I recently read the story of Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee last week in YOU magazine, and I was absolutely shocked and sickened.
|Gypsy Rose and her mother Dee Dee. Image source: InTouch Weekly|
In a nutshell, Dee Dee had been administering an array of drugs and treatments to her daughter Gypsy Rose from an early age. She also managed to convince doctors that her daughter was suffering from a long list of illnesses, including cancer! As a result, Gypsy Rose had undergone numerous unnecessary medical procedures, including the insertion of a feeding tube, and was forced to move around in a wheelchair. She was also encouraged to act years younger than her actual age. Her mother Dee Dee enjoyed the attention, as well as perks that came with having an extremely ill child, which included receiving a new house, trips to places such as Disney Land, and financial support. Gypsy Rose eventually managed to find some solace in an online relationship with a young man she met on a Christian dating website. This relationship allowed Gypsy Rose to express herself, with "guidance" from the troubled young lad, who was very much into sexual fantasies and role play. When the treatment from her mother had finally become too much for Gypsy Rose, and after may conversations with her partner, it was decided that her mother would be killed. While Gypsy Rose did not execute the murder herself, she was apparently a willing participant. I recently also watched the documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest which takes you through the story of this horrific crime, from the beginning of her childhood, to the sentencing of the guilty party. I felt quite uneasy watching the interviews with family members and friends. It is so difficult to even imagine how they felt when they discovered the truth. The mental and physical abuse this young lady endured at the hand of her own mother, is unfathomable, and the individual she has become (which you can also gather from her interviews) as a result is frightening, but expected (in my opinion). The murder of her mother was inexcusable, but not completely unexpected. If you haven't seen the documentary, you should give it a watch.
|Gypsy Rose in hospital. Image source: Esquire|
|The guilty pair. Image source: People-Crime|