‘They literally used the Bible to explain their behavior to us’: Turpin sisters say their jailed parents used holy book to justify abuse at California ‘house of horrors’ and said God would allow them to KILL their children
Two of the 13 siblings rescued from a California ‘House of Horrors’ three years ago have told of how their parents used the Bible to justify the abuse they meted out.
Jennifer, 33 and Jordan Turpin, 21, speaking with Diane Sawyer, explained in detail the extremes parents David and Louise would keep the children captive and in line, and even quoted the Book of Deuteronomy to claim they would be justified in choosing to murder their offspring.
The kids were threatened with belts and sticks and even told that if they didn’t behave, the parents would chain them to their beds and pull their hair.
'Ad essere onesti, not even all of us know every single thing each one of us went though,’ Jordan told Sawyer.
They also said that the parents ‘literally’ used the Bible to justify how they treated the siblings.
Jennifer and Jordan Turpin (secondo da sinistra) spoke to Diane Sawyer about their rescue. The full interview is set to air on Friday
Jennifer (sinistra) and Jordan (giusto) Turpin spoke out for the first time about their horror ordeal. Whistleblowers say the abused children have been
David and Louise Turpin seen here with their 13 children before police finally took them in
A un certo punto, Jennifer and Jordin embraced over their emotional recounting of their story
The Turpins claimed that ‘God called on them to keep having children’
‘They loved to point out things in Deuteronomy, dicendo che, ‘We have the right to do this to you,’ said Jennifer. ‘That they even had the right to kill us if we didn’t listen.’
Veteran journalist Sawyer said that the only fresh air the children would ever get was from sticking their heads out of a window when David and Louise weren’t watching.
Jordan admitted her fear when trying to call the authorities on her parents.
‘My whole body was shaking. I couldn’t really dial 911,’ lei disse. ‘I think it was us coming so close to death so many times. Se mi è successo qualcosa, almeno sono morto nel tentativo.’
Even since being rescued, the children have been reported being by a social services system that was supposed to help them transition to new lives, secondo un nuovo rapporto.
Then aged from two to 29, the siblings lived their lives in horribly abusive conditions that included being locked in their home for years, shackled to beds and starved by their parents before they staged a daring escape to contact police in 2018.
Adesso, Riverside County has hired a private law firm to look into allegations the seven adult and six minor children in the Turpin family did not get basic services they needed after they were freed from their parents’ prison-like home, ABC News segnalato.
A conservatorship, like the one Britney Spears was recently freed from, is allegedly preventing even the adult Turpins from accessing some $600,000 in donated funds, leaving them living in squalor and on the brink of homelessness.
There also is a criminal investigation of a foster family suspected of mistreating several children, including one of the Turpins, ABC reported. A lawyer for that family denied the allegations.
Then aged from two to 29, the siblings lived their lives in horribly abusive conditions that included being locked in their home for years, shackled to beds and starved by their parents
Jordan staged a daring escape from the family home (sopra) nel 2018, contacting police
Some of the children reported they ‘felt betrayed’ by local officials’ handling of their cases, said Melissa Donaldson, Riverside County’s director of victim services.
Donaldson said there were times when the children did not have a safe place to stay or enough food, with the adult children thrust into ‘couch surfing’ at times and prevented from accessing their $600,000 trust by a court-appointed conservator.
Joshua Turpin, 29, told the network that the conservator in the public guardian’s office had denied his request to use some of the funds to buy a bike, even though he had no other form of transportation.
Donaldson cried as she described how the children, who had little contact with the outside world while being held like prisoners by their parents, David e Louise Turpin, were at times left on their own to try to work through a complicated bureaucracy.
‘When the case first broke, I obviously got thousands of offers of help … dentists and doctors and people saying, ‘I will serve these kids pro bono. Per favore, send them my way,” lei disse.
‘I had to pass on those referrals to the Child Protective Services workers and the hospital. And none of them were utilized,’ lei disse.
Melissa Donaldson, Riverside County’s director of victim services, slammed local officials for their handling of the case, saying the children ‘feel betrayed’
‘They have been victimized again by the system,’ said Riverside Country District Attorney Mike Hestrin. ‘And that is unimaginable to me’
The social worker said that the adult Turpin children were now living in one of the most dangerous, crime-ridden parts of the county, and that one of them had been assaulted.
‘They all lacked that sixth sense of fear. They had none of that, and they were cast right into the world in a very unsafe violent inner-city area,’ said Wade Walsvick, the lead district attorney’s investigator on the case.
