Sister-in-Law of Dad Accused of Shackling Children Says He Used to Watch Her Shower
A new sickening allegation has emerged from the alleged shackling case in California.
David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Turpin, 49, were arrested recently after sheriff’s deputies in Perris found their 13 children shackled inside their home.
The couple had apparently kept their children under lock and key except for occasional and brief forays out into the world, where they were closely watched and never noticed enough for anyone to call the authorities.
But accounts from family and neighbors have been emerging that show there was an awareness of the family’s oddities. The latest is Louise’s sister Elizabeth Jane Flores coming forward to say David often entered the shower when she was in there showering.
“He did things that made me feel uncomfortable,” she told ABC on Wednesday. “If I were to get in the shower, he would come in there while I was in there and watch me, and it was like a joke. He never touched me or anything.”
The encounters happened when she lived with the couple for a few months while she was attending college.
The couple had four children at the time.
Flores said she followed the strict “rules” in the household and kept quiet about David Turpin watching her while she was naked because she was “young” and “scared” at the time.
The revelation comes shortly after another of Louise Turpin’s sisters said she didn’t know what motivated her sister to treat her children that way.
“Our life wasn’t perfect growing up, but, she didn’t live like that,” Teresa Robinette told NBC. “And neither did David. David, I knew his parents, he was raised in a very wealthy home church.”
And a neighbor of the family said that Louise Turpin was acting odd when she was arrested.
“Police officer kept talking and she kept just, like, smirking and, like, kinda, like, she spit twice down at the floor,” an unnamed neighbor said.
“She was, like, just coughing, acting a little weird, just, like, kept looking,” the neighbor added.