CALIFORNIA: Christian Homeschooling Parents Charged With Torturing And Starving Their 13 Children [VIDEO]

ABC News reports:

The grandparents of 13 children allegedly abused and kept shackled to beds in their Southern California home said the parents had so many kids because “God called on them.”

ABC News spoke with the parents of David Turpin, who was arrested along with his wife Louise on Monday for holding their 13 children “shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department office said in a statement.

State records show the children were home schooled. The private school the kids attended, Sandcastle Day School, had the same address as the family home and the six attendees were all their children. James and Betty Turpin admitted the children were given “very strict home schooling,” and they were required to memorize long passages of the Bible.

CNN reports:

The parents, David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, are accused of holding their children captive in their California home in filthy conditions, with some shackled to beds with chains and padlocks. They are charged with torture and child endangerment, and scheduled for a court hearing Thursday. Bail was set at $9 million for each. It was not immediately clear if the suspects had attorneys or whether they had entered a plea.

On Sunday, a 17-year-old girl managed to escape from their home in Perris, California, and called 911 from a cell phone she found in the house, police said. She claimed her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive inside the home by her parents, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

Sheriff’s deputies went to the home and found 12 victims who “appeared malnourished and very dirty” with several shackled to their beds “in dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” the sheriff’s department said. All of them looked like children, police said, and officers were surprised to learn that seven of them were adults.

The escaped 17 year-old was so emaciated that the police initially thought her to be about ten years old.

  • AmeriCanadian

    Nice, Trump-voting, god-fearing, bible-reading, all-around American family.

    • Steverino

      There will be wingnuts claiming the parents are godless libruls who were being paid by George Soros and the Deep State to raise kids for Hillary to have sex with before eating them in Comet Ping-Pong’s elusive basement, or something.

      • sadoldguy

        And there will be trump fans that believe it.

      • Octoberfurst

        Don’t give Alex Jones ideas for his next segment.

  • Tawreos

    But I thought only gays did bad things to families?

    • Chucktech

      Oh, well…. Homos, too…

    • Steverino

      They will find a way to blame this on gay marriage somehow.

    • AmeriCanadian

      We do. We make them look bad because our children turn out well-adjusted and unconditionally loved.

    • Zoey

      Well, we sure know that they didn’t know any with those unfortunate looks.

  • PickyPecker

    I only count 12 in the header photo. Did they eat the other one?

    • Tawreos

      The girl to the dads left is holding a baby

      • PickyPecker

        ooops. Thought maybe that was her congenital twin.

        • Tawreos

          I made the same mistake when I saw this story earlier.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Brain Bleach. Stat.

        OMG SICK SICK SICK!

    • Chucktech

      “Sweetie, we’re going to eat you in remembrance of Him.”

      • PickyPecker

        Ur skeerin me

        • Chucktech

          Just what Jeezy Son God had in His mind.

      • You are evil. I like that in a person.

  • jeffg166

    God’s love.

    • Paula

      Joy! Praze! Glory! Hallelujah!

  • Blake Mason

    29 yo and too brainwashed to leave parents. Sad.

    • Tawreos

      Brainwashing or shackles, both can be effective at keeping people with you.

  • Nic Peterson

    Did my happy marriage and all of the hot and steamy butt seks cause this obvious man of gawd to do something bad?

    • Tawreos

      Not sure, maybe if you gave a detailed description of the hot and steamy butt seks we could make a determination =)

      • Silver Badger

        Pics please

    • Chucktech

      Yes. It’s all your goddam fault. I hope you can live with that.

  • AmeriCanadian

    The family that’s chained together stays together.

    (I know this isn’t nice to make fun of but I can’t help it.)

    • sadoldguy

      I laughed.

      • Bluto

        You’re going to hell. I’ll save you seat.

        • sadoldguy

          If it exist, yes. And I’m bringing wine and garlic, I love roasted garlic.

          • Bluto

            It’ll be the gay level so of course it’ll be fabulous.

          • Lauchlan Bernard-Christopher M

            And we’ll turn the lake of eternal fire into a hot tub

          • Ginger Snap

            And Satan loves a good party so you know he’ll be hanging with us most of the time and the straights in hell will bitch about that too.

        • Ginger Snap

          All us sinners from JMG are gonna need more than the front row in hell.

          • Bluto

            No worry, I reserved the Lava Lounge.

          • Ginger Snap

            You know I have a stage waiting that was custom built by Satan’s demons for my endless drag show in the Lava Lounge. I sold my soul a long time ago for it and I won’t tell you what I had to do to have ice water in the dressing room.

    • jmax

      I laughed, then felt ashamed. Then I laughed again.

      • AmeriCanadian

        We’re terrible aren’t we?

        • jmax

          Yes, but I still blame you for posting what I was thinking 🙂

    • UrsusArctos 🐻
  • Mike

    No surprise. Whenever we hear about the most shocking, inhuman child abuse, it’s a sure bet that jebus was involved. Likewise, when parents have loads of kids and talk about nothing but jebus, it’s a good bet there are horrors being inflicted.

    • liondon#iamnotatraitor

      Dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger…

      • Mike

        It’s a fine line between extreme love of jebus and schizophrenia, and the line gets smudgier all the time.

      • CottonBlimp

        Dugger dugger dugger dugger dugger dumb-meleons

  • Todd20036

    Maybe God wouldn’t have given them so many children if daddy got a vasectomy.
    Honestly, they will lose their children to the foster system, and the children, in addition to being scarred, are woefully behind in their education.

    • Tawreos

      And physical development from the sounds of it.

      • Todd20036

        That’s what happens when you’re starved during puberty

    • Chucktech

      Vasectomy?? You really think gawd approves of a vasectomy?

      • Ted.OR

        Ev’ry sperm is sacred…

      • Mb

        I’m pretty sure there are eunuchs mentioned in the bible. Just cut off his nuts.

    • dogdadny

      And in our wonderful foster system they’ll be physically and sexually abused.

      • robindaybird

        Not necessarily, but unfortunately the foster system isn’t as regulated as it should be.

      • Fairy Larry

        They can’t be more abused than their god f**ked evil Christian pieces of shit parents did to them

        • JCF

          -ist.

