Jordan Turpin speaks out about horrific ‘trauma’ she faced at hands of her sick parents

‘I still have nightmares’: House of Horrors survivor Jordan Turpin, 21, reveals lasting ‘trauma’ of her parents’ sick abuse – and how being subjected to more ‘abuse’ in foster care left her ‘broken, depressed and HOMELESS’

  • Jordan, now 21, and her sisters and brothers, spent 17 years being beaten and tortured by their parents, David and Louise Turpin
  • Jordan escaped in 2018, after she bravely climbed through a window and managed to call for help. However, the horror didn’t end there
  • After the siblings were rescued, many were put into foster care, where Jordan said the pain and suffering continued 
  • On July 20, six of the Turpin kids filed a lawsuit claiming that they had been abused by their foster parents – Marcelino and Rosa Olguin
  • Now, Jordan has opened up about her torturous journey, and revealed how she has finally come to peace with it during a powerful interview with People
  • Jordan said she still has nightmares and that she spent years suffering from depression after becoming ‘really, really broken’ from the continued abuse 

‘House or Horrors’ survivor Jordan Turpin has spoken out about the horrific ‘trauma’ she faced at the hands of her sick parents – who chained her and her 12 siblings up, starved, and beat them – and detailed the terrible abuse she said she then faced in foster care.

Jordan, now 21, and her sisters and brothers, spent 17 years being tortured by their parents, David and Louise Turpin, who were later convicted of torture, false imprisonment, and endangerment.

Jordan escaped in 2018, after she bravely climbed through a window and managed to call for help. However, the horror didn’t end there. 

After the siblings – who ranged in age from two to 29 at the time – were rescued, many were put into foster care, where Jordan said the pain and suffering continued.

'House or Horrors' survivor Jordan Turpin spoke out about the horrific 'trauma' she faced at the hands of her sick parents, and detailed the terrible abuse she said she then faced in foster care

‘House or Horrors’ survivor Jordan Turpin spoke out about the horrific ‘trauma’ she faced at the hands of her sick parents, and detailed the terrible abuse she said she then faced in foster care

Jordan, now 21, and her siblings, spent 17 years being tortured by their parents, David and Louise Turpin, who were later convicted of torture, false imprisonment, and endangerment

Jordan, now 21, and her siblings, spent 17 years being tortured by their parents, David and Louise Turpin, who were later convicted of torture, false imprisonment, and endangerment

After the siblings – who ranged in age from 2 to 29 at the time – were rescued, many were put into foster care, where Jordan (circled right) said the pain and suffering continued

On July 20, Jordan and five of her siblings filed a lawsuit against Riverside County and a private foster care agency called ChildNet Youth and Family Services, claiming that they had been abused by their foster parents – Marcelino and Rosa Olguin – and that the organization knew the couple had a past record of abuse and failed to help them when they spoke up.

Now, she has opened up about her torturous journey, and revealed how she has finally come to peace with it during a powerful interview with People magazine.

‘I’m not ready to go into details about what happened to me in that home. I was very traumatized, and it’s been a very scary journey,’ she told the outlet.

‘It was really hard to understand the first situation [with my parents]. Then going into another, that was just really, really hard. You have all these questions and you just don’t get the answer.’

Jordan managed to flee from her parents home in Perris, California – where she, and her 12 siblings had lived for 17 years – before she phoned 911 and alerted the police of her parent’s abuse. 

Details later emerged about how the Turpins beat and starved their children, shackling them to beds and denying them basic hygiene like showers – which only occurred once a year. 

The kids were mainly kept in their rooms except for meals, which had been reduced from three times to once per day, a combination of lunch and dinner; for years, the siblings’ diet consisted of nothing but two slices of bread with peanut butter or bologna.

Now, she has spoke out about her torturous journey, and opened up how she has finally come to peace with it during a powerful interview with People magazine

Now, she has spoke out about her torturous journey, and opened up how she has finally come to peace with it during a powerful interview with People magazine

After the kids were rescued, details later emerged about how the Turpins (pictured) beat and starved their 12 children, shackling them to beds and denying them basic hygiene like showers

After the kids were rescued, details later emerged about how the Turpins (pictured) beat and starved their 12 children, shackling them to beds and denying them basic hygiene like showers

The couple was also accused of taunting their children with food that they were forbidden to eat. The Turpin parents would chow down on fast food in front of them, and chained the children to filthy beds if they tried to steal food.

Jordan recalled finding joy in learning, and taught herself basic math, reading, and writing while being held captive by her parents.

After she was rescued at age 17, a placement test determined that was on a third-grade level. She soon began homeschooling – and worked hard and improved quickly.

Within a year, she was on a high school junior level, and at age 18, she started public school for the first time. She kept her past a secret from her classmates so she could enjoy a normal education, and used a fake last name to conceal her identity. 

‘It was so cool because I’ve never been around people my age other than my siblings,’ she said.

‘I made friends within two weeks. Every time someone would ask me questions [about my past], they’d say, “She’s too shy. She won’t answer.” I loved it.’

