|James Patrick Bulger|
In February of 1993, James Patrick Bulger was just a toddler, 2 years old, a little over a month away from his third birthday. On the 12th of February, James went with his mother to the New Strand Shopping Centre and stopped into a butcher shop. James' mother, Denise, placed an order at the shop and while she was momentarily distracted, her little boy was lured away from her side by two monsters in the guise of little boys. These two boys who took advantage of a mother's distraction, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, were only ten years old and playing hookey from school. What these boy's decided to do this fateful day, aside from skip school and steal a few trinkets from a shopping center, was to commit a crime so brutally disgusting that it is hard to believe it was perpetrated by two children.
|Robert Thompson and Jon Venables: Demons Masquerading as Children|
Once Thompson and Venables had James isolated on the train tracks, they kicked and stomped on him, threw stones and bricks at him, placed batteries in his mouth that police suspected they had also inserted in James' rectum and lastly, a 22 pound iron bar was dropped on him. Little James suffered 10 skull fractures from that bar being dropped on his head and total of 42 injuries from the torture those two demonic children inflicted on him. The injuries were so severe that a pathologist could not even determine which one had been the fatal blow. Another disturbing fact, is that James foreskin had been forcibly pulled back. His shoes, socks, pants and underwear had also all been removed.
Their disgusting brutalization of a baby complete, Thompson and Venables collected junk and piled it onto James' head after placing his lifeless body on the train tracks. Their hope was that if James' body was ever found, it would look like the train killed him, and not two sick and twisted little boys. His body, cut in half, wouldn't be found until Valentine's day.
|James, smiling and being held by his father, Ralph.|
I have to mention that throughout this whole thing, it was thought that there was a sexual element involved for Thompson and Venables, something they both denied. In 2010, Venables was caught with child pornography and sent back to jail for, where he is being detained "indefinitely", according to officials. So I guess the assumption that there was some sexual thrill involved in the killing of a baby was correct.
|James playing with his mother, Denise.|
This is such a disturbing and thoroughly fucked up case, where children murdered another defenseless child. It makes you wonder if people are truly born evil and it instills a sort of hopelessness in a less optimistic person when you think about it too much. That your child is so unsafe in this world, that not only do you have to worry about strangers and relatives and significant others harming your child, but that you also have to worry about other children. It is a fucked up world we live in and all I can do is hope it gets better or that, after all the pain, all the suffering, all the heartache, that something better than this world awaits us on the other side of life. That is literally sometimes the only way to get through a day when you hear and see stories like this and worse all over the internet, in the paper, on your tv screen.
My thoughts are with beautiful Little James and his family. I remember him because he shouldn't be forgotten. We need to always remember these voiceless victims, even years after they left us, so that if we ever are faced with the opportunity to help another defenseless child, we make the right choice and step up, speak up and get involved. It could save a child's life.