posted on Aug, 6 2013 @ 10:12 AM
Some background on the story from the OP source
Fayetteville, West Virginia became home to a great mystery on Christmas Eve in 1945. George and Jeanie Sodder celebrated the holiday season with 9
of their children – a tenth (Joe) was away serving in the military. George went to bed first that evening – followed by his sons John (23 years
old) and George Jr. (16). Meanwhile, Maurice (14), Martha (12), Louis (10), Jennie (8) and Betty (6) begged their mother to allow them to stay up a
little longer and play with the toys their sister Marian (17) had bought for them that day. Their mother consented, but took Sylvia (3) up to bed with
About a half hour later, smoke started to pour into her bedroom, and being semi-awake already, Jeanie was the first to notice. She opened the door
and was horrified to find flames engulfing the next room. She called for her husband to wake up and her daughter Marian grabbed little Sylvia and took
off outside. She then called to the attic where her children were thought to be sleeping – her two oldest sons ran down. George ran outside
barefoot into the snow and realized five of his children were apparently still in the house
Shortly afterward, rumors started surfacing that the fire was intentional and the children did not die. We have reports of a man watching the
children from the road in the days prior to the fire, a man caught stealing from the garage during the fire, and a warning from an insurance agent
because Mr. Sodder was vocal about his dislike of Mussolini.
There were reports from a motel owner that she had seen the children with 2 itialian men shortly after the fire. The Sodders also received a letter
from Kentucky with a picture enclosed labeled "Louis Sodder".
So that's it in a nutshell, with some points edited out for time and space.
My personal take on it is maybe the two older children helped the little ones escape since it is pointed out that one of the older boys has been
insistent on "dropping it". Escape why? Who knows. The Sodders sound like good people who love their children and want to find them, but that
doesn't mean they were always the nicest people. I also can see it being retribution for Mr. Sodder being so outspoken against Mussolini.
The missing children:
Very interesting case. Thanks for posting it.