Dr. Phil McGraw recently claimed that Nicholas Godejohn, the man behind the gruesome stabbing death in the now-infamous Gypsy Rose Blanchard case, created his homicidal alter ego because of his alleged fragility.
Gypsy Rose’s story has become an infamous one, the subject of several TV shows and documentaries. Her mother, Claudine “Dee Dee” Blanchard, pretended her daughter had everything from leukemia to muscular dystrophy to developmental issues and forced Gypsy to endure multiple surgeries and consume unneeded medications in a suspected case of Munchausen by proxy.
The abuse went on until Gypsy Rose helped plot her mother’s murder: Her online boyfriend, Godejohn, stabbed Dee Dee to death in 2015, but the pair were quickly caught and sentenced to prison. He was sentenced in February 2019 to life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder. Gypsy Rose, meanwhile, was sentenced in 2016 to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for her role in the attack.
Now, we have more information about what went down that tragic night. Dr. Phil McGraw sat down with Gypsy Rose in 2017 inside the women’s prison in Missouri where she is serving her sentence, and unaired excerpts of that interview are now being released in his new podcast. In episode four of new true crime podcast "Analysis of Murder", Gypsy and Dr. Phil get into the gory details of the murder and the disturbing elements that surrounded it.
One such detail that was discussed repeatedly was that both Gypsy and Godejohn reportedly made up alter egos for different sides of their personalities. Victor was Godejohn’s evil side, while Ruby was Gypsy’s. Victor, however, was a 500-year-old vampire, and Gypsy told Dr. Phil that she really asked “Victor,” not Godejohn, to kill her mother.
“I said, Victor, will you please come kill my mother for me because I can’t do it myself,’” Gypsy claimed she asked Godejohn over a message sent via computer, after a fight Gypsy had with her mother over her feeding tube. Gypsy said that while Victor agreed, he gave her all kinds of conditions, including shaving her body hair.
Then before the killing, she claimed Godejohn asked Gypsy over text how deep of a sleeper Dee Dee is.
When she told him that she was a light sleeper, he allegedly responded, “Now he’s excited.” That “he” is supposedly Godejohn talking about his vampire alter ego in third person.
“Now ‘he’s excited’ because he apparently wants her to know she’s being hacked to death,” Dr. Phil clarified.
Victor may have been an imaginary dark soul, but really, Dr. Phil pointed out, it was just a way for Godejohn to reveal his true desires, per Dr. Phil’s analysis.
Dr. Phil noted that Godejohn supposedly talked about himself, and the actions and desired actions of Victor, with great distance, particularly in his demands to Gypsy.
“He’s talking about him, Victor, as if he’s Victor’s representative, as if he’s Victor’s agent,” Dr. Phil explained. “It gives him license to say things that he wouldn’t be able to say himself… It gives him a layer of protection.”
Protection from what, exactly? Rejection. Dr. Phil theorized he’s too fragile to handle any of that.
“He is very unstable and cannot risk being rejected,” he said adding, ”All of this is a ploy to protect his ego.”
Dr. Phil contended that Godejohn, in his opinion, is a narcissist.
Of course, it’s impossible to diagnose anyone you haven’t treated, and someone who did had a different take on Godejohn. Psychologist Kent Franks testified at a 2016 hearing that he did two mental evaluations on Godejohn, and he didn’t mention anything about narcissism. However, he did say Godejohn has more the mind of a child than an adult, according to a 2016 report by KY3 in Springfield, Missouri. He determined the killer is on the autism spectrum with an IQ of 82 and the functionality equivalent to that of a 10 year old.
Franks also testified that Godejohn truly believed he was doing the right thing by stabbing Gypsy’s mother to death and he believed he could rescue his girlfriend from the woman who was abusing her.
Godejohn himself told Ozarks First in Springfield he killed Dee Dee out of love last year.
“However, I’ve learned, as of late that she may have just been using me because I thought it was much more real at the time,” he said.
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