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Page Six
6 Jan 2024

NextImg:House where Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s mother was killed has become tourist attraction, neighbors ‘stressed’

Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s former neighbors are reportedly not happy that the home where her mother, Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard, was murdered is attracting a lot of attention.

A resident identified only as Tonia told TMZ Saturday that she and other neighbors have noticed several out-of-state license plates driving by the Springfield, Mo., home, and stopping in the middle of the road to take pictures.

However, because the house has been painted from pink to blue, Tonia reportedly added that tourists often bother neighbors to ask whether they are at the right house.

She told the outlet she “once refused to provide details” in order to protect the new mother-daughter duo who reside at the former murder site.

A second neighbor named Thomas Pengilly said he is concerned that some people may visit the house with “bad intentions,” which has been “stressful” for nearby residents.

The house has garnered new publicity since Gypsy Rose’s prison release. Getty Images

He told TMZ that he believes the residence should have been torn down since so much trauma and pain occurred there, and advised curious people looking to visit to “find better things to do.”

Sam Baker, a third resident, told the outlet that what he finds most “aggravating” is the traffic the tourism has caused on their street since his kids often play outside.

Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee have not lived at the home since the former ordered her then-boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, to kill her mother inside the property in June 2015.

Gypsy Rose’s mother suffered from Munchausen by proxy. HBO
Dee Dee forced Gypsy Rose to take medications and undergo medical procedures that she did not need. HBO

The plot was orchestrated as retaliation for the suffering Dee Dee inflicted on Gypsy Rose because of her mental illness. She suffered from Munchausen by proxy syndrome, a psychological disorder in which a caretaker fakes or causes a child’s sickness.

Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization which seeks to build affordable housing, previously gifted the mother and daughter the Springfield home since they believed the pair needed financial assistance due to Gypsy Rose’s alleged medical issues.

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In August 2015, after the home as vacated following the murder, local news outlets reported that Greene County Public Administrator David Yancey had been appointed as the estate’s personal representative to “take charge and protect the property” from vandals, weather and other dangers.

Habitat for Humanity gifted Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee the charming pink house. HBO

He reportedly did not rule out the idea of having someone else move into the home, which appears to have taken place, per the neighbors that spoke to TMZ.

The property had an estimated value of approximately $72,500 in 2015. It’s unclear how much it is worth now given the amount of publicity and notoriety it has received.

Gypsy Rose, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for second-degree murder in 2016 but released early on parole Dec. 28, 2023, currently resides in Louisiana with her husband, Ryan Scott Anderson.