A disturbing conversation about raw hamburger meat being left in the trunk of a car led the character based on Gypsy Rose Blanchard in Hulu’s fictional anthology series “The Act” to squirm and freak out. Why? Because it made her think of her mother, stabbed to death inside their old pink home in Springfield, Missouri.
“Next week I’m driving down by Manitowoc and I think to myself what’s that smell,” Nicholas Godejohn’s mother’s boyfriend in the show says. At this point Godejohn and Blanchard had fled Missouri and were at Godejohn’s home in Big Bend, Wisconsin hiding out. “Do you know what happens when you leave a pound of raw hamburger meat in a car in the summertime? Take a guess what happened.”
It triggers Gypsy, played by Joey King, to think about her mom, Dee Dee Blanchard, whom Godejohn stabbed to death just a few days earlier, rotting. She runs upstairs, crying and nearly hyperventilating.
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“We have to tell someone she’s there,” she tells her boyfriend.
Godejohn’s character responds that they can’t call the police.
“Well, we have to do something,” Gypsy says. “We can’t just let her sit there.”
That's when Godejohn’s character has the bright idea to post something on Dee Dee’s Facebook, on the account that she shared with her daughter.
Their goal is to let somebody know that the body was there so it wouldn’t just sit there, rotting, not unlike the hamburger meat in the trunk.
“Dee Dee is dead,” Godejohn’s character types out. But Gypsy notes it's missing something. “Like what would a real, like, murderer say?” she questions.
Thus, the first chilling post is born: “That bitch is dead!”
But Gypsy decides that isn’t enough. "We have to grab their attention,” Gypsy’s character insists.
So, Gypsy writes: "I f___en SLASHED THAT FAT PIG AND RAPED HER SWEET DAUGHTER ... HER SCREAM WAS SO F____EN LOUD LOL.”
Then, Nick’s character adds the word “INNOCENT” before “DAUGHTER,” and Gypsy’s character posts it.
“You turned off the location before you sent that right?” Godejohn asks.
“What?” Gypsy asks, confused, portending how the duo would eventually be found.
Gypsy's real life story is a shocking one: Her mother convinced the world Gypsy was sickly and disabled in a suspected case of Munchausen by proxy. To escape her abusive mother, Gypsy convinced her online boyfriend, Godejohn, to stab Dee Dee to death. So did the surprising way they alerted police to Dee Dee's body actually happen in real life like "The Act" depicts?
Shockingly yes, according to the BuzzFeed News article the show is based upon. One of the posts is still up on Dee Dee’s old Facebook page, along with numerous comments from concerned friends, who contacted the police.
Investigators, in turn, were able to track the post. It led them to Wisconsin, directly to Gypsy and Godejohn. The couple were arrested one day after Dee Dee’s body was discovered in Springfield.
Gypsy was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Godejohn is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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