Thatcher Jerome is in charge of the mob's operations on and around the Gaines River. A man of ambition, he's looking to rise even higher in the ranks. Or he once was...
Thatcher began his criminal career as an errand boy for Stoke Jackson, a Bakerville pharmacist with a sideline in crime. From those humble beginnings, he steadily rose through the ranks over the years by seizing each opportunity for advancement ("open doors," as he liked to think of them) when it came. Along the way, he entered a relationship with Rachel, a stripper. To his own surprise, the two fell in love, married, and had two children, Thomas and Janie.
By 2013, he ran all the mob's operations in and around the Gaines River. Thus, when the Ambassador took up residence on the river, Thatcher did not let the fact that this newcomer was some unknowable manner of extraterrestrial life stop him from trying to deliver the obligatory shakedown. However, to his surprise, the Ambassador chose to enter a fruitful business deal with him, wherein Thatcher would purchase and deliver whatever Earth goods the enigmatic envoy requested.
While overseeing one delivery, Thatcher's greed got the better of him and he poached a briefcase-like object from the Ambassador's home. It turned out to contain five capsules of sorna-gas, an alien substance that could grant superpowers. When Thatcher asked his brother-in-law, a metallurgist named Andy Wilson, to analyze one of the capsules, Wilson accidentally exposed himself to the sorna, transforming into the villainous Ore-Master.The remaining capsules were Thatcher's newest open door, and he considered various possibilities: Empowering himself, selling them, creating his own superpowered crew, etc. In the end, however, he realized he and his wife were happy with their life, and his enduring ambition finally quelled, he stashed the objects away. ("Through Open Doors (Part Two)")
As of 2013, his daughter Janie lives in Chicago and his son Thomas is attending college.
During the events surrounding the sorna capsules, the Broken Man seemed to take an interest in Thatcher, watching him surreptitiously. Does Mr. Jerome have the makings to be an agent of the Broken Man?