Two California sisters who lived in the “house of horrors” with their 11 siblings and endured years of torture under the control of their parents, David and Louise Turpin, said they were “close to death” many times before authorities finally arrested their parents in 2018.
The exclusive interview will air on Friday, Nov. 12 on ABC’s “20/20” with Diane Sawyer. A preview from the interview was released Tuesday.
In the clip, one of the young women revealed her “whole body” shook when she dialed 911 shortly after she escaped her home in Perris, Calif.
“It was literally now or never,” she said. “If something happened to me, at least I died trying.”
David and Louise Turpin were sentenced in April 2019 to 25 years to life in prison after they pleaded guilty to torturing and holding captive their 13 children for years in their California home.
The couple was arrested in 2018 after one of the young girls, who will be featured in Sawyer’s interview, managed to escape their home and called police.
The children’s identities have remained anonymous until Friday’s upcoming interview.
Two of them provided victim impact statements during their parent’s sentencing hearing on April 20, 2019, and recounted the years of torture they endured while locked up in their filthy home.
The sisters also revealed in the “20/20” interview that they were chained to their beds for months, while one said their mother choked her so hard that she thought she “was dying.”
The exclusive interview also will feature never-before seen police body camera footage and an update on the Turpin children, some who are now adults.
“I don’t know how you had the courage,” Sawyer said to the girls.
“My parents took my whole life from me but now I’m taking my life back,” one of the young women said.