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Jeff Radebe's dodgy $1bn oil deal

Jeff Radebe’s dodgy $1bn oil deal

Register Sign In News Investigations Opinion & Analysis Sport Business Books Events News Non-Fiction Fiction Publishers Lifestyle Food Health & Sex Fashion & Beauty The Edit Home & Gardening Travel Neighbourhood Puzzles E-Edition Times Select Mobile version News Jeff Radebe’s dodgy $1bn oil deal Minister Radebe’s team splurges millions in pursuit of energy venture in South Sudan 24 March 2019 – 00:07 By QAANITAH HUNTER Energy minister Jeff Radebe has insisted that there was SFF board approval for the South Sudan oil project.
Image: Nico Gous Energy minister Jeff Radebe is embroiled in a mystery $1bn (R14.5bn) oil deal in war-ravaged South Sudan, but his investment pledge has raised eyebrows in government circles – and could land him in hot water.
The minister’s team has already spent about R20m pursuing the mystery deal, including hiring a private jet to travel to the underdeveloped country. Insiders said such expenditure is irregular.
Radebe is pushing for SA to invest in building an oil refinery and exploring a new oil block in the east-central African country – despite having been advised against it by the state Central Energy Fund (CEF).
He told the Sunday Times that because the project was at feasibility stage it did not need approval from higher up. But he has already appointed a CEO and six experts to oversee the project.
Nine months after he was appointed energy minister, Radebe signed a memorandum of understanding with his Sudanese counterpart, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, at a public event in November last year.
The signing ceremony took place while his boss, President Cyril Ramaphosa, was crisscrossing the world begging for investment in his “New Dawn” SA.
Radebe’s cabinet colleagues said the longest-serving minister may have flouted government processes as the deal has not come before the cabinet and does not have approval from the National Treasury.
However, Radebe’s team working on the project has already spent millions on travel expenses, including hiring the jet.
A Treasury official said it made no sense for SA to make an investment of that size when the country is trying to boost its economy by attracting foreign investment.
“We can’t be spending this type of money now. Not when we are facing the type of challenges that we are,” the source said.
Why would you invest to build a refinery in South Sudan when that type of crude is something we can’t use here? Energy expert An energy expert who works for a state entity said the project made no sense. “We have a fuel issue. We want investment. Why would you then invest to build a refinery in South Sudan when that type of crude is something we can’t use here? Also, we don’t understand why the minister and Strategic Fuel Fund [SFF] are not prioritising the Saudi Aramco commitment to build a refinery in SA because we can benefit from that.”
The Sunday Times was reliably told that two other foreign governments had done a similar feasibility study and found that the venture did not make sense.
Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko declined to comment on whether Radebe had approval from his boss. She referred the Sunday Times to the office of Deputy President David Mabuza.
Radebe yesterday said the project was at an early feasibility stage. But the Sunday Times has seen a letter Radebe sent to the CEF board authorising work on the project. He also informed it of the formation of the New Horizon project, and informed the CEF he had appointed a team to spearhead it.
In the letter, Radebe appointed SFF acting CEO Godfrey Moagi CEO of the New Horizon project and said he will “report directly to me as the minister responsible”. He named a team of six experts to work on the project.
“As the CEO of the project, Mr Moagi shall be authorised to execute the necessary due diligence, execute application for the exploration of the upstream oil block B2, apply for concessions for the construction of a new refinery in South Sudan [and] participate in negotiations towards binding agreements,” Radebe told the CEF board.
Insiders said it was irregular for the minister to give authorisation and instructions on a project that was approved by neither the CEF board nor the SFF.
Moagi and his team began travelling for the project in June last year. Radebe directed the CEF board to foot the team’s expenses.
Asked about the project, Radebe said: “South Sudan project is at feasibility stage. It only needs ministerial approval and Treasury approval after feasibility.
South Sudan project is at feasibility stage. It only needs ministerial approval and Treasury approval after feasibility Jeff Radebe “The study is within the delegation of authority of the SFF board and therefore it does not need CEF board approval at this stage. The project will go to the CEF board, minister of energy and Treasury after completing the feasibility study.”
However, the Sunday Times understands that the CEF board was approached by the SFF in December 2018 and asked to approve $9m to spend on a full feasibility study for the project.
