THE SODDER CHILDREN
Sadly, there are countless cases of missing children that will never be solved, but one of the most notable was the Sodder children. In 1945, Italian-born George and Jennie Sodder were living in West Virginia with their 9 children (the 10th was in the Army at the time) when their house mysteriously caught on fire one night. They only made it out of the house with 4 of their children; the police chief declared that the other 5 had been completely incinerated.
However, not a single trace of their bodies was found. The crematorium owner insisted that they couldn’t have burned to ash in just 45 minutes. Afterwards, many theories emerged, but the most popular is that the children were kidnapped before the fire was even started. Apparently, George had criticized Italy’s dictator, Benito Mussolini and thought they were kidnapped as punishment. During the fire, their ladder was missing, both of George’s working coal trucks wouldn’t start, and the 911 operator didn’t respond when they called for help.