On March 26, 2018, a tourist discovered an SUV at the bottom of a 100-foot cliff in Mendocino County, California, belonging to the Hart family of Woodland.
Jennifer and Sarah Hart (found inside the car) and three of their six adopted children (found washed ashore) were pronounced dead at the scene. Two weeks later, the body of another one of their children was found and the others are believed to be dead as well.
California Highway Patrol said preliminary toxicology reports showed Jennifer Hart, the driver of the vehicle, had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit and reported the crash was likely intentional due to software data from the SUV. It indicated the vehicle came to rest about 70 feet from the edge of a scenic turnout before accelerating straight off the cliff. This information led Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman to deem this case a crime and not an accident.
The tragic death a family that, at least on social media, seemed to have a happy life, quickly attracted national attention. Now, eight months later, a new podcast titled "Broken Harts," is revisiting the case. The podcast is a co-production from HowStuffWorks.com and Glamour magazine.
“Broken Harts” explores the history behind a seemingly perfect family through interviews with friends, co-workers, and neighbors, and provides an exclusive evaluation of evidence, such as a chilling phone call made to the Woodland Police Department that led to the opening of a case by Washington State Department of Social and Health Services days before the crash.
New episodes air each Tuesday with episode 1 available now on Google, Apple, Spotify and Soundcloud.