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In the blink of an eye, life can change for a web of people when someone close to them dies. In some cases, the death is expected and prepared for, leaving only a small burden for the family and friends as they deal with their overwhelming grief. In other cases, a sudden death can be not only shocking but also cause a great scrambling to arrange a funeral and other administrative and financial issues not taken care of prior.
In the midst of shock and grief, this is the last thing loved ones want to focus on, yet this is exactly what the Ruff family had to do when mother and soon-to-be ex-wife Lori Erica Ruff shot and killed herself in 2010. As her ex-husband was her next of kin and he had no other knowledge of an extended family on Lori’s side, he was tasked with going through her belongings and he did not anticipate what he would find.
Hidden in a lockbox that he was warned never to touch was the true identity of Lori Erica Ruff, whose past would not be revealed until 6 years after her death…
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