‘I thought I was going to die’: Turpin sisters reveal details of living in, escaping California ‘house of horrors’

Source: ABCNews

Nov. 10 2021, Published 12:34 p.m. ET

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More horrific details are coming to light in the case of 13 children whose parents held them captive in their California residence.

In Escape from a House of Horror, an ABC News special airing on Nov. 19 at 9/8c, Jordan and Jennifer Turpin reveal how they managed to escape years of abuse at the hands of their parents, David and Louise Turpin.

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“I want the Turpin name to be, like, 'Wow, they're strong, they're not broken, they’ve got this,’” Jennifer said on the program of surviving years of abuse.

In January 2018, Jordan, then 17, managed to escape her family’s home in Perris.

“My whole body was shaking. I couldn't really dial 911, because…” Jordan recalled on the program. “I think it was us coming so close to death so many times. If something happened to me, at least I died trying.”

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In a recording obtained by the news outlet, Jordan tells a dispatcher: “I just ran away from home because I live in a family of 15 and we have abusing parents.”

Previously unseen bodycam footage shows she then told responding deputies that her “two little sisters right now are chained up on their bed.”


When asked what her parents would do when they found out she left, Jordan responded, “They are going to want to literally kill me.”

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Deputies reportedly at first believed Jordan was as young as 10 since she was so emaciated.

Deputies raided the home, where they found Jordan’s 12 siblings, ages 2 to 29, malnourished, beaten, dirty and restrained. “Mother, she choked me,” Jordan told ABC. “And I thought I was going to die.”

In February 2019, David and Louise Turpin pleaded guilty to 14 charges, ranging fromtorture and false imprisonment to child cruelty. Both received sentences of 25 years to life behind bars.


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