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five days after the arrest of the california couple in that so-called house of horrors, new details of at the alledged torture hidden behind those walls. >> this is off the chart sadists. >> thords say kids shackled and living in filth. >> they washed their hands above their the wrist they'd be chained up. >> i knew my sister was different than us but i would never, ever imagine this. >> revealing a decade old family secret and bizarre behavior she said drove them apart. >> it was a weird ritual that used to bother me. >> uncovering eerie scenes of the night. the house. >> they would be marching in the middle of the night back and
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forth room to room like they were doing a loop. >> and kidnap survivor with hope for the children's futures. this special edition of "nightline" will be right back. for the children's futures. this special edition of "nightline" will be right back. ♪ ♪ there are two types of people in the world. those who fear the future... and those who embrace it. the future is for the unafraid. ♪ all because of you
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♪ ♪ good evening and thank you for joining us. we begin with breaking news. the federal government has shut
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down. after days of negotiation and coming down to the wire the senate has failed to pass a spending bill in time for the midnight eastern deadline. abc's congressional correspondent on capital hill with more on what all this means. >> good evening. a night of frantic negotiations on the hill in the end fell short the federal government is officially shut down. republican lawmakers had been pushing for a short deal would also extend children's health insurance program but democrats stood form, protections for dreamers, nearly 800,000 undocumented u.s. immigrants brought to the u.s. as children and president is tweeting hoping to diminish the great success of the tax cuts and what they're doing for our booming economy. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are frustrated and need clearer direction from the white house. now the path forward here is unclear. both sides of the aisle are blaming each other. the biggest loser probably the
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american people. this shut down could cost the u.s. economy $38 million per hour. you will still get mail and social security benefits but in the middle of the deadly flu epidemic, the cdc program that tracks the spread of this virus could be shut down and hundreds of thousands federal employees could be furlough without pay. for lawmakers those directly responsible for this shutdown their paychecks will keep coming. >> thank you. the white house has new issued a statement blaming the democrats for the shutout saying they put politics above national security, military, vulnerable children and our country's ability to serve all of american. tune in tomorrow for the latest on the shut down. we turn now to the horrific story in california, couple with 13 children accused of
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unfathomable abuse. tonight we have more. >> they appear to be port rates of one big happy family. in pictures on facebook david and louise turpin surrounded by their 13 children but behind the smiles and outfits a reality so disturbing. >> extremely malnourished to the point where they have have muscle wasting and cognitive damaging. they were tied with rope. moved up to chains and padlocks. >> now this mother and father are in shackles accused of years of cruelty. their own flesh and blood. >> this is off the chart sadistic. >> torture, false imprisonment and child abuse happening in the couples home in the town of perris, california. the alleged horror all hidden in plain site. but the family's story started 2300 miles away in the heart of
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appalacia in princeton, west virginia where they grew up in the 70s and 80s. >> i'm full of emotion, angry, sad, heartbroken, confused how this happened. >> this is elizabeth flores who is louise's younger sister. >> so we had a pretty normal life in the home i lived in. >> she said louise was always a leader. >> it was always her way or no way she had to sneak around to do it she would do it. >> the younger sister said she and others in the family were sexually abused. and wonders whether the impact on the family might have been a contributing factor. >> was sexually abuse bid a close family member, not our parents, we weren't allowed to talk about it, not making excuses for my sister but i think that may have been an under lying issue. >> another constant in her life
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was david turpin who lived just a few miles away. here he is in 1979 sporting the same bowl cut he sports today. >> he was quiet, nerdy, tended to dress welled sometimes with a bow tie. >> louise started to date him at 15. my dad didn't want her to because he was so much older. >> when she was only 16 she ran away with david, 23, they were found several days later in texas her parents decided not to pursue charges, the couple then got married in 1985. in 1986 the couple moved to texas where david had a job. by the 90s were living in fort worth where elizabeth spent the summer during college living with them. by then turpin's already had four kids and elizabeth said she noticed things were off. >> i remember they were really strict on the oldest daughter. would wander in her room a lot and let her eat meals before she
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would sit down she'd have to give permission. i felt like maybe i shouldn't pry or question her parenting. it was like i wasn't allowed to talk to the kids and they couldn't talk to me without permission. >> elizabeth said louise came up with a type of hybrid religion but they didn't go to church. she says david was very reserved and louise made all of the rules. >> she always seemed to be in control but there were always looks him sitting back watching. i was told couldn't make phone calls from their phone, wasn't allowed to have anyone over, wasn't allowed to tell anybody where i was, i wasn't allowed to talk or hang out with anybody, if i wanted to i had to find another place to go. >> and elizabeth says things got even creepier. >> i'd get in the shower. lock the door, and louise would unlock it with a coat hanger and they would both come in and made me get out of the shower in front of them.
