In an unique ABC News 20/20 interview on Friday, Nov. 19, Jordan Turpin opened as much as Diane Sawyer in regards to the stunning manner Justin Bieber helped her select to flee the so-called “house of horror.”
Turpin is likely one of the 13 siblings who had been lastly rescued from the Perris, Calif. home of their mother and father, David and Louise Turpin, after years of bodily and emotional torture by the couple.
In 2018, Turpin escaped out a window, armed with an previous cellphone, which she used to doc the abuse and name 9-1-1. Upon arrival, the police discovered the home filled with rubbish, excrement, and molding meals. Some of the siblings, whose ages ranged from two to 29 on the time, had been shackled to their beds. The siblings had been additionally severely malnourished, and a few suffered from cognitive impairment as a result of their situation, in addition to had bodily circumstances reminiscent of coronary heart issues. All had restricted information of the surface world.
David and Louise have since been sentenced to 25 years to life in jail for his or her crimes after pleading responsible to 14 fees.
Turpin made her escape after studying her mother and father had intentions to move throughout state strains, telling Sawyer, “I think it was us coming so close to death so many times. If something happened to me, at least I died trying.”
However, it was watching Bieber’s music videos that reminded her that there was more to the outside world.
“I don’t know where we would be if we didn’t watch Justin Bieber,” she explained. “Sometimes, especially when we were younger, my mother and father would leave. The older ones would sneak in and turn on the TV. So we would see music videos and stuff, and that’s where we learned a lot. I would watch a lot of Justin Bieber.”
She said that watching the “Ghost” singer made her begin “paying attention.”
“I began realizing that there’s a completely different world on the market. I solely knew one world and that was like at all times being there,” she mentioned. “I used to be at all times like, ‘I need to be on the market. I need to be like that being free, not being trapped.'”
Currently, Turpin and her siblings are struggling to put their lives together following their rescue. Turpin, now 21, said she doesn’t “have a way to get food” as she is no longer supported by the state. Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin told ABC that many of the adult children are living in “squalor” as they do not have access to the funds raised for them, for unknown reasons.