Trial starts for man accused of killing Munchausen mom
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Wisconsin man fatally stabbed a Missouri mother who forced her daughter to pretend she was disabled, not to save the daughter, but to get the mother out of the way so he could romantically pursue the daughter.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that the defense conceded Tuesday during opening statements in the first-degree murder trial of 29-year-old Nicholas Godejohn that he killed 48-year-old Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard in 2015. But his attorney says he has autism and was manipulated to kill by Blanchard’s daughter, Gypsy Blanchard, whom he met on a Christian dating website.
Family members say Gypsy Blanchard was forced to use a wheelchair and undergo unnecessary medical procedures. She is serving a 10-year prison sentence for second-degree murder. The case has spawned numerous TV specials.
Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com