"My God, There's Six of Them"
Killers. Don't make any effort to involve media or best Gators. They're very secretive. They don't wanna tension. They almost want their crimes to go on notice. But the idea of committing a crime, and then calling the police and bragging about it. That's a whole 'nother level of terror. A man who wore a mediaeval style executioner's hood who has police and baffled the media. He seems to crave publicity. He's sent letters and Ramsden newspapers. And the belief subject stated, I want to report a murder. No, a double murder. I did it. Here. We are fifty years to the first sodium killing in today's world of friends IX, the old cases are being solved who doesn't wanna know how it turns out from the creators of Atlanta monster come season two. This is monster the zodiac killer. Listen and subscribe at apple podcasts or on the iheartradio app. We've talked about how Jenin Sarah Hart met each other. And how they quickly adopted six kids we've talked about how Jen curated an identity for the family on social media and at music festivals. And we've talked about how the hearts lived. Now, we're going to talk about how they died. This is hard stuff, obviously. And we've spent a lot of time thinking about it. What happened in the week leading up to the hearts five hundred sixty one mile trip from Washington to California. And when Jen arrived at the edge of the cliff what made her keep her foot on the gas. From glamour and how stuff works. This is broken hearts. I'm Liz Egan. And I'm Justin Harman. We're going to check back in with Bruce and Bana DeKalb who were the hearts neighbors in woodland Washington. You'll remember they're the ones who were woken up in the middle of the night by Hannah Hart. Shortly after the hand in they bought blinds and never ever opened never clues for four. So. You couldn't see in the house. You couldn't see in their car. They go from the house to the car and from the car to the house, literally single file, and it was like kind of at a fast clip almost like running. Jennifer would get out and opened the doors then they would get out and single file to the us. I was hoping to see Hannah again as I was hoping to get it to her that you're always welcome Michael no matter what Phil free to come here or have her give me a signal. You know that she health. I wanted to let any of the kids know, the, you know, they need how just gimme the not because I just never felt comfortable about what I was observing. That's Dana who still teared up when talking about the hearts, nearly two months after they died, even though the sheriff's deputy had told day-night wasn't illegal to not let kids play outside. She still had a bad gut feeling about the family. In fact, she vowed to keep watch on the comings and goings of their cars on anything. She could decipher from the house with the blinds drawn tightly shut. She made sure to take notes of each new. Visit devante would make to their house for months. Dana had only gotten tiny tidbits. Devante clipped, greetings when she tried to intersect him in the driveway on garbage runs. But now finally little by little devante was opening up. We have to take our garbage cans to street, and it's a long ways in. So I would watch for the kids has I wanted to try to have a conversation with many of them, you know, but I could never get him to talk to me. And I never saw Hannah one time devante, and I waited for him caught up with him and I talked to him, but he wouldn't answer me. Riley. We went to split. I said, well, you know, the day because yes, ma'am, that is all off from the hallway of the driveway. He got back into the house. And if I saw Jennifer scolding, she went inside and left him standing out rate. And my first reaction. My God was he just aren't trouble for talking to me. And then from that day on we never saw take the garbage. They did it in the night. I thought okay, obviously, there's something going on that they've been instructed not speak with us. That day forward divine team. He was the only kid at the six that was ever outside doing work. He was raking leaves or calling things one day. I sat watched he carried ten bags of soil from the front of the bar. And I kept thinking my God, there's sex of even the Hannity two tiny. There's three boys in Marcus was way bigger on tape. And so it blew my mind. And I watched that thinking eventually I'm gonna see that. It only devante when you told me that the kids chose to live out in the country wanted become so sufficient, then I would expect to see kids out in the yard planting or enjoying the property e-e-e-e-no. If you wanna live like this you enjoy it. And so it wasn't adding up. Gutting staint still at yarn. You talked about it for I was obsessed with she was obsessed with it. I watched their comings and goings a new win Sarah had a day off. Stopped to sensually because I just couldn't let it go. Aside from the few brief conversations in the driveway. The dekalb's felt the hearts were avoiding them. But that changed on Thursday, March fifteenth two thousand eighteen when devante approached Bruce who was working on his truck and asked for tortillas. It was a simple request like asking for a Cup of sugar or a stick of butter and Bruce was happy to help that same day over on Facebook. Jen was celebrating the ninth anniversary of devante Sierra and Jeremiah's official adoption date. She posted six black and white pictures of the kids grinning and