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#UPDATES: Turpin family found abused in Perris, California

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by noZme, Jan 15, 2018.

  1. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    Kids Found Chained to Beds After Teen’s Escape Leads to Discovery of 12 Malnourished Victims Held Captive in Perris Home: Sheriff’s Dept.

    Riverside County CA

    An investigation began after a 17-year-old girl “escaped” from her home in the 100 block of Muir Woods Road and called 911 early Sunday morning to report that her 12 brothers and sister were being held captive by their parents, according to a sheriff’s news release.

    She alleged some of her siblings were bound in padlocked chains.

    Her call prompted a response from Perris Police Department officers and Riverside County sheriff’s deputies, who believed the “slightly emaciated” girl was only 10 years old until she gave them her age.

    After interviewing the teen, investigators went to the residence and contacted her parents, identified as 57-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin, according to the release.

    When investigators checked out the home, they discovered “several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” sheriff’s officials said. They added that the parents could not provide a “logical” explanation for why the kids were restrained.

    Authorities located what they thought were 12 children, but were stunned to find out that seven of them were adults between the ages of 18 and 29, the release stated. The victims looked to be malnourished and filthy, authorities said.

    The 13 victims, whose ages ranged from 2 to 29.

    Both parents were detained while child and adult protectives services responded to assist in the investigation. After being interviewed, they were each booked on suspicion of torture and child endangerment, $9M bail.


    Thanks goodness the girl escaped & got help for her siblings. If anyone wants, we can move this to the discussion heading - another case of people who don't deserve air to breathe (IMO) having babies, not caring properly for them, & very likely getting collecting assistance to help support the children. Did neighbors or other adults know about this? If so, they don't deserve air either.
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    spike Bronze Member

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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Teen’s Escape Leads to Discovery of 13 Victims Held Captive in Perris Home, Including Kids Chained to Beds: Sheriff


    Two parents are being held on $9 million bail each after a horrific discovery at a residence in Perris over the weekend -- 13 malnourished siblings held captive amid dirty conditions, including some children shackled to beds, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said Monday.

    An investigation began after a 17-year-old girl "escaped" from her home in the 100 block of Muir Woods Road and called 911 early Sunday morning to report that her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive by their parents, according to a sheriff's news release.

    Responding officers initially believed the “slightly emaciated” girl was only 10 years old until she provided her age.

    Investigators discovered "several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings," the release said. The parents could not provide a "logical" explanation for why the kids were restrained, investigators said.

    Authorities located what they thought were 12 children, but were "shocked" to find out that seven of them were adults. In all, the victims are between the ages of 2 and 29, the release stated.

    The victims were taken to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department's Perris Station for interviews; they were provided food and drink after telling investigators they were "starving," according to the release.

    The six children and seven adults were then transported to different hospitals for treatment. Their conditions were not immediately known.

    Both parents were detained while child and adult protectives services responded to assist in the investigation. After being interviewed, they were each booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of torture and child endangerment, the release said.


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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    @noZme Saw you posted this in the combined news area and I agree with you it could have its own thread. This is so terrible!
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  5. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    David Turpin & Louise Turpin: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
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    David and Louise Turpin.

    David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin, a former California engineer and his homemaker wife, are accused of shackling some of their 13 starving children to beds with chains and padlocks in “dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” an alleged house of horrors that was discovered when one of the teenagers escaped.

    Authorities allege that the Perris, California couple, who ran a day school out of their home and were beset with financial problems in recent years, abused and tortured their children, who ranged in age from 2 to 29, according to a press release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The bizarre and troubling allegations were detailed in the release on January 15, 2018 after the 17-year-old escaped and led authorities to the other children. The escaping teenager was so emaciated that authorities thought the teen was only 10-years-old at first, the press release says, describing a real-life tale almost reminiscent of Flowers in the Attic, in which children were kept from the outside world.

    “David and Louise Turpin are considered a good Christian family in their community,” David Turpins’ parents, who live in West Virginia, told ABC News. The network added that the grandparents can’t understand “any of this” and said the Turpin children were home-schooled.

    David Turpin is 56, according to jail records, and his wife Louise Turpin is 49. State records show they run a school at their home. The parents were confronted by authorities at the home and taken into custody, according to the news release. In 2011, when the couple declared bankruptcy, David Turpin listed his occupation as an engineer for a global security company/defense contractor, and Louise Turpin was listed as a homemaker.

