Parents charged with torture after 13 siblings rescued from California house of horrors

The parents of 13 siblings that range in age from two to 29 have been charged with torture after their children were rescued by police from a house in California where some of them had been chained to beds.

The horrific case came to light when a 17-year-old girl escaped the house in Perris, east of Los Angeles, using a cell phone she'd found to call police.

"Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that seven of them were actually adults," the Riverside County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

"The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty."

After the young girl's escape on Sunday (local time) the children's parents, David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were both arrested and charged with nine counts of torture and 10 counts of child endangerment.

The couple have been held on bail of $US9 million.

Police say six of the children are minors and the other seven are 18 and over.

When quizzed by police the children said they were starving. No motive has yet been established for why the children were held hostage.

David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49.
David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49. Source: Riverside County Sheriff's Department

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Ninety-seven people in PNG found guilty of multiple sorcery-related murders

Ninety-seven people in Papua New Guinea have been found guilty of multiple sorcery-related murders.

The group went on a rampage in 2014, killing seven people, including a three-year-old boy who was pulled from his mother and chopped up, as well as a five-year-old.

The Crown alleged the group walked for at least 10km in the province of Madang with the intention of seeking out and killing sorcerers who lived in a small village.

All 97 will reappear at the Madang National Court at a later date for a sentence hearing.

Before the law was repealed in 2013, suspicion of sorcery was allowed to be used as a defence in murder trials.

However the law was abolished after a series of gruesome witch killings.

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Watch: 'It was murder' - US man's chilling confession to brutal cold case stabbing 25 years on

The brutal and callous 1993 murder of a US teenager has this week been solved after the perpetrator handed himself in, citing the "nightmare" guilt he has lived with for 25 years.

Californian man Brian Keith Hawkins, 44, handed himself in to the Shasta County Sheriff’s office for the stabbing of 19-year-old Frankie Wesley McAlister in Northern California's Shingletown in 1993.

The murder had remained unsolved ever since, but Hawkins revealed he and two accomplices, siblings Shanna Culver, 46, and Curtis Culver, 45 were responsible for the stabbing.

But before Hawkins handed himself in he spoke to local TV station KRCR, revealing the torture he had lived under for the past 25 years.

"Horrible, horrible, horrible, absolute horror, absolutely horrible since that day," Hawkins told the station.

"Every minute of every day has been a nightmare.

"It's kind of weird, Frank never got to have a life, but we were teenagers and now I'm 44 and still haven't even had a life and now most likely won't anyway.

"I know the wrong can’t be changed but this is the closest I can come to doing the right thing."

Hawkins was arrested following his confession at the Shasta County Sheriff’s office, and his accomplices apprehended the following day.

KRCR reporter Courtney Krieder said Hawkins simply walked into the station and said he wanted to confess to McAlister's murder.

"He refused to answer any questions about the case itself but said he wanted people to know that he had found God, and that is what led him to finally do the right thing and confess," Krieder said.

"He was visibly emotional and asked for a soda and a 'smoke' before going on camera."

Redding Police, now investigating the case, say the believe the motive McAlister's murder was the robbery of money he had recently got from a settlement.

Investigators said the trio met McAlister under the guise of selling him methamphetamine in Shingletown, but proceeded to rob and stab him to death.

CNN reported McAlister's 81-year-old grandmother said the arrests brought her some relief.