The twisted, yet intriguing, story of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard is extremely complicated. From around three years old, Gypsy suffered years of medical abuse at the hands of Dee Dee, her mother, as a result of Munchausen’s By Proxy. This culminated in Dee Dee’s brutal murder at the hands of Nick Godejohn, Gypsy’s secret boyfriend. ‘The Act,’ a recent true crime series based on the events, depicts what happened in the lead-up to the murder, as well as the aftermath.
Although ‘The Act’ received international acclaim and through-the-roof viewing ratings, since its release, Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who is currently serving 10 years in prison for her involvement in the murder of her mother, has disputed some of the scenes, claiming that they have, in fact, been entirely fictionalized. As it turns out, some fairly relevant parts of the television show differ significantly from the reality – and we’ve uncovered five.
In ‘The Act,’ the movie ‘date’ that was set up by Gypsy and Nick ended in disaster when he was rudely shunned by Dee Dee for just speaking to them. In the end, he called Dee Dee afterward to confess his intention to marry and have children with her daughter before threatening her. In response, Dee Dee chains Gypsy to the bed.
In real life, however, this phone call never happened; therefore, neither did Dee Dee’s reaction. While the ‘date’ did occur at a midday screening of Cinderella, and Gypsy and Nick really did sneak off to the bathroom together, there was no phone call made after. In fact, that was the only time Nick had contact with Dee Dee – until he murdered her.
When Gypsy and Nick flee after Dee Dee’s murder, ‘The Act’ portrays Gypsy as being incredibly nervous that they will get caught. She is even seen in a panic when policemen appear near her and find it incredibly difficult to compose herself. However, according to Gypsy herself, this is far from the truth – in fact, she was convinced both she and Nick would get away with it.
“We thought that we would never get caught,” she later said in an interview. “I felt like this was a fairy tale, and I was going to be the princess that gets rescued, and then I’d be happy in Wisconsin where I’d be loved, and I’d have my freedom, and have this wonderful new life. What started as a fairy tale ended as a horror movie.”
In reality, Gypsy’s dad, Rod, was much more involved with his daughter than ‘The Act’ made out. Dee Dee did try her best to keep him away after they divorced when Gypsy was still a baby, but he kept up child support throughout her life and frequently saw her before they moved 11 hours away. Rod believed his daughter had severe health problems and considered Dee Dee to be “the best mom in the world.”
Now, Rod and Gypsy see each other a fair amount – and he told Fox News that their relationship was ‘100 times better,’ saying that “She can call me anytime, and she does.” Conversely, in ‘The Act,’ Rod was portrayed to be a totally absent father, excluding one phone call when he wanted to wish Gypsy happy birthday – although Dee Dee declined to let them speak.
In ‘The Act,’ Gypsy and Nick are incarcerated in the same jail and seen running into each other on multiple occasions – they are even able to exchange a few deep and meaningful words during these times. Initially, their trials are even combined before Gypsy’s lawyers move to severe her case from Nick’s. However, this is actually untrue – and the reality is extremely different.
Gypsy and Nick, in fact, spent no time together whatsoever while in custody, although It’s true that they did serve time in the same jail. However, it was ordered that they had no contact, and measures were put in place to ensure this. According to family friend Francine Marcelli, over time, Gypsy’s love for Nick faded until, eventually, she severed ties with him completely.
Lacey – the girl who lives across the road from Gypsy and Dee Dee in ‘The Act’ – doesn’t actually exist. There was, however, a girl named Aleah Woodmansee in Gypsy’s life, who tipped of the police about the secret Facebook account that was used to meet boys – but she was far from the character of Lacey depicted in the show.
Aleah later told InTouch that some of the scenes in ‘The Act’ were completely made up. “It apparently depicts me smoking with Gypsy? That never happened,” she said. “Alcohol and smoking were things we never discussed. Literally, the most risqué topics we even touched on were boys … and at the time, I believed she was no older than the age of 15, so we can all assume that remained pretty tame.’