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'Gypsy's Revenge' Premieres This Week — How Is Gypsy Rose Doing Now?

By Amber Garrett

The world was shocked by the story of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blancharde when it broke in 2016. Most came to learn of the mother with Munchausen’s by proxy and the daughter who killed her either through the BuzzFeed News investigative essay or the HBO documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest. Both pieces outlined how a community came to learn that Dee Dee was brutally murdered and her daughter missing, only to learn Gypsy had orchestrated it. 

With the premiere of the Investigation Discovery documentary Gypsy’s Revenge on November 6, 2018 at 9 p.m. viewers will get to see more about how Gypsy is doing since being convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison. 

How old is Gypsy Rose now?

Gypsy was born July 27, 1991, making her 27 years old at the time of the initial Gypsy’s Revenge airing. She was 23 at the time of the murder. Until recently, Gypsy and the public had plenty of reason to be unsure of her age because her mother had aged her down several years. In fact, Gypsy’s dad recalls Dee Dee telling him on their daughter’s 18th birthday not to mention her age because "she thinks she’s 14."

Since she was malnourished and overmedicated for much of her life, Gypsy’s small frame helped Dee Dee maintain this deception. She also was able to use their displacement after Hurricane Katrina as a cover when Gypsy discovered a birth certificate with her true birthdate on it and tried to emancipate herself. Dee Dee also said the floods had destroyed Gypsy’s medical records, which would have revealed her muscle biopsy was negative for muscular dystrophy and that she suffered none of the other medical conditions Dee Dee purported.

What prison is Gypsy Rose in?

Since July 2016, Gypsy has resided at Chillicothe Correctional Center in Missouri under inmate number 1302048. Though most people’s health will suffer with incarceration, her father and stepmother have reported she is actually "thriving" and has even put on weight. At 4'11" and 100 pounds according to the corrections website, she’s very petite, and her family believes her growth may have been permanently stunted by the medications her mother administered. Thankfully, that seems to have been the only lingering ill effect to being medicated for conditions she didn’t actually have.

In addition to improved nutrition, Gypsy has also been able to pursue her GED through Chillicothe’s continuing education programs and in many ways feels she has more freedom now than she did when her mother was alive. "Despite everything, she still tells me that she’s happier now than with her mom," stepmother Kristy Blanchard told the Springfield News-Leader in February. "And that if she had a choice to either be in jail or back with her mom, she would rather be in jail."  That’s pretty understandable if you’re at all familiar with her history.