‘There are resources for them that they can’t access. They’re living in squalor. They’re living in a crime ridden neighborhoods. There’s money for them for their education. They can’t access it,’ said Riverside Country District Attorney Mike Hestrin.
‘They have been victimized again by the system,’ said Hestrin. ‘And that is unimaginable to me, that we could have the very worst case of child abuse that I’ve ever seen, maybe one of the worst in California history, and that we would then not be able to get it together to give them basic needs, basic necessities,’ Egli ha detto.
Donaldson said she spoke out ‘because we have to fix’ the system.
The shocking abuse in the Turpin home went unnoticed in the community of Perris, di 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles, until then-17-year-old Jordan Turpin escaped from the house and called police.
Jordan and one of her sisters gave their first media interview for a segment on Friday’s episode of ABC’s 20/20.
Jordan was 17 when she called police to her California home in 2018. It was the first time she had ever spoken on a phone or to someone outside her family
I deputati hanno testimoniato che i bambini hanno detto che potevano fare la doccia solo una volta all'anno
Adesso 21, Jordan recalled how she could barely press the buttons for 911 after escaping the house. She had never spoken to anybody before on the phone, lei disse, and was shaking.
Seeing her siblings suffering, she said she felt like she had to do something.
‘I had to make sure that if I left we wouldn´t go back, and we would get the help we needed,’ she said in a tearful interview. ‘Because if we went back, there´s no way I would be sitting here right now.’
When she escaped, Jordan told a sheriff’s deputy that her sisters and brothers, who ranged in age from two to 29, had been starved, chained to beds and forced to live in squalor.
The children slept during the day, were active a few hours at night and had minimal education.
Body-worn camera footage from the deputy who rescued the siblings shows him talking to Jordan, who nervously says she’s never talked to anyone outside the home.
When the deputy asked if she was taking any medication, Jordan said she didn´t know what that word meant.
When the 13 siblings were rescued, all but the 2-year-old were severely underweight and hadn’t bathed for months.
Investigators concluded the youngest child was the only one not abused by their parents, who have since been sentenced to life in prison.
David (sinistra) e Louise Turpin (giusto) dichiarato colpevole di 14 capi di tortura e altri abusi in 2019 e sono stati condannati a 25 anni alla vita in prigione. Hanno diritto alla libertà vigilata in 22 anni
David and Louise ate fast food in front of their children, who were only allowed one meal per day at one point. They would chain the siblings to filthy beds if they tried to steal food
In the days after their release, the adult and minor children were taken to hospitals for treatment. Donations and support poured in from around the world.
But since that time, the adult siblings have faced challenges accessing social services and even money that was donated for their care. The money was placed in a trust controlled by a court-appointed public guardian.
Joshua Turpin, 29, told ABC News he couldn’t access funds to cover transportation needs and when he asked for help from the county’s deputy public guardian assigned to his case, ‘she would just tell me, `Just go Google it.´’
‘I called the public guardian´s office and she refused to let me request for a bike,’ Egli ha detto.
In una dichiarazione, Riverside County Executive Officer Jeff Van Waganen said his office has hired a law firm run by former federal Judge Stephen G. Larson to analyze the services provided and the quality of care they received.
A report is due by the end of March.
‘The County of Riverside is committed to conducting a thorough and transparent review of the services provided to the Turpin siblings and to improve and strengthen the County´s child welfare and dependent adult systems,’ diceva la dichiarazione.
Dott. Matthew Chang, who heads the county’s public guardian office, said he welcomed the investigation into the care of the siblings.
Jordan crawled out of a window and called the police using a cell phone in January 2018. She said she walked on the street because she didn’t know about the sidewalks
I fratelli, ranging in age from two to 29 Anni, were freed from the home in January 2018 after a 17-year-old Jordan crawled through a window and called 911.
They were regularly beaten, starved and strangled by their parents. La casa era ricoperta di sporcizia e si diceva che la puzza dei rifiuti umani fosse opprimente.
Jennifer confirmed that the kids would often be chained up for months.
I genitori’ l'abuso e la negligenza erano così "gravi", pervasivo, [e] prolungato’ che ha bloccato la crescita dei loro figli, ha portato all'atrofia muscolare e ha lasciato due delle loro figlie incapaci di avere figli.
Jordan’s call to police lasted for 20 minuti perché la ragazza ha faticato a capire il suo indirizzo perché non era stata fuori da sola prima.
WHERE ARE THE TURPIN CHILDREN NOW? THE CASE THAT SHOCKED THE NATION
Since the 13 Turpin children were rescued from their parents horror house in January 2018, they have been actively working to take back their lives.
