Early Christmas morning 1945, just outside Fayetteville, WVa, a fire destroyed the home of George and Jennie Sodder--taking five of their children. Strange phone calls, death threats, and a mysterious man watching the house were just a few of the puzzling events that preceded the fire.
No remains of the children were found--yet the official report said all five children perished in the fire. This prompted George to begin an investigation that would continue for the rest of his life.
In 1949, the family re-excavated the site looking for human remains. This only raised more questions than answers.
Undeterred, Mr. Sodder took the unprecedented step of erecting a large billboard on his property with an offer of a $5,000 reward. For decades, the billboard was an icon in Fayette County. After the death of George and Jennie, the family removed the billboard and do not discuss the case.
This enduring Fayette County mystery still causes some to only speak about it in whispers, while others still fear for their lives.
Bob Bragg spent seven years devoted to researching every possible lead in this case. This is the definitive account of one of West Virginia’s most famous and enduring mysteries. A fascinating, captivating, and enjoyable read from start to finish.