Biography[ edit ] Blanchard made his first successful balloon flight in Paris on 2 Marchin a hydrogen gas balloon launched from the Champ de Mars. Blanchard adopted the Latin tag Sic itur ad astra as his motto. The early balloon flights triggered a phase of public " balloonomania ", with all manner of objects decorated with images of balloons or styled au ballon, from ceramics to fans and hats. Clothing au ballon was produced with exaggerated puffed sleeves and rounded skirts, or with printed images of balloons.
During her childhood, relatives recalled, she would occasionally engage in petty theft, often as retaliation when things did not go her way.
Shortly before Gypsy Rose's birth in July the couple separated when Rod, as he said inrealized he had "got married for the wrong reasons". Despite Clauddine's efforts to get him to return, he did not, and she took her newborn daughter to live with her family.
Nevertheless, he recalls, Clauddine became convinced that Gypsy had a wide range of health issues, which she attributed to an unspecified chromosomal disorder. She suffered an abrasion to her knee, which her mother said was the visible sign of injuries that would require several surgeries to treat properly, and from then on Gypsy was confined to a wheelchair, although he saw signs that she was indeed healthy enough to walk on her own on several occasions.
Gypsy managed to learn to read on her own, through the Harry Potter books. Her stepmother's health returned to Dr blanchard shortly afterwards.
They spent most of their time visiting various specialists, mostly at Tulane Medical Center and the Children's Hospital of New Orleansseeking treatment of the illnesses Clauddine claimed Gypsy suffered from, which she now said included hearing and vision problems.
While a muscle biopsy found no sign of the muscular dystrophy Clauddine insisted Gypsy had, she was successful in securing treatment for her daughter's other purported issues.
After she told doctors Gypsy had seizures every few months, they prescribed anti-seizure medication. Several surgeries were performed on her during this time, and Clauddine regularly took Gypsy to the emergency room for minor ailments. Clauddine said Gypsy's medical records, including her birth certificatehad been destroyed in the flooding.
A doctor there from the Ozarks suggested they relocate to her native Missouriand the next month they were airlifted there. The story of a single mother with a severely disabled daughter forced to flee Katrina's devastation received considerable local media attention, and the community often pitched in to help the woman Dr blanchard now went by Clauddine Blanchard, and whom they knew as Dee Dee.
In Louisiana, mother and daughter had at most availed themselves of occasional stays in Ronald McDonald Houses during medical appointments; in Missouri they received free flights to see doctors in Kansas Cityfree trips to Walt Disney Worldand backstage passes to Miranda Lambert concerts where she was frequently photographed with the singer via the Make-A-Wish Foundationin addition to the house Habitat built for them.
She told her neighbors in Springfield that Gypsy Rose's father was an abusive drug addict and alcoholic who had never come to terms with his daughter's health issues and never sent them any money. She often wore wigs or hats to cover her baldness; her mother regularly shaved Gypsy's head to mimic the hairless appearance of a chemotherapy patient.
When they left the house, Dee Dee often took an oxygen tank and feeding tube with them; Gypsy was fed the children's liquid nutrition supplement PediaSure well into her 20s.
Whenever Gypsy said something that either suggested she was not really sick or seemed above her purported mental capabilities, Gypsy recalls that her mother would give her a very tight squeeze. When the two were alone, Dee Dee would strike her with her open hands or a coat hanger.
Dee Dee had some of Gypsy's saliva glands treated with Botoxthen extracted altogether, to control her drooling, which Gypsy later claimed her mother had induced by using a topical anesthetic to numb her gums before doctor visits.
He nevertheless ordered MRIs and blood testswhich found no abnormalities. After contacting Gypsy's doctors in New Orleans, he learned that Gypsy's original muscle biopsy had come back negative, undermining Dee Dee's self-reported diagnosis of muscular dystrophy, as well as her claim that all Gypsy's records had been destroyed by flooding.
He suspected the possibility of Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Dee Dee contrived to gain access to Flasterstein's notes and subsequently stopped taking Gypsy to see him.
He said he had been told by other doctors to treat the pair with "golden gloves" and doubted the authorities would believe him anyway. Innonetheless, an anonymous caller [c] told the police about Dee Dee's use of different names and birth dates for herself and her daughter, and suggested Gypsy was in better health than claimed.
Officers who performed the resulting wellness check accepted Dee Dee's explanation that she used the misinformation to make it harder for her abusive ex-husband to find her and Gypsy, without checking this story out with Rod, and reported that Gypsy seemed to genuinely be mentally handicapped.
The file was closed. A neighbor recalls an incident either in or where Gypsy showed up at her door one night, without her wheelchair, seeking a ride to a local hospital to visit a man with whom she shared a romantic interest.
The man had been assaulted by a group of people familiar with Gypsy's medical history, who felt that he was taking advantage of a mentally-challenged underage girl. At the hospital Gypsy produced a birth certificate that gave her correct date of birth, proving that she was of legal age.
Dee Dee went to the hospital, where she said that that birth certificate was an incorrect version issued after Katrina, apparently proving it with the "real" birth certificate giving a more recent birthdate.
Reportedly Gypsy was made to apologize to all present. At an event inshe made what may have been another escape attempt that ended when her mother found her in a hotel room with a man she had met online.
Again Dee Dee produced the paperwork giving Gypsy's false, younger birth date and threatened to inform the police. Dee Dee later told Gypsy that she had filed paperwork with the police claiming that Gypsy was mentally incompetent, leading Gypsy to believe that if she attempted to go to the police for help, they would not believe her.
Godejohn had some issues of his own: Gypsy, who had five separate Facebook accounts,  and Godejohn flirted online, their exchanges sometimes using BDSM elements, which Gypsy has since claimed was more what he was interested in. Woodmansee tried to talk her out of it, still thinking Gypsy too young and possibly being taken advantage of by an online sexual predator.
Her plan was for him to just bump into her while she and Dee Dee were at a movie theater, both of them in costume,  and apparently strike up a relationship that way, then for her to introduce him to her mother.
As soon as they did meet for the first time in real life, Godejohn says, Gypsy led him to the bathroom, where the two had sex. After they had returned home and Dee Dee went to sleep, Gypsy let him know, and he went to the Blanchard house.
Gypsy allowed him in and allegedly gave him duct tape, gloves and a knife with the understanding that he would use it to murder Dee Dee; Gypsy claimed later that she did not expect him to be able to do it.
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