E115: “Up In Smoke” - The Sodder Family Tragedy

On Christmas Eve 1945, a fire swept through the home of George and Jennie Sodder. They were able to escape the flames along with four of their children. Five other children remained trapped inside. Hours later, after the house was reduced to ashes, authorities searched the scene. The remains of the other five children were nowhere to be found. Did they escape the fire? Or were they even in the house to begin with?

E113: “The Socialite Slaying” - Athalia Ponsell Lindsley

There was no shortage of suspects in the January 1974 murder of socialite Athalia Ponsell Lindsley. She had running feuds with neighbors, a husband who stole from her, and uncovered a scandal involving a gross misuse of municipal funds. But when she was hacked to death on the front steps of her home in broad daylight, nobody could identify her killer.  

E109: “To Hell With Husbands” - Josslyn Hay

Josslyn Hay was a British aristocrat who moved with his wife, Lady Idina Sackville, to Africa. There, they were part of the “Happy Valley Set,” a group of wealthy expats who lived to drink alcohol, do drugs and have sex. Extra-marital affairs at their parties were not only common but openly encouraged. So when Josslyn Hay was found miles from his home, slumped in the front seat of his car, dead of a gunshot wound, virtually everybody in their social circle was a suspect.  

E108: Tent Girl Pt. 2

Todd Matthews first heard the story of Tent Girl on Halloween night in 1987. The story of an unidentified woman’s remains found at an interchange fascinated him to such extremes that it became a mission to identify her. Risking his own personal relationships, Matthews, with the help of a new technology called the Internet, would find a missing persons report from decades earlier that could be a match. Could he identify her? And could he help solve the mystery of her death?

E107: Tent Girl Pt. 1

When the body of a young woman was found stuffed into a canvas bag along the interchange of I-75 and U.S. 25 in Georgetown, Kentucky, her badly decayed remains rendered police unable to uncover her identity, or the identity of her killer. It wasn’t until decades later, when the story of Tent Girl was told to a young boy on Halloween night, that this Jane Doe would meet the person who would stop at nothing to identify her, and bring her home.