Where are the turpins now? A new C5 documentary investigates their crimes

A Channel 5 documentary explores the terrible story of two parents who tortured their own children. But where are the turpins now?

David and Louise Turpin kept their 13 children locked up in their own home until they were found in January 2018.

Everything you need to know about their depraved crimes is here.


Louise Turpin’s mug shot after her crimes were discovered. But where are the turpins now? (Credit: Splash)

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Who are David and Louise Turpin?

David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin are married with 13 children.

They lived together in Southern California.

According to David’s parents, the couple continued to have children because “God told them to”.

From 1988 to 2015 they had 10 daughters and three sons. All of their children’s names begin with the letter ‘J’.

To an outsider, they may have looked like a humble suburban family.

But they were hiding a dark and sinister secret.

What did the turpins do?

The parents held their children in shackles, who lived in deplorable conditions, and often beat and tortured them.

They were rarely allowed out of the house and were instead detained.

For years parents had locked, beaten, and strangled their children so that they could only eat once a day and shower only once a year.

One of the siblings managed to escape and call the police.

The fall shocked the world and the family home was described as a “house of horror.”

After the family left, the neighbors found droppings and beds with ropes tied to them, as well as dead cats and mountains of rubbish around the property.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department found the 12 children in the dirt, with at least one child cuffed to a bed.

All the children were so malnourished that MPs believed they were all under 18, even though seven were over 18.

A 29-year-old weighed just 82 pounds when he was rescued.

David Turpin
David Turpin was photographed on January 15, 2018 after his arrest (Credit: Splash)

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How were the turpins caught?

David’s and Louise’s crimes were exposed when one of their children – a 17-year-old woman – escaped through a window and called the police on a cell phone.

The MPs interviewed the victim and later visited the family home on Old Muir Road.

There they found 12 of the victim’s siblings who were handcuffed, handcuffed and tied to their beds in what the RCSD called “dirty” conditions.

The victims were between 2 and 29 years old.

In court, David said of his lawyer: “I never intended to harm my children.

“I’m sorry if I did something to harm you.”

Meanwhile, Louise sobbed, “I pray for my children every day. I am really sorry for everything I did to hurt her.

“I love you more than you can ever imagine.”

Louise and David Turpin in court
Louise and David Turpin in court (Image credit: ABC News)

Where are the turpins now? Louise and David

The Turpins were charged with 12 cases of torture, 12 cases of wrongful detention, seven cases of dependent adult abuse and six cases of child abuse.

David received an additional fee for indulging a child under the age of 14.

He was also charged with perjury-related affidavits he filed with the California Department of Education over the years alleging that his children were being educated in a private school.

On February 22, 2019, David and Louise changed their innocent pleas to guilty to one case of torture, three cases of willful cruelty towards children, four cases of wrongful imprisonment, and six cases of cruelty towards a dependent adult.

David and Louise were sentenced to life in prison with the option of 25 years probation.

Experts believe that due to the severity of the crime, they will never be given parole, effectively making it a life sentence.

Where are the turpins now? David was originally taken to Mule Creek State Prison before being taken to California State Prison in Corcoran.

Louise is at the Central California Women’s Facility.

Will Louise and David ever be released?

David and Louise were sentenced to 25 years in prison, with the possibility of release in 22 years.

That was in April 2019, so both could be out in 2041.

At this point, Louise would be 73 and David 80 years old.

Louise Turpin reads her testimony in court
Louise Turpin reads her statement in court (Photo credit: ABC News)

Where are the turpins now? The children are still suffering.

A son and daughter of David and Louise Turpin spoke out in court after parents pleaded guilty to 14 crimes of child abuse over several decades.

Two of the abused children were brave enough to read statements during the sentencing.

Her son, who was not named for his own protection and privacy, said, “I cannot describe what we went through as adults.

“Sometimes I still have nightmares about what happened.

“For example when my siblings are chained or beaten.”

One daughter said, “My parents took my whole life away from me, but now I’m taking my life back.”

After they were rescued by the police, all of the children spent several weeks in the hospital.

Six minors were placed in two nursing homes.

In early 2020, the Riverside County’s assistant district attorney said, “Some of [the children] live independently, live in their own apartment, have a job and go to school.

“Some volunteers in the community. You go to church. “

You graduated from college.

Tortured by mom and dad? Turpin 13 will air on Channel 5 on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 10 p.m.

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