Case 192

The Sodder Children

*** Content Warning: child victims ***

On Christmas Eve of 1945, while most citizens of Fayetteville, West Virginia celebrated the end of World War Two, Italian immigrants George and Jennie Sodder watched their house go up in flames. 

Initial investigations showed that five of their ten children had died in the inferno, which was deemed accidental, but George and Jennie refused to accept this finding. There were too many inconsistencies, and theories involving kidnapping, murder and arson soon arose. The Sodder’s came to believe their five children survived the fire and were taken somewhere by persons unknown. The question was, why?



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