Oxygen Media, the destination for high quality crime programming, premieres a new two-hour special, “The Turpin 13: Family Secrets Exposed” on Saturday, April 28 at 6pm ET/PT. Hosted and executive produced by Emmy® and Peabody Award winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, the special will take viewers on a deep dive into the story surrounding the Turpin family and the parents, David and Louise, who have been charged with keeping their children shackled and starved within the four walls of their own Perris, California home. Retracing the family’s past and present, O’Brien will go beyond the shocking headlines to ask how far back the family’s secrets go and how the alleged abuse was kept hidden for so long.
From reported financial woes and abandoned homes to unspoken concern from neighbors, O’Brien uncovers various red flags while looking into the couple’s history. Following their 30-year journey across the country, O’Brien travels to West Virginia where the couple first met, the remote Texas countryside where they once lived, and ultimately to the Turpin’s latest home on a quiet California cul-de-sac where the parents were arrested. Along the way, she speaks with Louise’s sister, Teresa Robinette, her half-brother, Billy Lambert, and some of the Turpin’s neighbors. She also consults with experts in child trauma, and law enforcement from the various counties and states where the Turpins resided. Questions are raised as family members and neighbors address concerns about their relationship and whether David and Louise's abrupt relocations were them running toward their future or running away from a painful family secret.
Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning journalist, speaker, author, and philanthropist. O’Brien’s coverage of race issues won her two Emmy awards and she earned a third for her reporting on the 2012 presidential election. Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina for CNN earned her and the network a George Foster Peabody Award. She also won the Peabody for her coverage of the BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill, and her reporting on the Southeast Asia tsunami garnered CNN an Alfred I. DuPont Award. O’Brien serves as the host and executive producer of Oxygen’s “Mysteries and Scandals.”
“The Turpin 13: Family Secrets Exposed” is produced by ITN Productions with Ian Russell, Michael Welsh, Anne Garofalo Paterno and Soledad O’Brien serving as Executive Producers.
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Oxygen Media is a multiplatform crime destination brand for women. Having announced the full-time shift to true crime programming in 2017, Oxygen remains one of the fastest growing cable entertainment networks with popular unscripted original programming that includes the flagship “Snapped” franchise, “Cold Justice,” “Killer Couples,” “Criminal Confessions,” and breakout hit event series such as “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” “Dahmer on Dahmer: A Killer Speaks” and “Aaron Hernandez Uncovered.” Available in more than 77 million homes, Oxygen is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Oxygen anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs.