Gypsy Rose Blanchard will get out of prison in 2026 but is still currently serving her sentence at Chillicothe Correctional Center in Missouri for the murder of her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard, in the summer of 2015. However, she initially wasn’t willing to serve time for the crime she committed. In fact, Gypsy Rose penned a letter to her fans back in 2019 to ask them for a major “favor”: She wanted them to help her get released.
While it’s clear that Dee Dee had Munchausen syndrome by proxy and that Gypsy Rose suffered years of abuse at her mother’s hands, people were torn on how much culpability she had for her mother’s murder. For more than a decade, Dee Dee told people that Gypsy had asthma, muscle dystrophy, leukemia, and the “mental capacity of a 7-year-old.” Gypsy was forced to use a wheelchair, fed through a feeding tube, and lived anything but a normal life. That’s bound to take its toll on anyone.
However, after teaming up with her boyfriend at the time, Nick Godejohn, to kill Dee Dee, Gypsy was still sentenced to 10 years behind bars. Many of her fans believed that this sentence was harsh given what Gypsy Rose went through, and so did she.
Gypsy Rose hoped her fans might help her get out of prison
In 2019, Gypsy Rose released a statement she hoped might help her regain her freedom sooner rather than later. “Hello, Friends and Supporters. I appreciate the continued encouragement throughout my prison sentence,” she wrote. “Many of y’all have signed the Free Gypsy Blanchard petition created by my father, Rod Blanchard. Now, I must ask a favor.”
“I am respectfully asking all who wish me an early release to please aid my father in his efforts for my freedom and write a letter expressing support for my early release to either the Missouri State Governor, Michael L. Parson, AND/OR the Division of the Missouri State Board of Probation and Parole.”
Gypsy Rose had a parole hearing in December 2021 but was refused release at that time. However, upon hearing the news that she may be let out in 2023, her family and friends have warned that she might not be able to handle life on the outside very well.