Erin Lee Carr
Hot Docs, Docaviv
A girl plagued by health problems and her doting mother find themselves at the center of a shocking crime.
Dee Dee Blanchard was a loving, protective caretaker to her wheelchair-bound young daughter Gypsy Rose, who suffered from a range of debilitating physical and developmental conditions, including leukemia, multiple sclerosis, and mental retardation. The Hurricane Katrina survivors charmed everyone they met in their new community of Springfield MO with their devotion to one another. When Dee Dee is found brutally murdered, with Gypsy Rose nowhere to be found and her Facebook page celebrating her mother’s death, their close-knit community begins to question everything they thought they knew about the pair. But this dark turn in the Blanchards’ story is not the strangest thing that emerges, as this riveting film reveals. Carr expertly peels back a lifetime of deception, neuroses, and abuse to reveal a surprising, disturbing true crime tale which prompts the audience to change their sympathies with each twist and turn.