Nicholas Godejohn Biography
Nicholas Godejohn is an American citizen who is being sentenced for the murder of the 48-year-old Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard in June 2015 at her home near Springfield.
Nicholas Godejohn Age
He was reported to be around 29 years old as of 2018. His age is not really known for now but we are updating this article as we find out more about Godejohn.
Nicholas Godejohn Parents
His mother is not known to the public, unlike his father who has been present in his court appearings.
Nicholas Godejohn Girlfriend
Godejohn was dating Gypsy Blanchard the daughter of Dee Dee Blanchard. Godejohn met Gypsy Blanchard three years prior on a Christian dating website. The couple planned for Godejohn to come down to Springfield from Wisconsin to kill Dee Dee Blanchard so they could be together.
Nicholas Godejohn Sentence and Trial
A jury found Godejohn guilty Friday of first-degree murder for the 2015 killing of Dee Dee Blanchard. Godejohn faces a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. He will be formally sentenced in February 2019. Godejohn stabbed Dee Dee Blanchard to death in June 2015 in a home just north of the Springfield city limits.
Events Leading to the Murder of Dee Dee Blanchard
Nicholas Godejohn met Gypsy Rose Blanchard on a Christian dating site. Soon after their first few meetings in person, she asked him to murder her overbearing mother — which he did.
Nicholas Godejohn was 26 years old when he committed his first and only murder. His short – lived relationship with the young, apparently wheelchair – bound Gypsy Rose Blanchard resulted in her mother being killed, Dee Dee Blanchard — and has since become infamous for its strange and entangled tale.
Before Hulu’s star-studded depiction of the bizarre Munchausen by Proxy-induced child abuse and subsequent homicide, however, Nicholas Godejohn was already wading into troubled waters. The then-23-year-old Wisconsin man had a history of mental illness and a criminal record for indecent exposure when Gypsy Rose met him on the internet. It only took a few months for their virtual nightly bonding sessions to turn into a face to face meeting.
It was after this initial meeting in 2012 that the two had sex and began to plot the murder of Gypsy’s mother, Dee Dee. Then on a night in mid-June, 2015, the grisly plot came to fruition. Gypsy left the front door unlocked for Godejohn to enter undetected and while Dee Dee Blanchard slept — and her daughter listened from the bathroom — Godejohn stabbed the 47-year-old to death.
Gypsy Rose, A Victim Of Munchausen
Gypsy Rose was born in 1991 and raised entirely by her mother, Dee Dee because her young father had abandoned them. He told Dee Dee that he didn’t love her and that he “got married for the wrong reasons.”
When Gypsy Rose was three months old, her mother told doctors that the infant had trouble breathing normally. According to The Guardian, Gypsy was subsequently diagnosed with sleep apnea and given a breathing apparatus — the first of many false ailments Dee Dee attributed her daughter.
Whether or not she was conscious of her glaring Munchausen syndrome — an illness which reveals itself in a parent’s unnecessary focus on the non-existent health issues of their children — Dee Dee was adamant that her daughter needed a wheelchair.
Gypsy Rose was seven years old when her mother told the extended family about this supposed chromosomal disorder that limited the child’s motion and kept her dependent on the adult. Eventually, Dee Dee installed a feeding tube into her daughter’s wheelchair — Gypsy had somehow lost a tremendous amount of weight.
The health issues not only continued but ramped up dramatically when Gypsy was diagnosed with epilepsy and prescribed Tegretol, which resulted in the girl’s teeth falling apart. Dee Dee’s initially unfounded concerns had started to fulfill themselves, with Gypsy’s grandparents uncertain if their granddaughter would even survive into adulthood.
After Hurricane Katrina forced the Blanchards to move from Louisiana to Missouri, Dee Dee added an “e” to Blanchard in an attempt to wipe the slate clean. Gypsy and her mother became the best of friends, according to what the neighbors observed.
Of course, the fact that Gypsy and Dee Dee were closer than ever and inseparable was quite literally true due to the child’s ingrained belief that she couldn’t physically move independently. Soon enough, Dee Dee began contacting media outlets, eager to become the woman who symbolized faith, positivity, and resilience for all the other mothers in the world.
This actually worked — Gypsy was crowned queen at a local Mardi Gras parade, was gifted paid trips to Walt Disney World, and given backstage passes to a Miranda Lambert concert. The singer even sent Dee Dee numerous checks totaling $6,000 to help the poor mother with her sick child. Then in 2013 when Gypsy was 22 years old, she took to the internet to find likeminded people of her age. She created a profile on Christiandatingforfree.com and soon met Nicholas Godejohn.
Enter Nicholas Godejohn
Though Gypsy made sure to tell Godejohn that she was wheelchair-bound, the 23-year-old insisted that he found her “pure”. The pair believed that they had found “true love” after only a few online conversations. The virtual relationship deepened. Godejohn and Gypsy decided to share a private Facebook page where the two could post messages for one another without Dee Dee knowing.