    Here’s what you need to know:

    1. Authorities Were ‘Shocked’ to Learn That Some of the Children Were Adults & Photos Show The Turpins on Disneyland Trips & With an Elvis Impersonator
    David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin with their youngest child.

    The people inside the home were so emaciated that deputies assumed they were all children at first, even though it later turned out one was 29-years-old and others were also adults, the release says. Neighbors expressed shock, with one telling the Press-Enterprise newspaper that he didn’t even realize there were children inside the home.

    “Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that 7 of them were actually adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29,” according to the release. The 13th child is the one who alerted authorities. Perris is a community near Riverside, California that is about an hour from Los Angeles.

    The couple shared a joint Facebook page. Most photos showed them with an infant or together, including renewing their vows with an Elvis impersonator. Several photos showed all of the children, sometimes wearing matching clothing. The children do not look emaciated in the pictures, although all of the photos are at least more than a year old. “Beautiful picture. 12 and one more. I think it is called, ‘The Dirty Dozen,'” a friend wrote under a family picture.

    The family posed with an Elvis impersonator when the Turpins renewed their vows in 2016.

    Friends made typical comments on photos as if the family was a loving one. “is okay you guys look like your having just as much fun as the kids,” wrote one friend on a photo of the couple at Disneyland. Another wrote, “I watched your wedding video. It was great. Your children are so well behaved. I am so proud of you Louise and David. You have a great family.”

    The Turpins’ cover photo showed the children in matching purple dresses with the smallest child in front. It was posted in July 2016, and the children appear normal in it. There are no new public photos of the family since July 2016. The photos show that nine of the older children are girls.

    The Turpin family poses with Disney characters in 2012.

    “Beautiful family,” a friend commented on one family photo. Other photos showed an infant child on Santa’s lap and the children posing with Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters. One of the Facebook page’s few likes was for Radio Disney.

    2. The Turpins Once Declared Bankruptcy & The Escaping Teenager Alleged Her Siblings Were ‘Bound With Chains & Padlocks’
    FacebookThe Turpins with their children.
  6. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    The horrors might have continued were it not for one of the teenagers who managed to escape from the home, spurring the rescue, according to The Sheriff’s Department. Authorities say the teen managed to get a cell phone inside the home and used it to dial 911.

    Louise Anna Turpin.

    “Early Sunday morning on January 14, 2018, a 17-year old juvenile escaped from her residence situated in the 100 Block of Muir Woods Road, Perris and managed to call 911 from a cellular device she found inside the house,” the release said.

    “The teenager claimed her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive inside the residence by her parents and further claimed some of her siblings were bound with chains and padlocks,” added the release. ABC News reported that the children are the biological offspring of David and Louise Turpin and added that it’s not clear how long the children were allegedly restrained.

    Court records show the Turpins declared bankruptcy in 2011. You can read the documents here:

    At the time of the bankruptcy, the couple was living in Murrieta, California. Although they had a lot of mouths to feed, the court records indicate that David Turpin earned more than $11,000 a month working as an engineer for Northrop Grumman, a global security company in San Diego. He also received QuickSilver royalties, the court records showed. It’s not clear where Turpin was working at the time of his arrest.

    However, the family was struggling with credit card and other debt, including from a farm foreclosure, in 2011, the records show. David Turpin listed a 401K from Lockheed Martin as an asset. It had more than $80,000 in it. The couple’s bankruptcy attorney, Ivan Trahan, told The New York Times that the couple spoke often and “highly” about their children, and that they had 12 at the time of the filing.

    The Los Angeles Times reported that the couple also had a second bankruptcy filing and had once lived in Texas.

    3. The Family’s Home Registers to a Day School & Children Were Found Shackled to Their Beds, Authorities Say
    The Turpin children.

    The family’s home address matches county records that “indicate that the Turpins own a property at 160 Muir Woods Road. That address matches that of Sandcastle Day School, whose principal, state Department of Education Records say, is David Turpin,” reports The Press-Enterprise.

    David and Louise Turpin (right)

    According to the newspaper, “The state records say Sandcastle, a private school, has an enrollment of six: one student in each of the fifth, sixth, eighth, nine, 10th and 12th grades. The school was founded in the 2014-15 school year.”

    James and Betty Turpin, the grandparents, told ABC News that “they hadn’t seen their son and daughter-in-law since visiting them in California some four to five years ago,” adding that, when they spoke with the family by phone, the Turpins were generally without their children.

