Murderers. Serial killers. Depraved flesh-eating maniacs. The world is overrun with them.
Every day brings another horror story. And sometimes, it seems like nothing new can shock us.
Well, until we hear of 10-year-olds gruesomely torturing and killing a toddler. Until we meet the James Bulger story.
This story rocked England and the world in the early 90s. And it’s a sad reminder that evil can lurk in unfathomable places – in the most cherubic faces.
The story makes us realize that it knows no age and would strike when we least expect it. This tale would curdle your insides in anger and disbelief. You’ve been warned.
10 The Deed
The 12th of February started like any other day at the New Strand Shopping Center in Bootle, Merseyside, England. Everyone was busy getting things or selling things. So, no one thought much of the two boys wandering around the stalls.
They were 10-year-old Jon Venables and Robert Thompson. And they were playing truant.
They had fun shoplifting a small can of blue paint, some batteries, and other odds and ends. But, they soon got bored with that. And so, they zeroed in on two-year-old James Bulger.
He had wandered off when his mom, Denise, looked away to pay the butcher for their pork chops. A moment she would regret all her life.
9 They Had Tried It Before
Venables and Thompson didn’t just decide to lead James out of the mall on a whim. They had tried to kidnap another boy before him. The two children had stalked the first kid and had snatched him when his mom turned her back.
Venables and Thompson even succeeded at getting the boy out of the store before the child’s mother spotted them and swooped in to rescue her child.
Later, during their interview with the police, they would admit that they intended to push a child into the heavy traffic.