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David Allen Turpin

David Allen Turpin

David and Louise pictured in 2010

David and Louise pictured in 2010

David Allen Turpin is a resident of Perris, California. In January 2018, he and his wife received international media attention, after it was revealed they kept their children at their residence, described as a House of horrors in horrible living conditions.

Personal Life

He got married to Louise Anna Turpin. They both have thirteen children together, between the ages of 2 and had recently lived in Texas. He is the brother of Dr. Randy Turpin. [1]

The family moved to Perris 2014, and had recently lived in Texas. He is the brother of Dr. Randy Turpin. [1]


He is the principal of the private Sandcastle Day School, a school which he homeschools his children at their residence.

The couple filed for bankruptcy in California in 2011, stating in court documents that they owed between $100,000 and $500,000 in debt. At that time, Turpin worked as an engineer at Northrop Northrop Grumman, and earned $140,000 annually.

In the Media

In court (January 2018)

In court (January 2018)

On Sunday, January 14, 2018, David and Louise were captured after their youngsters were found shackled to beds inside their home.

A 17-year-old young lady got away from the home in the 100 square of Muir Woods Road and called 911 to report that her 12 siblings and sisters were being held hostage by their folks.

She likewise asserted a portion of her kin were bound in locked chains.

Examiners found a few youngsters gaunt shackled to their beds with chains and locks in dull and noxious environmental factors.

David and Louise were both accused of torment and youngster peril.

They were taken to the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, California.

Bail was set at $13 million for each.

The youngsters were taken into defensive guardianship and are right now accepting clinical treatment.

Neighbors depicted the Turpin guardians as being odd.

One neighbor expressed she never saw a bike or bicycle in the front yard.

David Turpin's folks, James and Betty Turpin expressed that they have not seen them in years, and expressed that they are strict and continued having youngsters since God approached them.

The grandparents additionally expressed that the youngsters are self-taught, made to retain long sacred texts in the Bible.

A portion of the kids have attempted to retain the whole book.

The parents are expected to be arraigned on Thursday, January 17, 2018. Both Turpins were charged with 12 counts of torture, 7 counts of abuse on a dependent adult, 12 counts of false imprisonment, and 6 counts of child abuse. [1] [1]

The couple could face up to life in prison if found guilty.

[1] Each defendant is held in lieu of $13 million bail, $1 million per child. [1]

Living conditions of children

The 13 starving siblings hardly ever saw the sun and were allowed, to eat only one rationed meal a day and shower just once a year.


They were allegedly beaten, choked and shackled to their beds with no access to a bathroom for months at a time for supposed offenses like playing with water when they washed their hands.


The parents would buy toys, but not let their children them play with them or even take them out of the packaging.

[1] They would make pumpkins pies and not let the hungry children eat them.


They were supposed to be home schooled, but they were so clueless about the world many of the children didn't know what a police officer was.


The family dogs, two Maltese Terriers were found in better physical condition than the children and had been fed and taken care of.

Police probe

Cops are set to conduct DNA tests and search for kids who may have not survived. Authorities also stated that David Turpin kidnapped his future wife, Louise, when she was 16 years old so they could elope.


Citation Linknbcnews.comCalifornia torture house: 13 siblings allowed to eat once a day, shower once a year
Jan 18, 2018, 10:38 PM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comAt a court hearing on Thursday, January 18, 2018
Jan 18, 2018, 10:44 PM
Citation Linkfacebook.comDavid Allen Turpin on Facebook
Jan 16, 2018, 12:13 AM
Citation Linkabc7.com13 victims, ages 2 to 29, kept shackled in foul Perris home by parents
Jan 16, 2018, 12:18 AM
Citation Linkwashingtonpost.comHow a malnourished teen escaped a house full of chains and freed her 12 siblings
Jan 17, 2018, 9:30 AM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comDavid Turpin pictured with Louise Turpin
Jan 16, 2018, 12:30 AM
Citation Linkcnn.com13 people held captive in California home, police say
Jan 16, 2018, 12:30 AM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comDavid and Louise pictured in 2010
Jan 16, 2018, 12:32 AM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comDavid Allen Turpin booking photo (January 2018)
Jan 16, 2018, 12:32 AM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comPictured in May 2015
Jan 16, 2018, 12:33 AM
Citation Linkktla.comTeen’s Escape Leads to Discovery of 13 Victims Held Captive in Perris Home, Including Kids Chained to Beds
Jan 16, 2018, 12:36 AM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comDavid Allen Turpin pictured with Louise Turpin at their wedding
Jan 16, 2018, 12:38 AM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comDavid Allen Turpin and Louise pictured in 2015
Jan 16, 2018, 12:39 AM
Citation Linknbcnews.comTorture investigation launched after 13 believed held captive in California home
Jan 16, 2018, 12:42 AM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comHome where the 13 victims were held captive
Jan 16, 2018, 12:56 AM
Citation Linknytimes.com13 Siblings, Some Shackled to Beds, Were Held Captive by Parents, Police Say
Jan 16, 2018, 12:59 AM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comDavid Allen Turpin pictured with Louise Anna Turpin and their children
Jan 16, 2018, 1:22 AM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comFamily home in Perris, California
Jan 16, 2018, 1:36 AM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comPictured with his children and wife
Jan 16, 2018, 1:38 AM
Citation Linkeveripedia-storage.s3.amazonaws.comPictured on social media
Jan 16, 2018, 1:40 AM