From New York Times bestselling true crime author John Glatt comes the devastating story of the Turpins: a seemingly normal family whose dark secrets would shock and captivate the world.
On January 14, 2018, a seventeen-year-old girl climbed out of the window of her Perris, California home and dialed 911 on a borrowed cell phone. Struggling to stay calm, she told the operator that she and her 12 siblings—ranging in age from 2 to 29—were being abused by their parents. When the dispatcher asked for her address, the girl hesitated. “I’ve never been out,” she stammered.
To their family, neighbors, and online friends, Louise and David Turpin presented a picture of domestic bliss: dressing their thirteen children in matching outfits and buying them expensive gifts. But what police discovered when they entered the Turpin family home would eclipse the most shocking child abuse cases in history. For years, David and Louise had kept their children in increasing isolation, trapping them in a sinister world of torture, fear, and near starvation.
In the first major account of the case, investigative journalist John Glatt delves into the disturbing details and recounts the bravery of the thirteen siblings in the face of unimaginable horror.
About the Author
English-born John Glatt is the author of Lost and Found, Secrets in the Cellar, Playing with Fire, and many other bestselling books of true crime. He has more than 30 years of experience as an investigative journalist in England and America. Glatt left school at 16 and worked a variety of jobs—including tea boy and messenger—before joining a small weekly newspaper. He freelanced at several English newspapers, then in 1981 moved to New York, where he joined the staff for News Limited and freelanced for publications including Newsweek and the New York Post. His first book, a biography of Bill Graham, was published in 1981, and he published For I Have Sinned, his first book of true crime, in 1998. He has appeared television and radio programs all over the world, including Dateline NBC, Fox News, Current Affair, BBC World, and A&E Biography. He and his wife Gail divide their time between New York City, the Catskill Mountains and London.
“Thoroughly researched and thoroughly disturbing.” —Booklist
“Glatt (The Lost Girls; My Sweet Angel) compellingly delves into the history…a timely account for true crime fans.” —Library Journal
"Glatt unflinchingly details the victims’ home circumstances...This chilling portrayal of abuse and secrecy may leave readers looking differently at their neighbors." —Publishers Weekly
"[The] horrific account of a headline-making case of criminal abuse that shook a California community...devotees of true crime will be drawn to this narrative." —Kirkus Reviews
Praise for John Glatt:
"Chilling." —People Magazine for My Sweet Angel
"The murder case John Glatt recounts in lurid detail...is too bizarre for a work of fiction." —New York Times Book Review for The Prince of Paradise
“A gripping, read-it-all-in-one-sitting kind of book.” —Kirkus Reviews for The Lost Girls
“Veteran crime scribe Glatt gives us all the atmosphere, characters and facts to make an engrossing thriller.” —New York Post for The Prince of Paradise