House of Horrors survivor Jordan Turpin, 22, says her PTSD means she wakes up on the verge of tears
House of Horrors survivor Jordan Turpin has opened up about her ordeal leaving her constantly on the verge of tears – five years after her daring escape.
The 22-year-old girl spent her entire childhood imprisoned inside herself California at home with her 12 siblings before she managed to escape through a window in January 2018.
Her parents, David and Louise Turpin, kept their children chained to their beds in their home in Perrin, starving them and beating them daily.
Jordan, who ran away when she was 17, was asked about her typical day in an interview El and replied, “I usually cry.”
She continued: “I’m trying to force myself to eat. Then I start doing my makeup, but I cry so I have to do it again.
The 22-year-old spent her entire childhood imprisoned in her California home with her 12 siblings before she managed to escape through a window in January 2018.
Jordan says the pandemic has been especially hard because the closure comes just over a year after she fled
“And then I try to go on TikTok, but I’m like, ‘Oh, people are going to say this and that about me.’
“Then I say, ‘Maybe I should get some air.’ I will go outside’. . . and then I just cry again.’
Her parents were sentenced to life in prison after she raised the alarm, called 911 and struggled to explain the situation to a police officer.
She started taking classes at a community college and worked at Taco Bell, but found it difficult to socialize with her coworkers.
Jordan worried that her life would never get better as her experiences had left her “afraid of everyone”.
The influencer said: “I was very nice and always said, ‘I’m so sorry.’
“I am very delicate. They laughed and said, “Why is she like that?” I could be annoying.
“But I just got out of foster care, so I was always really nice because I was scared of everyone.”
Jordan (circled) was one of 13 siblings abused by David and Louise (center) in their Southern California home
For years, she and her siblings ate one meal a day, and their diet consisted of just two slices of bread with peanut butter or bologna
Jordan was forced to return to a life of isolation during the pandemic that caused her after her normal life was put on hold.
She had just begun to get used to living outside the house, and felt that the “promised land” of freedom was a “teaser” from which there was “no way out.”
She added: “When everyone started complaining about COVID, we said, ‘Look at us!
“People said, ‘This is the worst thing!’ They could barely stand it when it was only a week old. They really don’t know.’
Like many of her generation, she turned to TikTok to connect with others despite having little understanding of how social media works.
Jordan gained hundreds of thousands of followers on the app, and she started telling people about her life and joining the dance craze on the app.
On Instagram, where she has more than 220,000 followers, she says she dreams of one day becoming a motivational speaker
The 22-year-old talks about life now in the February issue of the glossy magazine, modeling designer threads.
She now has almost a million followers and had to hire a publicist and an agent who said, “She got it really fast.” That’s what Jordan is all about.
“Although there are certain sections of society [the Turpin siblings are] everyone is starting to orient themselves…they all know the world well. Jordan is really smart.
“She’s very self-aware, which isn’t even true [a lot of] people who have not experienced such a tragedy can say.”
The star is now considering a music career after meeting Hailey Bieber and TikTok queen Charlie D’Amillo.
But she said she wanted to take it slow, adding: “Now I need a break from the past. I just want to start slow.”
During her daring escape, she told a police officer who responded that her siblings had been chained up because they had tried to steal food.
Along with the emotional scars, Jordan says the abuse she endured had a lasting impact on her physical health
In January 2018, Jordan crawled out of the window and called the police on her cell phone. She said she was walking down the street because she didn’t know about sidewalks
David and Louise ate fast food in front of their children, who at one point were only allowed one meal a day. They chained brothers and sisters to dirty beds when they tried to steal food
Because she didn’t know what a sidewalk was, she said she was walking down the street for help and managed to run into a police officer.
Following David and Louise’s arrest in January 2018, horrifying details emerged of the extent of torture, abuse and neglect suffered by the children, aged between two and 29 at the time.
The parents’ abuse and neglect was so “severe, pervasive and prolonged” that it stunted their children’s growth, caused them to lose muscle mass and left two of their daughters unable to bear children.
Every child except the two-year-old was severely underweight, and deputies testified that the children said they could only take a bath once a year.
They were mostly kept to their rooms, except for meals, which were reduced from three to one a day, a combination of lunch and dinner.
After they were rescued, some of the other children said the social services system that was supposed to help them transition to new lives didn’t do what it was supposed to do.
She said she is still “very, very” close to her siblings and sees them often. She was seen with her sister Jennifer earlier this year
Details later emerged of how the Turpins beat and starved their children, chaining them to beds and denying them basic hygiene such as showers
Jordan has amassed over 920,000 followers on TikTok, where she regularly posts clips of herself performing popular dance moves
Melissa Donaldson, Riverside County’s director of victim services, said some of the children said they “felt betrayed” by the way local officials handled their cases.
Children were threatened with belts and sticks and even told that if they misbehaved, their parents would chain them to their beds and pull their hair.
Jordan and her sister Jennifer also said their parents “literally” used the Bible to justify how they treated their siblings.
They liked to point to things in Deuteronomy saying, ‘we have the right to do this to you,’” said Jennifer, now 33. “That they even had the right to kill us if we disobeyed.”
For years, the siblings’ diet consisted of just two slices of bread with peanut butter or bologna.
The couple were also accused of abusing the children with pies and other food they were not allowed to eat.
The evil couple munched fast food in front of them, chaining the children to dirty beds as they tried to steal the food.