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California 'House of horrors' children like 'clones' and were 'forced to march in circles'

California 'House of horrors' children like 'clones' and were 'forced to march in circles'The 13 children from the California 'House of Horrors' were forced to march in circles in the middle of the night, according to a former neighbour. A man named Mike, who used to live across the road from David and Louise Turpin, the couple arrested yesterday for torture, told the New York Post that the family was "like a cult." He said: "They would march back and forth on the second story at night. The light would be on the whole the time, and they would be marching the kids back and forth." Because he worked at a hospital, he often came back home in the early hours of the morning, which is when he says he saw the children engaging in the strange behaviour. Mike, who didn't give his last name, said he saw them being marched through the upstairs rooms between midnight and 3am. 'Clone' children 'spoke robotically and at the same time' David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49,  have been charged with nine counts of torture and 10 of child endangerment after being arrested at their home in Perris, California. It followed a dramatic rescue of thirteen children aged between 2 and 29 who were discovered starving and some chained to items of furniture in the “filthy” and “foul-smelling” house.  Police uncovered the abuse after a 17-year-old girl fled the property through a window, stole a mobile phone and alerted officers to the children’s plight.  She was so emaciated police thought she was only 10. Despite the fact Mike thought the situation was strange, he didn't feel anything serious enough to call the police was going on. He said: "My wife called them clones. They spoke robotically, in a monotone and at the same time." Family appeared 'obsessed with Disney' The family at Disneyland The Turpin family took multiple trips to Disneyland, and posted the evidence on Facebook.  The children were seen in these pictures wearing matching Disney clothing. Reporters on Monday gained access to the family's back garden, where they saw Disney merchandise including pet food bowls (though it is not thought they had any pets) and a Mickey and Minnie Mouse fountain. Two cars parked outside the residence had personalised number plates, one reading DLand and another reading DL4ever.  Although it is thought the first numberplate reads "Disneyland", the other could either mean David and Louise forever or Disneyland Forever. The family also appeared obsessed with Elvis Presley The Turpin couple renewed their vows three times, in the exact same location with the same Elvis impersonator performing their vow renewal ceremony.  David and Louise Turpin renew their wedding vows at an Elvis chapel on their 30th anniversary on October 31, 2015 Credit: Elvis Chapel/YouTube They also wore the exact same outfits, at the Elvis Chapel in Downtown Las Vegas  – Mrs Turpin’s changing hairstyles being the only difference. Kent Ripley, the Elvis impersonator at the chapel, said he was "still disturbed" by the reports of abuse.  "I mean they were sitting right around here three different times," he told Fox5 Vegas, indicating the rows of empty chairs in the chapel.  The Elvis impersonator serenades the couple during the ceremony Credit: Elvis Chapel/YouTube "[The Turpins] seemed to care about each other and care about the kids. They seemed to smile, the kids were smiling they didn't hide behind themselves, they were very quiet." The couple stare into each other's eyes as their children look on Credit: Elvis Chapel/YouTube The family outings appear to have all stopped last July – five months after Mrs Turpin’s mother, Phyllis Robinette, died aged 66 in Princeton, West Virginia. Shortly before she died, Mrs Robinette wrote on Facebook: “Would love to come and see you all.” Louise Turpin's sister: we were not brought up like this Teresa Robinette, the sister of Louise Turpin told NBC News: "I've never felt such a diferent mixture of emotions. Like seriously I'm so heartbroken for my neices and my nephews. I'm so angry, I'm so mad, I'm hurt. "Our life wasn't perfect growing up but she didn't live like that. Neither did David, he was raised in a very wealthy home. "As a matter of fact my dad was a preacher at one point when I was very little – they weren't raised like this. I don't know where it came from. I feel like it's a bad dream."



