The Disappearance of the Sodder Children

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This one is, in my opinion, one of the weirdest mysteries of all time. At 1am on Christmas Eve 1945, the Sodder family woke up to find their West Virginia house was on fire. They managed to get 4 of their 9 children out of the home safely, after which the father went to get a ladder so he could access the second floor and rescue the remaining 5 children from their rooms.

The ladder was missing.

He went to get his trucks.

They wouldn’t start.

They tried to call the fire department but got no response. The water in the rain barrels was frozen solid. Eventually, the neighbors saw the smoke and went for the fire department, who arrived 7 hours after the blaze first began. They found no remains in the home, not even bones, and declared the 5 children dead.

It is unclear whether a house fire could burn hot enough to completely consume bones, but that’s not the only reason the Sodder parents believed their children could still be alive. In the weeks leading up to the incident, they had not one, but two people threaten that their home would burn down. One of the older boys noticed a man by the road watching the younger children walk home after school. They received a strange phone call just minutes before the blaze broke out, and since the fire, they’ve received tips and letters from people claiming to have seen their children around the United States.

For more details on the family’s ongoing investigation, go here.

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