West Virginia

Five children are killed or disappear after house fire

December 24, 1945 Fayetteville, West Virginia Five children from the Sodder family die in or disappear following a house fire On Christmas Eve, George and Jennie Sodder awoke to find their home engulfed in flames. They brought their 2-year-old daughter Sylvia, whose crib was in her parents’ room, from the house, and three other children… Continue reading Five children are killed or disappear after house fire

Newspaper clippings · West Virginia

The first sighting of the Mothman

November 12, 1966 Point Pleasant, West Virginia The cryptid known as the Mothman is first seen The Mothman has been described as around six feet tall and possessing a wingspan of 10 feet with either brown or grey feathers, and often with red eyes. Occasionally it was noted the creature had no head. Some called… Continue reading The first sighting of the Mothman

Massacres/Mass Murder · West Virginia

Man kills wife, eight children with axe

November 10, 1805 Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia) Abel Clemmons (alt. spelling: Clemmens, Clemons, Clemens) kills his pregnant wife and their eight children whose ages ranged from 1 to 12 Clemmons had been noted in “a gloomy melancholy mood” for several weeks leading up to the murders. Months before, Clemmons had been wrestling with the… Continue reading Man kills wife, eight children with axe

Newspaper clippings · Religion · West Virginia

Gunfight breaks out at church (1906)

March 27, 1906 Coaldale, West Virginia A fight erupts in a church leaving one dead, one mortally wounded, and 4 injured Tensions within the church had been high as the church members formed two conflicting factions arguing over how church funds should be spent. As hostilities grew, guns were drawn. It was reported that no… Continue reading Gunfight breaks out at church (1906)

Newspaper clippings · West Virginia · Wisconsin

Clippings: suicide by tearing “brains out through a bullet hole with a bit of wire”

From the Fairmont West Virginian Published February 8, 1906 A man committed suicide by pulling pieces of his brain out of a bullet hole he sustained during a robbery last summer. Before he could damage his brain enough to kill himself, he died from blood poisoning. He had previously tried suicide by poking at his… Continue reading Clippings: suicide by tearing “brains out through a bullet hole with a bit of wire”