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New True Crime Series Explores Daughter's Shocking Murder Of Her Mother

New True Crime Series Explores Daughter's Shocking Murder Of Her Mother

If you watched HBO's hugely popular documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest, you'll know about the lives of mother-and-daughter duo Gypsie Rose and Dee Dee Blanchard. Now, the disturbing and complicated relationship will unfold once again in a brand new series.

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The story will be explored in Hulu's new true crime anthology series The Act - and if the trailer is anything to go by, it's going to be gripping.

According to the online streaming giant, the series is about 'a girl trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother,' but anyone who's seen the documentary knows the relationship goes a lot deeper than that.

The Act will be based on the true story of Gypsy Rose, who was convicted of murdering her mother Dee Dee in 2015. However, Gypsy claimed her mother made her a victim of Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

The Act. Credit: Hulu
The Act. Credit: Hulu

Munchausen syndrome is when a parent or any other form of carer makes up an illness for the person they're taking care of, often for sympathy or financial gain.

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Gypsy used this as her defence, claiming her mother held her against her will and forced her to take medications to convince her she was poorly.

The series based on the true story of Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee. Credit: HBO
The series based on the true story of Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee. Credit: HBO

According to Meaaw, Dee Dee claimed her daughter had leukaemia, epilepsy, hearing loss, sleep apnoea, asthma, muscular dystrophy and chromosomal defects. It's also reported Gypsy was forced to use a wheelchair despite the fact she was more than capable of walking, and she is even alleged to have forced doctors to put a feeding tube in her daughter.

Dee Dee even shaved Gypsy's head to make her look sick, as well as telling people she had the mental capacity of a seven-year-old child.

The show is released on Hulu on 20 March. Credit: Instagram/joeyking
The show is released on Hulu on 20 March. Credit: Instagram/joeyking

In The Act, Joey King will take on the role of Gypsy, while Patricia Arquette plays the role of Dee Dee.

In a post on Instagram, 19-year-old actor King: "This show took every ounce of my energy and focus and I'm so grateful for the experience and everyone involved."

The series is set to land on Hulu on 20 March.

Featured Image Credit: Hulu

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, True Crime

Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the team in 2017. Contact her on [email protected]

 

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