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Proviso Probe

Saturday, March 31, 2007

CRIME, Hubert "Boo Boo" Thompson charged with murder [D209]

I saw Hubert Thompson wrestle in high school. He was one of the most dominant high school wrestlers I'd ever seen. He was so strong he could pick-up the other heavyweights like they were little kids.

Chicago Tribune (Matthew Walberg):
For reasons that remained unclear Saturday, Thompson hurled [James] Malone [66 year old, a neighbor] over a balcony Friday afternoon, killing him, police said. Thompson was charged with first-degree murder and was being held in lieu of $3 million bail.

After attending Proviso West Thompson played football at Michigan State University. The article says Thompson was cut by the New Orleans Saints after two days for fighting with another player.

If I recall correctly (IIRC) Thompson had trouble scoring high enough on his college entrance exams to be admitted to a Division I school. There was talk of him being drafted directly to the NFL. He was that developed and talented.

I didn't interact with Thompson, but from what I heard through wrestlers he was a nice guy if a completely intimidating opponent.

[UPDATE: Sun-Times (Ben Goldberger and Dave Newbart) has the story on the front page of the Sunday paper.

[A couple things got my attention.
Authorities said Thompson allegedly made incriminating statements in an interview. He also allegedly told authorities that he believed Malone had tried to poison him.

DuPage County State's Attorney Joseph Birkett said Saturday that officials are awaiting the results of mental evaluations, expected this week. "There's some substantial psychological issues that have to be addressed," he said.

[Apparently Thompson and the victim were friendly. Thompson has a history of mental health issues.]

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  • He is a nice guy. He is a gentle giant who is a great person. I wrestled with boo boo and knew- hung with him until 4 years ago, we kind of lost touch. This news sadens me because the boo boo i knew had a greater purpose in life. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family on this tragic moment.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:00 AM, April 01, 2007  

  • A tragedy occured with the death of this gentleman and for the Thompson.From reading the newspaper clips it appears that Mr. Thompson was suffering from Mental Illness.He sounds that he was psychotic and delusional and was not properly under psychiatric care. This tragedy has destroyed two families and shows what a public health risk we have in this country we the lack of affordable and adequate mental health care.
    Proviso Township goverment under Kathy Ryan, under the current trustees,Don Sloan,Tim Gilliam,Jesse martinez,Williams,under Grady Rivers have failed our community with there total disregard to mental health services.There allowing of having Danny Cogliniese and the mental health board in place,who know nothing and have no experience with medical issues and less with Mental Health issues, and the allowing of the Mental Health adminisitration to be run by politcal hacks with less knowledge is apprehensible.Who knows how many lives could have been saved and how many lives could be saved,along with less family tragedy,if we would bring in true mental health proffessionals to work in our community!There actions is and are criminal and there disregard for health matters is disgraceful.The death of this 66 y/o man and the the destruction of a person's life,(boo boo thompson) falls flately on the heads of Kathy Ryan, the trustees,Danny Coglinese and the mental health board along with the proviso mental health agency!All these peole need to be replaced and never allowed to have a say in Mnetla health issues.Mrs.Yarbrough and Miss Lightford should have legislation to remove these services from Township goverment ,so proper proffessionals could run these insititions.

    By Anonymous township goverment has failed us!, at 10:42 PM, April 01, 2007  

  • I was friends with Boo Boo back at Michigan State. He was the type of guy who would do anything to help another. It is so sad to see that he didn't receive the proper help before it was too late for his innocent neighbor. Both families will remain in my prayers.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:47 AM, April 03, 2007  

  • I was a good friend of boo boo's at Michigan State. I cared for him like a brother while we were in school. I only wish we could have kept in contact over the years so I could have possibly help my friend. My prayers go out to both families. I will say a special prayer for my good friend (Boo Boo). Please help him anyway possible. God's speed my friend

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:46 PM, April 03, 2007  

  • I was a friend / teammate of Boo Boo during high school. He always had a good heart and if he say me on the bus stop or walking to the bus stop in the mornings, he would give me a ride and always had positive things to say. My prayers go out to his family who loves him and the rest of the people like me from Bellwood who need to support our brother.

