Nov 27, 2021
Turpin family documentary: Children ‘told to Google it’ when they asked for help after House of Horrors escape
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AFTER years of suffering trauma and abuse from their parents, some of the Turpin children are still “living in squalor”.
The 13 siblings were rescued from their Perris, California home almost four years ago. Authorities found the children, who were between 2 to 29, living in their own filth and deprived of food and basic health care.4The 13 Turpin children were rescued from their family home almost four years ago 4Jordan Turpin was the one who escaped from her home and called the police, leading to her and her siblings' rescueCredit: ABC 20/20
Many hoped that once the siblings escaped their parents, they would be moving onto a brighter future. Many people have stepped up to donate to the family, hoping to offer some help.
Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case for some of the siblings as they reportedly do not have access to many of the resources and services that were promised to them.
“They have been victimized again by the system,” said Mike Hestrin, the Riverside County district attorney to Diane Sawyer.
Hestrin prosecuted the Turpins' parents, David and Louise, who are now serving life sentences in different California prisons. Hestrin and his team have remained in contact with the children.
“They are living in squalor,” he said when speaking about the adult children. “They’re living in crime-ridden neighborhoods. There’s money for their education—they can’t access it.”
Vanessa Espinoza, the former deputy public guardian for the seven adult Turpins’ cases, was responsible for helping the older children with housing, health care, education, and food support.Most read in The US Sun'STAY WARM!' Travis Barker's baby mama Shanna Moakler poses in tiny bikini for ThanksgivingPUTIN’S POWER Russia begins mass production of 6670mph nuke missile 'too fast to block'HOLIDAY SPIRIT Kylie shows off Christmas tree in rare social media post after AstroworldLatestLOCKDOWN TERROR 1 shot after reports of 'active shooter' at mall as frantic shoppers hideMILKING IT Woman found ‘breastfeeding cat’ onboard flight in front of horrified passengersTURKEY LOOK AT THIS! Inside the Kardashians' Thanksgiving at Kris' $12M Palm Springs pad
However, Joshua Turpin says she “wasn’t helpful” at all, telling him to “Just go Google it.” when he asked for help.
State records show that Espinoza works as a real estate broker on the side. Now, a petition is calling for her license to be revoked in California.
The Turpins’ troubles come down to a combination of awful social programs and structural issues in the human-welfare system, critics say.
Hestrin said it is “unimaginable” that the Turpins have been denied “basic needs.”
Over $600,000 in private donations have been kept from the siblings but court-ordered secrecy has made it so the public isn’t aware of why the siblings aren’t receiving the money.
Some of the younger siblings were sent to foster homes after their rescue and may have been subjected to child abuse. Two of the other children have been “couch-surfing” and reportedly another one was assaulted.
"If we can't care for the Turpin victims," Hestrin said, "then how do we have a chance to care for anyone?"4The children were living in their own filth—not allowed to eat and take a showerCredit: ABC 4Some of the siblings sat down with Diane Sawyer to talk about the abuse at the hands of their parentsCredit: ABC 20/20 We pay for your stories!
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I went to tattoo artist and asked for Medusa inking – but was left with a total monstrosity
Tattoo fans were sympathetic when they the dodgy design was re-posted on Reddit.1A TikTok users was far from happy with her Medusa tattoo
Shared off a TikTok account, the original user posted a clip featuring a picture of the botched tat displayed on her arm.
She explained that she wanted a delicate design to resemble the famous Greek figure from Mythology – which has since become a popular symbol of survival and strength to sexual assault victims.
But sadly what the woman did not end up with what she was expecting.
And make matters worse, it now covers most of her upper arm.
She captioned the post: "When I went to a shitty tattoo artist and told him I wanted a Medusa and he gave me this".
Users in the comments sections were quick to shame the tattoo artist over his “truly bad” inking skills.Most read in US NewsLAST HOURS Oklahoma inmate gets death penalty as Alabama prisoner given lethal injectionMEET WILLOW Jill Biden announces new White House cat Willow named after her hometownFRANTIC SEARCH New pics of missing girl, 7, released as cops reveal disappearance timelineLAST MOMENTS Disabled death row inmate executed by lethal injection after court ruling
“I'd say this is the work of a trainee practicing on a leather sofa,” one wrote.
While another added: “That’s a shocker. S**ty tattoo artist delivers a s**ty tattoo. Wondering what result he was anticipating?”
On the plus side, others pointed out that it could be easy enough to disguise the tattoo fail with another inking from a different artist.
That, however, is not an option for a woman in Germany who revealed she gave up her high-flying corporate job and spent $50k on head-to-toe tattoos to become a real-life cyborg.
Lina L, gave up her job in tech to be become a tattoo artist in San Francisco, California, and wanted to become a "living piece of art" herself.
In 2010, she got her first tattoo and now has more than 50 all over her body - including on her head, face, breasts and butt.
She's even had horns inserted under her facial skin and a silicone ring put on her chest and hopes to split her tongue in half.
She has also had breast implants, nose surgery, piercings, stretched ear lobes and shaved her head bald to give herself a striking new look.I gave up high flying job and spent $50k on tattoos to become a CYBORG