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House of Horrors: Inside the 'Emotional' Goodbye Party Hospital Staff Threw for Turpin Siblings

By PEOPLE.com

Hospital staff threw the seven adult Turpin children a going-away party — with a karaoke machineRead full story

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  • It’s amazing that these children have been able to make such deep connections with the hospital staff considering the horrible abuses they endured.

    On Friday, their parents and abusers, David and Louise Turpin made a court appearance. Though they were instructed not to speak with one another, they exchanged pleasant smiles and glances. Clearly, they are still tightly swaddled in a layer of delusion that any sane person would find difficult to comprehend.

  • Karen  Andrews
    Karen AndrewsPodcast Researcher

    I read an official report stating that many of the 13 children have cognitive impairment and nerve damage as a result of the abuse. They will need care for the rest of their lives. Louise’s sister has made it clear she was the decision maker in that household. As a mother myself, it’s hard to understand how anyone could ever do this to her own children.

  • Jason Noe
    Jason NoeServer at The Tin Pan

    “David, 57, and Louise Turpin, 49, face numerous criminal charges in the alleged abuse of their 13 children, who ranged in age from 2 to 29 at the time of the parents’ arrest. The charges include torture, false imprisonment and abuse.”

    I’m glad the prosecutors aren’t attempting to overcharge, that’s the most common reason why criminals walk free. It would be easy to make a case for attempted murder but nearly impossible to convict in this case.

  • Nick Seoane
    Nick Seoane Set Lighting Tech at Film & Television

    Don’t forget that Lorena Bobbitt was acquitted after cutting off her husbands penis because the jury ruled in favor of her insanity defense.

    I know the wife’s sister and cousin are claiming to advocate for the children while they’ve been making all their press stops, but they need to stop talking about what a loon she was or both of these sickos are going to be able to get off by claiming insanity.

  • Jenna Van
    Jenna VanPodcaster at Sitting Crooked Podcast

    I am so happy to hear that the children are capable of these types of feelings...with the terrible abuse and neglect they endured it seemed doubtful that they would have the capacity for basic functioning, and yet it seems they are capable of love, trust, compassion, creativity, and more. Amazing.

    This type if abuse sadly is not new...I recently reviewed the original "house of horrors", that of Rosemary and Fred West. With a number of kids and the abuse starting from near day 1...the West kids seemed

    I am so happy to hear that the children are capable of these types of feelings...with the terrible abuse and neglect they endured it seemed doubtful that they would have the capacity for basic functioning, and yet it seems they are capable of love, trust, compassion, creativity, and more. Amazing.

    This type if abuse sadly is not new...I recently reviewed the original "house of horrors", that of Rosemary and Fred West. With a number of kids and the abuse starting from near day 1...the West kids seemed to not have had a chance and some did not survive the abuse. It makes me fearful that there is so much more we don't know about the Turpins...

    I emotionally understand why the hospital staff are so upset at not knowing the address...they invested and saw the Turpin children through the first steps of their recovery. They are the first real caregivers the children knew...however this is a very sensitive case and I understand that even the best intentions can have troubling consequences for both the staff and the children.

    I've been following the Turpin case as well and am thrilled to hear in this article and others that the children are intelligent and creative. There is reports of music therapy bringing out natural musical and artistic inclinations and passions in the kids. I truly thought that these kids had little hope of a semi-normal life.

  • Tess Hutchison
    Tess HutchisonFiber Artist at The Geeky Knot

    I can understand secrecy as to where the children are going (prevent the children being attacked or harassed), but to disallow hospital staff from the knowledge is somewhat sad.

  • What a task these staffers undertook. It is heartwarming that they were able to help these kids so much. The whole story is just so sad.

  • Kelly Ross
    Kelly RossWriter at Momicide

    The 17 year-old daughter who escaped the home to find help is a hero. The pets and the youngest child were the only ones not suffering from extreme malnourishment, so probably saved the lives of all of the rest of her siblings. She had been posting videos to YouTube under an alias and singing made up songs about being blamed for everything. It was a subtle cry for help that nobody every heard. It’s kind of hard to watch now given everything we have learned.

  • I hope that they get an adequate amount of prison time, commensurate to the amount of years they robbed from each one of those precious angels. As a person that works with abused children the road to recovery for all of them is going to be very long and hard and they don’t need to worry about their parents/abusers being released.

  • I don’t think they want the children to be traumatized more than they already have been. The children need to slowly be let into society. David and Louise had filed bankruptcy twice and he had a new mustang so it wasn’t about cutting corners. They had the funds to take care of the kids.

  • Erin Fleming
    Erin FlemingPodcast host at Redrum Blonde

    It’s good that these children are finally being given the care they need. Although the hospital staff has become attached & would like to keep in contact, for the children’s sake, it’s good their whereabouts are kept secret. As well-meaning as the staff seems, I’m sure someone would leak the location or details for the right amount of money. The Turpin kids will need lots of therapy to be even somewhat functional on their own. The best way to do this is out of the spotlight. Let their monstrous parents to endure the public scrutiny.

  • Doug Rabb
    Doug RabbRetail Manager

    We can all be thankful that there has already been over 500k raised globally to help provide long term care for these poor children.

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