to take place between the happenings of Predator 2 and Predators though no full synopsis has been released. It will star Boyd Holbrook (A Walk Among the Tombstones), Olivia Munn (Deliver US from Evil), Trevante Rhodes (Westworld), Thomas Jane (The Punisher), Keegan-Michael Key (Keanu), Jake Busey (The Stoned Age) and Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner). Jake Busey will be playing the son of Peter Keyes that was played by his real-life father Gary Busey in Predator 2.


Filming has been completed and The Predator will hit theaters in the US on September 14, 2018.



At least 4 New Character Additions & a Possible Bad Guy Return for ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3

At the close of the second season of the wildly popular Netflix original series, Stranger Things, all appeared to be right in Hawkins with Eleven/Jane slamming the door to the Upside Down closed. The group were seen having the time of their lives at the school dance without a care in the world, but nothing can be too safe in Hawkins for very long, especially with the Mind Flayer still loose in the Upside Down and very aware of the presents of the group, particularly Eleven and her powers.

There have been countless rumors and theories surrounding the upcoming season 3 (including the return of the vile Dr. Brenner), but the addition of at least four new characters have been confirmed. Fans will meet Hawkins’ Mayor Larry Kline described as your sleazy typical 80’s politician who will be played by Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride). The introduction of a new journalist with questionable morals and a sick sense of humor named Bruce will also be making an appearance and will be played by Jake Busey (The Stoned Age). A new possible love interest for a member of the group (or just another girl for them to fight over or maybe another gifted teen like Eleven) named Robin described as an alternative girl filled with angst will be played by Maya Thurman-Hawke (daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke). A neighborhood elder named Patricia Brown who enjoys spending time in her garden and giving advice to the children of the neighborhood has not yet been cast, but the studio is on the hunt for a woman in her 70s to fill the role.

BeFunky Collage

It has been confirmed that the third season will be set during the summer of 1985 and the internal friendships of the group will be tested and will run for eight or nine episodes. Sadly, fans will have to wait until the end of 2018 or even possibly the beginning of 2019 for the new season.

Officially Licensed Danielle Harris Merch Now Available at

Danielle Harris became a cult icon with her role as Michael Myers’ niece Jamie Lloyd in 1988’s Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and 1989’s Halloween 5, and has since only continued to solidify herself as one of the most recognizable and beloved scream queens. Now, thanks to Terror Threads, it is much easier to show your love and support for one of horror’s most beautiful badasses.


Say hello to the officially licensed line of Danielle Harris merch. This amazing collection features a design called “Stab Happy” by artist Sam Coyne (samhain1992) that pays homage to the role that launched her to cult horror stardom. “Stab Happy” is available on t-shirts (both men’s and women’s starting at $26), baseball t-shirts (starting at $36), tank tops (starting at $26), zip hoodies (starting at $47), a poster ($15), a mug ($20) and an enamel pin (already sold out).

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This collection is selling fast (as mentioned above, the pins are already sold out), so if you want a to get your creepy little hands on any of the items featuring “Stab Happy”, you better move quickly. If you want a pin, there is an area to submit a request to bring them back, so be sure to let the great folks at Terror Threads know that you want them back.

Who knows, maybe if the “Stab Happy” merch does well, we will see another Terror Threads/Danielle Harris collaboration (fingers crossed).

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