Mommy Dead and Dearest
For a deeper understanding of Munchausen-by-proxy syndrome, whereby a mother abuses her own child to seek personal sympathy and attention, this documentary is it. For almost 20 years, Dee Dee Blancharde fed daughter Gypsy Rose numerous drugs which induced horrible medical symptoms. Meanwhile, her massive fraud resulted in free trips, housing, and gifts and money from the surrounding community. In the incredulity of it all, you feel utter hatred toward Dee Dee, but are at least hopeful for Gypsy, who is now healthy and likely to receive her father’s support when she's up for parole in 2024.
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