Godejohn wasn’t without baggage. He had a criminal record for indecent exposure and a history of mental illness. He told Gypsy that she must be “respectful” of him at all times and to capitalize his name. But Gypsy had some secret conceits too that she divulged to Godejohn.
She told him that there was nothing wrong with her, that she didn’t need a wheelchair and that her mother forced her to. She could walk perfectly, but nobody knew this and could not know this.
As the two grew closer, Gypsy’s shared secret allowed for her to have a relationship unlike any other she’d ever had. When his efforts to set a face to face meeting intensified, Gypsy, though incredibly anxious about the meeting, relented. The two met for the first time at a Missouri movie theater in 2015 during an outing between Gypsy and her mother. Gypsy took a bathroom break which was merely an excuse for her to meet Godejohn in the restroom and have sex.
But the secret meeting was easily discovered by Dee Dee who immediately forbade Godejohn and Gypsy from ever meeting again.
The Murder Of Dee Dee Blanchard
Dee Dee Blanchard’s body was found on June 14, 2015. The overbearing mother was lying in a pool of her own blood, facedown, on the floor of her pink bedroom. She’d been stabbed to death and covered by a blanket. She’d lain there for several days.
Nicholas Godejohn The Act
Turns out, Gypsy Rose Blanchard and Nicholas Godejohn were not the modern-day Bonnie and Clyde. In the finale of Hulu’s The Act, Gypsy (Joey King) makes the tough decision to sever her case from her (now ex) lover in order to receive a better plea deal and avoid the death penalty. Nick (Calum Worthy) is visibly thrown by this decision, frantically repeating that he “did it for her.”
As we know, Gypsy is halfway through her 10-year sentence for the murder of Dee Dee Blanchard, while Nick is still in prison, where he will remain for the rest of his life. Gypsy is engaged and ready to get on with her life. Calum told Cosmo that Nick was “destroyed” by Gypsy’s decision to place most of the blame for her mother’s death. “He really believed he was doing the right thing and that he was…he was helping her and is confused as to why his sentence would be different than hers,” Calum says.
But what does the real Nick Godejohn think? Well, it sounds like Calum was right. In 2018, Nick told Godejohn told 20/20 that he felt “betrayed.” “I loved Gypsy to the point where I would do anything for her. I’ve proven that with what I did,” he says. “Unfortunately, because of how far I went, I feel as if she’s betrayed me. I feel that she’s abandoned me.”
But that didn’t stop Godejohn from reaching out to Gypsy while in prison. A representative of the Blanchard family told InTouch that Nick sent Gyspy a letter. “She just threw it away,” Fancy Macelli says. “I don’t think they’re supposed to communicate, but she just has no interest in that part of her life.”
In that same 20/20 interview, Nick admits to still feeling love for Gypsy. “I truly believed that she was, like, my soulmate,” Godejohn says. “There is a part of me that will probably always love her, but she’s hurt me so badly. I guess you could say my feelings got the best of me. I ended up loving someone way too much.” Adopted from cosmopolitan.
Nicholas Godejohn Facebook
Dee Dee and Gypsy’s shared Facebook status, meanwhile, publicly betrayed gleeful knowledge of the events that led to the mother’s death.
“THAT BITCH IS DEAD,” it read. The comments section presented further details.
I fucken SLASHED THAT FAT PIG AND RAPED HER SWEET INNOCENT DAUGHTER…HER SCREAM WAS SOOOO FUCKEN LOUD LOL.
The Facebook messages used to plan the finer details have since become public as a result of the court proceedings that would later land both Godejohn and Blanchard in prison. When friends and family saw the status online, they took it upon themselves to investigate. It was then that Blanchard’s body was found.
Gypsy told reporter Erin Lee Carr that after the incident at the movie theater, her mother’s cruelty increased. According to Gypsy, it was helplessness and anger, and not knowing how to seek help, that led to her mother’s murder.
“I couldn’t just jump out of the wheelchair because I was afraid and I didn’t know what my mother would do,” Gypsy said, according to People. “I didn’t have anyone to trust.”
It was after the incident at the movie theater that she believed only Godejohn could help her and asked him, “Would you kill my mother for me?”
Godejohn committed to the act quite easily, by all accounts.
Plan B, as the couple called it, would take place on June 12 and be extremely gory. Gypsy’s version of events had Nicholas Godejohn enter the pink Habitat for Humanity house that charity had built for them. Gypsy provided Godejohn with a pair of blue gloves and a large serrated knife. Godejohn then commanded his girlfriend to “get your ass to the bathroom” via text message and Gypsy complied. As she sat on the bathroom floor, naked, she could overhear Godejohn stab her mother to death — with the screams permeating the walls.
Life Behind Bars
The duo’s exit strategy was primitive and doomed to fail. They fled to Wisconsin where they planned to start a new life at Godejohn’s parents’ house but Gypsy started to worry about her mother’s decomposing body. Hoping authorities would find her mother and not trace the murder back to her and Godejohn, she posted the fact that Dee Dee Blanchard was dead on their shared Facebook page. Gypsy assumed the police would think a random criminal had done the deed but that obviously wasn’t the case.