      • Stogiebear

        My guess is that ship has already sailed — from home port.

    • Paula

      Or mama took it in her mouth a little more often.

    • Lizard

      They’re probably Quiverfull, so any form of birth control is out.

  • Michael R

    Duggaring without the TLC money .

  • Paula

    Did the police have to take them alive?

    • Scott MB

      Only because they are white.

    • Tawreos

      They are white christians, so yes

  • Do Something Nice

    Gee, I guess anyone can say that their house is a ‘private school.’ I wonder if they got any funding from the State?

    • Tawreos

      Not yet

  • Tawreos

    I get the feeling the police may want to check out the back yard and see if there is anyone hidden there.

    • Paula

      Sounds like a nice place for mom and dad.

      • Zoey

        Charles Manson meets Captain Kangeroo.

    • That does appear to be an awfully high percentage of females in this family. You may be on to something, though I seriously hope not.

      • Zoey
      • AmeriCanadian

        Scary thought is that there were an equal number of males but since they did “bad things”, they were taken out back, never to be seen again. Like Tawreos suggested, the backyard should be dug up. I agree!

        • It’s not uncommon in religious sects for older males to kick out younger males once they’ve matured enough to vie for the same females. This would be an extreme, but I think having 13 kids is extreme to begin with.

          It’s mere speculation of course. Her odds are better to have actually had that many girls than to win the lottery, so it’s far from impossible. But when you add in what they were popped for, it’s clear they’re capable of anything. 😒

          • It happens. My stepfather sired 4 kids, 3 of them girls. My father has 2 daughters, no sons. I went to church with a family that had 6 girls before a son came along. It happens.

          • 13 is a much larger sample size than 4, 2 or even 6 though.

          • thatotherjean

            My great-grandmother was one of a family of 13 children. Of course, she was born in 1862, and nearly half of her siblings died very young. Like most of their contemporaries, they lived on a farm, where all hands were welcome, to help with the constant work. Also, anything resembling birth control was sadly lacking.

            There’s no real excuse for such huge families today, except religion. Unless you’re extremely wealthy (or grifters like the Duggars), there’s no way for a single set of parents to support so many children adequately.Why have all those kids, only to bring them up in poverty?

          • Mike French

            I’m 72 yrs. old. I have 8 sisters and 2 brothers, 11 in total. Very Catholic. My parents were like Zappa’s Dancing Fool–no natural rhythm.

          • thatotherjean

            When I was in high school–I graduated in 1965–my best friend’s very Catholic family had 12 children. Today’s American Catholics seem to have mostly figured out that it’s true that “Blessed are those who use the rhythm method, for they shall be called Parents,” and are using more reliable ways of limiting their families.

        • BillyDee4

          Even if it wasn’t foul play I can see them trying to cover up the death of one or more of their kids. Reporting a death could raise questions.

    • Chucktech

      They’d be derelict in their duty if they didn’t.

    • Dk

      as is often happens, when women (or the man) don’t use birth control and have so many, a few die in childbirth or shortly thereafter. happened to my ultra Catholic cousin. I think you may be right.

  • Hornbori

    /sarcasm
    Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.

    • Chucktech

      Even this ghastly shit.

  • Chucktech

    Ha. I knew it. I just knew, when I heard this story a couple days ago, that there had to be some nutty Jesus angle to this. Totally not surprised in the least.

  • olandp

    Hoarders.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      #FunnyI’mGoingtoHell

  • The Sentinel
  • shellback

    As a general rule, I don’t care for children, but I’m on the edge of weeping for these poor kids.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      I love children. I just can’t eat a whole one. /s

      • djcoastermark

        That’s what donner, oops I mean, dinner parties are for.

      • shellback

        I think they taste gamey.

        • Chucktech

          White christian baby is absolutely delicious.

      • jmax

        I like to smoke a small child for Thanksgiving and send any leftovers home with family members. Less waste.

        • Reality.Bites

          I went looking for an image of a baby or child rolled up like a joint but didn’t find any.

          I did, however, find the Government of Canada official list of Marijuana slang terms:

          https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/substance-abuse/controlled-illegal-drugs/about-marijuana.html#s4

          pot
          bud
          wax
          errl
          purp
          keef
          dope
          herb
          joint
          rosin
          spliff
          trees
          boom
          weed
          ganja
          skunk
          reefer
          doobie
          shatter
          budder
          gangster
          honeycomb
          Mary Jane (MJ)
          dank or dank krippy

          et en français:

          pot
          bud
          cire
          résine
          mari
          kif
          dope
          herbe
          joint
          hasch rosin
          spliff
          shit
          dad
          weed
          ganja
          skunk
          bat
          pétard
          shatter
          budder
          grass
          honeycomb
          marie-jeanne
          dank ou dank krippy

          • jmax

            Marie-Jeanne. French makes everything sound so much classier.

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        You have to soak them in water first. It helps get them down easier.

      • olandp

        I keep telling you that the older they get the stringier they get. You have to cook them well done after 6.

      • swimboy

        Handy hint from Heloise: Put them in the deep-fryer head-first so you can’t hear their screams.

      • m_lp_ql_m

        Paleo/Keto/Whole 30!

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    When will the white Christians denounce this behavior? … Or is that only required of Muslims when a radical blows up stuff in their name?

    • Tawreos

      These people are either crazy or christians that lost their way, only muslims do bad things to people because of their religion. At least that is what any “good” christian will say.

    • Michael R

      How did white Christians get into our country ?
      We need to round them up until we figure out what’s going on .

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      They’ll denounce it immediately. Those police should never have gone there in the first place! /s

    • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

      They are too busy denouncing their own sick fantasy scenarios. All those men in dresses raping children in bathrooms dontcha know…

    • GanymedeRenard

      They’re too busy trying to keep gay couples from marrying because, you know, somebody’s gotta think of the children.

    • DesertSun59

      They can’t and they won’t denounce this.

