“I wish I wouldn’t have done any of that,” says Gypsy Rose Blanchard of her role in her mother, Dee Dee’s June 2015 murder. “It’s hard to see pictures, of that house, and the memory. And pictures of her, and the wheelchair.” TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: I’m living a nightmare!
Dee Dee Blanchard, who experts determined suffered from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, kept her daughter confined to a wheelchair, convincing everyone that Gypsy was intellectually delayed, physically disabled and chronically ill for most of her life. She also persuaded medical professionals to prescribe medications Gypsy didn’t need, test her for diseases she didn’t have, and perform numerous unnecessary surgeries. Family members say the abuse started when Gypsy was still an infant.
“Well, was it justice?,” Asks Dr. Phil in an interview with Gypsy from inside the Missouri prison where she now resides.
“No. She didn’t deserve what happened,” responds the 26-year-old who is serving a 10-year sentence for second-degree murder. “If anything, she just deserved to be where I am.”
“She was trained to lie and steal and cheat and all of that her whole life,” says Gypsy’s father, Rod Blanchard, who claims Dee Dee kept him from his daughter for years. “Now it’s teaching her to do the right things and believe in that way of being right and true and trustworthy.”
Gypsy claims living with Dee Dee taught her how to be a good liar, without any conscience. “I’m changing that. I’m trying to be a good person now,” she says. “I don’t want to be like my mother.”
Gypsy is eligible for parole in 2021. What does she say she wants to do with the rest of her life? Tune iin Wednesday for the conclusion of this two-part Dr. Phil
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