20/20 November 19 2021: Turpin Family ‘Escape from a House of Horror’ on ABC


On Friday November 19 2021 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and 8 p.m. CT, ABC broadcasts a new episode of 20/20 in which Diane Sawyer reports on a “house of horror” where 13 children were held captive by their parents. The episode features exclusive interviews with the children of the Turpin family.

Scroll down below to watch videos and read a preview of tonight’s episode of 20/20 titled “Escape from a House of Horror”.


Episode Videos: Escape from a House of Horror

How Turpin sisters say they found courage to escape family’s life of horrific abuse – “If something happened to me, at least I died trying.” Jordan Turpin said “coming so close to death so many times” helped her find the courage to crawl through a window and drop to the outside, a place she had only been a few times her entire life.

Two Turpin sibling reveal experiencing freedom after life in captivity. Two of the Turpin children are revealing what it was like to experience freedom after a life in captivity at the hands of their parents. Jordan and Jennifer Turpin are the first of the 13 siblings to share their stories, in an exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer.

Jennifer and Jordan Turpin describe, in an exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer, when they realized for the first time that their imprisonment by their parents was over.

Diane Sawyer brings us an incredible story of hope and survival as Jennifer Turpin speaks out for the first time about how she and her 12 siblings survived years of abuse.

It’s a survival story like you’ve never heard. Watch the Diane Sawyer special event “Escape from a House of Horror”.


Episode Summary: Escape from a House of Horror

ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer has exclusive interviews with children from the Turpin family, who authorities found captive inside their California home under harrowing conditions – starvation, in chains, brutal violence – after one escaped and called 911. In the two-hour primetime event, viewers will hear from the daughter who made the emergency call that led to their rescue and her sister who previously attempted an escape — the first interviews from any of the 13 Turpin children. The program includes never-before-seen police body camera tape, as well as footage and photos from the children’s lives inside their parents’ house — characterized by authorities as a house of horror — and from the day one child made a run for it. It also features exclusive interviews with Riverside District Attorney Mike Hestrin, as well as the lead investigator on the case and other officials. The program includes an ABC News investigation, led by correspondent David Scott, into what’s happened to the children since the rescue. “Escape from a House of Horror – A Diane Sawyer Special Event” airs on “20/20” on Friday, Nov. 19 (9:01-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC.




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