David and Louise Turpin were recently arrested in California after police discovered their thirteen children imprisoned in the basement of their home. The case has become particularly noteworthy in the media after it emerged that the family maintained a series of photos on their social media pages that made it appear that they were a normal family, with Facebook snaps of their children smiling at their wedding, wearing matching outfits at theme parks, as well as the whole family together looking happy. In reality, the thirteen children spent most of their time locked in the basement of their home and subjected to bizarre rules and punishments.
At the moment the police are still learning the extent of the Turpin’s cruelty but what is known is that many of the children had been isolated for almost their entire lives. Some of them did not know what a police officer was, only one or two could read, and they were all horrifically underweight. The eldest was 27-years-old but weighed a tiny 37kg (or around 6 stone if you’re British), indicating terrible life conditions. The house was also filled with toys still in their packaging, the children could not wash above their hands, and there are some reports that for a period of time the Turpins did not even live in the same house as their children but just dropped supplies off once a day.
Unbelievably, the Turpins pleaded not guilty and once again grabbed headlines with the decision to do so.
And it appears their shameful lack of remorse continues even further. When a judge ruled that the Turpins should be barred from seeing their children for the duration of the trial the Turpins could be seen grinning ear-to-ear.
Both parents will continue to remain in custody for the duration of the trial.