19 Things To Know About Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy

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When the Dee Dee Blanchard story came out in 2015, it shocked the nation. Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her boyfriend murdered Dee Dee Blanchard in June of that year. Dee Dee Blanchard pretended that her daughter was mentally disabled and suffering from leukemia when she was perfectly healthy. This made this breaking story even more bizarre. In fact, she even shaved her daughter’s head, made her ride in a wheelchair, and have countless surgeries and medications to keep up with the appearance that her daughter was sickly. It turned out that Dee Dee was suffering from Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. This is a psychological disorder where someone, usually a caretaker, pretends that someone else, usually a child, is ill.

The media created numerous films and TV specials about the Dee Dee Blanchard case. HBO created a documentary film called Mommy Dead and Dearest in 2017. Lifetime created a movie called “Love You to Death” in 2019 based on the case. And Hulu created a TV series called The Act in March 2019 based on the famous case. It is the only reported case where the victim of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy killed the perpetrator. Read on to find out more about this mysterious psychological illness.

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