Gypsy Rose Blanchard has officially been released from prison. While in prison, Blanchard received an education for the first time in her life, achieving her GED (the equivalent of a high school diploma), studied photography, and regained physical strength, attending regular physical and emotional counseling. Blanchard’s achievements in prison and remorse for her mother’s murder continue to captivate the nation, with many still shocked at the unique nature of her case that led to her reportedly feeling safer in prison than ever before.
Legal reporter Meghan Cunniff pointed out how shocking the case was in itself, and even moreso how Gypsy Rose’s health appears to be stable for the first time in her life after a lengthy prison stay. Blanchard’s lawyer Michael Stanfield reflected that she was malnourished when she was first incarcerated. “I can honestly say I’ve rarely had a client who looks exceedingly better after doing a fairly long prison sentence,” Stanfield told the AP.
Such an extraordinarily strange and sad case.
— Meghann Cuniff (@meghanncuniff) December 28, 2023
Now, some women speculate that the reason some women find healing in prison is due to surviving years of abuse in a variety of forms, from which they actually have more protection while incarcerated.
Because most women who are incarcerated have survived abuse. It’s sad when prison is safer than the real world.
— Serena#FreeHer (@SerenaLiguori4) December 28, 2023
It worries me that she married someone she barely knew in prison, especially since hasn’t really experienced the real world and has had a repeated history of quickly jumping into relationships. I hope that man is a decent fellow and am wishing her all the happiness in the world.
— black boy rick 🕴🏽🍉 (@Rick960828781) December 28, 2023
She was released at 3:03 a.m. local time, and a camera crew was spotted documenting herself and her husband leaving the area, raising suspicion that she is working on a documentary.
I hope she finds her way back to normal life again and enjoy her freedom to the fullest.
— joey (@Fan_FlickOn) December 28, 2023
Pictures from Gypsy Rose this morning as she is released from prison pic.twitter.com/cMWV6Isgfr
— CLOWNUTATION 🖤🐍 (@midnightsam21) December 28, 2023
Blanchard served eight years of her original ten year prison sentence and was released early on probation. She was held at Chillicothe Correctional Center in Missouri after pleading guilty to the second degree murder of her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard, in 2016. Blanchard assisted her ex boyfriend Nicholas Godejohn in plotting to kill Dee Dee, which he carried out, stabbing her to death.
Dee Dee Blanchard was posthumously diagnosed with the rare Munchausen by proxy syndrome, in which she fabricated a series of terminal illnesses for Gypsy, forcing her to shave her head, use a feeding tube, remove her teeth, take a number of medications, use a walker, and falsely believe she was significantly younger than her actual age. Her motivation was to obtain sympathy from a number of charity organizations and the public at large, as well as maintaining control over her daughter.
Hulu’s popular show “The Act” starring Joey King, Patricia Arquette, and Callum Worthy brought national attention back to the case upon its 2019 release. Now, Blanchard will soon release her memoir titled “Released”, which was written in collaboration with writers Melissa Moore and Michele Matrisciani, who worked on exclusive interviews with Blanchard over the last few years. The book is to be released through Penguin Random House.
Godejohn on the other hand was sentenced to life in prison for carrying out the murder.