What happened to Jennifer Turpin?
JENNIFER Turpin has spoken out about the ten years of abuse she and her 12 siblings received from their parents.
Turpin, now 33, sat down with her sister, Jordan, for an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer to discuss their ordeals.
Jennifer Turpin, who was 31 at the time, had turned to music as an outlet since the Turpin children had escaped their house of horrors.
Her first taste of freedom came while she was in the hospital, and she said she just danced.
She told Sawyer, “Music was playing when I got up.”
“I danced after making sure there was a little bit of a floor cleared out.”
Her favorite song is Kelly Clarkson’s Broken and Beautiful, which she told Sawyer she “daydreams of becoming a Christian pop artist.”
Turpin has always wanted to be a published author, but she hasn’t said which books she wants to write.
For the time being, she works in a restaurant and finds simple pleasure in taking a walk in the fresh air.
She told Sawyer, “I’m so thankful just to walk… to take an hour-long walk with my music.”
“These small things, I believe, are taken for granted by people.”
On January 14, 2018, police were dispatched to the Turpin family’s home after Jordan Turpin called 911 to report that they were being held captive and that some siblings were chained to their beds.
Jennifer said in an exclusive interview with Sawyer that her homelife changed when her parents moved to Fort Worth, Texas, and that the house eventually became overrun with dirt, trash, and mold.
Louise’s mother developed mood swings and would lash out at the kids for something as insignificant as asking a question.
“I never knew which side of her I’d get,” she explained.
“Would she call me stupid or something… and then yank me across the floor if I asked her a question, or would she be nice and answer my question?”
Turpin claims that her parents progressed from neglect to outright abuse as the years passed, and that they were pulled from school and only taught to remember what grade they were supposed to be in in case someone inquired.
Turpin said that during the years she did go to school, from first to third grade, she wore the same clothes every day and that kids avoided her.
Turpin admitted, “I probably smelled.”
“But I didn’t realize it at the time, but that stench clings to you… because we’d live in houses piled…
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