    The Turpin house.

    Once authorities arrived at the home, they noticed that there was truth to the statement of the escaping teen, the press release indicates.

    The family.

    “Further investigation revealed several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings, but the parents were unable to immediately provide a logical reason why their children were restrained in that manner,” the release alleges.

    A neighbor, Wendy Martinez, told NBC Los Angeles that the children “looked very unnutrioned [sic], very white, like they never got sun at all. I mean, they would never come out and when they did, the lady would stand there watching them.”

    4. A Friend Called Louise Turpin a ‘Super Mom’ But the Children Said They Were ‘Starving’, Sheriff’s Officials Say

    In 2012, a friend wrote on the Turpins’ Facebook page: ” Louise Turpin is a super mom. I really couldn’t have handled it. i KEPT BUSY FROM MORNING UNTIL NIGHT WITH MY FOUR.” Another friend wrote, “Blown away how I have my hands full with just one and look at you!”

    However, sheriff’s officials say they found the children in an extreme state of need. “The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty. Perris Station Detectives were dispatched to the residence for further investigation,” authorities reported.

    “All 13 victims, ranging from the age of 2 to 29, were transported to the Perris Station and interviewed. Both parents were detained and transported to the station for further investigation,” reported sheriff’s officials. “Child Protective Services (CPS) and Adult Protective Services (APS) arrived to assist in the investigation. The victims were provided with food and beverages after they claimed to be starving.”

    According to the Press-Enterprise, neither parent has a serious criminal history in California.

    5. The Parents Are Accused of Child Endangerment & Are Being Held on $9 Million Bail Each
    David and Louise Turpin.

    Showing how seriously the system is taking this case, the bail for each parent was set at $9 million. According to Riverside Sheriff’s jail records, David Turpin is being held on nine felony charges of torture and 10 felony charges of child endangerment.” His wife is accused of the same charges.

    “Both parents were interviewed in this matter and subsequently transported to the Robert Presley Detention Center (RPDC). They were booked for violations of California Penal Code Section 206–Torture and Section 273a(A)–Child Endangerment. Bail was set at $9,000,000.00 each,” says the release.

    Louise Turpin is from a religious family. Louise’s sister “traveled with ‘Pioneers for Christ’ and ministered internationally,” according to a website for her. It reports that she was raised in West Virginia in a family of six and is an author.

    This breaking and ongoing story is being updated as more information is learned about the parents.

    NOCLUE Bronze Member

    this is such a disturbingly bizarre story!!!

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  8. Ladyslug

    Ladyslug Bronze Member

    Wow this is so shocking
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  9. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

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    Paradise Media Mod

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  11. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    ugh, that connection is terrible.
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    spike Bronze Member

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  14. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Ok, so let me get this straight. When the sister stayed with them for a few months while she was in college and they only had four children, she was also treated like she was one of the children and when she took a shower her brother in law would watch her?! :mad: :eek: :mad: :thud: @%#!

    Aunt of 13 siblings allegedly held captive tried 'for years' to get in touch with the family

    The aunt of 13 siblings allegedly abused and held captive by their parents in a Southern California home says her family tried "for years" to get in touch with her sister but "she just shut us out of her life."

    Flores' sister Louise Anna Turpin, 49, was arrested Monday along with her husband, David Allen Turpin, 57, for allegedly holding their 13 children "shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings" inside their home in Perris, California, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

    The siblings, ages 2 to 29, "appeared to be malnourished and very dirty," the sheriff's department said.

    "I was shocked because my sister and I haven’t really had a sister relationship for about 20 years. So other than maybe like a call every once in a while, and sometimes those calls are like a year apart. So I was shocked, I was devastated," Flores said. "We were never allowed to be a part of their lives."

    Flores said she lived with her sister and brother-in-law for a few months when she was in college. At the time, the couple only had four children and the eldest was in elementary school, Flores said.

    "I thought they were really strict, but I didn't see any type of abuse," she said of the parents. "Now that I'm an adult, I look back, I see things that I didn't see then."

    She too had to follow strict "rules" and was "treated like one of the kids" when she lived with her sister, Flores added. She also said she had "uncomfortable" experiences with her brother-in-law but never told anyone because she was "young" and "scared."

    "He did things that made me feel uncomfortable," she said. "If I were to get in the shower, he would come in there while I was in there and watch me, and it was like a joke. He never touched me or anything."

