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In this tantalizing true mystery of a stolen life, an acclaimed reporter and an identity theft investigator follow a series of incredible revelations about the actual identity of a wife, mother, and friend turned perfect stranger.

Days after Lori Ruff’s suicide, her family discovered her hidden strongbox containing stunning evidence that her entire life had been invented. Her real identity was buried so deep it would take five years to unearth. Who was Lori Ruff?

Maureen O’Hagan’s The Woman in the Strongbox is part of Missing, a collection of six true stories about finding, restoring, or accepting the losses that define our lives - from the mysterious to the inspiring. Each story can be listened to in a single sitting.

©2018 Maureen O'Hagan (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Jane doe

Very interesting listen, the story is well written and the narration is clean and easy to listen to. I was hooked from the start, a nice short performance which can be enjoyed in one sitting.

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  • Delah
  • 12-08-18

Truth is stranger than fiction. Very interesting.

Truth is stranger than fiction. Very interesting. Well read and well researched. Definitely worth a listen.

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  • mommermom
  • 20-05-19

A good short story

Read more like a documentary. I did enjoy it and it was a nice break before I get into my next book.

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  • Debbie
  • 25-03-21

Strange, Sad and Fascinating Tale

This short and true story of the young wife and mother who ultimately shot and killed herself in front of her in-laws house is one of the strangest and saddest I've ever heard. I couldn't stop listening as the story of Lori Ruff's short life unfolded and bit by bit came apart. The further the family and investigators dug into her past, the more bizarre it became . . . like a real life Alice down the rabbit hole, without explanation as to the reasons for her choices. I was very impressed by the many people who care for, look for and respect people like Lori, who for whatever deep personal reasons that we can never understand leave behind a life and a family. We will never know what went on in the deepest parts of the young girl's heart, how on earth at age 18 she had the courage and wherewithal to walk away and SURVIVE, but I appreciate the telling of her story.

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  • Beverly Peterka
  • 04-03-21

No ending

The story doesn’t end. Very anticlimactic. I could have gotten the same information from a newspaper clipping.

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  • Katherine
  • 13-01-21

What a strange mystery

This story is unsolved, but so well worth listening too. Are there signs in people that we should be looking at closer, paying more attention too? Maybe yes. This is a good story!

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  • Mel and Em
  • 29-10-20

interesting

never heard of this before was very interesting and worth a listen for sure 😃

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  • Olivia Chapé
  • 28-10-20

If only this was a fiction story!

This is a great book for horror story writer's trying to draw inspiration from unsolved true stories.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-10-20

NO closure!!!

The overall story was good - stolen identity and discovering who she was and more importantly, WHY she did it. Unfortunately, the why part was never answered! Very irritating!

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  • Baggage Claim
  • 27-09-20

Very Interesting

I didn’t think I was going to like the story but it proved to be very interesting. Short & Sweet for a quick read.

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  • Kim
  • 23-09-20

Boring!

This story is one of the most uninteresting story I’ve ever heard on Audible. The best part is in the sample that reeled me in. That’s the only part that has any action or promise. This book should be 1 chapter at best. The rest of the chapters were DNA and investigatory techniques. I want my credit and time back for this piece of work...