The horrifying true story of the Hart family’s murder-suicide: abuse, lies and unspeakable tragedy

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Jen and Sarah Hart seemed to have it all, which is exactly what Jen wanted her Facebook followers to believe.

The young couple’s journey into motherhood has been documented for friends and family to follow and flutter since they adopted their first set of siblings in 2006.

Then, on March 26, 2018, German tourists found the family’s 2003 GMX Yukon XL after it flipped over and fell off a cliff on Northern California’s 101 Highway, carrying Jen and Sarah, both 38, and three of their six adopted black children found dead on the spot. The shocking accident made national news.

But then the unusual details came to the fore, such as the fact that Jen, who had been driving, had alcohol in her system, while Sarah and two of the children appeared to have ingested Benadryl. No one appeared to have been wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. And the speedometer read 90 miles per hour. Had Jen not tried to brake at all? Or did she purposely drive the SUV off the cliff?

“I’m at the point where I no longer call this an accident,” Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said shortly after the tragic event on HLN’s Crime & Justice. “I call it a crime.”

That crime and the unspeakable tragedy of the Hart family was reexamined in the 2020 documentary, A Thread of Deceit: The Hart Family Tragedy.

The documentary’s producer, Rachel Morgan, was not the first person to investigate the Hart family’s murder-suicide. incident.

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