    • JCF

      -ists. Episcopalians may be a bit too into toney prep schools (Yes, there have been some problems there, too. Nothing on THIS scale!), but home-schooling really ain’t our thing. [Yours Truly is a product of 12 years of public schools]

  • sfjohn

    two horrifying words I hate to see together: homeschooling & ‘christian’…

    • Chucktech

      It NEVER works out well. Never. Even if the parents don’t eat the children, they’re always deficient in some way, some social skill, something. Something has always been denied them.

      • Tawreos

        Sometimes it is education that has been denied them since some of them firmly believe that jesus is finally gonna get around to returning in their lifetime and they don’t need to educate the kids in worldly things for the sure fire eternity in heaven that is just around the corner.

      • Gretchen

        I had a conversation with a colleague one day long ago regarding a special education student whose parents had decided to homeschool. The child had multiple obstacles in addition to a learning disability, and I expressed concern that this wasn’t a great idea. The other teacher was completely serious when she responded that parents always know what’s best for their kids. I thought that was the most ridiculous thing I had ever heard. I’m a parent, but there are plenty of things I don’t know and need the advice and assistance of professionals to handle. I rank education right at the top of the list with medical care.

        There probably are people who do homeschooling well. I even know one family who who does, but they involve their kids in a homeschooling cooperative to spend time in a more traditional group setting. The mother also has a degree in education and knows the material she is teaching. I consider the family I know to be a major exception to the rule. Overall, I agree with you that probably 99% of kids who are homeschooled have deficits in some area.

        • marshlc

          Yeah, the term “homeschooling” covers multitudes, and not all of them are bad. Families who take their kids, oh, backpacking around the world, are also homeschooling.

          • Gretchen

            I would love that sort of education personally. I’m willing to be adopted of any of you want to homeschool me that way. I don’t even need the actual course credit.

          • jmax

            My brother’s four children were home-schooled by a cooperative of parents, mainly because the school system in Oklahoma sucks so bad. All four kids went on to college, with two receiving post-grad degrees. The only problem I have is one of them is a student at Liberty University. Ugh.

        • CottonBlimp

          I can’t believe people can say such stupid shit like “parents always know what’s best”. Do these people not understand that literally anyone can be a parent?

          There’s no intelligence test to being a parent. The only test of your responsibility is *not* getting pregnant.

          • Gretchen

            I know what kind of cereal my kid likes, that he hates pork chops, prefers green to blue, likes rap music and Taylor Swift pretty much equally, has nightmares about me dying, wishes he could be a professional actor, has friends I don’t especially like, and loves dogs more than breathing. Sure I know more important things too, and I probably know him as well as most anyone else on the planet, but that doesn’t always make me right. I screw up sometimes. It’s not intentional, but just like every other parent I get it wrong occasionally. I have enough sense to know that, and I consult experts when the consequences of getting it wrong might cause harm. That’s what normal, decent parents do. It’s just a guess here, but I’m willing to bet that those of you here with kids do the same.

          • Regan DuCasse

            The problem here, is that educational opportunity and quality, is something that not every parent understands as well as they think they do.
            There are people who think a religious education is the end all and be all of what a quality person that student will turn out to be.
            But we can look at colleges like Bob Jones, or Liberty and see that’s not the case.
            Black families, or sometimes those from poor backgrounds (whatever their ethnicity), sometimes come from parents and environments that DON’T respect educations and those with serious book learning. There was a time, most people from this DID. Because they knew and trusted it was a ticket to the next level of upward mobility.
            And it’s true, black kids have sometimes experienced serious deficits where getting a quality education is concerned.
            And in too many neighborhoods, parents have abdicated THEIR duties, and put EVERYTHING on the teachers and schools.
            Seriously, here in Los Angeles there are programs to give the kids three meals a day. Places where they can wash their clothes. Get tutored on manners and other social skills.
            Clearly, as in the case of this wacked family, the parents are sicker than rabid dogs and didn’t think ANYTHING was wrong with what they were doing.
            As so clear every day, there are some people who shouldn’t be allowed to breed. And in this, we know exactly who Margaret Sanger was talking about.

          • BillyDee4

            I have always said, “You don’t need brains to breed.” I used that phrase with my mother and sister when we were putting together our grandmother’s obituary.I was talking about some of my cousins. My sister said she was offended by the statement. The next day she sat with me and one group of cousins after the funeral. When the cousins walked away, she said, “Now I see what you meant.”

        • BillyDee4

          I had some fundie neighbors who homeschooled their three daughters. I was at the house once when her mother was giving the oldest a 3rd grade math lesson. She asked her to do an arithmetic problem. I think it was long division. When the daughter was finished the mother checked the answers key and said, “I have no idea how you got that answer, but it’s correct.” This was just third grade math. She taught them through high school. I have a feeling that their attitude was that it wasn’t important for her to learn much because she was a girl who would get married and have her husband do all the thinking.

          • Gretchen

            I can’t even imagine depriving my kid of an education. I have a master’s degree and retired from teaching, but I wouldn’t even attempt to homeschool. I was an English teacher, and I couldn’t begin to teach elementary math let alone high school algebra or geometry.

        • Regan DuCasse

          You’re right, parents DON’T always know best for their kids. My step mother sure didn’t. I wish I had been home schooled. I would have been much better off.
          If not with my parent, at least with a tutor.
          But my step mom, the only parent I had from age fifteen on didn’t have much ambition for any of us, even though we were very smart and presented even prodigy for some things early on.

    • robindaybird

      I knew a girl in a discussion group who is being homeschooled because parents were paranoid about school shootings, she’s woefully underprepared in math and science.

      And other issues, we had to tell her that putting rubbing alcohol in her vagina is not the way to treat yeast infection, but apparently that’s what her mom said to do.

      • Zeldacat

        Uptick for helping her out, not for that sort of misinformation. Yeeeow!

        • robindaybird

          she unfortunately already did it – and asked if there was a way to make it hurt less, and wondered why everyone else in the chatroom was freaking out

  • The_Wretched

    And, while rare, cases like this one are part of the reason why ‘homeschooled’ kids should have to take standard tests at public schools. It ensures they are actually being educated and allows a chance to see if they are being abused.

    • AmeriCanadian

      I bet DeVos will get right on that. /s

      • The_Wretched

        She’s personally worked on removing any standards at all for homeschooling.

