Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who was recently released from prison for conspiring to kill her mother in a desperate attempt to escape years of abuse, just helpfully reminded Joy Behar that “murder is wrong.”
While promoting her upcoming Lifetime docuseries The Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard on this morning’s episode of The View, Blanchard revealed her goals of getting into advocacy work for other victims of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.
“The whole reason that I am doing all of this — documentaries and everything else — is because I know that I have a big platform now. And let’s see what I can do with it,” she said. “I’m gonna try to create some change and be a voice for the voiceless.”
She continued, “If there is someone out there watching right now, please listen to me, heed my words, that you are not alone in this situation. There are other ways out.”
When Blanchard noted that she “did it the wrong way,” Behar chimed in to seemingly defend the guest’s decision to have her mother, Dee Dee, killed by her ex-boyfriend Nick Godejohn.
“No, no, no. Don’t say that. You had no choice, really,” Behar said, before Blanchard responded, “I did! I did something wrong and I paid my dues for it.”
Behar quickly quipped, “Oh, you mean that part,” referring to Dee Dee’s murder, while Blanchard replied, “Yes, murder is wrong.”
In 2016, Blanchard was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the second-degree murder of her mom, who spent years fabricating chronic illnesses and putting Blanchard through painful and unnecessary surgeries as the result of her then-undiagnosed Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.
Dee Dee tricked doctors, their community and family members into thinking her daughter had muscular dystrophy and leukemia by forcing her to use a wheelchair and shave her head. Blanchard was also required to eat through a feeding tube even though she didn’t need one.
In an effort to escape the abuse, Blanchard — who previously tried to run away but was caught by Dee Dee and chained to her bed for two weeks with minimal food and water as punishment — asked her secret online boyfriend at the time to kill her mother.
Looking back on the crime, Blanchard told The View that the anniversary of her mother’s murder is “the hardest day of the year.”
“What I do on the anniversary is I play one of her favorite songs and I allow myself that time to cry — and I mean bawl, cry,” she said. “I feel like I can’t do it in front of other people because I’m afraid of being judged for it because they’re probably gonna make some snarky comment like, ‘Well, you killed her.'”
She continued, “But I’m like, ‘You know? She’s my mom and I miss her. Even though everything that she did to me, she’s still my mother. I spent 24 years of my life with her.'”
The View airs on weekdays at 11/10c on ABC.