    By Anonymous Robert Taylor, at 8:00 AM, April 07, 2007  

  • Bipolar? So what!!! Depression & anxiety, back & forth--it can easily be treated.
    Do not give this thug a diagnosis of PSYCHOTIC---that is a much more severe condition than BIPOLAR.
    Perhaps OJ will adopt him after the trial and they can golf their lives away?

    A thug is a thug is a thug---unless he is an athlete, right?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:44 AM, April 08, 2007  

  • If Hubert says "he tried to poison me", instead of calling the police, this "thug" takes the law into his own hands and throw a man over the balcony. What a bum. I hope he gets 25 to life.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:01 PM, April 08, 2007  

  • What insensitive things to say about someone you don't even know! I went to MSU with him and from what I've heard of him (Boo Boo) he was a very nice person. I bet if it was someone from your family with a mental illness involved in something like this, you would be protecting them 100% regardless of the situation. Who are you to judge?? Only God really knows what happened between Boo Boo and James Malone. Mental illness is real and the sooner people realize that, the more people with mental illness can be helped.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:24 AM, April 11, 2007  

  • WOW. I went to Proviso with this kid. Can't believe we're talking about the same person. I hope he gets help.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:18 PM, April 11, 2007  

  • I've worked with Hubert for the past year and he was not bipolar, depressed and he was NO thug...he was a nice guy who WAS shizophrenic and I know that for a fact. He heard and saw things that were not really there. He was not medicated and that is a shame because his life and the families lives are ruined. It was obdivous that he was not mentally sound but he did do something wrong and even though i believe he should be punished for his actions he deserves help for his illness.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:37 PM, April 11, 2007  

  • For all of those who left positive comments and words of encouragement for my family and I thank you. I am boo boo's niece. He was bot by any means a Thug. I am not sayign that because he is family either. He was like my big brother and he was one of the nicest people I know. Perhaps too nice at times. He didi not accomplish what he felt he was destined to do in life! His biggest fault is feeling like he let everybody down when being himself was more than good enough. He didi need help and unfortunatly he did not recieve that proper care before this tragedy. Just because a man is BIG and Black does not make him THUG. Mental illnesses are a real thing. ANd unless you are a doctor people should not try and discredit soemthing just for the sake of saying something.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:59 PM, April 25, 2007  

  • I am saddened by the news I was praying that it wasn't true but I was sitting there watching the news clip. I went Proviso West with Boo Boo and the person that I am reading about is someone else. I pray to God that they really help him instead of throwing him in a cell. Mental health is not to be taken lightly. God bless Hubert and God bless both families.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:36 PM, May 07, 2007  

  • I knew Boo Boo very well in high school. What impressed me about him was not just his great strength but his ability to check that strength with unmatched gentleness. He was not a thug or a roughkneck by any means. He was no pushover and would assert his will but he bullied no one. Most people liked him.

    I lost touch with him after highschool.

    The thought that the gentleman that I knew in H.S. is a murderer seems like it is about a different person. The person I knew does not exist anymore.

    By Anonymous H. Farmer, at 8:51 PM, July 28, 2007  

  • I went to high school with Boo Boo. He was the most gentle person I met in HS. He is not a thug. Anyone who could ever say he was did not know him in any way.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:18 PM, September 11, 2007  

  • I met Boo Boo at MSU. Very sad to hear this news. Does anyone know if he is getting any help? Whatever became of this situation?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:46 PM, December 19, 2007  

  • First and foremost I would like to send my prayer to the family of boo-boo.I played high school football for 4 years with boo and he had the biggest heart of anybody Ive ever met it my life,he was always big kid in a grown mans body who carried the weight of his family, school,and even town on his back.We should be hoping that he gets the help he needs so he can return and be a productive member of society

    By Anonymous #12, at 2:10 AM, January 06, 2008  

  • Well I've taken the time to read all the articles and comments about my good friend Hubert because he didn't like to be called boo boo anymore. For those of us who know him yes he is a little different since high school but he is no killer. I've been to see him in jail and he doesn't carry the conversation of a killer. Now I'm saying this cause he is my friend but I understand that he couldn't help what he did and to this day don't fully understand it. I pray that the people that knew him can step up and try to help weather it be prayer, encouragement etc. Hubert does not need to be in jail he needs to get the medicaine to help him live a productive life. were the same age and I couldn't imagine how he must feel being locked up and not even really knowing why. I agree with the blogger that said the school district failed him and I totally agree. I was there in school with him when everyone was his friend cause they knew he was going to be a star one day. I feel like a coach in either high school or college hell or even in the nfl shoould have seen something to help him get help. We need to make sure that something like this never happens again . has anyone heard anything else on his case I've lost contact with his sisters.

