After George Sodder moved from Italy to the United States in 1895, it seemed as though he was living the American dream. As well as starting a thriving business, after all, he tied the knot with fellow Italian-American Jennie. And the couple subsequently welcomed a total of ten children, starting with their firstborn, John, in 1923.
But sadly, the perfect life that the Sodders had built was about to go up in flames. That’s because on Christmas Eve 1945 their family home suddenly burned to the ground. And amid the blaze, five of the ten children vanished without a trace. Not getting the answers that they needed from police, George and Jennie hired a private investigator – and the chilling mystery continues to haunt people to this day.
Between 1880 and 1914 around 4 million Italians immigrated to the United States in search of the opportunities promised there. One such hopeful was 13-year-old Giorgio Soddu – later, George Sodder – who arrived in 1895 from Sardinia, Italy, with his brother. But straight after young George made it through customs at Ellis Island, his sibling apparently turned around and traveled back home.