Police traced the post back to Big Bend, Wisconsin, where they quickly found Gypsy Rose Blanchard and Nicholas Godejohn. Both were arrested for murder.
Nicholas Godejohn pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder but received a life sentence after being found guilty. Gypsy did plead guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Her sentence will come to an end in 2026 and she will be eligible for parole in 2024. Godejohn’s prison term, however, isn’t eligible for parole, according to News.au.
“Nick was so in love with her and so obsessed with her that he would do anything,” said Godejohn’s lawyer, Dewayne Perry, in his closing arguments in November 2018. “And Gypsy knew that.” He also described the killer as a “low-functioning person with autism” incapable of truly and consciously deciding to commit murder.
The trial did see several psychologists support Perry’s argument that his client did indeed have the disorder and should’ve perhaps received a trial to accommodate that. In the end, though, Greene County prosecutor Dan Patterson argued that Godejohn was mentally sound enough to weigh his options — pointing to the fact that the defendant waited outside the victim’s bedroom for a minute to make his decision – and that he was primarily motivated by sex.
Patterson also said Godejohn’s t-shirt, emblazoned with “evil clowns,” was worn deliberately to scare Gypsy’s mother before her murder. While that particular claim wasn’t itself incriminating of his intent to murder, the fact that Godejohn and Gypsy discussed the crime for at least an entire year prior certainly was. The jury was asked to deliberate between four options for Godejohn: not guilty, guilty of first-degree murder, guilty of second-degree murder, or involuntary manslaughter.
Nicholas Godejohn’s first and last murder has since been turned a Hulu TV show, The Act, starring Patricia Arquette as Dee Dee Blanchard and Joey King as Gypsy Rose. Canadian actor Calum Worthy will portray Godejohn.
While the production is sure to take a few creative liberties with the real-life material, the foundation certainly seems faithful to the truth.
According to Newsweek, Dee Dee Blanchard’s family is none too pleased with the fact that the show will, in their view, play fast and loose with their lives. This isn’t the first time the killing of Dee Dee Blanchard will have been adapted for the screen, as HBO’s 2017 documentary, Mommy Dead and Dearest, got there first.
Nonetheless, Gypsy Rose’s cousin Bobby Pitre revealed that “Dee Dee’s sisters think it’s pretty fucked up. They hate all of it. They don’t know why people keep making stories about it.”
While the victim’s sisters think it’s “time to leave it alone,” it’s no mystery why people have become so obsessively fascinated with the case.
In a post-Serial world where true crime reigns supreme, the story of a little girl who was essentially held captive, told she was sick her whole life, but that managed to escape, no matter how murderously, enthralls millions.
For Godejohn, according to the Springfield News-Leader, the motivation to kill never changed.
“I was blindly in love,” he said at the sentencing hearing in February. “That was always very much the case.”
Nicholas Godejohn Appeal
Godejohn’s attorney motioned for a new trial at that hearing based on the argument that his client was in a diminished mental capacity during the crime and that the state’s psychologist shouldn’t have been able to provide contradictory testimony at the original trial.
While Judge Jones denied the motion, he did agree that this argument could be of interest to a higher, different court in the future, as Godejohn’s case moves through the process of appeals.
Nonetheless, Nicholas Godejohn will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
Nicholas Godejohn Interview
Nicholas Godejohn Autism
A psychologist described Nicholas Godejohn as a loner with autism spectrum disorder and a low-average IQ.
Dr. Kent Franks, a Springfield psychologist, testified in Godejohn’s defense as Godejohn stands trial on a first-degree murder charge in the June 2015 killing of Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard.
Franks said he interviewed Godejohn in December 2015 and then again in July 2016, for about 11 hours total.
Franks said his conclusion is that Godejohn has autism spectrum disorder level 2 requiring substantial support with accompanying intellectual impairment.
Franks said with that diagnosis, it would be difficult for Godejohn to deliberate. Deliberation is a necessary component of first-degree murder, which is the charge Godejohn is facing.
One of Godejohn’s defense attorneys said in opening statements Tuesday that Godejohn did not have the mental ability necessary for deliberation, and a less serious conviction would be more appropriate.
After the defense rested on Thursday afternoon, prosecutors called a different psychologist, Robert Denney, as a rebuttal witness.
Denney said he also examined Godejohn and diagnosed him with the less severe autism spectrum disorder level 1.
Denney said Godejohn scored particularly well in a judgment test that Denney administered.
Nicholas Godejohn 20/20
Nicholas Godejohn Mommy Dead and Dearest
Mommy Dead and Dearest is a documentary film directed by Erin Lee Carr about the murder of Dee Dee Blanchard, for which her daughter, Gypsy Rose Blanchard, was accused. It debuted on HBO on May 16, 2017.