Inside the Turpin 'House of Horrors' Where 13 Children Were Allegedly Held Captive, 1 Year Later

Playing Cry for Help Seen Scribbled on Box by ‘House of Horrors’ Turpin Sibling

Nearly one year ago, a 17-year-old girl escaped the home where parents were allegedly holding her, and her many brothers and sisters, captive and called police for help. 

Inside Edition Correspondent Diane McInerney got an exclusive look inside the California home, which was recently put up for sale after going into foreclosure last year. 

Louise and David Turpin are charged with imprisoning and, in some cases, torturing their 13 children, some of whom were adults, inside of it. Their teen daughter escaped the home through a window on Jan. 14 and dialed 911. 

"I live in a family of 15 people and my parents are abusive; they abuse us and my two little sisters are chained up," she told the dispatcher. "Sometimes I wake up and I can't breathe because of how dirty the house is."

The siblings were later freed by police, with the six younger children placed in foster homes and the seven adults placed in assisted living. The Turpins remain in custody and have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. Their trial is set to begin Sept. 3 of this year. 

Inside the home, McInerney showed the beds that some of the children were allegedly shackled to. The smell in the home was "overwhelming," she said, even a year later. 

"They were truly prisoners in their own home," McInerney said. 

One of the saddest things Inside Edition found in the home was a message written on a box by one of the children asking for help, with what appears to be a drawing of a child crying and a broken heart. 

The house sold at auction for just over $300,000 on Wednesday. It's not clear who bought the home. 

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