Following last year's episode on the Christmas tree ship, I have once again picked an extremely sad Christmastime tale. This time, it's the mystery of five children from the Sodder family, whose home burned down on Christmas Eve. Their bodies were not found in the rubble, and they were never seen again.
Adrienne writes our listener mail on the subject of the Gallipoli campaign, and she gives us the perfect opportunity to note that folks tell us "I did not miss this in history class" often enough that it need no longer be said.
For more knowledge: Unsolved Mysteries Quiz
Episode link: The Disappearance of the Sodder Children
- Abbott, Karen. "The Children Who Went Up in Smoke." Smithsonian Magazine. 12/25/2012. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-children-who-went-up-in-smoke-172429802/?no-ist
- Hopkins, Autumn D.F. "Christmas Eve Tragedy." Charleston Gazette-Mail. 12/23/2013. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/News/201312230105
- Horn, Stacy. "Mystery of Missing Children Haunts W.Va. Town." NPR: All Things Considered. 12/23/2005. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5067563
- Jackson, Niles. "What Really Happened to Children?" Sunday Gazette-Mail. 12/22/1968. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wvrcbiog/WhatReallyHappenedToChildrena.html
- New York Times. "11 Children Die in 4 Home Fires." New York Times. 12/26/1945. Via ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
- Stanton, Audrey. "Where are the children?" The Register-Herald. 12/24/2006. Via archive.org. http://web.archive.org/web/20090202131814/http://www.register-herald.com/local/local_story_358182913.html
- The Doe Network: International Center for Unidentified & Missing Persons. "Case File: Betty Dolly Sodder - 2108DFWV." 11/4/15. http://doenetwork.org/cases/2108dfwv.html
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