DIS­TURB­ING TALE BASED ON FACT

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

IN this com­pelling eight-part true crime series which also leans into “drama­ti­sa­tion” and “fic­tion­al­i­sa­tion”, we get to know Dee Dee Blan­chard and her daugh­ter Gypsy Rose. Af­ter mum treated her daugh­ter to a life­time of mis­ery cour­tesy of Mun­chausen syn­drome by proxy, Gypsy Rose al­legedly con­spired with her boyfriend Ni­cholas Gode­john to end the mis­treat­ment with the mur­der of Dee Dee. There has been so much writ­ten and aired in the United States about the pair’s dys­func­tional re­la­tion­ship and their story has also proven al­ways in­com­pa­ra­ble Pa­tri­cia Ar­quette as Dee Dee, with Joey King as her daugh­ter Gypsy Rose. This tangled and tragic fam­ily tale prob­a­bly doesn’t re­quire em­bel­lish­ments be­cause it’s heartwrenc­h­ingly sad and twisted enough in its own right. Dee Dee al­legedly forced her daugh­ter to co-op­er­ate in a bizarre cha­rade of fake ill­nesses and pre­sented her to hos­pi­tals for treat­ment for two decades. Gypsy Rose finally snapped and, with her boyfriend, stabbed her mother to death in 2015.

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