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Markis, Hannah, Devonte, Abigail, Jeremiah, and Sierra Hart—six beautiful black children, ranging in age from 12 to 19—were all adopted by Sarah and Jennifer Hart, both white. On Jen’s Facebook page, it looked as if they were the perfect blended family, even earning the nickname “Hart Tribe” from friends. Then, on March 26, 2018, the family’s GMC Yukon was found belly-up on the rocks below California’s Highway 1. The news of the murder-suicide shocked their friends and made national headlines, leaving many wondering what possibly led to the fatal crash. Could these lives have been saved? Broken Harts, a new podcast from Glamour and HowStuffWorks, investigates this question with more than 30 never-before-heard interviews. Cohosts and Glamour editors Justine Harman and Elisabeth Egan and reporter Lauren Smiley follow the family’s journey from South Dakota through Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington, and finally to that 100-foot cliff in California.
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Broken Harts Trailer

Broken Harts Trailer

2018-11-1903:5152

Two white moms. Six adopted black kids. One car found upside down at the bottom of a cliff. What went wrong?  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
"Fear"

"Fear"

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In March 2018, two white moms and their six black kids drive off a California cliff. What are they running from?  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
"If Not Us, Who?"

"If Not Us, Who?"

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Jennifer and Sarah Hart adopt two sets of siblings in three years. Chaos ensues—with an undercurrent of something else. Something sinister. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
"The Perfect People"

"The Perfect People"

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Welcome to the fantastical world of the Harts. What's real? What's imaginary? And how does a private family end up in so many incredibly public moments? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Harts' neighbors don't know what's going on with the family on the other side of the driveway. Until one day, Devonte Hart starts begging for food. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
"Owies"

"Owies"

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The trouble starts when a teacher notices a bruise on Hannah Hart's arm. It follows Jen and Sarah Hart across three states, to the blue house in Woodland, Washington, where they're supposed to get a fresh start. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
"Beautiful Black Boys"

"Beautiful Black Boys"

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The Hart kids are "crack babies."  Developmentally-delayed. The victims of racist attacks. There are so many family stories, but each one has the same theme: Jen and Sarah are saviors.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
"Stone-Cold Narcissist"

"Stone-Cold Narcissist"

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Jen is in the one in driver's seat, both literally and figuratively. But what makes her tick? And what was the state of Jen and Sarah’s relationship? Meet the people who try to answer these questions—and many more—after the crash. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
"There Were Good Times"

"There Were Good Times"

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We visit the edge of the cliff six months later. Here's what we know—and what we don't. How do we reconcile the good with the bad? And where do we go from here? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
A full year after the crash, Mendocino County performs an inquest into the incident.  The testimony, which takes place over the course of two days, reveals shocking new details and concludes with a heartbreaking conviction.  Now what? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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Comments (124)

Miriam DeWitt

Telling people her kids were developmentally delayed and not feeding them, using their race like it was a negative condition, all in order to get attention reminds me of people with Munchausen by proxy.

Jun 16th
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Katie Kofoed

Those sweet giggles 😭😭

Jun 12th
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Sly

ah I wish the music was at least quieter.. some of us have issues with auditory processing

Jun 3rd
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jonnamaestro

Stop with the fucking ads please, this is tooooo much god damn

Feb 3rd
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Joyce Erickson

Loved this podcast. The ability to talk about it all and not just that these women did the most horrendous thing. It would have been easy to just talk about them as villains and nothing else. But the system is so faulty (which I hate as a Foster Care Licensor and an adoptive mom of 4, 2 of color), race played a part, and society as a whole failed those kids.

Dec 20th
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whiteinkpen

I just really wish they would a stop featuring other completely unrelated podcasts. The notifications feel like a lie. I guess this podcast is over?

Oct 16th
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bingo

Loved this podcast, Wondery is phenomenal!

Jul 23rd
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Ishmael

This just goes to show you that evil is objective to sexual orientation, education, and social status.

Jun 24th
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Erin Palmer

still don't think you understand the term antihero 🤦‍♀️

Apr 30th
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Chris Knerl DeHaan

So very sad. This was an excellent podcast....thank you for your research and excellent telling of such a tragic happening. I hope and pray those children did not know the ending, that somehow they ingested the meds unknowing what was to come.

Apr 18th
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Melissa Knox

Completely heartbreaking, this story is so sad. I wish the episodes were a little longer but great nonetheless.

Apr 14th
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Johane Mc Duff

I don't believe for one second that mental illness was a factor in these murders. They were about to get busted for neglecting and abusing these children and their whole facade was on the verge of crumbling. Everyone would find out about their secret and their ego couldn't accept that so one (or both) of them opted for the classic murder/suicide scenario. Narcissism is a personnality disorder, not a mental illness.

Apr 6th
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A Parker

glad I came across this

Apr 3rd
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Scott Zeller

I'm glad you addressed the failure of the adoption process. That's where I see the biggest failure. Racist and gender issues aside, how the f do you allow a couple to adopt 6 kids on one salary? No wonder the kids were always hungry.

Apr 1st
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Carol S

This story was so so very sad, it's the children. My energy and prayers are for them including the first child they had and how sad her story was too but in hindsight she got away. At the end of the last video as I reflected on every episode thoughts pulled me more to Jen who probably had intentionally planned this on her own. To me Sara loved her very much and took the punishment to save Jen. Sara was the one working and taking double shifts to support the family. I don't know everything but somehow it bothers me to assume it was both of them. Yes Sara might have known most of the things going on but was away from the home more. Yes they were married, but I think they should have had a episode apart from one another. I can only imagine that Sara didn't know that they all were going to die. Sara loved Jen and maybe just wanted to protect her. I'm not saying if things were different Sara still should be charged with the crime of knowing about the abuse and let it continue but to me Jen should be the one to be charged with 7 counts of murder. Even though they were married they were still individuals.

Mar 19th
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Kristin Benishek

This podcast is annoying. It's a very sad, horrific story that could have been told so much better. Time lines and details are confusing. The narrators try to hard to be dramatic, but only come off so monotone. And stop comparing your life/loved ones to this family!!

Mar 6th
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Luther McDonald

ohhhhh this makes me so mad

Feb 28th
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Emmy Dorchak

they were both what???

Feb 28th
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Liz Fisher Sobocinski

can't wait to hear the coroner inquest. what could be more rattling than this!?

Feb 27th
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BOO DADDY

Curious if there's any facet of life that a libtard doesn't see racism in. How does skin color matter to them to this degree? Can they not see past the skin to see the potential, the humanity, the ambition? The equation of color to division is catastrophic, and it's entirely on them.

Feb 19th
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