Married to a Stranger

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By Morgan Tampley Smith

Could you imagine being married to someone you didn’t know? Not because you hadn’t gotten to know them, but because they were literally not who you thought they were. It sounds like something from a novel or a TV episode, but it was truth for Blake Ruff.

“On Christmas Eve 2010, the body of 42-year-old Lori Erica Ruff was found in a car parked outside the Ruff family home in Longview, Texas. She had ended her life with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. Lori’s husband, Blake Ruff, was devastated. In the days following the death, he began the grim task of sorting through his wife’s possessions. Included among the items was a sealed lockbox buried deep in Lori’s closet.


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