The Bossman in The Bighouse

Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Disappearance of The Thompson Family. Illinois 1996.

Originally aired on May 25, 2006.
Everett Thompson Sr. owner of Eat and Company, a Park Manor neighborhood business, in Chicago, Illinois was last seen on July 5, 1996 by one of his employees. On that July afternoon Thompson's father phoned his son, Everett, at the Chicago restaurant. The elder Thompson recalled the topic of Kenneth White, his brother-in-law, an ex-convict, who posed as the freeloading house guest of Everett and his wife, Lydia Thompson. No sooner had the elder Thompson brought up White's name when Everett interrupted their conversation to take a frantic phone call from Lydia, at home with the couple's two sons, Everett Jr., 10, and Andrew, 8. Back on the line seconds later Everett's voice was tense. He told his dad he had to go home right away. Lydia's brother was chasing her around the house with an ax. She locked herself in the bedroom and called Everett to come home. The early July phone call was the last time either man spoke to the other. Everett's family reported him missing on July 17, 1996, when she was unable to contact him, his wife Lydia, or either of their two sons, Everett, Jr. and Andrew. Kenneth White, Lydia's brother, had been questioned on several occassions regarding the disappearance of the family and was indicted for falsifying his sister's signature on documents immediately following her disappearance. White committed suicide in December of 1997 without revealing any information he may have had regarding the family. Gone, is the family van--since crushed in a salvage yard--and the interior of their home in the 8100 block of South Rhodes Avenue, which was gutted and rehabbed by new owners. Police say if there was foul play, and they think there was, it happened on July 4, 5 or 6, 1996. No one saw the Thompson family after that time and Kenneth was seen driving the Thompson van soon after that weekend. Click on the web links below, read the case files and if you have any information on the whereabouts of The Thomspon Family, contact your local police.


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