A California woman, dubbed the “house of horrors” mom after she and her husband allegedly held their 13 kids children inside their home while starving and abusing them, apparently had aspirations to be on a reality show, according to the New York Post.
Louise Turpin and her husband David Turpin are currently facing numerous child abuse and torture charges after authorities rescued their clan of children from their Perris, California, home last Monday. Most of the victims, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were reportedly malnourished, weak, and abused. Several of the children were allegedly found shackled to furniture, lying in their own urine and feces.
According to Louise Turpin’s half-brother, Billy Lambert, she wanted to add a 14th child to her brood of children, in an attempt to land a reality show gig.
“She used to say how they would be perfect for TV and would often mention they would be bigger than the reality show ‘Kate Plus 8,'” Lambert said during an interview with the Mirror. “She thought the world would be fascinated by their lives.”
Lambert said that the dreams of a reality show is the primary reason the Turpin family moved from Texas to California.
“It is the reason they moved to California to be nearer to Hollywood. They thought it would make them millions and household names. They didn’t care about the kids; it was all about them.”
Lambert made it clear that he didn’t approve of the Turpin’s alleged abuse toward their children; the half-brother said he hopes the couple “never tastes freedom again.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Riverside officers arrived at the Turpin’s house in Perris, California, after a 17-year-old girl told them she stole a cellphone from the home, escaped from its horrid conditions, and called for help. According to responding officers, an additional 12 people were found inside the “foul-smelling” home, shackled in chains to filthy beds. All of the victims are the children of David and Louise Turpin.
“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,” the police statement read. “The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty.”
The Press-Enterprise reports that victims, who “claimed to be starving,” were given water and food immediately. Authorities reported that they appeared malnourished and in need of medical assistance. They were taken to a local hospital for a medical checkup. The California Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services will take care of the victims once they get a clean bill of health from the hospital.
Chained to their beds for weeks at a time. Showered only once a year. Beaten and starved. Life for the Turpin family's 13 children was one of extreme horror and abuse, officials say https://t.co/yEsn1NDJJb pic.twitter.com/X6Bkb7TUcF
— CNN (@CNN) January 19, 2018
Neighbors said that the Turpin children mostly kept to themselves and indoors. On the rare occasion they were outside, they reportedly did not look healthy. Some residents in the neighborhood said that the Turpin family typically kept a messy, unkempt yard, while neighbor Andria Valdez joked that they reminded her of the Cullen vampire family, from the fictional “Twilight” book and film series.
“They only came out at night,” Valdez explained. “They were really, really pale.”
Another neighbor, Robert Perkins, said he once complimented the family when he saw a few of them constructing a Nativity scene in their front yard a fews years ago.
“They didn’t say a word,” Perkins told the Press-Enterprise.
Investigators indicated that they are seeking any witnesses with information about the reported abuse. Anyone with any information is urged to contact Master Investigator Tom Salisbury at the Perris station at 951-210-1000 or PerrisStation@RiversideSheriff.org.
[Feature Photo: David and Louise Turpins/Riverside County Sheriff’s Department]