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The Turpin family is associated with unfathomable cruelty, the 13 Turpin children enduring significant abuse at the hands of their parents, David and Louise Turpin, who have been sentenced to life in prison.
Dubbed the “house of horrors” by millions across the world, two of the Turpin siblings have now come forward for their first public interview.
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For as long as she can remember, Jennifer knew her mother to be extremely violent, with unpredictable mood swings.
“I never knew which side I was going to get of her,” she said to Sawyer. “If I was going to ask her a question, [is] she going to call me stupid or something… and then yank me across the floor or [is] she going to be nice and answer my question.”
Jennifer attended school from the first to third grade, but then her parents decided to take her out of the public education system, and home school their children instead.
During her schooling years, Jennifer was sent to school unwashed, always wearing dirty clothes, something that her peers soon pointed out.
“They called me skinny bones and acted like they didn’t want to be around me. I probably smelled. But I didn’t realise at the time I smelled, but that stench clings to you… because we would literally live in houses piled with trash.”