A California couple accused of shackling many of their 13 children to their beds had such a large family because “God called on them,” according to the children’s grandparents, the insight coming as more details emerged Tuesday of what occurred inside the house of horrors that’s left a community on edge.
David Turpin, 57, and Louise Turpin, 49, were still being held Tuesday on suspicion of torture and child endangerment after 13 of their kids allegedly were found captive in the couple’s home in Perris, with “several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” police said.
James and Betty Turpin, David’s parents and the children’s grandparents, also told ABC News the Turpin children were given “very strict homeschooling” and were forced to memorize long passages in the Bible, with a few trying to memorize the entire religious text outright.
Police were notified of the home after a 17-year-old girl jumped out of a window there on Sunday and called 911.
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Greg Fellows said Louise Turpin was surprised when officers first encountered her at the home.
U.S. stocks were falling again on Friday as the Dow Jones industrial average headed for its worst week since October 2008.
The Dow fell as much as 350 points — or 1.1 percent — around 12:15 p.m. ET, bringing its weekly loss to 7.7 percent. The S&P 500 dropped 1 percent to its lowest level since October while the Nasdaq composite fell as much as 1.25 percent, joining the Dow and S&P 500 in correction territory.
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The Dow dropped 1,032 points Thursday, its second drop of that magnitude this week.
The recent turmoil in equities began last Friday, when the Dow fell 666 points after a better-than-expected jobs report ignited inflation fears. That fall was exacerbated Monday after the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note hit a 4-year high, sending the Dow tumbling another 1,175 points as investors grew more nervous about an overheating economy.
Trouble with securities called exchange-traded notes that decline in value when volatility increases likely helped create more turmoil in the markets this week. The Cboe Volatility index (VIX) — the market’s best fear gauge — was higher around the 30 level after jumping as high as 50 earlier in the week.
At the end of January, the VIX was below 14.
Yields then backed off their multi-year highs, giving the Dow a 560-point bounce on Tuesday and relative stability on Wednesday. But between another round of strong economic news, hawkish comments from the Bank of England and an expensive government funding bill, yields rallied again, sparking Thursday’s sell-off.