11 episodes

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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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.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
195 Ratings

195 Ratings

CathRusch ,

Chapter 8

Chapter 8 was really disappointing. The sacrificial nature of parenthood is so important - at all ages of a child’s development. It’s not being a martyr. It’s sacrificial. We, as parents, sacrifice ourself - our needs and wants to love our children. The Hearts seemed not to do this. Bottom line they killed their children. The podcast was disturbing in the excuses it made about these two women. I hope those poor children Rest In Peace and so do their biological relatives find some peace too.

C Trott ,

Disappointing

I saved this podcast for a while because I had a feeling it would fill me with irritation. And it did. The hoops that they go through to blame the adoption system and CPS for Jen harts actions are insane. Who would they blame if they were her biological children?? She and her equally culpable wife were able to murder those poor children because of white privilege and systemic racism. Their lil friend zippy (who for sure sounds like she was having an affair with Jen or at the very least in love with her) really refused to reconcile the abuse those babies suffered at the hands of her disgusting friends. Not only did the hosts bend over backwards trying to be empathetic to a horrific abuser and murderer, but so did many people they chose to interview. They danced around the issues, blamed political correctness and as usual when a white person does something heinous, blamed her mental health. I’m so disappointed. Those kids (who I refuse to call harts because they deserve better than the name of their killer) did not deserve any of what happened to them. The hosts really think they were doing something by naming the kids repeatedly. This podcast failed them.

Hugomoss ,

Fascinating...

Fascinating content, well presented. Glad I listened. But I feel the Hart women were tip toed around somewhat. If they’d be family-annihilating-men I’d have assumed the tone would have been more judgey.

They got away with what they did because they were white, middle class, females. The presenters talk about this at length. Yet at the same time it feels like that also gave them a pass in this pod too. Also Sarah seemed to get off much more lightly than Jen. How come?? She was equally responsible for what went on in the house, even if she was there less.

These women murderer 6 innocent lives. They are child murderers X6. It’s a complicated picture but that’s the crux of it.

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