    The Turpins have lived at their home in Perris since about 2014, authorities said, and had previously lived in Marietta, California, and in Texas.

    PHOTO: Elizabeth Jane Flores appears on ABC News' 'Good Morning America,' Jan. 17, 2018. (ABC News)

    Flores said she saw her sister frequently in 2008 when she and her husband moved to Texas, only a couple hours away from where her sister lived at the time. But her sister would usually come to their house to visit and she was rarely invited to her sister's home, Flores said.

    "I was only allowed in the driveway," she said. "There was never any children, it was just always her and David. I would always say, 'I wish you would bring the kids.'"

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  15. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Inside Turpin family’s squalid former homes where neighbours feared kids were locked in cupboards and found scratches on backs of doors

    David and Louise Turpin were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment after one of their 13 kids - a 17-year-old girl - escaped through the window of their California home and called police

    THE sick parents who allegedly chained their 13 malnourished kids to their beds previously lived in a pair of squalid homes in Texas - where neighbours feared the kids were locked in cupboards and scratches were found on the backs of the doors.

    David and Louise Turpin were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment after one of their children - a 17-year-old girl - escaped through the window of their California home and called police.

    The family who moved into the Turpin's Fort Worth, Texas, home found scratch marks on the doors

    David and Louise Turpin, pictured with their children, were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment

    Now it has emerged that the family lived in a filthy and dilapidated home in Fort Worth, Texas, where the family who bought the house 18 years ago found carpets caked in filth and scratch marks on doors.

    At first they thought the marks came from animals - but news of the arrest made them view the scratches in a new light.

    The Turpin family then moved to a property in Rio Vista that they lived in until 2010 - which one neighbour called "The Compound".

    The current owner found strange vents in the closets of the main bedroom and that she feared may have been made to keep oxygen flowing to children locked in the closets.

    Shelli Vinyard told CBS 11: "I thought it was like a religious compound over there."

    The Fort Worth home was caked in filth when the family left

    The exterior of the Turpin's former home in Fort Worth, Texas
    The family also lived in a property in Rio Vista which was dubbed "The Compound" by a neighbour

    She said the family home-schooled their children and "kept them away from anybody" but appeared to be friendly and their kids played together.

    But then she asked one of the girls her name and she replied they weren't allowed to tell people their names.

    After that the children wouldn't play with Vinyard's kids any more.

    Cops said some siblings were shackled to furniture in the filthy, foul-smelling conditions of the home in California. They were so malnourished the older ones still looked like children.

    The Turpins pictured at Disneyland in California with other relatives in 2011

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  16. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    As a forensic psychologist, this is why I think David and Louise Turpin may have held their children captive
    Large families do tend either to be chaotic or to develop ritualistic processes. Is it possible that, as the Turpins’ finances cycled ever more out of control, they became increasingly coercive in their attempts to handle the situation they had created for themselves?

    A widely publicised Facebook image of David and Louise Turpin with their 13 children is notable for the standard, red T-shirts and blue jeans they are all wearing. At first glance there is nothing especially unusual about the picture other than the large number of children. It fits their neighbours’ comments that this was a seemingly normal family, quiet and undemanding.

    At the back, Allen Turpin stands grinning with his mop-head haircut. His wife stands below him, holding their youngest child in her arms, also with a wide smile. It is easy to believe what the lawyers who had had contact with them in earlier years said: there was nothing untoward about them.

    The family lived together in a peaceful, well-heeled street about 60 miles south of Los Angeles. The insignificant house had been listed as a private school in 2011, with David Turpin as its principal. He had been an engineer working for the well-established firm Northrup Grumman, but had declared himself bankrupt in the same year he set up the school. His lawyer said this had not been especially traumatic for the family, just a tidying up of their commitments.

    Yet one of the girls in this photograph had the wit to run from the house and call the police yesterday. She said that she and her siblings were being held captive against their will.

    When the local sheriff investigated, he found some of the children manacled and chained to beds. The conditions they were in were described as filthy, although the details of that horror have not been made public. Neighbours said the children looked emaciated when taken away by the Sheriff, who commented that he was surprised how old some of them were because in their deprived state they looked much younger. A 17-year-old was initially thought to be around 10.

    It has emerged that the people held in the house ranged in age from two to 29 years – six children and seven adults kept in appalling conditions. Knowing all this, the Facebook photograph of all of them together posing in red T-shirts takes on a much more sinister appearance.