        • Harley

          Hasn’t she already? She wants no standards for private schools but strict standards for public schools.

    • CottonBlimp

      I doubt these cases are rare.

      It might be rare for them to be this bad. But homeschooling associations have indicated pretty clearly that their major priority is protecting the “right” of parents to control and abuse their children.

      • Regan DuCasse

        I have to agree with you. White middle class suburban enclaves such as these don’t have nearly the nosy neighbors or intervention of social services that poorer neighborhoods do, whatever their color dominance.

        This family wasn’t on welfare, nor were their children a part of any public system for any red flags to go up.
        People like these parents, tend to be paranoid and hyper controlling of their children. Looks to me in this case, they didn’t want their children to have ANY independence at all.
        And never grow up.
        Half their children are ADULTS, and so physically small (and I noticed in one wedding picture, the adult girls were dressed like LITTLE GIRLS and all dressed identically), they weren’t recognized as adults on sight.

        That is some sick shit, that even when you can’t support all the children you have, you still don’t want any of them to think, look and act like adults. You’re willing to starve them and chain them to the house in order to have that kind of control.
        Those sick fuck parents deserve to die in prison from now on. Because their children are the state’s public assistance problem now.

        • CottonBlimp

          It just breaks my heart wondering how any of them are going to live now. The younger ones might have a chance if they’re lucky enough to find good parents, but how are the adults going to make up 13 years of lost basic education? To say nothing of even more basic life skills they’ve never trained, like how to take care of yourself or form relationships or any of the knowledge of the outside world we all take for granted because we acquired it just by being able to have normal lives.

          And because there’s 13 of them, it’s unfeasible for relatives to step in to take care of them. It’s just horrific.

    • PlutoAnimus

      Aside from having a disability that may interfere with the child’s safety or learning, what possible justification could there be to home-school them?

      Other than to scramble their brains with religious nonsense?

      Home-schooling is completely inappropriate for all but a handful of students.

      • The_Wretched

        Bad local schools. But you knew that and are just making noise.

        You’ll note I didn’t say the kids needed a public education but rather that they be subjected to standardized tests and maybe be given a chance to say what’s happening to them by their abusive christian parents.

        Do you think you’re clever?

      • Regan DuCasse

        This usually the option that hyper controlling parents will take. The only other option for homeschooling is, that the children are too smart and need to be able to have the more advanced and challenging education bright kids should have.
        I was kind of socially maladjusted, and needed homeschooling badly. My sibs and I were very precocious readers, and public schools still don’t know what to do with extremely bright children. Especially bright kids of color.

  • Butch

    Just keep in mind that it’s the gays who are the threats to the family unit.

  • Paula

    Mat Staver and Liberty Counsel to the rescue. The gub’mint has no business interfering with their religious freedom. /s

    • Todd20036

      You aren’t being sarcastic in that, they probably feel exactly that.

      • MonochromeMouse

        They’ll probably release a statement soon saying how the family aren’t real christians, they’re like those other evil christians that tolerate gay people.

        • TampaZeke

          They’ll just cut out that middle step and go straight to blaming the whole thing on the homosexual agenda and gay marriage. Hell, they may even try to convince people that the parents aren’t Christians but rather homa-sek-shuls.

          • sisterfalconer

            and marijuana. guess who they voted for.

          • Regan DuCasse

            When Christians are like this. When they’ve abused their children, you won’t hear about it in any conservative media, let alone Christian conservative media.
            Several years ago, two deans of a Christian college in OK, a husband and wife, were both convicted of sexually abusing their three young adopted daughters. Only the local news reported it, but NONE of the usual suspects who write for TownHall, World Net Daily, any of the media that Christians own, said a word about it. I looked. I looked hard.
            They aren’t reporting on this family either. They would, indeed, deny these are real Christians.
            But this Christian family BELIEVED they were, and believed in having as many children as the mother’s clown car uterus could produce.
            And there is no way they wouldn’t have believed it, without help doing so.

    • CanuckDon

      Yep…if they can’t change minds with their hocus-pocus religion, they’ll breed them!

    • Stev84

      There is also HSDLA specifically to defend homeschool abuse

    • Lizard

      HSLDA and Michael Farris, probably. They’ve defended parents who locked their kids in cages before.

  • sadoldguy

    All the young ones are girls. Is this some climate change caused weirdness like with the frogs?

    Or was it turtles?

    • Tawreos

      It may be hard to figure out which ones are the younger ones since 7 of them are adults

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    One of the neighbors said, “I always had a suspicion,…”

    And yet you did nothing? RUNT!

    • David Walker

      “I knew they had a lot of kids, but you never saw them out playing much.” And that didn’t trigger anything? Old fart here, but Back Then it was rare, even out in the sticks, that people didn’t look after other people’s kids. There are a lot of reasons not to like the “everybody knows your business” factor, but there was also a shared caring for kids. Jack used to say that about his childhood in Whitetown, USA. If anything was wrong (fag bashing was not “wrong,” apparently), the kid’s parents would be told pretty quickly…by other parents. Attitudes toward sharing space have changed pretty radically.

      • NowAnAgnostic

        You must not have been a farm kid. Farm kids back then were isolated pretty much all summer–until you were old enough to ride a bike.

        • David Walker

          We lived just outside of town, so I was not as isolated as others. And yes… my bike was well used until I was 16 and even after that.

    • Pip

      That’s all I could think too. Any time something like this breaks and the neighbors start crawling out of the woodwork to talk about how suspicious things were, it just gets me angry. Because either they are lying to get their 15 seconds of fame, or they are terrible human beings that couldn’t be bothered to help a fellow human when they desperately needed it.

  • Bad Tom

    It’s hard to be astonished in America with new revelations of evil, but these people have managed it.

    How many guns did they have?
    ——-
    I wonder if they got tax breaks for their “private school”?

    • AaronD12

      You know they did. This was a private school.

  • pj

    they should have investigated long ago based solely on the fathers haircut.

    • Steverino

      Richard Carpenter called him to demand his haircut back.

      • AaronD12

        He-Man called him to demand his haircut back. Okay, wig.