But that request was rejected because the CEF board – which is in charge of the SFF – did not see it as a viable business case.
Since then, Moagi and his team have continued to travel to South Sudan despite neither the project nor a feasibility budget being approved.
Insiders said there was an attempt last week to get approval from the SFF board.
A source said the SFF board has since rejected the request to ratify the expenditure, rendering the costs incurred so far as irregular spending.
The Sunday Times posed questions about the project to Moagi, who did not respond.
Radebe insisted there was SFF board approval for the project and said the cost of the feasibility study “is within SFF board delegation of authority”. He said his team had met with the Treasury recently, but said there was no need for Treasury approval as the project was at an early stage.
Two well-placed sources said the meetings were last-ditch efforts to legitimise the project after costs were incurred irregularly.
Treasury director-general Dondo Magojane said: “The National Treasury met with the SFF and CEF, at their request. They wanted to understand what they need to do to meet the requirements of the Standard for Infrastructure Procurement and Delivery Management and the Public Finance Management Act. We agreed that once they complete the necessary work, including undertaking the feasibility study, they will come back to the National Treasury for the necessary approvals.”

Priceline launches huge half-price sale | Tweed Daily News

Priceline has launched a major sale, offering 50 per cent off cosmetics in store and online. Picture: AAP Image/Paul Miller Smarter Shopping Priceline launches huge half-price sale by Rebekah Scanlan 0
AUSTRALIAN drugstore Priceline has launched a massive 50 per cent off sale – selling major cosmetics brands at half price.
The huge offer launches today and is running for three days – ending this Thursday – in store and online, which is ideal for busy shoppers in search of a deal.
Best-selling brands with their prices slashed in half in the bonanza include L’Oreal, Maybelline, and Rimmel.
Fan favourite Revlon is also half price, including the PhotoReady Instant Cheek Maker that fans have been raving about online recently – now just $12.47 in the sale. Priceline has launched a major sale, offering 50 per cent off cosmetics in store and online. Picture: AAP Image/Paul Miller
Last year’s bestseller in the sale, Nude By Nature Mineral Cover, is also included for just $19.97, down from $39.95 – as well as other items from the Australian brand’s natural make-up range.
You can also snag one of NYX’s signature highlighter palettes for as little as $14.97, as well as their cult contouring palette for just $19.97.
Even expensive make-up removing wipes and blending sponges and brushes are on offer at 50 per cent off.
Understandably, fans are losing it over the deals available.
Since news of the surprise three-day sale broke online, people have been getting very excited – with some even sharing the details in bargain-hunting Facebook groups. Aussie natural beauty brand Nude By Nature were the best seller at last year’s sale.
“A good time to stock up,” one person wrote.
“Bye bye money,” another said.
“This deal is amazing,” someone else declared.
As well as cutting their prices in half, the beauty brand is also holding its first points giveaway where customers in all stores have the chance to win a slice of two million free points. One excited shopper shared the news of the huge sale with a bargain lovers’ group.
Not all of the store’s stocked brands are included in the bargain offer though, with Garnier BB Creams, Essence, Opallac, and selected lip care and clearance products missing out.
Products from struggling local beauty brand Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics – which went into administration in February – are discounted but only by 30 per cent.
“See it always excludes the good stuff,” one disappointed person remarked.
Continue the conversation @RebekahScanlan | Expensive make-up removing wipes are all being sold at 50 per cent off. You can snag a bargain with professional make-up too.

