An Elvis impersonator was in the room the three times a California couple accused of starving and torturing their 13 children renewed their vows at a Las Vegas chapel.
The “kids” that authorities say were found shackled and filthy in the suburban home of David Allen Turpin and Louise Ann Turpin were not in the first video the couple recorded on Oct. 29, 2011, at the Elvis Chapel, where the couple marked their 26th anniversary by promising to “love you tender” and slow dancing as Kent Ripley sang “Can’t Help Falling in Love” in a gold lamé Elvis-style jacket.
But the Turpins brought their brood when they did it again at the chapel on Sept. 2, 2013, for their 28th wedding anniversary, and again on Oct. 31, 2015, for their 30th, videos obtained and confirmed as authentic by NBC News showed.
Each time, the girls wore pink tartan dresses and white tights and the boys wore dark suits with white shirts and red ties. Each time the bride wore a white wedding dress and the groom wore a black tux.
And each time, everybody was beaming as the Turpin family stood together on a stage adorned with fake Greek columns.
“They never appeared to be anything other than a big family that stayed together, traveled together, and did everything together,” Ripley said, speaking in the cadences of “The King.”
“They were quiet, yet nice and well-behaved,” he said of the kids. “They haven’t bossed around. They weren’t yelled at. They smiled a lot.”