If you're a fan of true crime, then you're probably pretty familiar with the story of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard. The mother/daughter murder has captivated people for years, and has been reported on and turned into several documentaries. In 2015, after years of abuse at the hand of her mother Dee Dee, Gypsy Rose and then-boyfriend Nicholas Godejohn murdered Dee Dee in an attempt to facilitate Gypsy's escape.
For her entire life, Gypsy was subjected to abuses stemming from imagined and exaggerated illnesses; it's believed that Dee Dee suffered from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, and Gypsy was made to believe she had a variety of serious illnesses ranging from epilepsy and leukemia to paralysis. It's a truly heartbreaking story, but people can't get enough of it.
A few weeks ago, another telling of the Gypsy Rose saga debuted on Hulu. The Act is a dramatized version of real events, and as such, some liberties have been taken with facts and details. In the most recent episode, we get our first glimpse of Gypsy's fight for freedom, when she begins a romance with a man she met at a sci-fi convention. But how accurate is the show's portrayal of Gypsy's romantic life?
In episode three of The Act, titled "Two Wolverines," Gypsy attends a sci-fi convention with mom Dee Dee. There, she meets a man named Scott, a conventioneer dressed as Wolverine. The two begin a sort of sweet relationship, communicating via text on Gypsy's secret cell phone and through her secret Facebook account. At one point, Scott ends up in the hospital, and Gypsy runs away from home to be with him. She shows up at the emergency room, and goes with Scott to his house. Dee Dee wakes up back at their house in Missouri and, finding Gypsy missing, tracks her down at Scott's house. She confronts Gypsy and Scott, and convinces Gypsy to return home with her. As they leave, Dee Dee tells Scott that Gypsy is only 14 (Gypsy was 19 at the time). The episode ends with Gypsy wheeling herself into the home she shares with Dee Dee, and the door closing behind them.
The episode is loosely based on actual events, but the true story of what happened is actually more dramatic. Gypsy did meet a 35-year-old man at a sci-fi convention in 2011. They communicated online for some time, before they met in person again. The man took Gypsy back to his hotel room, where they were tracked by Dee Dee. She showed up and had fraudulent paperwork showing that Gypsy was a minor, and he allowed Gypsy to leave. After they returned home, Dee Dee lashed out, smashing the family computer and allegedly chaining Gypsy to her bed.
Gypsy's relationship with Nicholas Godejohn was the catalyst for the murder of Dee Dee, but it's not known yet how Hulu and The Act will portray their relationship. But we'll definitely be tuning in to find out.