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Jordan Turpin details moment she escaped ‘house of horrors’: ‘That was my only chance’


David and Louise Turpin were sentenced to life in prison in 2019 for abusing and beating their 13 children.

 / Source: TODAY

Jordan Turpin, one of the 13 siblings who were rescued from a California “house of horrors” in January 2018, is speaking out, along with her eldest sister, Jennifer Turpin, about the night she escaped the house and sought help from police.

In a candid, gripping interview that aired on “20/20” Friday, Turpin described the moment she snuck out of her home. She was 17 at the time, and she and her siblings, who ranged in age from 2 to 29, were being tortured by their parents, David and Louise Turpin. For years, the Turpin children were abused and subjected to beatings and punishments that included being chained to their beds.

Turpin said that she feared for the safety of herself and her siblings and it was ultimately her fear that led her to escape the house, despite having been kept so isolated that she had never spoken to a stranger before.

“That was my only chance. At least if something happened to me, at least I died trying,” Turpin said.

Before her escape, Turpin was able to acquire a disabled cell phone, which could only be used to call 911, so she snuck out a window and called for help.