On February 12, 1993, Jon Venables and Robert Thompson ended the life of 2-year-old James Patrick Bulger. The two culprits were only 10 years old when they committed the infamous act, so even though they were locked away, their identities were hidden due to their minor status. Venables and Thompson aren't the first kids to commit horrifying acts, but they were England's youngest in 250 years. The British courts decided their actions were worthy of an adult trial.
What James went through shook the British public to its absolute core. As a result, Venables and Thompson became the targets of some malicious sentiments and required new identities for their protection. The boys were released in 2001, and Thompson has reportedly not committed any further offenses.
Venables, however, has been in and out of incarceration since his initial release, and authorities reportedly seized a cache of graphic child imagery from his computer. James's family has been outraged that the repeat offender is still able to hide behind anonymity and is striving to have the order lifted so that the public can identify Venables. In 2018, Venables infuriated the public even more with his insistence that the taxpayers of England pay for plastic surgery to allow him to hide his true identity upon his next release.
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