  • Ham

    It’s like the Universe is begging for another Sarah Paulson docudrama. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fe6ba7b506b3fc56dee9e8244e2098aebff9a3eb6e8f144d0510158ebd183d67.jpg

    • Tawreos

      Not with that hair though

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Religion Poisons Everything.

    • Silver Badger

      Religion was just an excuse.

      • The_Wretched

        I’m still waiting for a story about a Humanist or atheist chaining their excessive number of kids to beds.

        • Chucktech

          Yeah, have a nice wait for THAT one…

      • m_lp_ql_m

        One fewer excuse can’t be bad?

        At least the remaining excuses would be closer to the truth.

      • Steverino

        It almost always is.

      • Longpole

        Did the “Home Schooling” trend come from religious parents wanting to shield their children from the outside where they might learn about sex and other sinful delights?

        • marshlc

          Lot of hippies homeschooled, and their modern descendants often do too, with varying degree of success, right from “highly successful” to “dismal failures”. And if you live in a remote location, your options for schooling might be limited – the local tiny school might be a bad choice for your gay teen, say.

          But yeah, religious based homeschooling exploded when public schools started protecting the civil liberties of anyone besides straight white Christians. Parents pulled their kids rather than having them exposed to dangerous ideas of equality for girls and gays and browns.

          • Where I live, if you can afford private school, you send your kids there. If not, and you’re white, you homeschool. I did it for a couple years as the school district was not a good fit for my out of the closet, out of the broom-closet 11 year old.

      • Vista-Cruiser

        No, I think that religion was the driving force.

    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      Faith is a wonderful thing, often motivating amazing acts of selflessness, then religion comes along and fucks it up.”I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” rings true whether Ghandi said it or not.

      • Stev84

        Faith is belief without evidence. Not a good thing at all

        • UrsusArctos 🐻

          Blind faith is easily manipulated, which is usually bad. I was talking about faith in the sense that everyone has an obligation to leave things better than what they are and most of us have instilled in us with or without religion. Unfortunately you’re right that it’s often twisted into bad things.

          • CottonBlimp

            I think that if your only defense of faith is to redefine it to mean something completely unrelated, you’re still acknowledging that faith is a shitty thing to have.

            Wanting to leave the world a better place is irrelevant if you refuse to listen to the evidence and people that tell you you’re making it worse, and that’s what faith is, at its core; believing you know things you couldn’t possibly with a certainty that precludes self-criticism and growth.

          • UrsusArctos 🐻

            We have the same thinking, just expressing it through different terms. Blind/lazy/indifferent faith is what you’re describing.
            My original point is that tying religion and doing good together is a mistake. Morality and religion are not the same at all, as this awful case of child abuse highlights.
            Personally, I don’t need faith to know right from wrong, but many use faith in “something/someone” to frame doing the right thing.

          • CottonBlimp

            I think if you don’t want people to mistake religion for morality, then you shouldn’t use the word “faith” to mean “being a good person”. Your distinction between “blind faith” and “good faith” sounds like the difference between poison and poison that’s been watered down.

            Yes, it’s good that not all of the faithful are as impenetrable to reason as their fundamentalist brothers, but that’s not evidence for faith being good; and, in my personal experience, the people who say their faith leads them to do good often turn pretty nasty when confronted with evidence that giving money to the RCC/Salvation Army/etc is actually harmful.

        • Robincho

          Faith provides no answers, but it DOES stop you from asking questions…

  • danolgb

    Incidentally, Perris isn’t that far away from the Scientology compound where people have been reported to be locked up as well.

  • Slippy_World
    • Menergy

      kinky…. 🙂

      • The_Wretched

        He’s not even a little bit rosy. I think they are using pasta on him.

  • Cuberly Deux

    Future headlines you’ll never see:

    “SHOCKER! Atheist Couple Charged With Abusing Their Two Children, Forcing Them To Memorize Long Passages of The Origin of Species!”

    • JCF

      Um, not hard to imagine the first clause, w/o the second. Abusive assholes come from EVERY belief-system…

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    God called on them ? He should have called 911

  • Zoey

    Terrible. I hear TLC was interested in them though.

  • carlstrauser

    If I weren’t the kind, open-minded individual I am, I would grab out a great big brush and paint all opposite-sex couples as horrible parents. That’s how this works, right?

    Maybe a nice same-sex couple will step in and help these kids recover.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      In some ways, the fact that same-sex couples who really want children need to go through tons of red tape to get them, instead of just drunk-fucking, is a good thing.

      • carlstrauser

        It’s how my husband and I chose to become parents.

        Adoption heals.

  • Dk

    you can do anything horrible as long as the Bible is involved. not surprised to see it pop up here.
    those family vacays, the kids were probably happy to get out of the house & do something quasi-normal

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Now THAT’S what I call a shithole.

    Thank you, I’ll be here all week. Try the sushi.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    29?

    29?

    • Cuberly Deux

      Why do I wonder if the 29yo may be the mother of one or more of those kids.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        AAAAARGH!

        As Stephen Colbert said last night of Trump in his tighty-whities,

        No. No I am not going to imagine that.
        Yes, I am now imagining that.

        • Cuberly Deux

          (sorry)

          🙁

      • Steverino

        After his wife hit menopause…

        • William

          After her works fell out.

      • The_Wretched

        It’s not that difficult a scientific question to sort parentage.

  • Harveyrabbit
    • Lumpy Gaga

      I bet his breath smells as sweet as a fresh batch of Treant’s soaps.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      I know. Even Perris CA is up to, what? 1975 now?

      • Rebecca Gardner

        I briefly lived near Perris 13 years ago. 1975 is being generous. 🙂

    • William

      He got it at Diane Keaton’s yard sale.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      All the boys (and dad) sport stylish bowl cuts.
      Place a bowl over your head, and clip around the edges with a scissors.
      Who needs a barber when you have a kitchen bowl!

      • Chucktech

        Besides, you can cut their hair while they’re stilled chained up.

    • Tmaximus

      It’s the Newtown shooter, Charleston Church shooter and others’ fashion sense aka bowl cut killers

  • Steven in Texas

    FEED THEM TO THE LIONS!
    The parents not the kids.

