For years, Jordan Turpin, 21, along with her 12 siblings, was kept in their home by her parents. They were all starved and beaten. But now, four years later, the girl is beaming. And she shows that to the world on her TikTok account.
Four years ago, twelve siblings were found tied up, starved and neglected in a small town in the US state of California. The twelve were found by police after a thirteenth victim, a 17-year-old girl, was able to escape and call the police. It would eventually turn out that the children’s parents, David and Louise Turpin, had been holding their children captive for years. The children were systematically starved and beaten. Some were also chained to their beds. Sometimes for weeks.
David and Louise were charged with a whole range of charges, but initially pleaded not guilty. They later admitted that they were guilty. The two were given life sentences with the possibility of parole after 25 years.
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The thirteen children have only spoken openly about what they have been through once since the trial. Jennifer Turpin and her sister Jordan gave their first interview in November 2021. It was Jordan who eventually escaped and was able to call the police. She also spoke about this in the interview.
But Jorden also turns out to be a hit on TikTok. The now 21-year-old already has more than 475,000 followers on the platform. She uses her account mainly to show dances, but she also thanks her followers for all the support she has received. Last month, she also thanked everyone who contributed to the JAYC Foundation, an organization founded by Jaycee Dugard who was kidnapped at a young age. With this fund she tries to help families who have also had to endure such crises.
“People have asked me if I see my siblings often and how my siblings are doing. I want to let you know that I see my brothers and sisters very often and that I love them very much. We don’t have the best living situation right now, but we have a roof over our heads and we have a way to get food and we are all very grateful for that,” she said. Jordan also thanked everyone who sent her money directly. “Now I can give my siblings really good, nice gifts this year and I’m so happy and grateful that I can do that,” she said. “I hope that one day I can help you and others, just as you have helped me. It means so much to me.”