owner of Eat and Company, a Park Manor neighborhood business, was last seen on July 5, 1996
by one of his employees.
On that July afternoon in 1996 Thompson's father phoned his son, Everett, at the Chicago restaurant the younger man owned.
The elder Thompson recalled that he also broached the topic of his son's quarrelsome brother-in-law, an ex-convict, and a freeloading house guest of Everett and his wife, Lydia Thompson. 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 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.