It’s a sad fact that this world is evidently so self-absorbed that we often don’t notice the strange behavior of our fellow citizens.
Too busy with our lives we don’t stop to analyse the bizarre actions of those within close proximity to us, from our neighbors to our own family and pals. After all, it’s hard to believe that those close to us are capable of atrocious misdemeanours- despite copious amounts of warning signs. Take the cases of Jaycee Lee Dugard and Elizabeth Fritzl for example, both young girls were kidnapped and held hostage for a majority of their lives by half-crazed perverts( Fritzl was imprisoned in the cellar of her own home by her parent for 24 times, while 11 -year-old Dugard was snatched from the street and continued captive for 18 years in a tent in her kidnappers backyard ). In both cases, the girls were failed by those close to them who were ignorant of the unusual activity that hinted something wasn’t right. When both of those cases came to light, “the worlds” was appalled. How could nobody have noticed anything peculiar? Could they have been saved if a nosy neighbor had alerted the police? In the case of Elizabeth Fritzl, many thought it incomprehensible that her mother didn’t well known location. But, despite the private promises we made to ourselves after these narratives transgressed to be more vigilant in culture, another scandalous tale has managed to emerge. On the morning of Sunday, January 14, police detected 12 children shackled to their couches inside their family home in Perris, California. They’d been led to the scene by the children’s 17 -year-old sibling who managed to escape the limits her couch and dial 911. Upon advent, police saw the “dirty” children malnourished and imploring for food and sea to allay their “starving” stomachs. The children’s parents, 57 -year-old David Allen Turpin and 49 -year-old, Louise Anna Turpin, were arrested and swiftly charged with torture and child endangerment. They are currently being held at the Robert Presley Detention Center, east of Los Angeles, with bail having been set at$ 9 million. They are due to appear in court on Thursday. Meanwhile, the 13 children- aged between two and 29 -years-old- were taken to hospital where they were treated by medical professionals who were horrified by their thin “dirty” frames and pale complexions. Neighbors of the family have now come forward to call them reclusive and unusual, with some even saying they had no idea children even lived in the home( despite there being 13 of them under one roof ). “I didn’t know there were kids in the house. I had no mind this was going on, ” said Andrew Santillan, who lives nearby. According to other neighbors, “their childrens” would “only come out at night” which led to them being dubbed the “vampire family” due to their “really, genuinely pale” scalp. Other neighbors have recounted interactions they had with the family for the hoards of reporters now stationed on their street. One recalled an occasion where he’d praised the children on the Nativity scene that they were constructing outside the front of their house only a few years ago, but rather than be flattered by the kudo the latter are “weird about it.” Still, he believed nothing amiss. Similarly, another neighbor had witnessed “their childrens” excavating for meat in garbage bins, but rather than be alarmed she discounted them. “[ They] was like they were having fun like a regular household, ” neighbor Nicole Gooding told CBS2. People have been left confused by the parent’s decision to imprison their own children, but some have hinted that it could have been caused by the family’s financial country which was in dire straits after the mothers filed for bankruptcy in 2011- despite David Turpin earning $140,000 a year as an technologist for a top defense contractor.
Peculiarly, the family took many vacations, often frequenting Disneyland. In addition, David and Louise renewed their wedding swears in 2016 during a ceremony in Las Vegas, complete with an Elvis impersonator, in which all 13 children appear to have been present. For those concerned that education authorities didn’t notice the children’s absence, it would appear that they were homeschooled by their parent. According to their grandparents, who hadn’t seen them in five years or supposed anything was wrong, their father was “very strict” when it came to training his children at his own’ Sandcastle Day School’, where lessons would include the children memorizing passages from the Bible, and even the whole volume. Despite six of the siblings being adults, they permitted their parents to garment them in identical outfits to their seven child siblings for apparent security reasons. “They were very protective of the kids. This is a highly respectable household, ” their grandmother told CNN. It is suggested that the older children were permitted to drive, with one neighbor having spotted one of the daughters arriving home simply one month ago in a ruby-red Volkswagen. Outside the Turpin’s home sit four vehicles, including a mini-van. So it’s unclear as to why “their childrens” were chained up having obviously been allowed a certain amount of liberty. Although they were of an age where they could have left the care of their parents, the seven adults remained. But , now they are free after being discovered in a “foul-smelling room” by the policeman in the family’s four-bedroom house in a well-to-do neighborhood. A neighbor who knew of the property expressed surprise that so many people could live inside. “Absolutely not. I would say a normal household, if they had six children, it could be adequate but 13? No. Utterly not, ” he told the Daily Mail when asked if their own families of 15 could comfortably live inside. As the story develops , no doubt more details will come to light. In the meantime, we are glad that the children have been rescued and the parents reprimanded.