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Jon Venables: Albert Kirby And Denise Fergus Are Bled By A Rapacious Media

JON Venables, one of James Bulger’s killers, is causing a “storm”, says the Daily Star. Only, he isn’t. It’s just the media that wants him to. Before we hear from former Det Supt Albert Kirby, who led the investigation and who features on the BBC TV show Jon Venables: What Went Wrong?, here’s a quick look at the story so far:

On 12 February 1993 two-year-old James Bulger was abducted and murdered by ten-year-old boys Robert Thompson and Jon Venables. In November 1993, Venables and Thompson were jailed. Venables went to Red Bank unit in Newton-le-Willows. Thompson went to Barton Moss secure children’s unit in Eccles, Greater Manchester.

In 2001, they were released on lifelong licence. Venables broke his licence and in 2010 was recalled to jail. He was then found guilty of downloading and distributing child porn.

Before the details of Venables’ crimes were knows, Kirby speculated.

“Was it a social offence, drink or drug related, was it dishonesty or was it violence, heaven forbid?”

The man who led the case to catch Bulger’s killers was speculating.

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Posted: 21st, April 2011 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (20)