Thirteen rescued from home of 'creepy' Christian parents

Thirteen rescued from home of 'creepy' Christian parents January 16, 2018

A Californian couple – David Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise, 49 – were charged at the weekend with torture and child endangerment after 13 of their children were found shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings.
Aged between two to 29, the emaciated victims were released by police and taken to hospital where they were fed and examined by medical staff.

The Turpins’ house in Perris, a suburb close to San Bernardino was raided after one of the children – a girl – managed to escape and call police on a mobile phone.
David and Louise, described as “devout Christians”, were unable to explain why the children were restrained, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release.
All the victims will be placed in care once they are released from hospital.
Bail was set for David and Louise Turpin at $9 million each. The couple will appear in court on Thursday.
Apart from acting as his children’s home schooling principal, David worked as an engineer. It was the same home in which the couple home-schooled their children, and dressed the 10 girls and three boys in matching outfits.
Like their mother, all the girls had long straight brown hair. The boys wore pageboy cuts, weirdly similar to the style of their father’s long grey locks.
David is registered as the principal of their home school, Sandcastle Day School at the family house, teaching first to 12th grade. He was also once an engineer for a global security company, Northrop Grumman, earning $11,000 a month.
In Facebook photographs, the children look like clones of themselves or their parents. But they are all immaculately groomed and dressed, unlike the image painted by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department which said:

The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty.

Friends responded to their Facebook posts saying “you have such a beautiful family” and “lovely family”. The couple’s last post on Facebook was in July 2016.
The creepily lookalike family when parents David and Louise renewed their vows in 2016. Source: Facebook.
Louise Turpin’s sister, who is a motivational speaker and author living in Tennessee, wrote positive things about her sister and brother-in-law.
However, the sister said she had gone through “many challenges in her life” including “child abuse”.
The family’s positive messages on Facebook have turned sour since David and Louise were arrested.
Facebook posters have called the family “sick, sick, sick” and “monsters” who would keep children locked up and surrounded by their own faeces and urine.
Some insisted family members must have known about what was going on inside the Turpins’ home.
But David’s parents, James and Betty, of West Virginia, told ABC News they were “surprised and shocked” by the allegations against their son and daughter-in-law.
The couple said they hadn’t seen their son and daughter-in-law since visiting them in California four to five years ago.
Other people on Facebook suggested the Turpins had done a “good job” of hiding what was going on behind the ‘”happy family” facade.

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  • Broga

    “Devout Christians”: the façade that effectively hides the worst of evils, that allows the Christians to indulge the most vicious cruelties while being respected by their community. The hell that this pair conjured up for their own children defies understanding their motive. Why would they do this? To satisfy some terrible need to exercise their power by the most vicious cruelty.
    Perhaps an archbishop of a cardinal could enlighten us?

  • AgentCormac

    The deranged Turpins clearly have some extreme mental health issues. Which is presumably why christianity appealed to them.
    And speaking of deranged, this angered me no end:

  • Angela_K

    But, but, they were devout Christians doing god’s work…drops mic and leaves.

  • Laura Roberts

    The early news stories I saw didn’t mention anything about their religion, but I would have bet a bundle that they were religious nutters. Seems my money would have been safe.

  • barriejohn

    Laura: Ditto. I searched in vain for the references to their “strong Christian faith”, and told myself that I was jumping to conclusions!
    Landover Baptists have more information about them (I know it’s a satirical site, but they link to another revealing article about the Turpins):
    (Wasn’t Betty Turpin in Coronation Street?)

  • John the Drunkard

    The deafening silence about their religion speaks volumes about the U.S. news media. There are many parallel gaps in reporting: around Islamic violence, anti-Semitism, and the exclusion of descriptions of criminal suspects if they happen to be Black.

  • L.Long

    Without knowing more about their positions on various moral issues, I’m inclined to think of these two insane aholes as just that psychotic aholes.

  • StephenJP

    My instant reaction was the same as Laura’s and barriejohn’s: I bet they’re fundie Christians. Somehow the fact that they were allowed out to cut the lawn, or to pose for that creepy picture, makes it even more distressing.
    This story comes at a time when home-schooling in the UK is (quite rightly) coming under increasing scrutiny because of the lack of control over what is taught and how. I would like to think that this sort of child abuse would not be possible in this country. But I’m not sure I can be so confident.

  • Cali Ron

    Authorities thought all 13 children were minors, but turns out 7 are adults aged 18 to 27. They were so malnourished for so long their growth was stunted. Obviously, the abuse had been going on for over 2 decades so seems impossible for the parents to have visited and not know what was going on. They are probably demented christian abusers too. Amazing what some people can ignore because “they were good christians “. Revolting and sad.

  • barriejohn

    Cali Ron: Quite right. How could they not have seen what was going on, however well the children were acting in public? And wasn’t the malnourishment a deliberate attempt to retard their development? Look at the photos: who could have guessed that we’re looking at several adults there?

  • Laura Roberts

    @JohnTheDrunkard: it’s not only American news outlets. Sadly, specifics about their religion were omitted from BBC News reports as well, at least yesterday. Today the stories seem a bit more thorough.

  • JD

    Funny how the more religious people are, the more kids they have!
    And this guy was an Engineer taking in $11,000 a Month?!
    Reminds me of a jackass named Jim Daggon I worked under 20 years ago who, on the side, had his own Jesus flock…

  • barriejohn

    “We tend to look after each other here.”
    The regular discovery of cases like this indicate that the US population is actually close to 600 million, with about half the population in captivity.
    Why do these stories always make me think of Deliverance? And if I couldn’t do a better impersonation of Elvis Presley than that guy I’d be ashamed!