  • boobert

    Sick bastards ! I say eye for an eye !

  • TexasBoy

    But this has to be Fake News, ’cause all Christians know Christian Straight people are all fabulous parents and gays are evil parents.

  • AJD

    In the wedding photo the dad even has Anton Chigurh hair

    • Tmaximus

      quite a few of our nation’s most violent predators have that hideous hairdo

  • jimbo65

    I’m sure this may have been mentioned, but I smell Quiverfull all over this.

  • teeveedub

    They’re very religious. After all, they renewed their marriage vows every year in Las Vegas with an Elvis impersonator.

    You can’t make this shit up.

  • NowAnAgnostic

    The mother is 49 years old. The youngest child is 2. Isn’t it rather rare for a 46 year old woman to get pregnant the natural way? Just wondering given the gross, weird situation.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      That’s why the 29 year old was chained to a bed.

      • NowAnAgnostic

        I was surprised at the mother’s age, and had to reread the article several times. Makes a person suspicious.

    • The_Wretched

      I’d strongly suspect he moved from mommy to daughters.

  • Harveyrabbit

    This is their Facebook page. Surprised it’s still up.

    https://www.facebook.com/davidlouise.turpin

    • leastyebejudged

      that didn’t take long at all !

    • m_lp_ql_m

      Facebook ‘couple’ profiles are very telling. They scream “I don’t trust you farther than I can Google you!”

  • Mike C

    I don’t even need to see the faces to know what 13 terrified children look like. Look at those postures. Horrifying.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Apparently he once held a good job in aerospace engineering.
    So, … not a fn’ moron but a sick, evil, deluded monster.

  • PickyPecker

    I miss Joe’s ‘Today In Christian Love’ tagline.

  • jimbo65

    Remember when books like Flowers in The Attic seemed tawdry and over the top.These days truth is stranger than fiction.

    • AmeriCanadian

      V.C. Andrews. My mother did not approve of me reading any of her books. Of course that makes them even more interesting.

      • Reality.Bites

        Heterosexual incest. Good way to make me even gayer.

      • Ginger Snap

        Gosh! I hadn’t thought of V.C. Andrews in ages I read all her books we at least the first three series.

  • Stubenville

    “But Baby Jeebus told me to!”

  • Adam Stevens

    Golly, the heterosexual lifestyle is sooooooo immoral.

  • Stubenville

    This is yet another reason home schooling should be outlawed. If those poor kids went to a public school, at least one of the kids would have confided in a teacher and stopped this years ago.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Tip: If you find yourself at Wal*Mart buying chains and padlocks for your 13 kids, it might be a hint you are one sick, fn’ monster.

    • MBear

      Or just a gawd fearin kkkristian

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        The Bibble: Spare the rods, chains and padlocks, … spoil the kids.

    • David Walker

      My reaction would be, “Oh my god! How did I get here?”

  • Lars Littlefield

    And they’re not from Utah. Just imagine.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Indeed. Not Mormons, these are fine Pentecostals.

      • OdieDenCO

        psychosis knows no religion

  • TheManicMechanic

    USA: Children shackled to beds and living in filth? That’s disgusting and awful!

    News: Because Jesus.

    USA: Well, that’s okay then!

    • Gretchen

      Chains and padlocks are for bicycles and storage sheds. If you are chaining living beings, you are not doing life right.

      • Karl Dubhe 2

        Well, if the person being locked up is consenting. 🙂 And has an ability to escape, or at least stop the scene…

        • Gretchen

          I concur. My safeword is fruitcake. 😉

          • Karl Dubhe 2

            Adults only, of course. 🙂

            Mine’s fruitcake too. Small world…

          • Gretchen

            Good grief I’m dense.

          • Karl Dubhe 2

            And I’m rum soaked. 😀

          • Mike_in_the_Tundra

            I prefer “eggplant”.

          • kareemachan

            “Covfefe”

          • Ginger Snap

            I have no safe word my Owner can sense when I’ve reached my tolerance levels.

        • RJ Bone

          PSA: If your sub starts yelling out clear but really odd words like “Walla Walla Washington” or “Fahrvergnügen”, they’ve probably forgotten their safewords. 😉

        • Vista-Cruiser

          My safe word is “Hey, don’t do that. That’s uncool.”

    • RJ Bone

      Bingo!

    • Ginger Snap

      Sounds like a shithole country to me.

  • Halou

    “Religious freedom”?

  • Ben in Oakland

    Remember, and Bribri says,

    Every child deserves a father and a mother who love them.

    • zhera

      Not even that, it’s just ‘every child deserves a mother and a father’. Love is irrelevant to Bri Bri.

  • andrew

    Hopefully the State of California will provide these 13 victims of abuse and neglect with all the medical and psychological help that they will require.

    • Halou

      And bill their abusers for the expense of it.

      • Mike_in_the_Tundra

        I hope the parents never see the light of day again.

    • Gretchen

      There isn’t enough help in the world to give these children a 10th of the happiness, security, and stability these monsters stole from them. How do you recover from a lifetime of torture? I hope the younger ones are placed with families who will treat them with dignity and love. They are all going to need so much support, and it mostly won’t happen for the adult children. My son was a teenager when he became our foster child. That kind of damage lingers no matter how hard you work to build a stable and loving home.

      • kareemachan

        The sad thing is they will/are probably split up. 🙁

        • Gretchen

          I’m sure they have been. I can’t imagine what they will be able to do to help the adults. I guess it depends on whether or not they qualify for any adult programs based on disability or mental health. They won’t be able to go into foster care with the younger siblings, and they aren’t stable enough even financially to be able to care for the minors.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Is “ward of the State” still a thing? I know that minors can be made “wards of the Court,” but that applies in Juvenile Court.

          • Gretchen

            I don’t know anything about California, but in Tennessee the adult would have to be declared mentally incompetent be a medical doctor in order to be placed into conservatorship/guardianship. There are definitely adults who fit that criteria in Tennessee who have court appointed representatives.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Thanks for posting, Gretchen! I think TN’s scheme is pretty similar to CA’s.(*) Who petitions the Court, though? The Attorney-General’s office?