wearing cute hats. We won't read the whole status update. It's a long one too. But the lions are about to hear pretty poignant considering what was about to happen. And considering that devante might have been asking Bruce for food at the very moment. Jen type these words I am a better human in every possible way for knowing these children. They have been my greatest teachers, contrary to the common notion that we can't choose our family. We absolutely can we choose by loving and that's worth celebrating every damn day. Dana Bruce weren't friends with Jen on Facebook. In fact, they had no idea she was active on social media until after she died on Friday, March sixteenth two thousand eighteen around nine AM the answer to knock on their door. There was devante again asking for bread this time. Dana was the one who gave him the food shouldn't have bread. So she gave him tortillas instead the first night. I didn't think anything when he came back. I was like that's weird. Okay. He would kind of watch down the road watch down the road, you know, but he was the only here this long as he needed to be or. Never came in the rain. No, go never came. When not step what I'd say to me in any. It's raining, and he'd be like he was always really a hurt. But then when he came back Friday night, it's like, wait a minute. I just give you thirty tortillas. Specifically, I gotta take stock and just, you know, size him a-. A. He was always dressed in baggy or close rubber boots and longer. Sleaze. You know, I mean in March when start coming over here, it's still wet and cold his shoulders super small in comparison to his head. I am little shoulders Hughes. Smaller? He was really thin arms roads because my wrist dollar you five four with he taller than you. Around. My height was fall. The next day around five PM devante was back. He wanted more food, Bruce and Dana tried to get him to stay and talk. Dana was determined to collect information. She could share when she called child protective services again. Remember, the first time she spoke to them after her dad reported the hearts, she was told. There was nothing they could do to help. That's when it was like, okay. We gotta get details. So every time he came over. I would ask him a little more in a little more. You know, I it was just about playing outside, you know, where you are allowed to play outside at your other house than it was what about school? Meanwhile, Jen continued to post about devante on Facebook. He was one of her favourite subjects we know that already four days after his first visit to the dekalb's. She shared a picture where you can only see his eyes Brown smiling. The bottom of his face is obscured by tray full of dirt and seedlings the post rates we currently have six hundred flowers slash vegetables growing in the living room before their move to the little greenhouse. She goes on to say that the kids are quote reading their environmental biology books out loud to each other. And to the plants. It sounds like a cozy scene. Serial killers. Don't make any effort to involve that we do or best caters. They're very secretive. They don't want to tension. They almost want their crimes to go on notice. But the idea of committing a crime, and then calling the police and bragging about it. That's a whole 'nother level of terror. Dear editor, this is only speaking if you do not printed cipher by the afternoon of Friday first of August. I will go on to kill rampage Friday night L cruise around all weekend killing people in the night and move on to kill again. The best part of it is that when I die reborn in paradise. And all that I have killed. We'll become my slates. The creators of Atlanta monster come season two. This is monster zodiac killer. Listen and subscribe at apple podcasts or on the iheartradio app. On Tuesday March twentieth. Devante returned to the dekalb's house twice. Although he's still wouldn't come inside. He was at least more forthcoming than he'd been on previous visits. As to how he was able to stick over here. He told me they are very observant. Now, I've learned that Jennifer was Damer a video gamer on computers. And so he came over when she was probably gaming or he would come over late at night when they were probably asleep. Sarah was never home. I don't think when he made his trips over her job. She was either gone to work or it was late enough. That would probably be in bed. This made sense while Sarah was working long hours. Kohl's Jen was running a guild of video game enthusiasts sometimes dominated group chats to the point where one dubbed her a stone cold narcissist. So it seems like there wasn't a whole lot of supervision happening in the heart house and the family life. Devante described to the dekalb's bore little resemblance to the Rosie utopia. Jan described to her fans. Withholding food as punished he would save over teenagers we act out. And so we get punished in in that way. And Dana said, there's nothing you could ever do that would warrant someone taking food away from you. I don't care what it is. Degree. He he did say were teenagers alad trying to claim there was some sort of caused. Yeah. Or maybe they thought that there was a 'cause you know, trying to make it like it was normal somewhat. But obviously it wasn't just to recap. Devante showed up at the dekalb's on March. Fifteenth sixteenth seventeenth twentieth. And twenty first he showed up for the last time on March twenty second started