To judge by the pictures, the Turpins were one big happy family. A really big family with 13 children. All of them prisoners in their parents’ house. Here is their tragic story.
Louise and David Turpin were thought to be loving parents to their ever-growing brood.
Yes, there was something odd about the pale-skinned children the neighbors rarely saw, but not enough to raise the alarm.
What happened inside the nice middle-class family home in Perris, near LA, only came to light when a 17-year old girl managed to escape.
Caged Like Animals, Unwashed And Underfed
January 2018. A girl calls the police to say her siblings are all prisoners in their parents’ house, with two of her sisters currently chained to their beds.
When the police arrived what they discovered inside the house beggared belief. There were 13 Turpin children in total with the eldest 29 and the youngest only 2.
All of them were visibly malnourished and some of them still bore the marks of their parents’ brutal punishments.
According to the police, the 29 years old woman only weighed 82 pounds. One 11-year old girl hand arms like an infant.
All the children presented stunted growth signs the result of their parents only allowing them one meal per day.
While the house looked nice on the outside, the children inside lived in terrible conditions. They were washed only once a year and they were locked in their rooms most of the time.
They had to beg to be allowed to use the bathroom and, unsurprisingly, some of the rooms were covered in feces and stains.
Their were frequently beaten for ‘disobeying’ their parents and sometimes locked in cages like animals.
As a matter of fact, the day the 17-year old raised the alarm, the police found a 22 boy, who didn’t really look his age, tied to his bed.
He was being punished for stealing food and being disrespectful. He explained that was not true, although that’s beside the point. One cannot imagine what it was like to be a grown man treated this way by his own parents.
Louise and David Turpin were arrested and all the children were sent to the hospital for medical evaluation.
Pictures Of A Loving Family
Louise and David Turpin were not some sort of religious nuts who shunned modern society and it is unclear if the children were ever s*xually abused.