rTorrent crashed and lost all my torrents for the second time

The rTorrent service crashed and upon restarting it, all my 3.5k+ torrents were gone from the client. This is the second this has happened. The first time I just gave up and started from scratch but I really don’t want to have to do that again… something is wrong.

All the files are still there in ~/.sessions but they won’t show up in ruTorrent.

Any idea?