“You can be sincerely assured that each of the two ten-year-olds knew that it was a grave wrong to take a two-year-old child away from his mother and inflict extreme violence on him.”

Indictment opened against Jon Venables and Robert Thompson in the James Bulger case, England 1993

“I put rocks on James’ head to keep the blood from coming out.”

Statement by Robert “Bobby” Thompson

Jon got all excited and cried. He climbed onto his mother’s lap and she rocked him like a little baby. Through tears, Jon sobbed, “I killed him.”

From the transcript of the confession of Jon Venables, aged eleven

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