Woman with ‘Sleeping Beauty Syndrome’ sleeps for weeks

Rhoda Rodriguez-Diaz is a real life Sleeping Beauty [Photo: SWNS] More A university student has revealed how the rare syndrome she suffers from means she sleeps for weeks at a time, often napping through exams. Rhoda Rodriguez-Diaz, 21, from Leicester, has so-called ‘sleeping beauty syndrome’ and can nap for up 22 hours a day. She only wakes, in a dream-like trance, to eat, drink and go to the toilet. At its worst her sleeping episodes can last three weeks, and it once meant she failed the second year of university after she slept through her crucial end-of-year exams. “It’s really annoying when people call me lazy,” explained Rhoda. “I do struggle to deal with the effects of it. “But I’m determined to not let it have a big impact on my life. It is one part of me and not who I am. It’s frustrating because I can’t help it.” READ MORE: Surprising things that are stopping you sleeping As a child Rhoda was diagnosed with hyper insomnia, which is characterised by extreme tiredness. But it wasn’t until September last year that doctors finally discovered the psychology student had the one-in-a-million Kleine-Levin Syndrome (more about the condition at the bottom of this article). Though Rhoda can go for months at a time without experiencing an episode, when they do hit, she is totally wiped out. “Life goes on whilst I’m sleeping,” she explained. “Reality hits me when I wake up and realise I’ve missed like a week of my life. I feel a huge setback when it does happen. I miss out on so much. That’s the hardest part of it. It’s hard to explain to people where I have been. Because it’s so rare a lot of people struggle to understand.” Rhoda recalls how she couldn’t spend as much time with her friends as she would have liked when she was little as she’d sleep for up to two or three weeks at a time. But then it didn’t happen again until she was a teenager. “When I was 15 or 16 I remember finding myself sleeping more and more,” she says. “Even at school I would fall asleep in the study area. I forced myself to go to school. I didn’t get teased but I found it very frustrating.” Between February and June last year Rhoda went through a period of suffering from a number of episodes, which left her unable to spend enough time on her studies. Rhoda was diagnosed with Kleine-Levin Syndrome last year [Photo: SWNS] More She was dismissed from her course in July last year when she failed to show for a number of exams and missed coursework deadlines because she was asleep. After a visit to the GP, in May last year, Rhoda was sent to see specialists doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital and finally got her diagnosis in September. “It was when I was missing work that I went to my GP. I tried to explain to uni that I had a condition that was stopping me from doing work,” she said. “But because I wasn’t diagnosed until September I had nothing to back it up. I didn’t have enough credits to pass the year and I was dismissed.” Rhoda last experienced an episode around three months ago when she slept for over 60 hours in just three days. READ MORE: Rocking like a baby could help adults sleep more soundly The psychology student typically snacks on junk food during nap breaks and often puts on weight during an episode. People who suffer with Kleine-Levin Syndrome are known to grow out of the condition eventually, and Rhoda has learnt to manage her condition in adult life. Story continues “I’m more aware of it now. I know when I’m going to have an episode,” she said. “It used to feel like I was in a dream. It’s such a surreal feeling. It feels like you’re not really there. This is just a hiccup in my life and I am just waiting until it fades out. I want to be taken serious in life and this isn’t helping.” Rhoda sometimes sleeps for three weeks at a time [Photo: SWNS] More What is KLS? According to KLS support UK KLS is a rare disorder characterised by recurrent bouts of excessive sleep associated with reduced understanding of the world and altered behaviour. The charity says KLS usually starts in the teenage years but can occur in younger children and adults. Each episode lasts days, weeks or months during which time all normal daily activities stop. “Individuals are not able to care for themselves or attend school and work,” the site continues. People with KLS coming out of episodes will have little or no memory of what happened during an episode, but between episodes they have normal sleep, understanding and behaviour.

Student diagnosed with ‘Sleeping Beauty’ syndrome may sleep for weeks at a time

At its worst, her sleeping episodes allegedly last three weeks, which caused her to fail the second year of college after she slept through crucial end-of-year exams. As a child Rodriguez-Diaz was diagnosed with hyperinsomnia, characterized by extreme tiredness, by her general physician. But it wasn't until last September that doctors finally discovered the psychology student had the one-in-a-million Kleine-Levin syndrome.
She goes months at a time without experiencing an episode, but when they strike, she is totally wiped out.
“Life goes on whilst I'm sleeping,” Rodriguez-Diaz, of Leicester, England said. “Reality hits me when I wake up and realize I've missed like a week of my life. I feel a huge setback when it does happen. I miss out on so much. That's the hardest part of it.”
“It's hard to explain to people where I have been. Because it's so rare a lot of people struggle to understand,” she said. “It's really annoying when people call me lazy. I do struggle to deal with the effects of it.”
“But I'm determined to not let it have a big impact on my life,” she said. “It is one part of me and not who I am. It's frustrating because people think I'm just lazy. But I'm not, I can't help it.”
Rodriguez-Diaz said that as a child, she was unable spend as much time with friends as she would have liked.
