Inside Turpin ‘Horror House’ as survivors reveal ongoing struggles

0
23
Inside Turpin 'Horror House' as survivors reveal ongoing struggles

In a heartbreaking first interview, two of the 13 Turpin siblings opened up about the abuse they faced at the hands of their own parents in one Perris, Calif., home.

Speaking to Diane Sawyer for ABC, Jordan Turpin, 22, and her sister, Jennifer Turpin, 33, revealed vivid details of the horrors they suffered inside the home by their parents, David and Louise Turpin.

When police first approached the house, after Jordan, then just a 17-year-old girl, made the life-changing phone call to authorities in 2018, loads of trash filled the rooms, urine and feces were smeared against the walls and moldy food was observed.

The most disturbing visage, however, was when cops discovered two frail girls, bruised and caked in dirt in one of the filthy bedrooms.

“Hi sweetheart. Hi girls. Can I see your wrists?” one of the officers can be heard saying on the body camera footage. “We’re here to help you.”

In another bedroom, a boy is seen shackled to a bed where he’d been restrained for weeks. Officers scrambled to free him as they arrested the parents and asked them where to find the key to the chains, the footage showed.

“I was telling them everything. We don’t go to school. We live in filth. We starve. And all the stuff,” Jordan told Sawyer about the 911 call she made on Jan. 14, 2018.

A view of some of the items that were inside the home at the time cops raided the Turpin home on January 17, 2018.
A view of some of the items that were inside the home at the time cops raided the Turpin home on Jan. 14, 2018.
RadarOnline.com/Coleman-Rayner
Riverside County Sheriff department comb the Perris, CA, house owned by David and Louise Turpin for evidence, after a raid revealed their 13 sons and daughters aged between two and 29 had been held there and malnourished.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department comb the Perris, Calif., house owned by David and Louise Turpin for evidence after a raid revealed their 13 sons and daughters aged between 2 and 29 had been held there and malnourished.
RadarOnline.com/Coleman-Rayner

“I had to make sure that if I left we wouldn’t go back because — and we will get the help we needed — because if we went back there’s no way I would be sitting here right now.”

The home has since seen a massive makeover.

It was listed up for auction and sold “as is” in March 2019 for $270,500 in a foreclosure deal, property records show.

In March of 2020, at the start of the pandemic, it was briefly listed for rent at $2,600 per month.

A view of the open floor plan.
The home has since been renovated and updated. Here is a view of the home’s current open floor plan.
Realtor.com
The living room and dining area.
The living room and dining area.
Realtor.com
One of the rooms, which had been a former bedrooms, has been transformed into an office.
One of the rooms, which had been a former bedroom, has been transformed into an office.
Realtor.com
The primary bedroom.
The primary bedroom.
Realtor.com
The primary bathroom.
The primary bathroom.
Realtor.com

Made up of four bedrooms and three bathrooms, the home spans over 2,300 square feet.

According to the previous listing, the one-level home boasts an open floor plan with high ceilings and “many upgrades,” including all-new wood laminate flooring throughout, quartz countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, and a covered patio.

The residence has also been wired with an alarm and a surround sound system and has a three-car garage with epoxy flooring.

One of four bedrooms.
One of four bedrooms.
Realtor.com
One of three bathrooms.
One of three bathrooms.
Realtor.com
Another bedroom.
Another bedroom.
Realtor.com
The garage.
The garage.
Realtor.com

The Turpin family moved into the home in 2014 at a purchase price of $351,000.

The badly abused siblings, aged 2 to 29, were taken to a hospital, where they received food and emotional support. It was the first time Jennifer Turpin said she felt free.

“In the hospital, music was playing and I got up … and danced,” she remembered.

David and Louise Turpin pleaded guilty to 14 felony counts of torture, false imprisonment and related charges in February 2019 and were later sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

But in a shocking turn of events, in what should’ve been a new, fresh start to the rest of their lives, the Turpin kids are still struggling today despite being rescued three years ago from the squalid California home where they were chained, beaten and starved.

Jennifer and Jordan Turpin say they endured years of beatings, verbal abuse, and starvation as virtual prisoners in their parentsÕ home, even contemplating suicide before finally breaking out, according to newly revealed details.
Jennifer (left) and Jordan Turpin say they endured years of beatings, verbal abuse and starvation as virtual prisoners in their parents’ home, even contemplating suicide before finally breaking out, according to newly revealed details.
(ABC News/2020)

In the interview with Sawyer, Jordan revealed how they have been failed by the system after their parents were locked away for life, having to couch surf since they couldn’t find stable homes.

“I don’t really have a way to get food right now,” Jordan said in the interview about the time after she was abruptly released without warning from extended foster care.

Five of the younger kids also spent time in foster homes, where accusations of child abuse were revealed.

“They have been victimized again by the system,” Mike Hestrin, the Riverside County district attorney who prosecuted David and Louise Turpin, told ABC.

“That is unimaginable to me — that we could have the very worst case of child abuse that I’ve ever seen,” he continued, “and then that we would then not be able to get it together to give them basic needs.”

Mugshots of David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin.
Mugshots of David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin.
Riverside County Sheriff Department

Both the adult and minor children of David Turpin and his wife have struggled since they were rescued.

Additionally, the siblings have had trouble accessing the $600,000 that was donated by strangers to help them after their parents were busted. Riverside County officials would not provide ABC with any information about the trust set up for the Turpin siblings, nor say how much has been distributed to them. Some are even asking why some requests — like when 29-year-old Joshua Turpin asked for a bicycle so he’d have some transportation — were denied.

“If we can’t care for the Turpin victims,” Hestrin added, “then how do we have a chance to care for anyone?”

Source link