The Wisconsin man who helped Gypsy Rose Blanchard carry out her plan to murder her mother after the pair began an online relationship said in a new interview the days before the killing spent with each other were some of his best.
Nicholas Godejohn, 30, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2015 stabbing death of Dee Dee Blanchard, who Gypsy said had for years made her severely ill.
Blanchard’s brutal slaying and the revelation that she was behind her daughter’s lifelong ailments captured the nation’s headlines and has since been the subject of an HBO documentary and dramatizations on Lifetime and Hulu.
The case will once again come into focus in Oxygen’s, “Gypsy Rose & Nick: A Love to Kill For,” which brings into focus Godejohn’s perspective in the days he spent with Gypsy, whom he called his “soulmate.”
“That was, man, probably the best days of my life, that’s the only way I can describe it,” Godejohn said from prison. “I enjoyed every second of it.”
Godejohn traveled from Wisconsin to Gypsy’s home in Missouri to see her and said he knew killing her mother was the only way he could ensure they could have a life together.
“Somehow I just knew, deep within my heart, some way me and her would end up being together in the end,” he said. “There’s no other option, we gotta do it.”
Godejohn, who last year told ABC's "20/20" Gypsy orchestrated the entire killing after her mother forbade her from seeing him, said in the new interview he wanted to make sure her mom was not going to harm her anymore.
“I made sure of that,” he continued.
He said they had begun planning their future together as a couple, calling the five days they spent together “the most intense, and magical, and awe-inspiring days I’ve ever had.”
“I was gonna get a job and start looking for an apartment,” he said.
The preview for the special, which airs 7 p.m. ET Saturday, also shows video footage taken by Gypsy featuring Godejohn laughing while eating a brownie.
“After a little ways down the road, I’d probably end up marrying her and end up having children with her,” Godejohn said of his intended future with Gypsy. “That’s something I’ve never had with someone else. To this day, she’s the only one I’ve ever had that with.”
A family friend told People in April Gypsy has become engaged to a man she was corresponding with as a pen pal while in prison. That friend said they believed Gypsy’s relationship with Godejohn was unhealthy and a desperate act.
Gypsy, now 27, is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in her mother’s death. The communities in which she lived with her mother for years believed her to be terminally ill with the mental capacity of a 7-year-old.
Experts have since deemed it a case of Munchausen by proxy, a rare mental disorder where a caretaker fabricates, induces or exaggerates illness in a person under their care for sympathy or attention.
“Gypsy was infantilized and kept away from her peers. She was little more than a tool for Dee Dee to navigate through the world the way she wanted to,” Munchausen expert professor Marc Feldman told the Springfield News-Leader in 2016.
Feldman said this was first instance he knows of in which the victim of Munchausen by proxy has killed their abuser, calling the case “unprecedented."