            (*) Tennessee law might actually be more ‘evolved’ on this issue, since iirc Tennessee actually had a Court of Chancery (presided over by a Chancellor) up until the mid-20th century (?). CA never had a split between law/equity like this.

  • Pip

    And we’re the wicked ones…

    Home-schooling is a joke. The “regulations” for home-schooling are a joke. The lack of oversight for home-schooling is a joke. My parents tried to pull my younger siblings out of school to home-school them. I wasn’t afraid to be the one to point out that my father didn’t make it passed 7th grade, and my mom didn’t graduate high school. Neither had qualifications to teach those kids simple science, much less advanced ANYTHING. But the state still thought they were. And my folks were able to pull the kids out of the wicked public system. Lucky for my siblings my parents are notoriously lazy when it comes to being actual parents, so once the novelty wore off and they found they actually had to do some work, my siblings were sent back into the wicked world of public schooling.

    • thatotherjean

      There are still way too many states just like that. Some are really good, requiring a set curriculum and oversight, and some just don’t give a damn. I’m glad you and your siblings got an actual education.

    • kareemachan

      There is home-schooling and there are ALE’s (alternative learning experiences). Sometimes it makes a difference, sometimes not. Unfortunately, many of the parents are NOT into learning at all. And some of them…. well, in my school district, a family doing the ALE thing insist their 2nd grader read nothing but self-help books. Since they want the state’s money and are using our district’s money, they are under the state’s scrutiny. So there’s hope, as they have to answer to the state.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Thank you for posting about your family’s experience with home-schooling, Pip!

    • Ginger Snap

      I My sister home schools her kids(nothing to do with religion thankfully) they are just rich hippies. My sister is highly educated and so is her husband but I see the deficiencies in their social skills.

      • Pip

        I honestly would have no issue with home-schooling in general if it was just regulated across the board. If the home-schooled kids had to take the same standardized tests as everyone else does that’d be perfect.

        Instead each state has their own idea of what home-schooling means, and most of the time it’s just left to the discretion of the parent or guardian. I saw plenty of kids being home-schooled in AR where “book learning” was seen as a waste of time and the bible was the only science book you’d ever need.

  • Xaca

    Is this Rod Dreher’s ‘benedict option’?

    #closetcase

  • Richard

    Once again Religion is at the center of suffering, at least for these 13 kids/adults. If this is what religious freedom is all about, count me out !

    • Vista-Cruiser

      When evangelicals complain that they’re being denied the religious freedom, this is exactly the sort of thing they want to be able to do.

  • FelineMama

    I guess if you’re “Religious” & home school, authorities leave them alone. Disgusting!! Sometimes guvmint needs to snoop.

  • Oh, Parker

    What kind of religion is ok with raising children to be retrograde imbeciles who can’t compete in a modern workforce? That’s abuse in and of itself, let alone the starvation and other physical abuse…

  • I love dim sum

    Straight people. That’s all I need to say.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Horrifying. And really close to me (Perris is about an hour away).

    I know there’s no way she would be reading this, but that (I’m assuming she’s the oldest) one who escaped and saved her little brothers and sisters is my hero for the day.

    • Lizard

      The oldest is 29. A 17-year-old escaped. They’re so malnourished that first responders couldn’t tell that seven of them were adults. They thought the 17-year-old was around 10.

  • JWC

    O’Gimme that ole’ time religion yes that ole’ time religion….

  • Ninja0980

    Homeschooling Christians aka people who brainwash their kids and torture them if they don’t bend to their will.

  • DesertSun59

    Not one single evangelical, televangelical or Christian group will condemn these delusional parents. AND, not a single judge on this planet can stop those delusional Christians from having even MORE children.

  • Monsters. I got nothing else.

  • I love dim sum

    I remember how last summer all the Hillary supporters were making these claims that women were inherently more gentle and less violent, pure ethereal fairies spun from sugar. Therefore vote Hillary.

    Take a look at Louise Turpin and how catshit crazy she is. Lots of women can be incredibly violent and sadistic monsters, especially towards kids, because they know they can get away with it.

    • MBear

      Spray wd40 on a cloth and wipe over leather shoes or leather boots , then buff with a soft clean cloth to shine and make them waterproof.

      • I love dim sum

        So you are basically defending child abuse. Typical Hillary supporter.

        • MBear

          Shaving your legs with hair conditioner instead of soap makes them soft and smooth. Just apply, shave, and rinse.

          • I love dim sum

            Looking at that greasy pic of yours makes me find it laughable that you give anybody advice on soap, or any hygiene for that matter. How many fortnights has it been since you’ve seen a shower?

          • MBear

            A little olive oil and enough sugar to make a paste make a nice facial scrub. Gently massage onto face avoiding eye area then rinse with warm water. This can also be used on hands.

          • I love dim sum

            You’ve already copy and pasted that one several times. Please be a bit more original, Pigpen.

          • MBear

            To make nail polish stay on nails longer first coat fingernails with white vinegar using a cotton ball. Let dry then apply nail polish. To quickly dry nail polish dip fingers into a bowl of cold water. Then shake access water from hands and allow hands to air dry.

          • I love dim sum

            Here’s some facts for you about not bathing, Pigpen:

            Dermatitis neglecta is a skin condition characterized by patches of thick, brown plaques that occur when you don’t bathe for a very long time, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). They are made up of different things like sweat and bacteria, and form a compact crust of dirt on a localized area of skin.

          • MBear

            Use kitty litter mixed with baking soda in a pan to neutralize musty or bad odors.

          • I love dim sum

            Here’s some more advice looking at that picture of yours:

            Being overweight or obese can have a serious impact on health. Carrying extra fat leads to serious health consequences such as cardiovascular disease (mainly heart disease and stroke), type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders like osteoarthritis, and some cancers (endometrial, breast and colon). These conditions cause
            premature death and substantial disability.

          • MBear

            Spray wd40 on a cloth and wipe over leather shoes or leather boots , then buff with a soft clean cloth to shine and make them waterproof.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Mink oil is great for waterproofing leather, too!

