The real story behind ‘The Act’ and real life Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee Blanchard (Ep. 5)
We’re over halfway through the Hulu episode The act. While the show is based on actual events surrounding Dee Dee Blanchard’s murder, it took some liberties with what actually happened. We’re here to break it down for you and separate fact from fiction.
(See also fact check for episodes 1-2, episode 3, episode 4, and what what the real Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee Blanchard (and others) look alike)
First, let’s tackle the burning question you’re probably asking yourself:
Did Gypsy Rose and Nicholas Really Have Sex in a Movie Theater Bathroom?
Yes. It really happened, until the movie they were both there to see, the live action Cinderella. Gypsy Rose recounted losing her virginity in HBO documentary Dead mom and darling.
Was Dee Dee a showdown with Nicholas in the movies?
No, their confrontation did not take place, although she was suspicious of Nicholas once he tried to get Gypsy Rose. sit next to him in the theater. Dee Dee apparently thought he was weird (according to the HBO doc) because he was a grown man who was going Cinderella alone. In fact, according to a family friend, Dee Dee engaged in light jokes with Nicholas as he stood in line to buy tickets, suggesting he go to the Bass Pro Shop while he was in town.
Did the phone call between Dee Dee and Nicholas take place?
Per Fancy Macelli, a friend of the Blanchard family:
If that had happened, I can honestly say I’m not sure we would even be sitting here talking, ”Fancy said. “Dee would have been way too suspicious and would have locked everything down. She may have really worked her way out.
Did Dee Dee tie up Gypsy Rose after going to the movies?
No. Dee Dee only tied up Gypsy Rose once, when she ran away to meet a 35-year-old man she met at a convention.
Through In touch:
Although Dee Dee physically restrained Gypsy on her bed, it only happened once after she tried to run away. Although Dee Dee used physical force and intimidation to control Gypsy, she was not often tied up as punishment. “Gypsy describes [the time her mom restrained her] as one of the scariest moments of his life, ”said Fancy. “She was shackled for a long time and starved, eating only at the mercy of her mother. She was dragged to this bed and violently tied up according to her.
Did Nicholas and Gypsy play a role via video chat?
Yes, the HBO document covers this quite extensively as well. Before their first actual meeting at the movies, Gypsy Rose and Nicholas chatted via video chat, frequently engaging in sexually-oriented role-playing games. Nicholas, while he self-diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (in fact, his only official diagnosis is Aspberger syndrome ) would play the role of her various personalities, and Gypsy Rose would create a complementary personality to match.
So Ruby (Gypsy Rose’s Alter-ego) and Victor (Nicolas’s Alter-ego) are real?
According to the source, Victor was a 500-year-old vampire.
Has Dee Dee’s health significantly diminished?
Not really. Dee Dee’s physical health declined towards the end of her life (she was thinks he has diabetes, which the show covers) but not as drastically as they described it in The act, and his mental faculties would have been intact.
Through In touch:
In fact, “as Gypsy became more aware of the world around her,” Dee Dee became “more powerful and more in control” so that she could keep Gypsy under her control. “She could see Gypsy wanting a different life, and she wasn’t going to have that. In fact, she was doing things to make Gypsy look younger and younger and force more childish things on her ”,[…]
Did Gypsy Rose have to help take care of Dee Dee?
In The act, Dee Dee’s declining health caused Gypsy Rose to become partially responsible for Dee Dee’s well-being. This was apparently not the case in real life.
Through In touch, speaking to Fancy Macelli:
[…] Gypsy was never her mother’s babysitter. “She did all she could to make Gypsy helpless and [think] that she couldn’t leave her mother because she wouldn’t survive, ”not because Dee Dee needed a guard for her own illnesses.
Did Gypsy buy the knife?
No. Family friend Fancy Macelli thinks Gypsy Rose stole the knife (just like Dee Dee taught him to) because Gypsy Rose, in reality, was never allowed to disappear from Dee Dee’s sight. So much so that she is still surprised that Gypsy Rose was able to go to the bathroom alone to sleep with Nicholas.
Did Gypsy Rose offer to murder Dee Dee first like she did in “The Act”?
This is probably one of the biggest points of contention, I believe, between Gypsy Rose’s family and The act.
Here is what we know. Nicholas Godejohn’s defense attorneys attempted to argue that Gypsy Rose manipulated Nicholas to murder Dee Dee:
Defense lawyers argued for a lesser charge, saying Blanchard’s daughter Gypsy Blanchard manipulated Godejohn into killing her mother in order to escape an abusive family life. She is already serving a 10-year prison sentence.
In touch to Fancy’s rebuttal:
Thanks to the text messages that we have, we can see [Godejohn] was very in control [of] and dominate at Gypsy. It’s part of the fact that she didn’t think to question a lot of the things he said because, [with] his conditioning with his mother, that seemed normal to him. … Showing Nick that he’s so clumsy and incompetent makes it look like Gypsy must have convinced this kid to do it. [everything they did]. “
The actThe portrayal of Gypsy Rose appears to imply that Gypsy Rose played a more active role in the Dee Dee murder plot than Gypsy Rose’s family and friends believe. From the quote above, it is clear that they believe that Nicholas Godejohn led the plot to assassinate Dee Dee and that Dee Dee’s murder was an extension of the abuse Gypsy Rose endured her entire life: a dominant person controlling Gypsy Pink.
However, by Buzzfeed :
Prosecutors also said they found evidence on social media of Gypsy directly asking Godejohn to kill her mother, although it was never made public. Documents from the pre-trial find show him telling a friend about Gypsy’s desire to murder her mother as early as May 2014.
Ultimately, only two people know who first suggested Dee Dee’s murder: Gypsy Rose Blanchard and Nicholas Godejohn.
Did Gypsy and Nicholas Really Write About Dee Dee’s Murder?
Yes, by Buzzfeed:
As the investigation into the crime continued, text messages between the two appeared to discuss and plan for Dee Dee’s death. “Honey, you forget I’m ruthless, and my hatred for her will force her to die,” Godejohn wrote to Gypsy. “It’s my perverted side that does it. He won’t mess because he loves to kill.
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