“When I was 4 or 5 would sleep for two or three weeks at a time and the doctors had no idea what it was,” she said. “It was quite bad when I was a child. But then it didn't happen again until I was a teenager. When I was 15 or 16 I remember finding myself sleeping more and more. Even at school I would fall asleep in the study area.”
“I forced myself to go to school. I didn't get teased but I found it very frustrating,” she said. “I was really into my sports but I couldn't do as much as I wanted to because I was constantly tired. I had to force myself to do every day activities and found myself mentally tired all of the time.”
“When I wake up after a few days I feel normal again,” she said. “My friends say they can tell when I have an episode coming on because my mood changes. I get worked up and my behavior changes drastically.”
Between February and June last year, Rodriguez-Diaz went through a period of suffering from a number of episodes, which left her unable to spend enough time on her studies.
She said she was dismissed from her course in July last year when she failed to show for a number of exams and missed coursework deadlines because she was asleep.
After a visit to the doctor, in May last year, Rodriguez-Diaz was sent to see specialists at St. Thomas' Hospital and finally got her diagnosis in September.
“It's not as bad as it used to be but I feel like I'm always playing catch up,” she said. “I was sleeping a lot in my first year too but because it didn't have too much of an impact on my work I didn't go to the doctors. It was when I was missing work that I went to my GP. I tried to explain to uni that I had a condition that was stopping me from doing work.”
“But because I wasn't diagnosed until September I had nothing to back it up,” she said. “I didn't have enough credits to pass the year and I was dismissed.”
Rodriguez-Diaz last experienced an episode around three months ago when she slept for over 60 hours in just three days. She said she typically snacks on junk food during nap breaks and often puts on weight during an episode.
She has now re-enrolled to resume her studies, and is sitting her second year again.
“I missed so many exams. 60 percent of my course is exams and I missed half of them,” she said. “It wasn't my fault. But they said this is an 'exceptional case' so I am allowed to go back. It's a big relief but I have to redo a lot of work I did in second year. It was difficult for me.”
Patients diagnosed with Kleine-Levin Syndrome are known to grow out of the condition eventually, and Rodriguez-Diaz says has learnt to manage her condition in adult life.
“I'm more aware of it now. I know when I'm going to have an episode,” she said. “It used to feel like I was in a dream. It's such a surreal feeling. It feels like you're not really there. This is just a hiccup in my life and I am just waiting until it fades out. I want to be taken serious in life and this isn't helping.”
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Victim or Villain? The Horrifying Truth Behind the Story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s Escape From Her Mother

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“People thought of us as the sweetest mother-daughter family ever.”
It was the perfect act, according to Gypsy Rose Blanchard , whose shocking story of Munchausen by proxy and matricide once again making headlines thanks to Joey King ‘s portrayal of her in a new limited series.
The Kissing Booth star credited watching Mommy Dead and Dearest , the HBO documentary released in 2017, ” no less than ten times ” as one of her main sources of inspiration and guidance as she prepared to play Gypsy, the young woman who planned the murderer of her mother Dee Dee Blanchard after suffering years of medical child abuse.
The 27-year-old, who is currently serving a 10 year sentence for the 2015 crime that gripped the nation’s attention, detailed the disturbing details of her childhood and the depths of her mother’s deception for the film, going on to sit down for an exclusive interview with ABC News a year later.
And now, King and Patricia Arquette (taking on the role of Dee Dee) are bringing the true story of Dee Dee and Gypsy and their horrifying little pink house of secrets to Hulu in The Act , which premiered on March 20 and airs new episodes on Wednesdays. Photos
But before we get to the ending, we have to start at the beginning, with act one: What kind of person would subject their healthy child to a lifetime in a wheelchair and eating through feeding tubes? Greene County Sheriff’s Office
From Louisiana, Dee Dee, whose real name is Clauddine (or Claudinea), was once a beauty queen and worked as a nurse’s aide, with her former co-worker and her ex-husband’s second wife Kristy telling HelloGiggles , “You pick up things in your work environment. So it’s not that she didn’t have a medical background—she did.”
Dee Dee was estranged from her family, with her father Claude Pitre simply saying “she was OK” of his daughter during her childhood in Mommy Dead and Dearest . He later said Dee Dee “got what she deserved” and revealed he had flushed her ashes down the toilet.
