The Shocking Story of "Gypsy's Revenge" shows how Manipulation Leads to Murder

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03 November 2018
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Gypsy's Revenge
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 "Gypsy's Revenge"
Premieres Tuesday, November 6 at 9 PM ET/PT on Investigation Discovery
 
          The mother-daughter duo of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard seemingly embodied the resilience of the human spirit. Through carefully constructed videos and photos with heartwarming captions, Dee Dee illustrated her constant devotion as a selfless caregiver to her chronically ill and wheelchair-bound daughter. So when Dee Dee was found murdered in her home in Springfield, Mo. with a Facebook status update of, "That bitch is dead," loved ones expected the worst for her missing, disabled daughter. But the death post came to be the one truth among a lifetime of lies when an able-bodied Gypsy Rose was found in Wisconsin, revealing an extraordinary case of psychological torture and extreme child abuse.

Gypsys Revenge
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          Now, manipulation turned to matricide is explored in GYPSY’S REVENGE, a provocative documentary from Investigation Discovery that delves into the reasons behind and the aftermath of Dee Dee’s death from those closest to the pair and medical personnel who treated Gypsy. In a revealing prison interview, viewers watch along as Gypsy comes to terms with her new captivity – which ironically may give her the freedom she always wanted. This 2-hour documentary special provids further insight into the consequences of actions, and in this case, inaction.

          “Differentiating the victims from the villains in this case proves nearly impossible, but it’s clear in GYPSY’S REVENGE that there are no heroes,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America. “Gypsy was clearly failed by our system for years, but this documentary also challenges where to place sympathy and blame.”

Gypsy's Revenge
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          The 2015 murder of Dee Dee Blanchard garnered national media attention when her daughter, Gypsy, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in her mother’s death. The court took into consideration the lifetime of abuse Gypsy had suffered at her mother’s hands. Since birth, Dee Dee managed to manipulate the medical system by having her daughter falsely diagnosed with leukemia, vision and hearing impairment and chromosome disorder. Additionally, Gypsy was uneccessarily confined to a wheelchair and fed through a tube surgically inserted into her stomach. 
 
Gypsy's Revenge
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           While the media exposed Gypsy as a victim of Dee Dee’s Munchausen by proxy syndrome – a disease in which a caregiver feigns illness of another to gain sympathy – GYPSY’S REVENGE takes a reflective approach with key players reexamining the murder years later. Featuring interview access with Aleah Woodmansee, Gypsy’s friend and neighbor; Dr. Bernardo Flasterstein, a pediatric neurologist who examined Gypsy yet failed to report that she was a victim of Munchausen by proxy; Nicholas Godejohn, Gypsy’s ex-boyfriend convicted of first-degree murder in the stabbing of Dee Dee; Dorla Pitre, Dee Dee’s sister who recognized a familial pattern of abuse; and others, GYPSY’S REVENGE provides further insight in a world where hindsight is always 20/20.

 


 
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