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>> elizabeth says louise eventually found out she had talked to friends at work and kicked her out. despite david's job their fort worth house was foreclosed on. the scene they left behind documented by the new homeowners, deplorable filth with scratches on the backs of doors and walls which the homeowner assumed came from animals. by 2000 turpin's had moved to rural texas town of rio vista. >> it is hard to find on a map. >> neighbors sided strange behaviors. >> something was wrong over there, something was not right. >> then in 2011 once again, money problems apparently forced them out. billy baldwin bought turpin's home a foreclosure sale and says he also found a mess and some bizarre photographs. >> pretty bad shape. >> the turpin family went west to california.
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>> it's unclear why they moved to california. they don't have any family out here. perhaps it was for work. we just don't know. >> eventually they settled in a small city perris registering his house with sand castle day school so his kids could be home schooled. a neighbor seen something odd one night. >> i would come home from 12:30 to 3:00 in the morning and kids would be marching between the two rooms up there. >> they were marching literally in the middle of the night back and forth from room to room. >> like a loop. >> how long. would they march back and forth in single file? >> hours. >> hours? >> yeah. >> finally for the siblings living in what prosecutors say was hell, a breaking point, two kids escaped out of a window just after 6:00 on sunday. the younger child frightened turns back the 17-year-old keeps going using a deactivated
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cellphone to call 9/11. >> she explained her siblings were held against their well and some chained. deputies noticed when they a rieched in they arrived in the house noticed the children were malnourished and it was dirty and horrific conditions. >> the parents arrested at the scene, children authorities say were severely malnourished a 29-year-old woman weighing just 82 pounds. >> it sounds like sadistic torture. it's all horrific. you have parents torturing their children, causing them pain, causing them suffering, over a long period of time through mal nourishment, through physical and psychological abuse. >> authorities say hidden behind a neatly manicured lawn in cookie cutter house a mountain of evidence. >> when deputies found the 12 siblings what were the conditions. in that house? >> conditions were deplorable,
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it smelled. it was filthy. it's clear that some of the victims when they're chained are not being faken to the bathroom to relieve themselves. >> investigators say the children were not allowed to play but were allowed to keep journals. >> my guess is that's going to be powerful evidence in the journals what was happening in that house. >> in court yesterday david and louise turpin pleaded not guilty to 75 counts including torture, child endangerment and false imprisonment. investigators say only the two-year-old child appears to have escaped the abuse. the couple is being held on $12 million bail each. elizabeth says she hasn't seen the children in more than a decade. she didn't know what was going on until she saw the news. >> somebody posted the link on my facebook and said is this your sicko sister.
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♪ ♪ there are two types of people in the world. those who fear the future... and those who embrace it. the future is for the unafraid. ♪ all because of you ♪ ♪ this special edition of "nightline" continues with matt gutman. >> charges of unimaginable cruelty at the hands of their own parents. the children of david and louise turpin allegedly endured starvation, torture and squalor.
