Creepiest Unsolved Mysteries Of All Time – The Sodder Children Disappearance
On Christmas Eve 1945, the home of George and Jennie Sodder was destroyed in a fire. They were rescued, as were four of their nine children.
Here’s the thing: no burnt remains were found and the house didn’t smell like burning flesh, which is typical when someone dies in a house fire. This led the Sodders to believe that their children were not dead, but rather kidnapped. They suspected that the house was a victim of arson, used as a red herring for the Sicilian mafia to kidnap the children, as George Stoddard was an outspoken critic of the current happenings in Fascist Italy.
In the 1960s, it was believed that one of their missing children, a boy named Louis Sodder, was still alive. Leads included a woman in Houston who stated that Louis had told her his identity after getting to drunk, however they were unable to follow up with her. They also received a mysterious letter postmarked to be from Kentuck. It contained a picture of a man around 30 with features strongly resembling Louis’s. On the back, the letter said: “Louis Sodder. I love brother Frankie.” However, this too never had an appropriate follow-up, and the whereabouts and fates of the missing Stoddard Children were never found.