California “House of Horrors”

Madison Townsend, Staff Writef

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Headlines across media and news sources read, “California Torture House.” In Perris, California, a married couple, David Turpin and Louise Turpin held their 13 kids hostage. Recently, disturbing details have been released. All the children had written in diaries, and that is how authorities know so much about this abuse. The children were padlocked to their beds quite often with no access to restrooms. All of the children were malnourished from no food and frequent abuse. The abuse was kept hidden for years, not even neighbors knew. They kept it hidden for so long by moving a lot and homeschooling all of their children. The abuse was uncovered when one of the daughters escaped out the window at night, and calling authorities. The Turpin parents face 13 charges, and Mr. Turpin faces a charge called “lewd act on a child less than 14.” The children held hostage range from ages 2-29, and six of the children were minors. Both parents face 94 years to life in prison, and each bail is set at $12 million. The judge issues an order barring no contact with any of the 13 children ever. They may not harass, strike,threaten, molest, contact, or destroy the belongings of their children under any circumstances.
Investigators have now learned that the children were shackled to their beds, had no access to TV or radio, were isolated from each other, and were starved. They had no idea how the real world works. Both of the parents have pleaded not guilty to torture, child abuse, false imprisonment, dependent adult abuse, and a lewd act on a child under 14. The oldest of the children is 29, and she was weighed at 89 pounds, and one of the 12 year olds was the average weight of a seven year old. The charges date back to 2010 when they lived in Fort Worth, Texas. The only thing the Turpins allowed the children to do was write in journals, and these journals have helped authorities and investigators. Without those journals, authorities would not have half of the information they have now. There were more than 100 diaries found in the house, and it provides prosecutors with lots of evidence against the parents. The only child that was not malnourished and that was not beaten and abused was the two year old, so they did not get charged with abuse against that child. The abuse was continuous against all the children for 18 years, without anyone knowing about it. As for the children’s future living conditions, the children were told they would have been split up between two foster homes, and the adults who have development issues and cannot live on their own will be placed in assisted living homes.

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