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Nearly four months after the arrest of David and Louise Turpin, the California parents accused of imprisoning and torturing their 13 children, Louise Turpin’s sister has released a book allegedly revealing dark secrets about her family’s past and making disturbing claims about her sister’s habits and home life.

In the book, Sisters of Secrets, Elizabeth Flores claimed that she, Louise Turpin, and others in their extended family had been repeatedly sexually abused by a relative, and that as an adult Louise Turpin practiced witchcraft, was obsessed with snakes, was addicted to gambling and struggled with alcohol abuse.

Louise Turpin’s attorney Jeff Moore declined to comment stating he hadn’t yet received a copy of the book. The Riverside County District Attorney’s spokesman John Hall also declined to comment, saying the DA’s office will not be discussing the book or the ongoing investigation in this case.


Flores is marketing the book, titled “Sisters of Secrets: The story of sisters leading up to the Turpin case arrest,” as a window into the mind of Louise Turpin and was featured on the daytime talk program The Dr. Oz Show Tuesday–before a segment about apple cider vinegar cleanses–to promote the work. The book was published by Creative Life Publishing, which has put out a variety of self-help books, including others written by Flores.

A correspondent from the Dr. Oz show traveled to Princeton, W. Va., where David and Louise Turpin, and all her siblings, grew up. Flores met up with the correspondent and showed her around their hometown, including the elementary school, where she said they were bullied, and the house where they grew up. Flores shared memories of her and Louise Turpin covering their ears when their parents fought.

Prior to the hundreds of breaking news stories on television, radio and social media pages, Flores said she was not aware of any abuse at the hands of her sister and David. She said her contact with them was solely over the phone and she was never allowed at their house.

“She was drinking, smoking, partying, going to bars, practicing witchcraft, gambling, handling and eating rattlesnakes, dressing and acting vulgar on Myspace, into sex practices, and it goes on and on. I was really concerned for her,” Flores wrote.

“To this day, I am thankful for Louise because I don’t know how I would have gotten through that time in my life,” Flores wrote. “She bought me a place to live and paid my bills, even my cell phone bill every month. She helped me fight in court to get my kids back, which I successfully did. She came every weekend and took me grocery shopping.”

During this time, both women were living in Texas, but Flores was never invited to the Turpins’ home. Flores said she and Louise Turpin had long talks and her sister shared things that “worried me that she was getting involved in, but it was never even on my radar for child endangerment issues.”

Flores dedicated the book to her 13 nieces and nephews. In the dedication, she said when the news broke about her sister’s arrest, she knew it “wasn’t coincidental and this book was for (her) precious nieces and nephews.” Flores told The Desert Sun it is her dream to be in contact with the Turpin children, but she said right now they are locked down and not having contact with anyone.

Desert Sun reporter Nicole Hayden covers the cities of La Quinta, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert. She can be reached at Nicole.Hayden@desertsun.com or (760) 778-4623. Follow her on Twitter @nicoleandpig. Corinne Kennedy covers the west valley for The Desert Sun. She can be reached at Corinne.Kennedy@DesertSun.com or on Twitter @CorinneSKennedy