Other relatives interviewed in the film listed Dee Dee’s previous misdeeds, including writing bad checks, credit card fraud, and the explosive allegation that she helped kill her own mother, Emma Pitre , through slow starvation.
When she was 24, she became pregnant with Gypsy, marrying the father: then 17-year-old Rod Blanchard . Recalling the early days of their romance in Mommy Dead and Dearest , Rod said Dee Dee was into “dark things,” including witchcraft.
In 1991, the couple welcomed Gypsy Rose.
“Perfectly healthy, pretty little baby,” Rod told ABC News. “I was excited and very scared. I’m 18 years old and I got a baby here. Nothing wrong with her. Perfect.” Investigation Discovery
But their marriage was far from perfect, with the couple eventually splitting up shortly after Gypsy Rose was born. “I woke up on my birthday, on my 18th birthday, and realized I wasn’t where I was supposed to be,” Rod admitted to Buzzfeed. “I wasn’t in love with her, really. I knew I got married for the wrong reasons.”
When Gypsy was about three months old, Dee Dee began telling her ex that their infant daughter suffered from sleep apnea, the first of her many health issues: leukemia, muscular dystrophy, asthma, vision and hearing impairment, she suffered from seizures and had learning disabilities, and she had not been able to be out of a wheelchair since she was five.
“I told Dee Dee she was the best mother,” Rod told 20/20 . “‘There’s no way I can do what you do, you have a sick child, it’s constantly 24/7, taking care of her.’ I always praised her.”
But she didn’t exactly return the sentiment, often telling neighbors Rod didn’t pay child support or even try to have a relationship with Gypsy. In reality, Dee Dee was receiving checks ($1,200 a month), Rod and his new wife Kristy would have visits, but never had any alone time with his daughter.
“All the visits, Dee Dee had to be there the whole time…Dee Dee was so controlling of her,” Kristy recalled. Photos
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Aside from the money being sent to her by Rod, Dee Dee and Gypsy were the recipients of donations and disability payments, and when they were left displaced and homeless after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, they received their dream home from Habitat for Humanity in Springfield, Missouri, in 2008. There was even a wheelchair ramp for Gypsy, who told the local news, “I remember my mom had gave me this little glass house and she said, ‘One day this will be real,’ now it finally is!”
The little pink house was right on the corner of Hope Road and Volunteer Way.
Dee Dee and Gypsy often traveled the country, going to Disney World and attending baseball games and charity events, all through offers from Make a Wish and other foundations.
“You’re the reason I was born, Dee Dee once told Gypsy on stage at a Relay for Life event to raise money for American Cancer Society, “to be your mom.” John Lamparski/WireImage
Celebrities like Elijah Wood, Blake Shelton , and Miranda Lambert rallied around Gypsy, with Lambert even giving Dee Dee a personal check for $3,500, according to ABC News.
“She was one of the happiest people I had ever met and yet she was the most sick people I’d ever met at the same time,” Gypsy’s Springfield neighbor and close friend Aleah Woodmansee (portrayed by Annasophia Robb in The Act ) told 20/20 .
While the traveling and celebrity run-ins seemed wonderful, Aleah said, “It’s not worth what condition her health was in.” That included frequent trips to the emergency room if Gypsy had a cold or cough, feedings through tubes and rotted teeth.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, Rod theorized of his ex-wife’s behavior, “I think Dee Dee’s problem was she started a web of lies, and there was no escaping after. She got so wound up in it, it was like a tornado got started, and then once she was in so deep that there was no escaping. One lie had to cover another lie, had to cover another lie, and that was her way of life.”
During all their visits with Gypsy, Rod and Kristy said she had never spoken ill of her mother, with Gypsy telling ABC News , “For a long time, I believed we were best friends…other than my stuffed animals. I thought she was a great mother, we got along so perfect. I saw her as angel that could do no wrong.
But as she grew older, Gypsy, like many teenagers, craved her independence and would attempt to stage her own small rebellions. She would walk around the house at night. She would secretly access the computer, even setting up a private Facebook account using the name Emma Rose to send messages to Aleah.
“This is my personal account my mom is still overprotective so she don’t, know about this account,” Gypsy wrote in October 2014. to Aleah, who she often asked for tips on how to flirt and kiss. Greene County Sheriff’s Office; Brownie Harris / Hulu
Again, like many teenagers, she also became a little boy crazy. In 2011, she attempted to run away to be with an older man she met at a sci-fi convention. Dee Dee eventually caught up with her, and according to Gypsy in the HBO documentary, told her, “If you ever try to do that again, I’m going to smash your fingers with a hammer.” She also destroyed her phone and computer, with Gypsy alleging she was also chained to her bed and Dee Dee put bells on the doors.
But in 2014, Gypsy, obsessed with Disney fairy tales and dressing up like Cinderella, believed she had finally found her Prince Charming on a Christian dating site. His name was Nick Gottejohn and they fell fast and hard for each other.
“I need to tell you something. I’m no model…I have a medical condition..so I can’t walk, I have a chair I use…is that a issue?” Gypsy wrote in one message, with Nick responding, “why would that be a problem u are an angel in my eyes…it will never make any difference in how I see u from the inside out.”
Gypsy also gushed about her new boyfriend in messages to Aleah, saying he was “soo romantic” and they were already talking about their future.
“She was talking about this new guy that she was now in love with and they had met on this Christian dating site and that they were already planning on their children after him,” Aleah told ABC News.
Nick was from Wisconsin and reportedly struggled with mental health issues; he was arrested in 2013 for masturbating at a McDonald’s and having a concealed knife.
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According to former FBI agent Brad Garrett , who spoke about the case with 20/20 , Nick was “sort of similar” to Gypsy in that he functions at around 15-16 year old level and “did not really having a normal social interaction history.”
And Nick was allegedly into BDSM, something Gypsy said she wasn’t comfortable with but went along with.
“As [the relationship] progressed, things got weird,” Gypsy said in Mommy Dear and Dearest . With Nick claiming to have multiple personalities, Gypsy also came up with various identities to match.
Gypsy, then 18, and Nick, 24, attempted to introduce their relationship to her mother with a movie date. It did not go well.
“Awful, oh my god. She got jealous because I was spending a little too much attention on him and she had ordered me to stay away from him,” Gypsy recalled in her interview with ABC News , with the mother and daughter going on to argue for a couple of weeks, which included Dee Dee “yelling, throwing things, calling me names, ‘bitch, slut, whore.'”
According to Gypsy, who had shared with Nick what her home life with Dee Dee was really like, she finally wanted to break free, though she told ABC News , “I didn’t hate her…I wanted to escape her.” Investigation Discovery
And in June 2015, her plan to escape became a reality, with Godejohn traveling from Wisconsin to Missouri to kill Dee Dee.
On the day of the murder, Gypsy texted Nick, “The gonna go down tonight…just the gloves and knife?'” Nick responded, “…duct tape too…to muffle her.” Gypsy said she would “precut” the tape.
In her sitdown with ABC News , Gypsy said she was “terrified” and hid in the bathroom when Nick came in to murder Dee Dee, who was asleep.
“I did actually stab her mom. I’ll admit it,” Nick said in his police interview. “Then she called up for Gypsy but Gypsy didn’t do anything.”
“I heard her scream once and there was more screaming, but not like the kind in a horror film,” Gypsy recalled , “A startled scream…she called out my name about three or four times, at that point I wanted to go help her so bad, but I was so afraid to get up. And then everything just went quiet.”
After Dee Dee died, the couple then had sex on Gypsy’s bed, though Gypsy later alleged Nick had raped her in the HBO documentary, saying he had tried to have sex with her mother’s corpse.
“I made a deal with him. I’d let him rape me and then he wouldn’t do that to my mom,” she said for the time in Mommy Dead and Dearest .
Before they left the little pink house, they sealed the murder weapon and over $4,000 they stole from Dee Dee in an enveloped, mailing it to Nick’s house in Wisconsin via USPS. Read
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And then they were off, with Gypsy admitting, “I honestly didn’t think we were going to get caught.”
But Dee Dee’s body and Gypsy’s disappearance soon became big news in the small town when the shared Facebook account for the mother-daughter duo posted a startling update that rocked their friends.
“That B—ch is dead!” the first post in June 14, 2015 read, with some thinking the “Dee Gyp Blanchard” account had been hacked.
Then the second status update came: “I *

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