April 5, 2022

Episode 237: The Ties That Bind - The Turpin Family

Episode 237: The Ties That Bind - The Turpin Family
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In this month’s series, we’ll take a look at the fascinating phenomenon of narcissistic family cults - a family unit that exhibits all the hallmarks of a traditional cult group but is led by a narcissistic family member - usually a parent. 


In this episode, a couple with thirteen children spend decades isolating themselves from the outside world. The public would be shocked when it was discovered their children had been subjected to long-term ritualistic abuse, neglect, and deprivation in one of the worst cases of child abuse ever recorded in California. 


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The Family Next Doorby John Glatt, St. Martin’s Press, 2019. 

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Turpin Trial: Couple Jailed for Life for ‘Inhuman’ Child Abuse


All That’s Interesting: Louise Turpin


California Torture House: Louise Turpin’s Sister Said Sibling Experimented with Religion, Sex


People: Couple Accused in Calif. House of Horrors Case ‘Ran Away’ to Marry When She was 16 and He Was 23


David and Louise Turpin Eloped - Daily Mail


Inside the Turpin “Horror House” as Young Survivors Reveal Ongoing Struggles


ABC 20/20, S44/E7 - Escape from a House of Horror - A Diane Sawyer Special Event


Classmate Says Oldest Turpin Sibling Was Bullied, Frail During Grade School in Viral Facebook Post


Turpins: 1 Sibling’s Desperate Escape Attempt Foiled When Police Forced Her Back to the House


California Torture Case Raises Questions About Home School Regulation


People: I Lived with the House of Horrors Family: What Relative Says She Saw Years Before Child Torture Case Came to Light 


CNN: Judge Bars Turpins from Contacting Children


People- From a Desperate Escape to Revelations of Shocking Abuse: How Abuse of Horrors Case Unfolded


Huffpost- Turpin Children Speak Out About Life in California ‘House of Horrors’


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