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Gypsy R. Blancharde, 23, and her boyfriend Nicholas Paul Godejohn, 26, are both charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action. Bond is set at a million dollars each, and they will be extradited back to Springfield to face charges.
An extradition hearing for Gypsy and Nicholas has been scheduled in Waukesha County Court for 8:30 a.m. June 29.
Update: According to updated court records, Gypsy’s extradition hearing was rescheduled for Friday, June 19.
The pair were both charged today in a felony complaint filed by Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson
Police were alerted to the possible crime by two posts on Gypsy’s Facebook page that read “That bitch is dead!” and. “I fucken slashed that fat pig and raped her sweet innocent daughter . . . Her scream was soooo fucken loud LOL.” This was sent from Gypsy’s account on June 14. A friend saw it and called 911. Police traced it to Godejohn’s address in Big Bend, Wisconsin.
According to the police probable cause statement, the mother was found face down on her bed stabbed multiple times on the back with a gaping hole on the back of her neck.
Post-Miranda statements allegedly made to police after being read their rights, draw a picture of a murderous pair who planned to kill the mother after she went to sleep. Godejohn told police that Gypsy asked him to kill her and he jumped on Clauddinnea’s back and stabbed her. He said he thought about raping her but decided against it.
He said Gypsy gave him the knife and he mailed it to his home address. Gypsy admitted to being in the house while her mother was being killed and doing nothing about it. The pair took several thousand dollars out of a safe in the house. Gypsy cleaned up Nicholas’s blood that had been spilled with baby wipes, and they left the home in a cab, later taking a bus to Wisconsin.
Police believe the murder took place between June 9 and 14.
To view the criminal complaint and probable cause statement on this case, click HERE.
According to reports Clauddinnea and her daughter moved to Springfield after Hurricane Katrina. They lived in a Habitat for Humanity house, and Gypsy was supposed to be disabled. At the time Gypsy’s medical records were reported to be “lost.”
Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott has since made statements in a press conference that that situation likely involved fraud and deception. “This is a tragic tragic event surrounded by mystery and public deception,” Arnott said. “We don’t know the extent of the fraud, but it seems pretty lengthy,” he said.
“It seems like a huge rabbit trail that we’re following to see if anything is true,” the sheriff said.
Over the years the Blancharde’s often asked for and received online financial donations (usually through gofundme.com) to assist with medical expenses. “I caution anyone at this point not to put money in their accounts until we can figure out the extent of their deception,” Arnott said.
Since childhood, Gypsy reportedly suffered from Muscular Dystrophy and Leukemia. She also appeared to be confined to a wheelchair. However, videos taken at her Waukesha County Court appearance showed otherwise. “She can walk without assistance and she can do that very well,” Arnott said.
— C.L., H.E and J.P.