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Edlington Devil Boys: Meeting The Mum For Sex And Drugs

by | 24th, January 2010

draw-brothers THE Edlington Devil Boys are making front-page news in the Mail . Names have been kept hidden from the great unwashed to protect the victims and the guilty although how long before the web gets hold of them?

Pictures: Edlington Devil Boys

But still the Mail screams:


Exclusive: Parents of tortured boys describe their terrible ordeal… and call for the attackers to be treated like the killers of James Bulger

It’s an exclusive. Or as the Daily Mirror says:

Tortured boys fear their tormentors will ‘finish them off’ when they get out – EXCLUSIVE

Back in the Mail :

Jamie Bulger died. The toddler was tortured and murdered by children Jon Venables and Robert Thompson. An horrific crime. A rare crime. The Mail says:

The stark brutality of the case, which left the victims bloodied beyond recognition and on the verge of death, is the worst this country has known since the murder of James Bulger.

So what of Baby P ? The Mail has already moved on:

Baby P’s Mum Tracey Connelly And Stephen Barker, In Pictures

The father of one of the victims said: “They should never be allowed to hide from what they’ve done. I believe they could do this again so people should know exactly who they are. I understand they won’t be released until the authorities believe they have been rehabilitated – but they’re evil. People should have the right to know if there are people like that living anywhere near them.’

Yesterday the papers were telling us how the brothers will be in jail for “JUST five years. But the parents recognise the truth that it may well be far longer. But what of naming them? If the victims want it, then why not?

The Mail almost breaks the embargo by showing one victim’s parents from the back.

Last week, the parents unsuccessfully asked Mr Justice Keith to lift the Section 39 order under the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 which forbids the boys from being identified.

But let’s piece together the Mail’s clues:

His parents are in their 40s, friendly and down-to-earth. His father is a builder and his mother a carer for the elderly…

The parents of Michael’s best friend James are in their late 20s and softly spoken. His father is a forklift truck driver and his mother is a housewife.

Michael and James are not the boy’s real names which might help you narrow it down a bit. The guilty brother are not surnamed Devil that’s just a tabloid creation to make them sound less real, like cartoon characters.

Readers then hear the parents’ pain. And it is all too real. But what good in us knowing? Anyone sane can imagine the horror. And then the Mail does it again tells us the lurid detail of the crimes. But we don’t need to hear it in full. The words can be taken in isolation to add to the sense of horror:

“…throttled… barbed wire… punched… battered… bricks… nettles… glass… sex acts… set alight… smashed… lit cigarette… open wound… urinate… mobile phone.”

Revolting. Does it get more so by repetition, or does it become titillating, seductive, tapping

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