15 of the Strangest Unsolved Mysteries

6. Sodder Family Fire

On Christmas Eve 1945, the Sodder family awoke to their house ablaze. The Sodder family had ten children. Five of the children escaped the blaze with their parents. When their father tried to get the other children out of the upper floors, he found his ladder missing.

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None of his trucks were starting and the water on the premises was frozen. The fire department did not respond for several hours after the blaze started. When the fire was put out, there were no remains of the children.

The police did not investigate and the coroner declared the children dead. There are claims that this was the work of the mafia. Others claim that the children were abducted in a child slavery ring that the local police helped to cover up.

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