Sisters shackled, starved and beaten by cult parents open up on living in hell
Jordan Turpin is one of the 13 children of David and Louise Turpin, who were sentenced to life imprisonment for child cruelty in February 2019.
Now Jordan has spoken out for the first time about the cruelty she and her siblings endured, and the filthy conditions in the couple’s ramshackle home in in Perris, California.
The Turpins were involved in the Quiverfull movement, a Christian sect that promoted extra-large families as a “gift from God”. They were also reportedly swingers obsessed with witchcraft, Satanic rituals, and Ouija boards.
The children were starved and regularly beaten by their parents, and when the pair were eventually arrested prosecutors described their cruelty in court as "severe, pervasive, [and] prolonged.”
The kids were sometimes chained to their beds for weeks at a time and only allowed to shower once a year.
The Turpins’ neighbours told police that the children never spoke unless they were spoken to, "like children whose only defence was to be invisible”.
Now at last they’re speaking out.
In a documentary special set to air on US TV channel ABC next week, Jordan and one of her sisters told host Diane Sawyer how they eventually managed to place a call to emergency number 911.
House of horrors couple plead NOT GUILTY to torturing 13 kids
Aged 17 at the time, she escaped through a window of the family home, calling 911 from a deactivated cellphone she found in the house.
Still clearly traumatised by the torture her parents had put them through, in which the children “came close to death many times” she says her “whole body was shaking” when she picked up the phone and told the operator that “my two little sisters are chained up.”
The Turpins were charged with twelve counts of torture, twelve counts of false imprisonment, seven counts of abuse of a dependent adult, and six counts of child abuse.
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David received an additional charge of a lewd act on a child under 14, and one count of perjury.
Riverside county District Attorney Mike Hestrin said during the court case that the abuse and severe neglect the children suffered got worse as the family grew.
He said the maltreatment of the 13 Turpin children worsened from an initial case of “neglect“ to “severe, pervasive, prolonged child abuse”.
“There are cases that stick with you, that haunt you,” Hestrin added.
“Sometimes in this business we’re faced with looking at human depravity, and that's what we’re looking at here.”
Some of the children’s identities were kept confidential in court.
One of the girls, identified in court as Jane Doe No. 4, told the packed Riverside County courtroom that her parents had taken "my whole life away from me, but now I am taking it back."
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