  • hdtex

    I looked at their Facebook account yesterday. Beyond creepy. The “boys” all look inbred and sport daddies weird retro-Beetles bob. The mom and kids look dead inside. Sad all the way around.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Sweet avatar pic, hdtex! Is that your everyday grocery-shopping attire? I approve

  • kareemachan

    Any parent who makes their kids wear the same exact ugly crap should be found guilty of abuse.

    Sorry, that’s snarky, but parents like this who seem to feel that their children are theirs to do with what they want deserve the *exact* same treatment. Make them wear ugly shit, memorize huge parts of ‘On the Origin of Species’, and be bound to their beds in deplorable conditions. Screw them.

    • Friday

      Well, I’m wondering why they’re dressed like they’re getting married when they’ve already got all those kids there, too. Or maybe that’s part of the ‘uniform’ or something.

      • kareemachan

        Yeah, I thought that as well. 🙁

      • Lesley

        They’re trying to be like the Duggars. Michelle and Jim Bob had a vow renewal where Michelle donned a wedding gown.

        *eyeroll*

      • Amanda B. Rekendwith

        If you read back in the Facebook posts, they had a vow renewal ceremony a few years back.

    • Amanda B. Rekendwith

      It’s that it’s all the same which I find offensive.
      The kids are being robbed of their individuality. Not that they need to be outfitted in all the latest, but a little less conformity would be good.

  • northern_neighbour

    More Duggar style ASSHOLES claiming to be “Gawdly Christians”

    Certainly nothing Christian about these ASSHOLES.

    However far worse than merely being assholes is the EVIL and CRIMINAL ABUSE of their INNOCENT CHILDREN. The ultimate social cost to society to try and rehab. and protect these kids from the results of the EVIL done to them is horrendous. #CHRISTIANMONSTERPARENTS

  • Friday

    More sick and evil Christianity for the Christians to ignore while whining they’re ‘persecuted’ if they can’t oppress others and abuse kids more.

  • Octoberfurst

    Fear not good Christians! Mike Huckabee will come to their rescue! He’ll rant about how this was a “God-fearing family” who are being persecuted by the evil, liberal God-hating authorities. And all the Bible-thumpers will say “Amen!”

  • Vista-Cruiser

    I have a nagging feeling that the parents will evade all charges due to “sincerely held religious beliefs”, and then they’ll go back and beat their kids to death.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    I fear this kind of thing happening with two of my three siblings, born-again whack-jobs who are homeschooling their kids under cultish conditions, including a couple of the kids who are now in home-school “college”.

    • zhera

      If you really fear that, then you MUST do something about it! Call the police, child services, anything.

    • Gretchen

      In most places, you can report anonymously. By law they will have to make a home visit to investigate. Better safe than sorry. Depending on your state, you may be a mandated reporter. In Tennessee every single person is a mandated reporter. Better to report and be wrong than be sorry later that you didn’t.

  • Canadian Observer

    Wondering if TLC is going to be adding to their reality TV lineup.

    • TheSeer

      Touching Little Children network

  • It’s not that all home school parents are abusive. Most aren’t. But if you want to abuse your children and get away with it, it means a lot fewer meddling (caring) adults like teachers and school nurses to call child protective services because the kids are obviously abused or malnourished. (Also, at school they would have gotten at least five decent meals every week.)

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Exactly! No ‘mandatory reporters’

  • Steve

    When I read this story I had no trouble believing it. I grew up in Moreno Valley CA (Sunnymead at the time.) It is just down the road a piece from Perris. Perris was at the time a place no one wanted to live. It is a vile place you did not visit unless you absolutely had to.
    I was not surprised to read in some reports that neighbors thought something was wrong, but did nothing. Perris is that kind of place.
    But seriously, what is up with that haircut.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Was there some kind of military base at or near Perris? March AFB? The small slice of brain lodged in my skull remembers something like that from childhood. But could be wrong!

      • Steve

        No, you are correct. March AFB was right outside Moreno Valley. It is one of the reasons Moreno Valley prospered, while Perris was a total hole.

        • Phillip in L.A.

          Thanks, Steve–I thought so! 😎 Even though that is a part of California I am relatively unfamiliar with, it is still quite close to home….

  • infmom

    Duggar wannabees, clearly. With no TV network to enable them.

  • Christopher

    Never trust a man who has a “Dutch Boy” haircut in this day and age.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      word up

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Raise your hand if this comes at all as a shock to you. Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

    Religion is dangerous.

  • Lesley

    TLC ought to be ashamed of themselves for normalizing these type of people via the Duggar Klan. Behind all of the fake and phony smiles lie a shitload of abuse and bat shit crazy.

  • David Gervais

    More evidence that religion is a mental illness.

  • TheSeer

    Evangelical Christians, the vilest of all the Deplorables.

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Apropos of nothing, BBC originally reported that many of the “children” were over the age of majority. iirc, one was as old as 27!

  • Mike Knife

    Another Christian child abuse cult. When are they going to stop these Christian rape and abuse cults?

  • Ken Berry

    This homeschooling bullshit has to stop.

    • Maggie 4NoH8

      Yes, but it won’t fix the root of the problem: Christian bullshit.

  • anne marie in philly

    same punishment for these freaks.

  • BillyDee4

    This is the first time I have seen a xian connection to this story. I figured it would come out soon.

  • Gianni

    She’s definitely prettier than he is.

  • Ogre Magi

    a day without christians and muslims is like a day without rats and cockroaches

  • JCF

    Is it just me, or does this sick fuck (the guy—won’t give him the honor of calling him “dad”) look REMARKABLY like an old Dylann Roof?

    https://img.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_480w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2016/08/22/Editorial-Opinion/Images/Charleston_Shooting-c0a88-1413.jpg?uuid=zpGzcGjBEeaZv_DPOmRJpg

    Methinks it’s no coincidence. Similarly dead eyes. Dead consciences. [The woman’s more crazy eyes. Y’all can go look at Michele Bachmann if you want.] Lock ’em up, throw away the key!

  • Jerry Kopp

    Its always an EVIL CHRISTIAN…smh

  • Jon

    Prince Valiant looks like shit

  • yamfood

    Yea and the guy who shot up the church in Southerland Springs was an atheist. What’s your point?