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There is a saying that the safest place on earth is at your own home. And you can feel the utmost security when you are with your parents. But what if you’ll become a prisoner of your own home, and the perpetrators are your own parents? This is what happened to the 13 children of the sensational Turpin case who were being abused and imprisoned by their own parents for years.

The story about the Turpin family received significant national and international news due to the quantity of dependents involved, the severity of the abuse, and the protracted nature occurring over decades.

The Turpin case covers the maltreatment of children and dependent adults by their parents, David and Louise Turpin of Perris, California, U.S. Years of abuse by David and Louise Turpin toward their 13 children ended in January 2018 when one daughter managed to flee and call the police.

The 13 children of David and Louise Turpin were raised in a home in Perris, California that was described as a 'house of horrors' by the media after they learned what these children had to suffer to survive.

Getting To Know The Perpetrators of the Turpin Children

Getting To Know The Perpetrators of the Turpin Children

The Turpin couple was charged with numerous counts of torture, unlawful imprisonment, child abuse, and inhumane treatment of a dependent adult, as per The Desert Sun. David and Louise Turpin recently entered a guilty plea to 14 related criminal charges and will presumably spend the entirety of their lives in jail. 

They were sentenced to spend a lifetime behind bars but have the opportunity to be paroled after 25 years. Louise Turpin made an apology for her actions during one of the court proceedings and told her she was remorseful for everything she had done to her children.

How the couple arrived on this unimaginable maltreatment to their own offspring is really what we’re trying to delve further into their childhood lives.

The Matriarch: Louise Turpin

The Matriarch: Louise Turpin

Louise’s sister, Teresa Robinette, revealed to The Daily Mail that their mother, Phyllis, habitually “sold” the two daughters to a wealthy pedophile who would constantly assault them. Whenever they refuse and beg Phyllis not to take them to him, she would simply say, “I have to clothe and feed you.”

Regrettably, what Louise did to the Turpin family children was a revelation to Teresa. The sister claimed that Louise was always thought of as a 'good girl' who never smoked, drank, or used drugs.

The Turpin matriarch's true identity and how it might have been inevitable for her to become the tormentor of her own children are better depicted by their other sister, Elizabeth Flores, who seemed less surprised. 

Louise Turpin is the subject of unsettling accusations in Flores' book Sisters of Secrets. Flores not only supported Teresa’s assertions that the siblings were regularly sexually molested, 

“She was drinking, smoking, partying, going to bars, practicing witchcraft, gambling, handling and eating rattlesnakes, dressing and acting vulgar on MySpace, into sex practices, and it goes on and on,” Flores revealed. “I was really concerned for her.” Despite everything, Louise 'was never even on my radar for child endangerment issues,' Flores said.

The Patriarch: David Turpin

The Patriarch: David Turpin

David Turpin had a very promising childhood and early career. He graduated from Virginia Tech University with a degree in computer engineering and, according to reports, worked for both General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin until retiring in 2012. In spite of a productive academic and professional career, he declared bankruptcy in 2011 due to his credit card debt.

Despite being eight years older than Louise, David went to the same high school as her.

David is even listed as an officer in the Bible Club, Chess Club, Science Club, and Acapella Choir in the school's 1979 yearbook. By all accounts, the Turpin family patriarch was inquisitive and a “kind of nerdy”.

The Turpin Couple’s Love Story

The Turpin Couple’s Love Story

David and Louise Turpin eloped when he was 24 years old and his wife 16. Teresa recounted that this had been the first time she ever noted her parents changing sides — her father wasn’t enraged, instead, advised his wife that they ought to let their 16-year-old daughter live the life she seemingly desired. 

When Louise’s father retired in 2012, he wanted to come and see her, but Louise warned him not to. There was obviously a lingering dissension between Louise and her parents, presumably from the trust being damaged so viciously and early on in her life.

David and Louise Turpin had already been dwelling in Perris, California for years when Phyllis passed in February 2016. Three months later, her father died. “On their deathbeds, both requested Louise to come to see them,” said Teresa. “She wouldn’t. Her absence was noted at their funerals. “She wouldn’t. She didn’t show up to their funerals.`` However, David did attend both ceremonies.”

