Disturbing details of the family of fifteen were not revealed until after 17-year-old Jordan, escaped from their home in Perris, California in 2018 and called 911 using a disabled mobile phone.
The officers who responded initially thought she was ten years old because she was very emaciated.
In an interview that aired on ABC on November 19, Jordan talks about having the courage to escape.
“My whole body was shaking. I couldn’t really dial 911, ”she said.
“I think we are the ones who have come close to death so many times.
“It was literally a now or never. If anything happened to me, at least I would die trying. “
The interview includes never-before-seen body camera footage from the time police raided the Turpin House.
When the police entered what has become the “House of Horrors”, they found 12 children between the ages of 2 and 29, some chained to their beds, malnourished and dirty.
The punishments given by the parents included being beaten, suffocated and chained to their beds without access to the bathroom for months.
“Mom, she strangled me and I thought I was going to die,” Jordan said.
Her sister – who is not named in the episode preview – added, “The only word I can think of to call her is hell. “
She continued, “My parents took my whole life from me, but now I’m taking my life back. “
The interview comes a year and a half after Louise and David Turpin were life sentence, after pleading guilty to 14 counts of torture, abuse of dependent adults, endangerment of children and forcible confinement.
According to prosecutors, the children were given only one rationed meal per day and were only allowed to shower once a year.
The couple’s youngest child appeared to be the only one who had not been abused.
David and Louise Turpin also baked pies but didn’t let them eat, and bought toys but punished children for touching them.
Even though they spent most of their time in the house, the Turpins take occasional family trips, including one where they traveled to Las Vegas for a vow renewal.
Authorities said only one child, a son, was allowed to leave home to attend classes at a community college but was still accompanied by his mother.
“Escape from a House of Horror – A Diane Sawyer Special Event” premieres November 19 on ABC and Hulu.