the 13 children who lived in chains and tortured by their parents tell their hell for the first time
The house of horror: the 13 children who lived in chains and tortured by their parents tell their hell for the first time.
David and Louise Turpin were sentenced to 25 years in prison for abusing their children and keeping them under torture conditions for years.
Chilling new details emerged of the Turpin family case. A couple locked up, chained, and tortured their 13 children for years until authorities managed to free them.
Three years later, two of the brothers are ready to speak in an exclusive interview granted to the ABC program 20/30 with the journalist Diane Sawyer that will be released on November 19 but which, thanks to the British press, will be released. They have known the first advances.
According to The Sun, the program will show when the children were rescued from the “House of Horrors” that David and Louise Turpin set up, captured in operation in January 2018.
The videos are from the body camera of one of the agents, who asks the couple how many children they have, and they both answer that 13.
Officers later discovered the children shackled to a bed. Then a policeman says: “Sergeant, we have another room in the front, right here, with two children in the bed.”
Upon searching the location, officers discovered more chains dangling from what appeared to be a litter.
The policemen managed to find this house of horrors thanks to Jordan Turpin, one of the sisters who was 17 years old at the time. She managed to escape through a window and told police that her brothers were being abused and living in entirely filthy conditions.
The Turpin brothers were then between 2 and 29 years old, and seven of them were over 18 years old when their parents were arrested.
David and Louise Turpin not only kept their children in chains but beat them repeatedly, did not let them bathe but once a year, fed them only once a day, and stunted their normal development.
When they were found, the 29-year-old older sister weighed just 37 kilos. In addition, several of the brothers did not seem to have a basic knowledge of the world; they were unaware of medicine or even the police themselves.
“My whole body was shaking. I really couldn’t dial 911 because I think we were on the verge of death so many times,” says Jordan in the interview that ABC will publish.
She feared that her parents wanted to kill her, they realized that she had left the family home.
Another of the brothers, who was not identified, described the conditions they lived in as “hell,”; and yet another, named Jane Doe No.4, said her parents almost managed to take her whole life from her.
“They almost changed me, but I realized what was happening and immediately did what I could not to become like them,” he says.
She says that she is a fighter and that since she was released, she has been “going through life like a rocket,” trying to make up for a lost time.
According to the authorities, the children lived on mortadella and peanut butter sandwiches; they were not allowed to exercise or do physical activity or even socialize.
The wicked parents were sentenced to 25 years in prison, found guilty of physical abuse and imprisonment of their children. At the date of his arrest, David was 57 years old, and Louise was 50.
“I never intended for my children to suffer any harm. “I hope the best for my children in their future,” said David Turpin before receiving his sentence.
Finally, the justice indicted them on 14 charges, including cruelty towards a dependent adult, child cruelty, torture, and false imprisonment.
Since then, the brothers have moved on with their lives; some live independently, alone in apartments, work, and go to school. Others volunteer in the community, and several have decided to change their name to start a new life.
According to the lawyer who handled the case, the little ones have a better chance of recovering from the trauma since they did not suffer it for as long as the older ones.
The interview that will be released on November 19 will be the first time any brothers talk about this horrible experience revealing their real identity.