Man mistaken for James Bulger killer Robert Thompson kills himself
HAVE James Bulger’s killers Jon Venables and Robert Thompson claimed another life? Or should we blame someone else? The Lancashire Telegraph delivers the headline:
Ramsbottom dad took his own life over Bulger killer accusations
The story runs that Ramsbottom’s Scott Bradley, 36, “endured months of abuse after malicious gossips accused him of being murderer Robert Thompson.”
Who to blame for his suffering?
She [his mother Sue] has told how her son’s life became a ‘living hell’ after a hate mob in the seaside village of Garlieston, Wigtownshire, Scotland, turned on him over a play about the sickening killing.
Mr Bradley left a note:
“They called me all sorts – a paedophile, a follower of young girls, walking around bullying old people. The list is endless. And I’m supposed to be a child killer.”
How did the rumours begin?
The rumours apparently began after playwright Des Dillon penned a fictional work about Thompson moving to a remote coastal village in Galloway. Thompson and accomplice Jon Venables, now both 29, murdered two-year-old James after abducting him in Liverpool in 1993 and were released in 2001.
What about that play?
The play, Village of the Damned, is based around what would happen if one of James Bulger’s murderers was placed in a Scottish village under police protection…Speaking to the Glaswegian he said: “It’s a cracker of a play. I wanted to write a play about the most notorious protected offender in Britain, so I had a think and figured that’d be be Robert Thompson. So I based it on him, a guy terrorising a village that turns out to be him.”
Dillon also told how he’d been quizzed by cops after a man complained the play’s antagonist was based on him. He said: “The police come talk to me and keep asking me who’s it about, I say it’s about Robert Thompson in a fictitious village. They say have you not based it on anyone in any village, I say no, they ask ‘are you sure?’ I say no no no.
It’s set in a fictitious village with fictitious people.”
Real people can be more vicious than anything you can make up.
The play savagely satirises the role of the police role in protecting a killer released on life licence and questions who is responsible when villagers end-up charged with offences.
Oh, the grim irony.
What say the police on the death of Scott Bradley:
A Dumfries and Galloway police spokesman said Scott’s death was not being treated as suspicious and a report has been sent to the procurator fiscal.