I am sitting here, sobbing through my lunch over a little elementary school girl I didn’t know. She was one of the 13 Turpin kids who grew up in an environment full of squalor, forced to pee and defecate in her clothes, used the foil from a Hershey’s bar to make a pony tail holder only to be bullied about it in school and forced to throw it away by the teacher. They say she wore the same little purple outfit every single day, literally smelled like poop, and was friendless. Nobody dared to be seen talking to or playing with her. And yet, she was kind and whimsical.
Nobody knew she was bussed back to a home where there would be no dinner – she had her one meal at school – there would be no bubble bath, no bedtime story, no tucking in. Instead, there were shackles and hunger and suffering. As she rode on the bus, already feeling hungry, she may have wondered if this was going to be a night when her parents dangled food in front of her, just beyond her reach, then pulled it away at the last second and laughed as she reached for it. Of course, they’d eat whatever it was in front of her. At least the next day was a school day when she could eat lunch and maybe even have a cookie in class.
Diane and Louise Turpin were sentenced today in California for 25 years to life in prison. At least two of the older kids were able to speak at the sentencing hearing. The daughter, who I hope to God is the little girl in purple, was trembling in court as she said, “Now I’m taking my life back. I’m a fighter. I’m strong and I’m shooting through life like a rocket. I’m in college now and living independently. 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.” No thanks to these lost people you can’t really call parents on the left.
May the Turpin kids thrive and live joyous lives despite Diane and Louise Turpin who never deserved them in the first place. Like the judge said, children are gifts to parents and to society, and now they will be justly punished for torturing these innocent souls.
You may have already seen this, but there’s a Change.org petition going around to have the photo of Shanann and the girls that Chris has in his cell and take it away from him, the logic being that he shouldn’t be allowed to have this “trophy,” a photo of his murder victims. And somehow, being taxpayers is used, I guess, as a justification to make such a request. Personally, I think this time and effort would be better spent in pairing Chris with a psychologist to understand why an otherwise good guy, devoted to his family, would commit such a savage act. I’m not saying he should be rehabilitated and paroled; I’m saying take the top minds in psychology and criminal behavior and take advantage of Chris’s ability and willingness to talk to learn about what factors turned this otherwise meek and mild man into a raging killer that morning. And I really think the patch he was wearing that elevated his heart rate as if he were working out all the time and caused insomnia was a contributing factor. The purpose is not to make excuses, but to discover, perhaps, if you take a person who has only experienced anger once or twice in his life, is a yes-man, does not express himself, is caught between three very strong women and so-on and then he experiences a couple of the biggest life stressors and has to face the fact that he has betrayed his wife–it should not have resulted in murder, obviously–but the pivotal moment when he put his hands around Shanann’s neck should be explored.
I think it’s easier to write off Chris Watts as an evil narcissist who just wanted a new life and annihilated everybody who got in his way, instead of trying to dig deeper to say, here’s a family man with absolutely no record, no history of violence or crimes, a good husband and father. Yes, he had an affair–and he and Shanann were openly discussing near-future plans to separate–so what about her saying, you’ll never see these kids again made him lose his mind? A study of the events leading up to the murders combined with an in-depth understanding of Chris Watts psychology could glean insight into red flags along the way, that then should be shared. I mean, we all know the red flags of coercive control, that the most dangerous time is when the victimized spouse is trying to leave, for example, and if there are other Chris Watts’s out there, perhaps these insights could prevent another tragedy.
I really hope this is a pre-April Fool’s joke. Why doesn’t this Catholic mother, instead of decrying women who wear leggings, teach her sons to behave respectfully no matter what a women wears? This whole notion that women have to be careful at all times how they move, how they talk, what they wear, how much makeup they use… for fear of stirring the sexual prowess of men because they simply cannot help themselves. This mother of four boys, schools with ridiculous dress codes, and our society has it ass-backwards. Give more credit to men, for God’s sake, and stop this bullshit paradigm where men and boys can’t function unless women are draped under tents.
Maryann White, who identified herself as the Catholic mother of four sons, described the wildly popular stretchy pants as “a problem that only girls can solve” in a letter to the campus paper.
After fleeing North Carolina and being apprehended in Arizona, less than an hour from the Mexico border, Lynn Keel who allegedly murder his wife Diana, appeared at Nash County Court today. The judge said Keel was not eligible for bail, but he is eligible for first-degree murder charges, life imprisonment or the death penalty. Keel will be defended by a court-appointed attorney.
A couple of things — I hope they investigate Keel’s first wife’s death (now, they’re saying she fell down the back stairs) and I hope Keel mans up and pleads guilty to save Diana’s loved ones the emotional turmoil of going through a trial. This appears to be case of a coercively-controlling, abusive man who’s wife became empowered enough to seek a divorce.
If you can relate to Diana’s story and feel stuck, you can visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline, where you can anonymously chat with somebody. Or you can call 800-799-7233 (SAFE) 24/7 and your information will be completely confidential.
Lynn Keel waived his right to extradition proceedings after he was caught fleeing North Carolina after the body of his wife was discovered. While he was held in Arizona, a search warrant produced around 60 guns and several knives, none of which were believed to have been used in the alleged stabbing of his deceased wife, Diana.
Keel will face first-degree murder charges and keep in mind, North Carolina is a death-penalty state.