Beginning of the Turpin Children’s Misfortune

Beginning of the Turpin Children’s Misfortune

Initially residing in Fort Worth, the Turpin Family relocated to Rio Vista in 1999. The couple initially started neglecting and abandoning their children as forms of abuse. It soon began developing into more brutal rounds of torture. After a few years of staying in Rio Vista, they emigrated to California in 2010. The couple proceeded to neglect their children in their California home as well. The children were deprived of food, basic hygiene, health care, and education.

It was stated that the children were made to live around with such filth, including decaying food, decomposing waste, and the sight and stink of feces. The siblings were only permitted to eat once a day. They starved while the couple indulged in fast food and were battered upon the slightest attempt at stealing food from their parents. Feces embellished the carpets as the Turpin parents didn’t always allow their children to go to the restroom. Moreso, they were only allowed to take baths once per year, according to their oldest sister, Jennifer. Even more frequently, the Turpin kids had been shackled or fastened to their beds.

The Turpin Children Were Finally Exposed To The Outside World After Being Imprisoned For More than a Decade

The Turpin Children Were Finally Exposed To The Outside World After Being Imprisoned For More than a Decade

David and Louise Turpin separated their children from the world and imprisoned them inside their home for many years. When the kids were finally let out of their confinement, they were so cut off from the outside world that they had no idea what a doctor or a policeman was.

Their 17 year-old daughter, Jordan Turpin, managed to crawl out of the window of their family’s home after numerous attempts in the hope of saving all the lives of her 12 siblings. For two years, Jordan had been planning her escape after decades of physical, psychological, and emotional violence that her parents incurred on her and her brothers and sisters in their Perris, California home. She raced out, contacted 911, and related the terrible account of the abuse.

Upon escaping, Jordan was able to record photos on her old cell phone as proof of their mishaps. When law enforcement officers arrived at the Turpin family's home, they found more than what was prevalent in the photo evidence. They discovered children who were so malnourished that they couldn't tell one of the victims was a 29-year-old woman when they recovered her. She was the eldest of the Turpin children, but she was so malnourished and ill that her muscle growth had stalled and she weighed only 82 pounds.

It was so violent that when the mainstream press raided their home and found what the kids withstood all these years, they dubbed their home the “house of horrors”.

That was how the shocking Turpin family tale started to come to a close, or perhaps, brought the nation's attention to it.

It will be a tough journey to mental and physical rehabilitation for the 13 Turpin children as their parents spend the rest of their lives likely in judicial custody.

Six Turpin Siblings Have Filed a Lawsuit Against Riverside County and a Foster Care Provider

Six Turpin Siblings Have Filed a Lawsuit Against Riverside County and a Foster Care Provider

Six of the 13 Turpin siblings, who had already endured horrific abuse at the hands of their own parents, are suing Riverside County and a foster care organization with offices in Long Beach for placing them in a home where their attorney claims they were sexually molested and psychologically tortured.

The six minor Turpin children were placed with foster parents who, according to two lawsuits filed against Riverside County Child Protective Services and ChildNet, had previously been the subject of 'credible accusations of abuse and neglect.'

In 2018, the county's Child Protective Services took charge of the minors. Through a partnership with ChildNet, also known as Foster Family Network, they were able to place six of the victims in the Perris home of Marcelino Camacho Olguin, 63, his wife Rosa Armida Olguin, 58, and their adult daughter Lennys Giovanna Olguin, 37. For alleged abuse of the Turpin children, the three Olguins were each charged with over a dozen counts in November of last year, including child cruelty, false detention, and witness intimidation.

Several of the Turpin girls were the targets of lascivious attention from Marcelino Olguin, who was allegedly 'grabbing and fondling buttocks, legs, breasts' and 'kissing them on their mouths and making sexually suggestive comments,' according to the complaint filed by Zekster, who is representing two of the adult Turpin children, and litigator Roger Booth, who is representing four of the younger children.

In addition, the plaintiffs were 'made to sit in a circle and recount, in detail, the horrors that they had experienced while living with their parents,' 'verbally abused, cursed at, and told they were worthless and should commit suicide,' 'forced to eat until they started vomiting,' and 'made to eat their own vomit.'

In their lawsuit, the kids claim that the abuse persisted up until the spring of 2021, when the Olguins were arrested as a result of a sheriff's investigation. As they await trial, all three were released after posting six-figure bonds.

Since their emancipation or placement in different foster homes, the six siblings have not experienced any issues.

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