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‘I Still Have Nightmares’: Tortured Turpin Children Speak at Parents’ Sentencing in ‘House of Horrors’ Case

‘I Still Have Nightmares’: Tortured Turpin Children Speak at Parents’ Sentencing in ‘House of Horrors’ CaseDamian Dovarganes/ReutersThe children of David and Louise Turpin shared emotional statements in court Friday as their parents were sentenced to life in prison for torturing, starving, and holding them hostage for years.In February, the California couple pleaded guilty in Riverside County Superior Court to torture and dependent abuse as well as several counts of false imprisonment, child endangerment, and adult abuse in the “house of horrors” case that shocked the country. The abuse came to light in January 2018, when their 17-year-old daughter escaped from their Perris home and used her brother’s cellphone to call 911.“My parents took my whole life from me but now I’m taking my life back,” one of the couple’s 13 children, identified as Jane Doe 4, tearfully said in court. “I’m a fighter, I’m strong and I’m shooting through life like a rocket.”Before the hearing, the judge allowed the victims to speak under the guise of anonymity.“I’m in college now and living independently,” the daughter added. “I love hanging out with my friends and life is great. I believe everything happens for a reason. Life may have been bad, but it made me strong. I fought to become the person I am.”Prosecutors allege the Turpins abused 12 of their 13 children, routinely shackling, beating, and starving them in an act of torture and neglect so severe it stunted the growth of some of the kids. Two of the Turpin daughters are now unable to bear children as a result of the abuse. The siblings, who ranged in age from 2 to 29, were isolated from the outside world in their home about 60 miles outside of Los Angeles and were denied showers, medical care, and sometimes even food, prosecutors said. As punishment, the children were tied up for “weeks or even months at a time,” Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said.When authorities arrived to the house after the daughter’s call, she didn’t know what month it was or what the word medication meant. She claimed she hadn’t been bathed in months. “I cannot describe in words what we went through growing up. Sometimes I still have nightmares of things that had happened, such as my siblings being chained up or getting beaten. But that is the past and this is now,” one of the couple’s sons said Friday, adding that he loves his parents and now forgives them for “a lot of the things that they did to us.”On Friday, Superior Court Judge Bernard J. Schwartz sentenced the pair to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years for their “selfish, cruel and inhumane” treatment, a ruling previously agreed upon with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. “The only reason your punishment is less than the maximum is that you took responsibility and spared your children the harm of reliving it,” Schwartz said in court. The parents had an opportunity to speak before the sentencing, each showing remorse for their actions and tearfully asking their children for forgiveness.“I’m sorry for everything I’ve done to hurt my children,” Louise Turpin said. “I love them more than they could ever imagine.”David Turpin broke down in tears before he addressed the court, prompting his attorney to read his hand-written statement, which expressed hope his children will “remain” close since their parents will “not be with them.” “I thank God for all of my children,” the father’s statement read, adding that he is sorry “if I’ve done anything to cause them harm.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here



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Beto: ‘I Think There’s a Lot of Wisdom in’ Abolishing Electoral College

Beto: ‘I Think There’s a Lot of Wisdom in’ Abolishing Electoral CollegeBeto O'Rourke endorsed fellow Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren's call for the abolition of the Electoral College during a Tuesday campaign stop in Pennsylvania.“I think there's a lot to that. Because you had an election in 2016 where the loser got 3 million more votes than the victor. It puts some states out of play altogether, they don't feel like their vote really counts,” O'Rourke told MSNBC's Garrett Haake when asked about Warren's opposition to the Electoral College. “So if we really want every person to vote and give them every reason to vote, we need to make sure their votes count and go to the candidate of their choosing. So I think there's a lot of wisdom to that and it's something we talked about during that last senate race in Texas.”> Asked about the idea of getting rid of the electoral college, Beto O’Rourke tells @GarrettHaake today: “I think there’s a lot of wisdom in that.” pic.twitter.com/k5yUiL2gmb> > — Kailani Koenig (@kailanikm) March 19, 2019O'Rourke's comments come one day after Warren, citing the outsize influence of voters in battleground states, advocated the abolition of the Electoral College during a Monday night CNN town hall.“My view is that every vote matters and the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting, and that means get rid of the Electoral College,” Warren told the audience at Mississippi’s Jackson State University.The Massachusetts Democrat went on to accuse Republicans of seeking to disenfranchise minority communities through voter-ID laws and called for a constitutional amendment that “protects the right to vote for every American citizen and makes sure that vote gets counted.”The notion of the Electoral College as a means by which the votes of rural, white Americans enjoy greater influence than those cast by the diverse, urban majority has gained popularity among liberal lawmakers and activists since the 2016 election.The vast majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (81 percent) prefer to maintain the status quo, while the same percentage of Democrats would like to see a constitutional amendment passed to transition to a national popular vote, according to a Gallup poll taken weeks after Election Day 2016.



