Sodder Children Case Study

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“You smile but you wanna cry. You talk, but you wanna be quiet. You pretend like you’re happy, but you aren’t” (Quote Ambition). This haunting, depressing quote describes the feeling of George and Jennie Sodder who had ten children together. Sadly, the Sodder family mysteriously lost five children. Speculation was raised high wondering what happen to these five kids. Although people have many different opinions the mystery behind the Sodder children can be summed up in two theories: death and kidnapping. While the Sodder children case is definitely a series of catastrophes, this case is still a mystery that theorists have been trying to solve for over 50 years. Despite the fact that most theorists have formed different hypotheses, most of…show more content…
To begin with, the Sodders were being threatened by a resident on October 1945 in Fayetteville trying to sell life insurance. “When rejected his spiel, the man warned that the house would ¨go up in smoke”and their children would be destroyed over dirty remarks” that George Sr., allegedly made about Benito Mussolini, Italtyś fascist dictator who was lynched in April 1945” (Newton 349). In addition to this, when fighterfirers were looking through the smoldering remains a couple bones were found. The bone remains matched the description of Maurice, one of the missing children (Historic Horrors 317). In fact, the Sodders hired a private investigator named C.C Tinsley who formed a new search at the location of the fire in 1949 and identified four human vertebrae (Newton 350). Nevertheless Chief Morris conducted a search around the same time and discovered an organ beneath the ashes .The organ seemed to have been a heart (Horn 4). Considering the evidence that was found, it is no wonder that many theorists believe that the five children died in the nostalgic home. Based on the facts surrounding the Sodder children, as well as the information given, death remains a popular theory in the Sodder children

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