Jennifer and Jordan Turpin say they endured years of beatings, verbal abuse, and starvation as virtual prisoners in their parents’ home, even contemplating suicide before finally breaking out, according to newly revealed details.
“There was a lot of starving,” Jennifer, 33, the oldest of the 13 Turpin children, said in an upcoming interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer. “I would have to figure out how to eat. I would either eat ketchup or mustard and ice.”
Things worsened, Jennifer said, when their parents moved most of the kids to a secluded trailer on their Texas property in 2007, leaving them trapped and starving.
She said her parents typically dropped off a small supply of groceries every week — but would occasionally forget.