California ‘house of horrors’ has $350,000 price tag
The family home where a California couple are alleged to have imprisoned and tortured 12 of their children has been put up for auction – with the seller making no mention of its notorious past.
Prosecutors claim 160 Muir Woods Road in Perris – east of LA and dubbed a “house of horrors” by the local media – witnessed years of abuse by David and Louise Turpin.
They deny a total of 88 charges including child abuse and remain in custody pending trial.
A court has heard how the pair were arrested in January following a 911 call made by their 17-year-old daughter asking the operator to “help my sisters”, claiming three siblings were currently chained to their beds.
Prosecutors further allege that the children – eight of whom are now adults – suffered mental and physical damage because of squalid conditions, restraint and a lack of access to proper food.
Under California law the property, which was placed on the market by an undisclosed vendor, can be sold without such details being disclosed to a prospective buyer because no murder took place.
However, local property experts told The Press-Enterprise it was rare for such a high-profile case to be kept from bidders.
Auction site Hudson & Marshall said it has requested the details from the seller and would add them when available.
However, the clock is ticking as bids have already topped $200,000 (£157,000) for the four-bedroom home.
A reserve price – one which a potential bidder must meet – has been placed on the property but was not revealed.
Valuations have topped $350,000 (£275,000), according to the website and bids are being invited in the run-up to a deadline of 2 January.
The house is said to be in good condition.