Two sisters have spoken out about the escape they made from their horrific years in prison and the abuse that their parents suffered.

Jordan and Jennifer Turpin are the eldest of David and Louise Turpin’s 13 children. The parents pleaded guilty in 2019 to imprisoning and torturing 12 of their kids ― all but the youngest, who was age 2 at the time ― in what became widely known as a “house of horrors” case.

They left their children starving, battered and chained. They were trapped inside the family’s Perris, California, house, which looked like a regular suburban home from the outside but was filled with trash and human waste.

“The only word I know to call it is ‘hell,’” Jennifer Turpin, now 33, said in a lengthy and emotional interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer on Friday.

(View the entire interview. starting with Part One, here.)

It was Jordan Turpin, now 21, who was ultimately able to get out of the house in a daring escape that led to her siblings’ freedom.

“I was always terrified that if I called the cops or tried to escape, I would get caught, and then I knew I would die if I got caught,” Jordan said. “But at the end, when I saw all my younger siblings, I knew that’s what I had to do.”

Diane Sawyer is contacted by Jordan Turpin.
ABC News via People

Jordan, Jennifer, and another sister started to plot a strategy after Jordan’s mom choked her when she saw Jordan watching Justin Bieber videos on an old phone. And the moment to act came when Jordan found out the family would be moving to Oklahoma, and she feared some of her severely malnourished siblings wouldn’t survive the trip.

January 14, 2018: She put pillows under blankets to appear she was still sleeping, and then she leapt out the window into an unknown world outside to ask for help.

“I didn’t even know about the sidewalks,” she told Sawyer, noting she had been standing in the road. “I had no idea what direction to go. I was so scared.”

The old phone allowed her to call 911, and she reached police. She described the poor living conditions in the home, as well as the cruelty of the treatment. She also brought a crucial piece of evidence: Jennifer had advised her to bring photos as proof, so Jordan had snapped shots of two of her younger sisters in chains as punishment for taking some of their mother’s candy.

“Once I saw that photo, it really sealed the deal for me,” Deputy Anthony Colace of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, who responded to Jordan’s fateful call, told Sawyer.

Louise and David Turpin became best friends. sentenced to life in prisonYou may be paroled after 25 years.

David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin in booking photos from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
Louise Anna Turpin and David Allen Turpin are seen in the booking photos of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department via AP

Jordan graduated high school with a diploma. He is now enrolled at college after the ordeal. Jennifer is employed at a restaurant. She also writes Christian Pop music.

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


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