'We're still suffering' — house of horrors survivors say their ordeal is far from over

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Louise and David Turpin with their attorney John Moore at a court appearance in 2018. (PHOTO: Magazine Features)
Louise and David Turpin with their attorney John Moore at a court appearance in 2018. (PHOTO: Magazine Features)

She sat on a park bench with her sisters, breathing in the clean fresh air. “I was so excited because I could smell the air, smell the grass,” Jordan Turpin says. “I was like, ‘How can heaven be better than this?’”

That sweet moment came shortly after Jordan and her 12 siblings were released from California’s so-called House of Horrors in 2018 – a dark, foul-smelling four-bedroom home they’d been kept captive in by their parents for most of their lives.

David (61) and Louise (53) Turpin were sentenced to 25 years in prison on 14 counts, including cruelty to an adult dependent, child cruelty, torture and false imprisonment. The plight of the kids – three boys and 10 girls ranging in age between two and 29 – made headlines when Jordan (then 17) escaped from the house and got help for her and her siblings.

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