asking for cured me and fixtures. Peanut butter six packages are tortillas in apples in the. He goes and donuts, and he kinda looked and I said, no, no junk food, all you know, you say specifically cured meats, and he told his non perishables even non perishables can't have anything that's Rosen or frigerator. It was like is he gonna run away. They're like a moment that you felt the hitch change of dislike I'm not gonna be guarded about this anymore. I'm just telling you being of us. Yeah. That was on Wednesday. When he first started telling as a little more about abuse in than asking us. Please. Don't call the cops told us that everything has told you was true. The things by mom told you just to make you happy. And it was just like, oh, God, I totally bought into it. And I was just like. Just kill me. I said, okay. So why did she run away that night? 'cause my mom was abusing. It's just like. Too much. Head started out just as you know meal here or there, but now as long periods of time, and then he said serious do not go along with it. But she is now. You know, I just felt like okay now, I haven't off to give somebody's attention. On March twenty second two thousand eighteen Jen made her final Facebook post. It was a thirty second video of a pair of ducklings one yellow one black. We see the duck splashing together in a bowl of water cuddling in someone's arms. Someone who is white and wearing a gray sweatshirt, then the ducks are balancing on the back of a rabbit and a cat and finally climbing over a bowl filled with geodesy starfish and shells in the background. We see a woman with long Brown hair, wearing a blazer and a t-shirt probably Sarah on her way to work. It's a peaceful domestic scene and the last frame says happy spring in Jonty fund, the caption cuteness overload alert, these spring equinoxes babies have waddled right into our hearts so much joy in new life. One hundred forty two likes. Eighty five comments many of which were posted after the hearts died. On Friday morning of March twenty third Dana DeKalb culture protective services to report all of the information. She had collected about Jenin, Sarah Hart officials showed up within a couple of hours. But by then Dana thought every second counted CPS had been contacted in gone out to see them. When I'm here. But I can't find you the I'm up across the street is a Bank of mailboxes been. Okay. We'll turn around now wash for you. And then I'll tell you turn now. So I'm literally standing you're watching for her to go by and I see Jennifer down the ill. Thinking. Maybe the kids were home alone. CPS could've been here by now. So I watch Jim for coming up the driveway and I'm like low their whole. So I totally when you come to drive out of the right? She came to my house. So she pulled up I might know given signal go back I just motion 'cause I didn't wanna yell fixed door to door as I got out the right way. And so she got back in her car went store. She wasn't there. Very long. I watched relief. Now, the cave of this. But. Even if you do answer the door, you can say, I'm sorry. You're gonna have to come back. Another time. What were your feelings? We knew actually made the call reported. I was nervous. You know? I was glad I did it because I got the Bill and it had to happen. I mean, it had to happen where you were that they get abused or him. I was that was my biggest fair. But what actually happened was worse? You know, people say necessity is the mother of invention. But that's not always true. Sometimes the mother of invention is advertising. Yeah. Or pure accident. How about ego maniacal delusion? Absolutely. Or just a desperate longing. To be cool. I'm Robert lamb, and I'm Joe McCormick. We're the host of the science podcasts stuff to blow your mind. And now we're branching off into the exploration of invention. Invention is the story of human history told one piece of technology at a time the things we made and how they made us invention publishes every Monday, listen and subscribe to invention on apple podcast the iheartradio app or wherever you find your podcasts. Dana saw Sarah's car speeding into the driveway. And then at some point during the night, the car disappeared as far as Dana could tell the house next door was completely empty. You. Just put it together that they had gone on the run. You didn't see the blades? Well, Rockwall was not the end of it. Clint must've they were leaving around so fast that they backed over that rock wall knocked it down this, you know, that was Saturday morning than Sunday when the car was gone Sunday morning. That's when we said, they're running they're gone at the moment. What did you think would be outcome of this? I guess I just figured they were trying to hide long to sort it out. Yeah. Figured out their story. They own the house where they what are they gonna do? They gotta come back eventually on the chicken still here with animals up there. Sarah's cars, I mean, it just didn't occur to me at that. This was going to be the outcome. Mill. You don't really think about I didn't think they'd tell minnows in my wildest imagination. Sara was scheduled to open Coles at six AM on Saturday morning at three AM. She texted workers. I'm so sorry. I thought I would be able to go to work, but I'm too sick to come in. Sarah's colleague Cheryl hurt had worked with her the day before on that Friday. She says she didn't notice anything unusual about Sarah at least, not then. Her