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Written In Blood: Episode 2 - The Child Killers
By James Whittington, Tuesday 12th September 2017

In this episode, Simon Toyne travels to Liverpool to unravel the notorious story of the murder of James Bulger, the 2-year-old abducted and killed by two 10-year-old boys.

Bootle, Merseyside. On February 12th, 1993, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, who frequently played truant, were hanging around the Strand shopping centre after skipping school. The boys were wandering around the shopping centre stealing items such as sweets and batteries and a bucket of pain, which were later found at the crime scene.

First the boys attempted to take a boy from a department store T.J. Hughes, before the child’s mother ran out and picked him up. Thompson and Venables then saw 2-year-old James Bulger. This was supposed to be James’ mothers last stop of the day before heading back home to Kirby. They abducted him and walked for 2.5 miles. When they arrived at the Walton Railway line, they brutally tortured James and left him on the rail tracks.

His body was found two days later, discovered by a group of boys who had been trespassing on the railway. Thompson and Venables were found guilty in November 1993, and became the youngest convicted murderers in Britain in 300 years. They were both released in 2001. Thompson has allegedly done well after his release, however Venables has shown to be more challenging. When he was still in the Red Bank secure children’s unit, aged 17, he had been accused of having sex with a female care worker. He was arrested in July 2010 for processing and distributing child pornography, then released on parole again in 2013. Since his first release, Venables has been given four new identities, each alias is said to cost the taxpayer £250,000.


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