A Springfield Missouri, area woman may have been killed by her own daughter who, it appears, was faked being wheelchair bound to scam all comers. Clauddinea “Dee Dee” Blanchard was found murdered last week and her daughter Gypsy was missing, originally thought to be in danger.
Long story short (because you have probably heard about this by now), Gypsy turns up in Wisconsin with her boyfriend and is perfectly ambulatory. Also turning up in Wisconsin is a knife suspected to be the murder weapon and $4400 cash. Now the pair are awaiting extradition back to Missouri.
To add fuel to the original scam, the mother and daughter received a home ten years ago from Habitat from Humanity. This makes one wonder about motive. Did Gypsy want to escape the wheelchair and mother Dee Dee did not want the scam to end? Who knows? We don’t know…not yet.
Predictably, the internet sleuths are now out in full force. They create Facebook pages to discuss the case, see what they can dig up to impress their colleagues, and, subsequently, threaten those who disagree with them.
Until I was thrust into the investigation of a case that drew nationwide attention nearly four years ago, I had not idea how bat shit crazy some of these real crime obsessive people could be. When they did not like my observations in that case, they attempted to threaten, intimidate and bully me. Now, in another case, they are doing the same to a colleague. Some of these people can be just as bizarre as the cases they obsess over.
It is okay to turn Facebook into an internet coffee shop and have an exchange of ideas. It is not okay to attempt to intimidate or bully those who do not agree with you. And, yet, some of these same people are the first ones to carry the banner against bullying in schools that have led to teen suicide. Let’s all play nice.
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