But here's where the creepy part comes in - no body parts or bones linked to these five children were uncovered in the rubble. And another thing, when George tried to drive his truck near the house to climb on top of it and reach the second floor, his engine wouldn't start. And another thing - the phones lines to the house had been cut. The head police chief, Chief Morris, claimed the fire must've been hot enough to cremate the bodies of the children. The fire was officially chalked up to 'faulty wiring.'
Sadly, this story gets stranger and creepier. Sometime before the fire broke out, the Sodder family was visited by two odd men posing as insurance salesmen on their doorstep. Allegedly, one of the men told George (an Italian immigrant) that he would pay for the negative remarks about Mussolini that he had been making around town. These strange men made very specific threats about their house burning down and their chidlren dying, and I quote, "Your goddamn house is going up in smoke and your children are going to be destroyed. You are going to be paid for the dirty remarks you are making about Mussolini." EVEN STRANGER - this exact same 'insurance salesman' served on the coronor's jury that demeed the fire an accident.
After some time had passed since the fire, a waitress at a roadside diner and a woman in a hotel in Charleston claimed to have seen four of the five missing children sitting at a table surrounded by Italian-looking men and women who would not let them speak. Jennie Sodder also received a mysterious photograph in the mail 20 years after the fire of a man alleged to be her son. The letter was postmarked from Kentucky but had no return address. On the back of the photograph was written, "Louis Sodder. I love brother Frankie. Ilil Boys. A90132 or 35." George and Jennie hired a private detective and sent him to Kentucky to investigate. They never heard from him again.