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13 siblings in this house, the youngest two, the oldest 29. yet as horrific as this case seems the allegations after of horrifying abuse and depraved captivity occur more frequently than imaginable. >> i was like, oh, no, not another one. to have a similar situation where children had to go through that. >> suzanne angulo and seven children, six boys and i girl made headlines when the documentary "the wolf pack" was released. combined to a small new york apartment for 14 years during the 1990s and 2000s forbidden to leave by their father who had the only key to the front door, only he could use it. >> in the summer there was more a chance of us getting out. >> the only contact with the
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outside world was movies, which they created in the apartment. >> if i didn't have movies life would be pretty boring and there wouldn't be any point to go on. >> and while those children were not shackled or starved they say their father controlled them and their mother through fear. >> we were taught not to talk to strangers, the whole thing, but it was farther than that, it was like don't even look at people. >> in 2010 one of the brothers then 15 venturing out into the streets of new york. the others soon followed. two of the brothers talked about it with elizabeth vargas. >> very first time you went outside what did that feel like? >> i remember feeling very afraid because in many ways we still were under our father's thumb in a lot of ways. >> psychologically? >> psychologically. i remember it feeling surreal.
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>> was strange too because it also felt liberating. >> this new found freedom known too well for amanda barry. >> help me i'm amanda barry i've kidnapped and i've been missing for ten years i'm here, i'm free now. >> one of three women kid named by castro during 2002-2004 and imprisoned in his home and after ten years impregnated by her captainor escaped with her daughter. >> what was the biggest thing he took from you that you lost. >> a normal life. living life as a normal teenage girl, going to birthdays, going to prom, having fun times, a regular teenager. >> let's get one thing straight my name is jaycee i was kidnapped in 1991.
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was not a day i didn't cry. if i felt there would never, ever be a day i didn't cry again. and then after a while i told myself i can't cry any more. >> despite law enforcement called to their compound several times she wasn't freed until 2009 after giving birth to two daughters. those who have been through traumatic experiences say healing is possible. >> we all of us have a story, we all of us have -- have our demons, our nightmares, our troubles, but it's not what happens to you that defines who you are. >> in 2002 elizabeth smart was kidnapped and held in captivity for nine months her story gripped the nation. >> for so long i couldn't even decide when to sleep or whether to go to the bathroom or what i got to eat or drink. the chains of manipulation or
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threat are so much stronger than physical chains. >> recovery she believes is on the horizon. >> life is not as dark and terrible as it has been probably for their entire life. that there is happiness in the future and that they can go on to have wonderful lives. >> like smart, psychiatrist bruce perry believes the turpin children can be helped. >> gradual transition is really the key to successful transition. taking appropriate, you will, steps and not going too far too gaft. too fast. >> every day another step at a time. >> going to be the hardest and most important thing to hear is that the world is not the way their parents made them think it is. the world really has people that are going to be generous and going to be kind and going to be nurturing to them i think one of the hardest things for them do in the end will be to trust people. >> something that this family understands. >> this is a huge wake up call. and it's by think, i think now
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each of us caring for who we are around on a daily basis. >> their doctors tell us that turpin siblings physical condition can quickly be repaired with nourishment. but the psychological scars will last longer. >> what you're doing now is sort of teaching them social behavior. >> they are at the first stage of introduction to the outside world. >> tonight the elder turpin children are surrounded by a hand-picked team at the corona region medical center receiving round the clock care by doctors and nurses and something prosecutors say they missed their whole lives, tenderness. >> do you ever sometimes leave the ward and break down in tears. >> absolutely how could you not can't wait for these children to
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come back and invite me to their graduation. that would make a smile on my face on that day. >> for "nightline" i'm matt gutman from perris, california. >> announcer: this special edition of "nightline" brought to you by -- trained technicians. or it isn't. it's backed by an unlimited mileage warranty, or it isn't. for those who never settle, it's either mercedes-benz certified pre-owned, or it isn't. the mercedes-benz certified pre-owned sales event. now through february 28th. only at your authorized mercedes-benz dealer. ...that is, until you taste our new menu. discover more ways to enjoy seafood with new tasting plates small plates, with big flavor- like yucatan shrimp in chili-lime butter and caramelized pineapple. and if you like hot, buttery maine lobster, check out this petite red lobster roll. for new entrees, explore globally-inspired dishes
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