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California dismantles its execution chamber as governor orders moratorium on death penalty: ‘I couldn’t sleep at night’

California dismantles its execution chamber as governor orders moratorium on death penalty: ‘I couldn’t sleep at night’California’s governor has signed a moratorium halting the use of the death penalty, saying he would be unable to sleep at night if he sent just one innocent person to their death. Gavin Newsom, who was sworn in as the state’s 40th governor in January, said statistics suggested at least one of the 737 inmates on California’s death row – more than any other state – ought not to be there. Citing a National Academy of Sciences report that estimated 1 out of every 25 people on death row was innocent, the governor said he was not prepared to go along with such a system.



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Severe turbulence leaves 30 passengers injured on Turkish Airlines flight to New York: ‘I saw blood all over’

Severe turbulence leaves 30 passengers injured on Turkish Airlines flight to New York: ‘I saw blood all over’Severe turbulence left 30 people injured and many passengers fearing for their lives on a flight from Istanbul to New York. Dozens of ambulances were called to New York’s John F Kennedy international airport after those on board the Turkish Airlines flight were tossed around the plane cabin during the unanticipated episode around 45 minutes before landing. Passengers said the turbulence was not announced and some people were not wearing their seatbelts at the time.



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Woman rages after being seated next to ‘big’ passengers on United Airlines plane: ‘I eat salad, okay?’

Woman rages after being seated next to ‘big’ passengers on United Airlines plane: ‘I eat salad, okay?’A woman was reportedly thrown off a flight after raging against “big” passengers she claimed she was wedged between in a middle seat. The outburst was filmed and later shared online by Norma Rodgers, one of the passengers on the receiving end of the woman’s insults, and has since been viewed more than one million times. Footage of the incident shows the passenger complaining about being seated between Ms Rodgers and a man she had been travelling with, named only as Mac.



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‘I Feel Like a Second-Class Citizen.’ Shutdown Pain Continues for Furloughed Government Contractors Who Don’t Get Back Pay

‘I Feel Like a Second-Class Citizen.’ Shutdown Pain Continues for Furloughed Government Contractors Who Don’t Get Back Pay“I feel like a second class citizen now more than ever"



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Trump’s lawyer Giuliani says he listened to ‘all the tapes’, before admitting: ‘I shouldn’t have said tapes’

Trump’s lawyer Giuliani says he listened to ‘all the tapes’, before admitting: ‘I shouldn’t have said tapes’Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani appeared to inadvertently reveal the existence of taped evidence relating to collusion between the president’s campaign and Russia before immediately rowing back on his statement in a car-crash interview. Mr Giuliani has struggled in recent days to help clear up the situation surrounding claims in a BuzzFeed News report Mr Trump instructed his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.



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Miley Cyrus's house burns down in California wildfires: ‘I am one of the lucky ones’

Miley Cyrus's house burns down in California wildfires: ‘I am one of the lucky ones’Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke and Gerard Butler are among those whose homes have been damaged or destroyed as two wildfires sweep through California. The singer said she had been left “devastated” after her Malibu home was destroyed in the blaze as California battles one of the most destructive fire’s on state record. My animals and LOVE OF MY LIFE made it out safely & that’s all that matters right now,” Cyrus wrote on Twitter.



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Rudy Giuliani To CNN’s Chris Cuomo: ‘I Don’t Trust Anything I Read Anymore’

Rudy Giuliani To CNN’s Chris Cuomo: ‘I Don’t Trust Anything I Read Anymore’Rudy Giuliani burst into laughter on Wednesday night after he was asked by



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Missouri Teen Killed On Birthday Just An Hour After ‘I Made It To 17’ Facebook Post

Missouri Teen Killed On Birthday Just An Hour After ‘I Made It To 17’ Facebook PostA Missouri teenager was senselessly killed after posting to Facebook about how



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