The Sodder Family

 From left to right: Jennie, 8; Betty, 5; Maurice, 14; Louis, 9; Martha 12

From left to right: Jennie, 8; Betty, 5; Maurice, 14; Louis, 9; Martha 12

 Wanted poster created by George and Jennie in search of their children.

Wanted poster created by George and Jennie in search of their children.

 The photograph sent to Jennie Sodder claiming to be Louis Sodder

The photograph sent to Jennie Sodder claiming to be Louis Sodder

Episode 11

Christmas Eve, 1945

A house fire burns the home of The Sodder Family to the ground. Five of the children remain trapped inside while the four remaining children and parents escape.

No remains were ever found in the ashes.

Join me as we talk about this shocking case that continues to baffle investigators to this day.

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