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Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s pen pal fiance is seen for first time after the couple got engaged in April

Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s pen pal fiance has been pictured for the first time since the couple announced their engagement in April. 

Blanchard and Ken met via a prison pen pal program after her story was the subject of an HBO documentary – Mommy Dead and Dearest – that aired in 2017. 

The 27-year-old is serving a 10-year sentence for planning the 2015 murder of her mother Clauddine ‘Dee Dee’ Blanchard after realizing she wasn’t disabled or terminally ill as she had been led to believe her entire life. 

Photos of Blanchard posing with her fiance and family were obtained by E! News last week. 

In one photo Blanchard is seen holding hands with Ken alongside her father, Rod Blanchard and her stepmother Kristy. 

 

Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s pen pal fiance, Ken (right, with Gypsy), has been pictured for the first time since the couple announced their engagement in April

Blanchard and Ken met via a prison pen pal program after her story was the subject of an HBO documentary - Mommy Dead and Dearest - that aired in 2017. The photos were taken during Ken's first meeting with Gypsy's parents, at the jail several months ago

Blanchard and Ken met via a prison pen pal program after her story was the subject of an HBO documentary – Mommy Dead and Dearest – that aired in 2017. The photos were taken during Ken’s first meeting with Gypsy’s parents, at the jail several months ago

A second photo shows the family smiling as they pose together. 

According to E! News, the photos were taken of Ken’s first meeting with Gypsy’s parents, at the jail several months ago. 

Blanchard’s fiance visits her in prison frequently and they speak multiple times a week. 

Interest in Blanchard’s case was reignited after The Act, which is a TV show based on her life, started airing on Hulu on March 20. 

Blanchard, who turns 28 this month, is currently serving a 10-year sentence for plotting to kill her Munchhausen-suffering mother, while her accomplice Nicholas Godejohn was given a life sentence. 

In April, a petition that was started on Change.org by Blanchard’s father in a bid to get her released from prison, reached just over 90,000 in the weeks after the show started airing. 

Blanchard takes the stand during the trial of her ex-boyfriend Nicholas Godejohn on Thursday, November 15, 2018, in Springfield, Missouri

Blanchard takes the stand during the trial of her ex-boyfriend Nicholas Godejohn on Thursday, November 15, 2018, in Springfield, Missouri

In April, a petition that was started on Change.org by Blanchard's father in a bid to get her released from prison, reached just over 90,000 in the weeks after the show started airing. Blanchard is pictured above with her dad Rod and stepmom Kristy

In April, a petition that was started on Change.org by Blanchard’s father in a bid to get her released from prison, reached just over 90,000 in the weeks after the show started airing. Blanchard is pictured above with her dad Rod and stepmom Kristy

The petition called for Missouri Governor Mike Parson to reduce Blanchard’s prison sentence.

‘I’m petitioning for any relief to Gypsy’s 10 year sentence, a shorter sentence, perhaps relocation to a mental facility where she can get the better help she needs,’ her father wrote on the petition. 

‘Gypsy has a loving family and community waiting, supporting her every step of the way to freedom. 

‘She appears completely healthy and in good spirits, although we don’t know if there were any long term physical effects from the abuse. She has suffered long enough. Please help her come home.’ 

Blanchard enlisted the help of Godejohn, who was her boyfriend at the time, after they met on a Christian dating website. 

They plotted to kill her mother after realizing she wasn’t disabled or terminally ill like Clauddine had made out her entire life. 

Blanchard, who turns 28 this month, is currently serving a 10-year sentence for plotting to kill her Munchhausen-suffering mother, Clauddine (pictured) while her accomplice Nicholas Godejohn was given a life sentence

Blanchard, who turns 28 this month, is currently serving a 10-year sentence for plotting to kill her Munchhausen-suffering mother, Clauddine (pictured) while her accomplice Nicholas Godejohn was given a life sentence

Clauddine led everyone to believe that her daughter was a terminally ill teen with the mind of a seven-year-old who suffered from muscular dystrophy, leukemia and other ailments. She made Gypsy (above) shave her head to make it appear as if she lost her hair during chemo

Clauddine led everyone to believe that her daughter was a terminally ill teen with the mind of a seven-year-old who suffered from muscular dystrophy, leukemia and other ailments. She made Gypsy (above) shave her head to make it appear as if she lost her hair during chemo

Her mother was found stabbed to death in June 2015 in her Springfield, Missouri bed.  

Clauddine, who suffered from Munchausen by proxy syndrome, had led everyone to believe that her daughter was a terminally ill teenager with the mind of a seven-year-old who suffered from muscular dystrophy, leukemia and other ailments. 

Blanchard, who was arrested with Godejohn just two days after Clauddine’s body was found, walked into her first court appearance on her own two feet – much to the shock of those who thought she was wheelchair-bound.

Clauddine had moved to Springfield when Gypsy was a child, claiming they had fled from Hurricane Katrina.

The two lived in a home built by Habitat for Humanity, and Clauddine was a full-time caretaker for Blanchard, claiming the girl suffered from ailments including chromosomal defects, epilepsy, sleep apnea, leukemia, and severe asthma.

Blanchard's story is currently the inspiration for Hulu's latest television series, The Act, in which she is played by Joey King (above)

Blanchard’s story is currently the inspiration for Hulu’s latest television series, The Act, in which she is played by Joey King (above)

Clauddine’s ruse fooled even doctors, who doled out prescriptions and performed surgeries on Blanchard. 

The mother also accepted financial donations and the two went on charity-funded trips to Disney World.

She had barred her daughter from attending school after kindergarten. 

Clauddine even made her daughter shave her head so it appeared as if she lost her hair through chemotherapy. 

Blanchard eventually met Godejohn on ChristianDatingForFree.com and started an online relationship for two years.

When she opened up to her boyfriend about her mother’s behavior, they came up with a plot to murder Clauddine so they could be together. 

Blanchard is seen in court as she awaited trial for plotting to kill her mother

Blanchard is seen in court as she awaited trial for plotting to kill her mother 

Blanchard (left) met Godejohn (right) on ChristianDatingForFree.com and started an online relationship for two years. When she opened up to her boyfriend about her mother's behavior, they came up with a plot to murder Clauddine so they could be together

Blanchard (left) met Godejohn (right) on ChristianDatingForFree.com and started an online relationship for two years. When she opened up to her boyfriend about her mother’s behavior, they came up with a plot to murder Clauddine so they could be together 

Godejohn slipped into the house and allegedly stabbed Clauddine while Blanchard hid in the bathroom. 

The couple then took ‘several thousand dollars’ from a safe in the home and spent some time in Springfield following her death. 

Surveillance footage at local businesses showed Gypsy wearing different disguises and walking on her own before they took a bus 565 miles to Wisconsin.

A shocking Facebook status from Clauddine and Gypsy’s shared account on June 14, 2015, read: ‘That B***h is dead’, which prompted alarmed neighbors to call police.

A second, more disturbing post, read: ‘I – SLASHED THAT **** AND RAPED HER SWEET INNOCENT DAUGHTER. ..HER SCREAM WAS SOOOO LOUD LOL.’

The Facebook posts were traced to Godejohn’s house in Big Bend, Wisconsin, and the two were arrested on June 16, 2015. 

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