The Sleep of Reason: James Bulger Case by David James SmithFriday, February 12 1993. Two outwardly unremarkable ten-year-old boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, began their day playing truant and ended it running an errand for a local video shop. In between they abducted and killed the toddler James Bulger. The Sleep of Reason is the harrowing, sensitive, definitive account of this terrible crime and its consequences.
In a new Preface (which considers the re-arrest of Jon Venables in February 2010) David James Smith writes: It is as true now as it was then that the murder has never really been explained and the motive for the crime remains a mystery. This book, the result of considerable research and a painstaking, sometimes distressing assembly of the facts, was my attempt to offer some insight and understanding.
Surprisingly evocative, even moving... immensely valuable. Times
Dramatic and disturbing. Anita Brookner, Observer
Compelling and compassionate. Times Educational Supplement
This is what happened to James Bulger's killers Robert Thompson and Jon Venables
As the killers target their latest victim, Thorne takes the biggest risk of his career and is drawn into a horrifying and disturbing world in which families will do anything to protect their honour. Buy the Book. Buy the eBook. DI Nicola Tanner enlists the help of DI Tom Thorne to pursue a pair of ruthless killers and the broker handing out the deadly contracts. As the killers target their latest victim, Thorne is drawn into a horrifying world in which families will do anything to protect their honour. One fateful summer morning in , two eleven-year-old girls meet for the first time and by the end of the day are charged with murder.
James Patrick Bulger 16 March  — 12 February was a 2-year-old boy from Kirkby , Merseyside , England, who was abducted, tortured and killed by two year-old boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables. His mutilated body was found on a railway line 2. Thompson and Venables were charged on 20 February with Bulger's abduction and murder. They were found guilty on 24 November , making them the youngest convicted murderers in modern British history. They were sentenced to detention during Her Majesty's pleasure until a Parole Board decision in June recommended their release on a lifelong licence aged In November , Venables was again sent to prison for possessing child abuse images on his computer.
Every detail was vivid. We saw the two older boys leading James, pulling him, dragging him, kicking him. We saw James looking lost, distressed. We saw him tired, crying, injured, bleeding. We saw every shop, every set of traffic lights, every car, every church, every passer-by.
Written in Blood brings fact and fiction together, for a fascinating insight into the notorious story of the murder of James Bulger - the 2-year-old boy abducted.
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Delve deeper into the chilling true crimes, which inspired some of the world's best-selling novels. Written in Blood brings fact and fiction together, for a fascinating insight into the minds of killers and authors alike. MC Simon Toyne travels to South London to unravel the unbelievable story of Banaz Mahmod - a woman murdered by members of her own family. He's with renowned crime author Mark Billingham, who researched the case in detail when writing his best-selling book 'Love Like Blood'. MC Simon Toyne travels to Liverpool to unravel the notorious story of the murder of James Bulger - the 2-year-old boy abducted and killed by two year-old boys.
Two-year-old James Bulger was beaten and tortured to death, in , by Jon Venables and Robert Thompson - who were just years-old when they committed the heinous crime. The toddler was led away from her while she was shopping with her son in the Strand shopping centre in Bootle. Harrowing CCTV footage showed the tiny toddler being led away by the two boys - who then walked him two and a half miles - where his body was found two days later on a railway line. The boys Venables and Thompson became the youngest convicted murderers in modern English history and were in custody until they reached By Kate McMullin Senior general news reporter. Video Loading Video Unavailable. Click to play Tap to play.
Two-year-old James, from Kirkby, Merseyside, was murdered nearly 25 years ago. The harrowing story of the murder of James Bulger will be explored in a brand-new TV documentary tonight. Two-year-old James, from Kirkby, Merseyside, was murdered nearly 25 years ago, after he was abducted, tortured and murdered by two ten-year-old boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables. Bulger was led away from the New Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle whilst his mother was distracted, before his body was found on a railway line two-and-a-half miles away, two days after his murder. In this documentary, key individuals involved in the trial are brought together for the first time in 25 years to debate whether justice was truly served, with the programme including excerpts from police interview tapes, footage from the time and interviews to examine the press, public and political influence on the prosecution of the case. Harrowing CCTV footage showed the tiny toddler being led away by the two boys - who then walked him two and a half miles - where his body was found two days later on a railway line. The boys Venables and Thompson became the youngest convicted murderers in modern English history and were sentenced to eight years in custody until they reached