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Family laughs off epic Photoshop fail that left them looking like cartoon characters as sceptics cry fake

Family laughs off epic Photoshop fail that left them looking like cartoon characters as sceptics cry fakeThere have been any number of PhotoShop controversies over the years, from the almost routine retouching of images of models to photojournalists being caught doctoring their war footage. But this must be the most bizarre – if the pictures are to be believed. "Ok. This is NOT a joke. We paid a photographer, who claimed to be a professional, $ 2-250 for a family photo shoot," writes Pam and Dave Zaring in a Facebook post.  "Please see these FOR REAL photos she delivered to us…." The finished product must have come as something of a shock. Far from beautiful portraits of her family, the photos came out looking like something from a horror show. The photographer said the shadows caused problems on such a sunny day Credit: Facebook Imagine the plain features of a Sims family… only covered over in paper. The Zarings said the photographer had a ready explanation. "She said the shadows were really bad on the beautiful, clear, sunny day and that her professor never taught her to retouch photos," they wrote. At least they could see the funny side to their family being portrayed as cartoonish figures. "I literally have not laughed this hard in YEARS!!!!! You can't make this stuff up," they added with a cheery invitation to share the pictures. The photographer said she had never been taught how to retouch images Credit: Facebook The images have now been shared almost 400,000 times, setting off a viral discussion about whether they are fakes or if they might actually be real. Plenty of people expressed scepticism in the comments section with some suggesting it was some kind of marketing ploy. “This is not real,” wrote one. The couple insisted it was true and that they had a long battle to see the finished product. “This is not a joke. This is legitimately the final product I received in the mail yesterday," they wrote. "I passed my furious mark months ago when she wouldn’t send us anything. I was fully prepared to be scammed, money gone, and no final product!" The family's local newspaper, The St Louis Post-Dispatch, said it contacted the photographer involved who declined to discuss the images. The buzz even inspired one photography expert to offer an online tutorial in retouching to get the same effect.  



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Photoshop Fail: Family Shocked as Professional Pictures Make Them Look Like Cartoons

Photoshop Fail: Family Shocked as Professional Pictures Make Them Look Like CartoonsThe shock eventually turned to laughter when the Zaring family took a look at the results of their photo shoot.



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Chinese 'rainbow dinosaur' had iridescent feathers like hummingbirds

Chinese 'rainbow dinosaur' had iridescent feathers like hummingbirdsScientists on Monday announced the discovery of a crow-sized, bird-like dinosaur with colorful feathers from northeastern China that lived 161 million years ago during the Jurassic Period. Microscopic structures in the exquisitely preserved, nearly complete fossil unearthed in Hebei Province indicated that it boasted iridescent feathers, particularly on its head, neck and chest, with colors that shimmered and shifted in the light, like those of hummingbirds. The discovery “suggests a more colorful Jurassic World than we previously imagined,” said evolutionary biologist Chad Eliason of the Field Museum in Chicago, one of the researchers in the study published in the journal Nature Communications.



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Olympic Figure Skater Adam Rippon: 'My Mom Would Kick My A**' If I Talked Like Trump

Olympic Figure Skater Adam Rippon: 'My Mom Would Kick My A**' If I Talked Like TrumpAdam Rippon may be headed to the Olympics, but there’s one aspect of the gig he won’t be participating in.



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Mom on son's hazing death: Feels like 'cat clawing at heart'

Mom on son's hazing death: Feels like 'cat clawing at heart'There are times when Mary Deng thinks her only child is still alive, that he's going to come home, that he didn't die more than four years ago in a brutal fraternity hazing ritual. 



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Trump Promised A Tax Cut Aimed At The Middle Class. Looks Like He Missed — Badly.

Trump Promised A Tax Cut Aimed At The Middle Class. Looks Like He Missed -- Badly.WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump promised as he ran for president that the middle class would get a “massive” tax cut of 35 percent.



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Former Intelligence Chief James Clapper: Putin Is Handling Trump Like A Russian 'Asset'

Former Intelligence Chief James Clapper: Putin Is Handling Trump Like A Russian 'Asset'Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper: Vladimir Putin "knows how to handle an asset and that's what he's doing with the President" t.co/1bOnWU9hVI—

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What School Safety Looks Like 5 Years After Sandy Hook

What School Safety Looks Like 5 Years After Sandy HookOn the morning of Nov. 14, staff members at Rancho Tehama Elementary School in Corning, California, heard the sound of a single gunshot in the vicinity of the campus.



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Here’s what scientists say a nuclear attack would look like

Here’s what scientists say a nuclear attack would look likeNBC News’ Miguel Almaguer reports from Los Angeles, where America’s first responders are preparing for nuclear emergency in case of attack.



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