    By Anonymous Winton Stacy, at 6:50 PM, April 08, 2008  

  • Well first and for most i would like to send out my prayers to both families if i may. I've known boo boo before his high school years, in fact i am his BOO BOO forever and always.It's been unexplainable how I've felt since this tragedy,Actually this is the first time I've ever commented about this, I just wanted to give address all the negative,heartless,igonorant S.O.B that odviously dont recognize that this is a human being that you all are talking about.AREN'T U HUMAN.If not, let me educate you. This happens everyday.Don't you watch TV.Dont you read the news paper. This is a sickness, and what so happen my BOO BOO happened to be going through this illness, people please just pray for him and knock off all the negative comments.HELP NOT HURT PLEASE.I believe helping an individual instead of hurting will help the next cope with their situation.We have already lost one life.Lets work together to rekindle my BOO BOO.I'm pretty sure boo boo had a huge impact on quite a few friends out there making them believe that they could be somebody someday. If this pretains to you step up and help, he would NEVER forget you.This is not for sympathy this is real talk. Like i said at the beginning this guy's heart is one an a million.He would help anyone no matter if he knew you or if you were a different race, this guy didnt discriminate he was a people person especially w/kids.I hoped that we could have share having one together.This man is my heart and it hurts like hell.PLEASE if not for BOO BOO pray for MR.Malone and that this experience dont recycle and put someone else in this situation. BOO BOO I LUV YOU forever. I'm trying to pull my self together to be there for you but i"m weak when it comes to you.IM SORRY. I'm on my way real soon to be there for you.I"LL wait for you my luv.PEOPLE PLEASE HELP NOT HURT.IT's about CHANGE.Why not start with you.PLEASE put the negative energy away for good.PLEASE NO MORE IGNORANT COMMENTS.THANK U It will make a difference.25th Legends for Life. BOO BOO & DES. CHANGE.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:09 AM, October 21, 2008  

  • i know boo boo for a very long time i played one year of football with him and wrestled with him for three years the guy was a model citizen i seen him in 2003 at famous daves ribs in north riverside working and i could tell that he was not the same guy from high school it was sorry that nobody got the guy some help and what happened, happened but we have to move on with this situation all those coaches Mc willams and the rest of the guys that reaped the benefits of winning at heavy weight need to stand up for this guy

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:43 PM, January 15, 2009  

  • Can we feel bad for the poor man that lost his life. Also his grieving family.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:41 AM, September 11, 2009  

  • Should a book be written about Hubert Thompson?

    He seems like a good subject for a book. He possessed immense talent and had a mental health condition that proved to be fatal.

    Could he have been helped? Should someone have intervened sooner? Or did they intervene and the interventions were unsuccessful?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 4:23 PM, September 11, 2009  

  • I'm writing on here to encourage others who may know or don't know family members or friends living with a mental illness..I've know Boo Boo since grade school and me and him were like grade school lovers all the way until our senior year in high school. I have never seen him be mean or ignorant towards any one and for that matter never knew a problem existed. Let's please pray for his family for him and for the victim & his family. It is so sad to me that once someone's life is tooken how sides can be chosen. When you have no clue who the individual was before the crime took place. I truly feel that the high school, college & NFL knew he had a illness but chose to ignore it for their fame and fortune. It's sad that the moment you commit a unforseen crime people turn their backs on you. Boo Boo I love you still as if we were in grade school and even though its been years since I've seen you or the family..I've always thought about you all and I pray to GOD that he helps you thru this..The enemy is out to attack and its time he gets defeated..You will OVERCOME this difficult time in your life...I will continue to pray for strength for both families...Be Blessed

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:37 AM, January 07, 2010  

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