Select It Sunday: the Thompson Family

This profile was selected by Michael (not my Michael, but a blog commenter): the very sad case of Everett Thompson, his wife Lydia, and their two young sons, Everett Jr. and Andrew. The Thompsons lived in Chicago — when they disappeared in the summer of 1996. Everett was a businessman.

It’s a lot like the McStay family disappearance: mom, dad and two boys gone without a trace. But unlike in the McStay case, it’s pretty obvious what happened. Although there’s some suggestion that the family simply pulled up stakes and moved away, the inconvenient facts are this: Lydia’s charming brother, Byron White, had a record for kidnapping and rape, he was living with the Thompsons at the time of their disappearances, and a few days before they were last seen Lydia called the cops because her brother had threatened her with an ax. Oh, and after the family vanished, White stole her van and forged her signature on a check.

Unfortunately, we may never know what exactly went down and, more importantly, where their bodies are. White committed suicide in jail (mail fraud) eighteen months after his sister and her husband and kids disappeared.

A very sad case. It must have been — and is — devastating for both sides of the family. The boys have such sweet, sunny smiles in their photos.

8 thoughts on “Select It Sunday: the Thompson Family

    • danielle November 24, 2013 / 5:07 am

      on this site…scroll down. this is just a page from many other pages. On the left hand side, after you scroll down, is a link to Charley Project

  1. danielle November 24, 2013 / 4:56 am

    some really strange statements. Maura stole someone’s credit cards?? drank?? don’t know what to think. But with the McStay family being found after people saying they left for Mexico…. nothing will surprise me.

    • Meaghan November 24, 2013 / 8:45 am

      I’ve seen this site before although I haven’t really read it. It is very interesting. All the stuff indicating Maura’s alive.

  2. Michael November 24, 2013 / 5:49 pm

    Sadly, I’m pretty sure the family is deceased. There would be no reason to keep hiding unless Byron White’s friends were after them as well. Thier bodies could be just about anywhere.

  3. Celeste November 30, 2013 / 5:39 pm

    For tomorrow’s Select It Sunday what about profiling The Brown Family who disappeared without a trace from Port St Luicie, Florida?
    Carolyn Brown, her daughter Sheketah and her sons Barry and Brandon. I beleive that Carolyn’s husband, James Brown, was aqitted in Carolyn and Sheketah’s deaths and was never charged in Barry and Brandon’s deathes. 😦

  4. Ernie S. Barrett December 1, 2013 / 11:09 am

    Paul lived and farmed on the family farm most of his life. In his spare time, he enjoyed auctions, farm sales, singing, and most importantly, the time he was able to spend with his family, especially his grandchildren. He maintained a social presence in his community by his involvement in numerous groups and organizations throughout his lifetime, including the Gideon’s, Farm Bureau, school board member of the Seymour Schools, and member of the Seymour Methodist Church.

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