Jordan said she hasn’t spoken to her parents in years, explaining that she ‘wouldn’t have been able to heal’ had she kept in touch with them. 

‘I still have nightmares. I can’t imagine if I ever kept in contact with them’ she added. ‘There’s no way I would be able to heal.’

When the children were rescued, all but the two-year-old were severely underweight. The parents’ abuse and neglect was so ‘severe, pervasive, [and] prolonged’ that it stunted their children’s growth, led to muscle wasting, and left two of their daughters unable to bear children. 

Then, years later, six of the Turpin kids filed a lawsuit claiming that they had been abused by their foster parents. Jordan is seen (right) with her sister Jennifer (left) and other siblings

Then, years later, six of the Turpin kids filed a lawsuit claiming that they had been abused by their foster parents. Jordan is seen (right) with her sister Jennifer (left) and other siblings

Jordan (circled right) said she still has nightmares and that she spent years suffering from depression after becoming 'really, really broken' from the continued abuse

Jordan (circled right) said she still has nightmares and that she spent years suffering from depression after becoming ‘really, really broken’ from the continued abuse 

The Turpin parents pleaded guilty to several felonies in 2019, and were each sentenced to life sentences with the possibility of parole after serving 25 years.

Then, in March 2021, the foster parents who had been looking after six of the Turpin kids, including Jordan, were arrested and charged with multiple counts of child abuse. 

Marcelino, 63, was charged with the sexual abuse of two of them and of physically and mentally torturing all five. His wife Rosa, 58, and their daughter Lennys, 37, were hit with torture and false imprisonment charges for their alleged part in the abuse. They pleaded not guilty.

One month before they got arrested, Jordan was placed with different foster parents – who then kicked her out, leaving her with no where to go, effectively rendering her ‘homeless’. 

She eventually entered into college, but was plagued with memories from her past – and she began to suffer from severe depression.

‘It was impossible to sleep. Every time my eyes would close, I dreamed about being [in my first foster home],’ she admitted. ‘I had to go to the emergency room a lot. I was really, really broken.’

Last year, Jordan, alongside her sister Jennifer Turpin, spoke out publicly for the first time about their suffering during a powerful interview with Diane Sawyer for ABC News. 

Last year, Jordan, alongside her sister Jennifer (pictured), spoke out publicly for the first time about their suffering during a powerful interview with Diane Sawyer for ABC News

Last year, Jordan, alongside her sister Jennifer (pictured), spoke out publicly for the first time about their suffering during a powerful interview with Diane Sawyer for ABC News 

And while she admitted that it was hard for her, she said she quickly saw a change after sharing her story with the world

And while she admitted that it was hard for her, she said she quickly saw a change after sharing her story with the world

Jordan is now thriving, and has become a budding TikTok star - racking up more than 746,000 followers for her fun dance videos

Jordan is now thriving, and has become a budding TikTok star - racking up more than 746,000 followers for her fun dance videos

Jordan is now thriving, and has become a budding TikTok star – racking up more than 746,000 followers for her fun dance videos

And while she admitted that it was hard for her, she said she quickly saw a change after speaking out.

‘I wasn’t doing well, but I felt we weren’t the only ones being treated wrong in the system – and I wanted to help my siblings,’ she explained. 

She recently purchased her first apartment, which she admitted was 'scary' for her. But now, she said she feels like 'her life is about to actually start'

She recently purchased her first apartment, which she admitted was ‘scary’ for her. But now, she said she feels like ‘her life is about to actually start’ 

‘[Afterwards], the people that really know they messed up were just gone. Some quit and said: “I don’t work here anymore.”‘

Jordan is now thriving, and has become a budding TikTok star – racking up more than 746,000 followers for her fun dance videos, as well as clips that show her trying out makeup and modeling different outfits.  

She recently purchased her first apartment, which she admitted was ‘scary’ for her. But now, she feels like ‘her life is about to actually start.’

‘At first it was scary. It’s expensive, and you’re not aware of how much you’re gonna need. But I love design and decorating, and I’m a very organized person,’ she gushed.

‘Sometimes I walk into my apartment and literally think, “Is this real?” I’m more independent and can just be myself. This is everything I ever wanted. I’ve been feeling like my life is about to actually start.’

She said she is still ‘very, very’ close to her siblings, and makes sure to see them often.

She revealed: ‘We have inside jokes and have so much fun together. After everything that happened, and after escaping, I’m so protective over each one. They always know they have me.’

She has plans to write a memoir one day, and wants to become a motivational speaker – in the hopes of helping other victims feel less alone.

‘I want to take what I went through and turn it into something positive,’ she concluded. ‘I want people to know they’re not alone. There is a way out.

‘The best thing that can happen to me is seeing that I made someone’s day. Sometimes I get comments [on TikTok] like, “I can relate to this,” and that makes me so excited.

‘I’m very thankful and blessed that I can be there to help others and make a difference.’

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