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An Ordinary Tragedy


- a memoir of crimes and shattered lives -

He was a handsome, intelligent, talented boy – and a convicted felon by the age of eighteen.

An Ordinary Tragedy is one woman’s quest to unlock the mystery behind her brother’s life of escalating crime and depravity.

From the intimate perspective of eldest sibling, Lori Hart Beninger explores the dynamics of her perfect All-American Family and the secrets they kept. An Ordinary Tragedy is the true story of one family’s love and despair for nearly three decades in California – from the middle 1950s to early 1980s. 


2017 IAN Book of the Year Finalist


Clarion - Foreword Reviews


Independent Reviews

"...a fascinating, tragic narrative about what’s underneath the surface of a family."


- Foreword Reviews

The making of An Ordinary Tragedy


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