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Old 04-23-2014, 06:41 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by Spark Of Spirit
I honestly want to know how they never arrested anyone for starting that fire. It's fairly obvious it was set, it's a small town with a small population, and yet they couldn't arrest someone for it? Surely there has to be a good idea of who it was that did it.
I would have taken a hard look at the guy who was out there cutting the wires.
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Old 05-03-2014, 11:03 PM   #32
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I read all the Sodder threads over at WS when I first joined. Its taken me awhile to make my mind up but I've come to the conclusion that the children died in the fire. It was wishful thinking on the parents part that they were kidnapped.

Last month a five year old perished in a cabin fire in Gatlinburg. Searchers looked for about a week. Even with today's technology, no trace of the little boy was found. That just made me even more certain that the children died in the fire and their bodies were consumed by it.
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:40 PM   #33
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Life was cheap in coal country, even in the 1940s. I could tell you stories from my family that would make you cringe, and as far as I know, they're pretty typical.

That being said, Fayetteville is bituminous country. The glow point of bituminous coal (what they would likely be heating the house with) is 850 degrees F. If they were burning coal in the house, they likely had a supply of it in the house that fed the flames. It would have burned very hot.

I can't, however, get past the weird things that went on leading up to the fire. I don't think the kids were all in there. If they survived and were taken, they may have been told the rest of the family perished. Or they may have been killed elsewhere.
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I really do believe they perished in the fire. Are there are any circumstances in which their remains could have been totally consumed? Or could their remains simply have been missed? Five children is so many...I really couldn't imagine how they would miss them though.
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I was unaware that the detective they hired to look into the photo vanished and was never seen again. Add that and the planted skeleton and I'm pretty sure something off was going on. Whatever it was, the police messed this up bad.
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I listened to this podcast a few months ago about the Sodder Children and thought I would share as I found it very informative. I really enjoyed the part of how they explained how intense a fire would need to be to destroy a human body.

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There was a documentary being worked on about this story. I haven't heard an update in a while.
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Old 05-10-2021, 02:36 PM   #38
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I recently came across the case of the Quintinshill rail disaster in Scotland in 1915. The first thing I thought of was the Sodder children because, like them, there was a claim that some of the bodies (mostly adult soldiers) couldn't be recovered because they were consumed by the fire caused by the chain reaction train crash.

Two of the cars were coal tenders, and others contained wood and other flammables, so there were many sources of fuel for the fires.

Just thought I'd mention it here, in case someone else was wondering if there have been any situations similar to what happened at the Sodder house, for comparison.
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