DISTURBING TALE BASED ON FACT
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.