Texts between a young couple appear to show them discussing - at times with sexually charged excitement - their plot to murder the girl's mother.
Nicholas Godejohn, 29, is facing first-degree murder charges in the 2015 stabbing death of 48-year-old Clauddine "Dee Dee" Blanchard, who for years pretended her daughter, Gypsy Blanchard, was disabled and forced her to undergo unnecessary medical treatments.
Gypsy is currently serving a 10-year prison sentenced for her role as the mastermind in her mother's murder. Clauddine Blanchard was found dead in her Missouri home on June 14, 2015, face down on her mattress in a puddle of blood. Godejohn, Gypsy’s boyfriend, is accused of carrying out the attack.
The case was the subject of the HBO documentary “Mommy Dead And Dearest.”
In court on Wednesday, texts showed how the couple planned for Godejohn to take a bus from his home in Wisconsin to the Blanchard home in Springfield, Missouri where Clauddine Blanchard was stabbed to death.
“For motivation sake bring your A game hun,” Gypsy Blanchard wrote in one text, according to the New York Post. “This is life with me on the line.”
The texts messages leading up to, and about, the murder also got a little sexual, according to the testimony.
“Hun don’t forget you got to deal with My Evil Side first before we have our fun so he may wear you out because if you forgot he is the Most Sexual Part of me,” Godejohn allegedly texted Gypsy Blanchard.
In another, he allegedly told her, “But when he gets you from the Bathroom, I suggest you are naked when he sees you after the Deed,” apparently referring to himself in the third person.
Prosecutors showed the jury texts in which he allegedly said he would “finish her no matter what,” in reference to killing Gypsy Blanchard’s mother.
“Honey you forgot though he is ruthless and his hatred of her will force her to die though,” he allegedly texted. “You’ll enjoy it.”
It's suspected that Clauddine Blanchard had Munchausen by proxy, a condition wherein a caregiver fabricates health problems of the person they are caring for with the intent to gain sympathy and attention. Clauddine Blanchard had been lying about her daughter’s ailments since she was a baby, constructing a reality in which she couldn't walk and required a wheelchair, subjecting her unnecessary surgery and medications and falsely claiming she suffered from leukemia, muscular dystrophy, and mental retardation, amongst other ailments. In addition to sympathy, Clauddine Blanchard garnered donations, free trips and even a house.
The investigation of her murder exposed the lies about Gypsy Blanchard’s condition and revealed that she was very much a hostage of her mother’s deception.
While attorneys for Godejohn, who met Gypsy through a Christian dating website, admit he did the stabbing, they say he has autism and was manipulated into the killing, the Springfield News-Leader reports.
Prosecutors argue Godejohn killed Clauddine Blanchard not to save Gypsy from her mother's physical and psychological abuse, but to get her out of the way so he could romantically pursue her daughter.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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