Mother’s murder may follow years of fraud

Sheriff: A tragic case surrounded by mystery and public deception

(CNN) – This is how most people knew Gypsy Blancharde; a young disabled woman, wheelchair bound, suffering from muscular dystrophy and leukemia.

She and her mother were apparent survivors of Hurricane Katrina. “She blindfolded me, but I looked, and I still have nightmares of what I saw.” Gypsy and her mother talked to reporters after receiving a home from habitat for humanity in 2008.

They’ve spoken to reporters a lot over the years, but it now seems nobody really knows the truth.

According to Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott, “We really don’t know the true background of this family. We’ve received information that they are Hurricane Katrina victims, like you all have, but we have not confirmed that.”

Gypsy is now charged with first-degree murder in her mother’s death. In court without her wheelchair, she seemed to be walking just fine on her own, but she spoke in the same timid voice.

Sheriff Arnott said, “I want to make a statement to use caution in donating money to this family at this time, as we have unearthed the appearance of a long financial fraud scheme along with this tragic event.”

A violent post on the Facebook page shared by Gypsy and her mother alerted police to Dee Dee’s death. Investigators say Gypsy’s boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, would later admit he stabbed her mother to death while she slept because his girlfriend asked him to.

Investigators also say Gypsy was there when it happened and that she admitted she knew what Godejohn was about to do and did nothing to stop it.

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