    The children are numbered. It would seem that the numbering is in order of age. The little girl at the front wears a 12, the taller girls behind her are 3 and 5. They all wear the name “Thing” (“Thing 12”, “Thing 3”, “Thing 5”) perhaps in reference to a Dr Seuss book about two characters called Thing 1 and Thing 2. Here is a family that thinks it’s a joke to number everyone rather than give them names and refer to them as “things”.

    The photograph of the family together at a chapel in Las Vegas when the couple renewed their marriage vows – something, it seems, they did fairly regularly – shows the considerable trouble they had gone to to dress all the daughters in identical plaid dresses and the sons in identical suits. Here is evidence of the children being treated as decorations for the parents’ rituals. They also show that the Turpins were more than happy to display their anonymous brood, apparently unaware of the social implications of showing them off in such a strangely formulaic way.

    Accounts of children being kept captive often relate either to them being part of sexual abuse, as brilliantly portrayed in the 2015 filmRoom or in the real-life case in Austria where Josef Fritzl kept a woman captive for 24 years and raped her numerous times, resulting in the birth of seven children. There is no suggestion of sexual abuse by the Turpins. And there are, in my experience, a number of different psychological reasons why parents might lock their children away from the world and hold them captive for long periods of time.

    One possibility is that the parents wanted to keep their children away from the authorities for religious or other ideological reasons, or because they did not trust those outside the family. These situations have all the qualities of a cult in which the father usually acts as a patriarch who browbeats his wife and children into subservience. The Facebook photographs we’ve seen certainly have the look of a cult about them. Even their picture in Disneyland shows the children identically dressed.

    David Turpin would not seem to have limited intelligence, having worked effectively for a major engineering company, nor does it seem likely that he had any obvious mental disturbance if he was able to hold down such a difficult and demanding job. It seems more probable that the couple’s commitment to a large family, without much concern for the resources to look after them, was the starting point for the appalling conditions they have ended up with.

    The Turpins are reported to have been married for 27 years, when David was 30 and Louise 22. Not an unusual age difference, but one compatible with him being a dominant man keen to be in control. The eldest person found in the house must have been born at least two years before the couple married, suggesting at the very least a commitment to raising a family from early on. David Turpin’s parents declared to the media today that the couple had a Christian calling to have many children.

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  18. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I knew sexual perversion was going to be a motive. :mad:
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  19. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Aunt of 13 children held captive by parents in California home speaks out

    The sister of the woman who was arrested with her husband after their 13 malnourished and tortured children were found captive inside their California home is speaking out about the disturbing discovery that has shaken the nation.

    “We are as hurt and shocked and angry and disappointed as everybody else,” Teresa Robinette told NBC News in an exclusive interview.

    Robinette is the sister of Louise Turpin. She and her husband, David Turpin, owned the Perris, California, home where police discovered 13 children, some shackled and chained to furniture, living in squalid conditions.

    Authorities say the Turpins' 17-year-old daughter escaped through a window and dialed 911 with a cell phone she grabbed before her escape. The call led police to discover a horrific scene full of children so malnourished that the seven oldest children, who were adults as old as 29, looked like young minors.

    “If you can imagine, being 17 years old and appearing to be a 10-year-old, being chained to a bed. being malnourished, and injuries associated with that — I would call that torture,” Perris Police Chief Greg Fellows told reporters at a news conference Tuesday.

    All the children are now in the care of doctors, and their parents are in jail, with bail set for $9 million each.

    Robinette said she had always asked her sister about the size of her children because they were so small.

    “I always made comments to Louise, when I did talk to her about, ‘Gosh they're so skinny,’ and she would laugh it off. ‘Well, David's so tall and lanky. They’re going to be like him,’” she said.

    Robinette said her sister left home at 16 to get married to David, who was eight years her senior. She said her sister and brother-in-law were very strict with their kids.

    “They weren't allowed to date, or they didn't have a social life,” she said. “They weren't allowed to watch TV. They weren't allowed to talk on the phone, have friends over, stuff like that. Normal things that kids do.”

    The Turpins renewed their wedding vows often, each time surrounded by all of their children, she said.

    Police arrested the parents after interviewing them. The couple was booked on charges of torture and child endangerment. They face a Thursday court date.

    David Turpin ran a private school out of his home, according to public records. But the California Department of Education says it doesn’t have the authority to inspect private schools, which could explain why no state officials ever visited the home.

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  20. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    Yet she did nothing. No bells rang out for her? SMH

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