mood that day by felt was fine. I had just found out that I was getting promoted and she had actually known before me. So she was like oh God. Now, you know. Now, I tell you guards relations and everything. And so she was excited for being. So we were. Laughing and stuff on Saturday, March twenty fourth the hearts phones pinged off cell towers, along the Oregon coast into California, and as you know on Sunday, the twenty fifth gen showed up in Fort Bragg on a Safeway surveillance video. She was alone and about twenty five pounds heavier than friends had ever seen her wearing a gray sweatshirt possibly the same one. We caught a glimpse of in the video with the duckling. By Monday afternoon. Cheryl hurt was getting concerned. Sarah hadn't shown up for work all weekend and wasn't responding to texts so Cheryl decided to call nine one one. When you're sick. Did she say what was going on or she just said that she just is unable to come out and able to go to work. And he's gonna have to the doctor. I checked the hospitals your of. And I think the phone is now dead. We were curious about why Cheryl made this call just seen in. I worked pretty closely together. And we definitely talk about our families and what we did over the weekend. But I'm not sure I would call nine one one if she didn't show up for work for a few days, can you through just why you made the call. Well, so it started because there was sick. And because there wasn't answering her phone. The asked me how to pull up the emergency contact list because they thought that maybe they could contact Jen. So I pulled up they call gen. And left. A message. I sent a text message to co-worker like Sunday night. And I says by her from Syria, and she said, no really kind of weird. I said that is really rare said she not miss two days of work without checking in or any done. I'm like, it's so czar because everything that was going on. She's still did her job. She still showed up every day. She wasn't late. She's still took initiative to get a project. She still had great ideas. I mean, she did everything. If you were just to lock in and not know her history or her family or home life, or whatever you would never have any idea because Donovan Joe when she was out on that floor. She had that hat on. You know, all our stuff aside. She did her job. So then her win Monday, and we waited until about nine o'clock, and she still had shown by this time storm hit company, and I had filled her men on everything that had happened a Roo weekend. Who was like, you know, something's going on. You know, what a do? I don't know. I don't know we can get involved or anything. And I was like kind of force in the issue. Like, I think we have to get involved on the stuff that's going on. He had talked to his manager. They said we'll give it another hour or so, and I was like oh my gosh. She geyser being men. This is ridiculous. Something to be done. So then I figured out that jen's emergency contact number was actually Sarah's phone number. So we didn't have an emergency contact number for Sarah. So finally got the okay to call it. And I made the call and then here. Here. I sit today. About two hours after Cheryl hung up the phone a German tourist spot spotted the hearts, tan two thousand three Yukon XL of side down at the bottom of the cliff in Mendocino county. The police report includes a photo of the car from of and it looks like it's flat to the ground with its Brown and grey machinery, camouflaged by the rocks sand and water when you look at aerial shots of the scene, the car blends in so well, it's hard to see the bodies of Marcus Abigail and Jeremiah were found nearby. Sierra's body washed ashore about two weeks later. Afoot presumed to be Hannah's was found nearby as well. But at the time of this recording investigators were still trying to match it with DNA from a woman claiming to be Hannah's, biological mom. Devante body is still missing. The cars computer showed that moments before the crash Jen had stopped on a gravel pullout seventy feet from the edge of the cliff. And then accelerated, you might wonder if the brakes malfunctioned, but according to a Carfax report, the pads have been replaced, the previous July, her industry experts the average brake pads last for around forty thousand miles so unless the hearts had driven back and forth across the country. Six times, the brake pads should have been imperfect working order. Meanwhile, remember all that lush greenery Jen wrote about when the police showed up to search hearts house, they found no plants inside. But over on jen's Facebook, the ducklings continue to splash in their bowl of water one yellow one black. The most recent comment comes from a loyal friend, wishing Janna happy birthday months after she died. Next time on broken hearts accuser skinny while. We just thought they were eating organic foods week not they were almost age they were small so we had kindergarten looking back on. It doesn't look like they were normal. Kids didn't really have friends Abigail had bruising on her stomach area from her sternum to waistband and bruising on her back from mid back to upper buttocks reportedly caused by John Hart. For access to exclusive photos and videos and documents about the case, visit glamour dot com slash broken hearts have questions for us about this podcast reach us on Twitter at glamour MAG or at broken hearts pot. 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