After the success of Fyre Fraud, Hulu is presenting an entirely different kind of true crime with its new series, The Act. The first installation of the anthology series follows how the toxic relationship between Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard led to the former’s bloody murder. As we now know, Dee Dee had Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a condition that led her to trick her daughter Gypsy into thinking she was ill in order for the pair to gain sympathy. Patricia Arquette and Joey King demystify this contentious bond by portraying both women on the small screen. But while the volatile mother-daughter relationship has had the most attention in this case, it’s not actually by Gypsy’s hand that Dee Dee died.
Dee Dee’s murder has many layers. While we can’t know for sure how much Gypsy knew about her true physical capabilities (despite what Dee Dee told her), Gypsy privately faced physical and mental abuse from her mother. After meeting on an online Christian dating site, she started a three-year relationship with Nicholas Godejohn (played by Calum Worthy in The…
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