James Bulger: The New Revelations is airing on Channel 5 TONIGHT – but what information will be uncovered about Jon Venables and Robert Thompson?April 17, 2019
A TV documentary containing new and startling evidence on the murder of James Bulger is set to air on Channel 5 tonight.
James Bulger: The New Revelations uncovers new information regarding the death of the toddler, whose body was found on a railway line in Walton, Liverpool in 1993.
Twenty-six years later, this documentary looks at the case which shocked Britain.
When is James Bulger: The New Revelations?
A repeat of the documentary will air tonight (April 17, 2019) at 10pm on Channel 5 and features testimony from the infamous child killers.
Two-year-old James Bulger was snatched from a Liverpool shopping centre in 1993 by ten-year-olds Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, who tortured, beat and sexually assaulted him.
The show, which first aired on November 14, 2018, also includes evidence from those who knew the two young murderers at the time of the prosecution process and immediately afterwards.
Neither of the killers gave evidence at the time, nor did their lawyers offer any defence.
What did Robert Thompson say about his crimes?
The Channel 5 documentary features testimony that Thompson, now 37, gave the Parole Board in 2001 in which he claimed he is a “better person” thanks to his years in prison — but apologised for murdering the two-year-old.
In statements that convinced prison bosses to free him, he said: “I do feel aware I am now a better person and have had a better life and a better education than if I had not committed the murder.
“There is obviously an irony to this but it is part of my remorseful feelings as well.
“I, personally, wish Mr and Mrs Bulger and their families to know that I am desperately sorry for what I did, and aware of the enormity of what I did.”
Thompson claimed he pleaded not guilty to murder for fear of revenge attacks.
He said: “This is why I felt unable to admit my part in the murder.
“I wanted to tell what had happened, but I could not accept the blame, so I had to tell and put the blame for everything on Jon Venables’ shoulders.”
He said he accused Venables, adding: “I was too frightened to accept any blame myself.”
Speaking about the murder, he told the Parole Board: “Looking back, I very much regret that I did nothing to stop it.
“I had a strange energy in me where I had to be doing something, getting chased, stealing something, getting into trouble, and Jon Venables with James Bulger was stopping me from doing this.
“I am deeply ashamed of what I did, of having played a part in this horrible murder.”
He said: “My trial was an ordeal. The Judge’s robes included gloves and a black cloth, which I asked my lawyers about, and the answer frightened me.
“The courtroom was totally packed with reporters, and I felt paralysed by their attention.
“I didn’t feel it was possible for me to make an admission of my involvement, having seen the public reaction to the crime, and to myself and Jon Venables as the people accused of that crime.
“I didn’t feel able to give evidence.”
But he denied the pair sexually assaulted James before killing him and revealed he and Venables never spoke about the attack.
He said: "Jon Venables and I did not speak to each other at all, as I remember, during the attack.
“And we didn’t speak about it after we left James Bulger on the railway line.”
The statements also reveal that Venables, now back in jail for possessing indecent images, reacted angrily when told Sun readers collected coupons calling for him to be locked up for life.
James's dad Ralph has told the Mirror the statements are "false words" as he revealed he will "never accept either of these two is sorry".
What happened to James Bulger?
Robert Thompson and Jon Venables were only 10 years old when they became the country’s youngest murderers in 250 years.
Little James was led away by the depraved duo while his mother was in a butcher's shop at the busy shopping centre.
A picture taken from CCTV footage shows the tot being taken by the hand in what would become one of the defining images of the shocking case.
The killers walked James for two and half miles and were spotted by 38 people – some of whom challenged the pair.
Venables and Thompson told passers-by that the distressed toddler was their younger brother or that he was lost and they were taking him to a local police station.
The pair took James to a railway line and tortured, beat and sexually assaulted him.
They poured modelling paint into his eyes, stoned him and clubbed him with bricks, before leaving him on the railway line to be hit by a train.
After killing the tot they left his body near the tracks where it was discovered two days later.
What has happened since the killers were released?
In June 2001, both the killers were released and given new secret identities.
However, in 2010 Venables was jailed for two years after admitting downloading and distributing indecent images of children.
It later emerged that Venables is back in jail after allegedly being caught with more vile child abuse images.
In February 2018, he admitted having a sick paedophile manual which instructed him on how to "have sex with little girls".
The sick killer, who also pleaded guilty to having more than 1,000 indecent images of children, has been caged for 40 months.
The Old Bailey heard he told cops after his arrest: "This is my own fault. I have let people down again. I have had urges."
The monster is understood to have been living in a secret location in the North of England under a SECOND new identity given to him following his release from prison in 2013.
In July 2013, James’ anguished dad Ralph Bulger warned: “Jon Venables is and always was a predatory sex killer who will never be changed.
“He will always be a danger to children which is why he must be locked up for life."
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