‘They’re all happy,’ Vice procuratore distrettuale Kevin Beecham, che ha perseguito il caso Turpin, detto Persone in Aprile 2020. ‘They are moving on with their lives.’
His interview revealed the siblings still live in Southern California and remain close to each other, regularly getting together.
"Si incontrano ancora", tutti 13 di loro, così si incontreranno in un posto un po' discreto,’ ha condiviso.
Beecham shared that the six youngest children had been adopted and, since they had experienced fewer years of abuse due to their ages, were able to quickly adjust to their new lives.
One of the older siblings has earned a college degree.
Others are in school, living on their own and working jobs.
'Alcuni di loro vivono in modo indipendente, vivere nel proprio appartamento, e hanno un lavoro e stanno andando a scuola. Alcuni volontari nella comunità. Vanno in chiesa,’ Beecham explained.
A few of the siblings, at the time of the interview, were still living in group homes as they received therapy and counseling.
Two of the Turpin sisters spoke out to Diane Sawyer, in an interview airing on November 19, revealing that they were moving forward with their lives.
"I miei genitori mi hanno tolto tutta la vita", ma ora mi riprendo la mia vita,’ one sister told Sawyer.
The other described her new life as being ‘free.’
Dopo gli arresti di David e Louise a gennaio 2018, cominciarono a emergere dettagli orribili sull'entità della tortura, abuso e abbandono che i bambini.
I deputati hanno testimoniato che i bambini hanno detto che potevano fare la doccia solo una volta all'anno.
Erano tenuti principalmente nelle loro stanze tranne che per i pasti, che era stato ridotto da tre a uno al giorno, una combinazione di pranzo e cena.
Per anni, i fratelli’ la dieta consisteva in nient'altro che due fette di pane con burro di arachidi o mortadella. La coppia è stata anche accusata di schernire i figli con torte e altri cibi che era loro vietato mangiare.
The Turpin parents chowed down on fast food in front of them, chaining the children to filthy beds if they tried to steal food.
‘They still can’t look at peanut butter or bologna,’ Deputy District Attorney Kevin Beecham told People magazine last year.
‘I made the mistake of mentioning peanut butter during one of our meet-and-greets, and one of the girls almost threw up. And when they’re at the grocery store, they can’t look at peanut butter. They can’t even go down the aisle where there’s peanut butter.’
I figli di Turpin non potevano giocare come bambini normali e venivano privati delle cose che avevano gli altri bambini, compresi giocattoli e giochi.
Sawyer ha anche parlato con il procuratore distrettuale della contea di Riverside Mike Hestrin, chi era coinvolto nel caso. Dice che è uno che non dimenticherà mai.
'Mi ha fermato di colpo,’ Egli ha detto. "Ci sono casi che ti restano dentro", che ti perseguitano.’
David e Louise si sono dichiarati colpevoli di 14 capi di tortura e altri abusi in 2019 e sono stati condannati a 25 anni alla vita in prigione.
Entrambi hanno diritto alla libertà vigilata in 22 anni.
Il 13 i fratelli sono rimasti fuori dagli occhi del pubblico come i loro genitori’ caso si è svolto in tribunale e hanno imparato ad adattarsi alla vita normale fuori dai confini della casa degli orrori.
Beecham, che ha perseguito il caso Turpin, told People magazine that all of the siblings ‘are happy.’
'Stanno andando avanti con le loro vite,’ Ha aggiunto.
A quel tempo, un fratello si era laureato all'università, mentre molti altri avevano un lavoro o andavano a scuola.
'Alcuni di loro vivono in modo indipendente, vivere nel proprio appartamento, e hanno un lavoro e stanno andando a scuola. Alcuni volontari nella comunità. Vanno in chiesa,’ ha condiviso.
Ha anche notato che i fratelli si vedono regolarmente.
"Si incontrano ancora", tutti 13 di loro, così si incontreranno in un posto un po' discreto,’ Egli ha detto.
Several of the siblings have changed their names to rid themselves of the stigma of being a victim in the high-profile case.
‘It would be difficult for them to carry that name, that label of being a victim, forever,’ Beecham said.
Nel 2019, Louise’s sister Elizabeth Flores told Radar Online that Louise cried when they discussed the children but ‘didn’t want to admit to anything’ and is in ‘denial.’
‘We talked about the baby. She told me how she would turn 3 in two weeks and she started to cry because she was upset she wouldn’t be there,’ Elizabeth said.
The full 20/20 special Escape From A House Of Horror can be seen on Hulu.