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James Bulger’s last words: Killer Jon Venables mimics toddler to reveal his final plea

The most recent shocking detail revealed what the toddler, James Bulger, said to his killer, Jon Venables, right before he was killed
UPDATED JUL 25, 2021
Jon Venables and James Bulger (BWP Media via Getty Images)
Jon Venables and James Bulger (BWP Media via Getty Images)

One of the killers of toddler James Bulger recently revealed to the police what his victim's last words were – a chilling moment that was immortalized in the upcoming Australian documentary '60 Minutes.' 

It all went down on the ill-fated day of February 12, 1993, when 2-year-old James' mum Denise Fergus had taken him shopping in a butcher's in Bootle, Merseyside in England. She made sure to hold his hand as he had been running around the shop. However, he managed to get free of his mother's hand when she took out her purse to pay. Killers Robert Thompson and Jon Venables seized this opportunity to lead the toddler out of the shop and eventually to his death in a story that shocked the nation. When passersbys asked the pair what the toddler was doing with them, they simply said that Bulger was their younger brother or that he was lost and they were taking him to a local police station. After being kidnapped, he was tortured and sexually abused before his body was left on a railway track.


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Robert Thompson, 10 years of age, poses for a mugshot for British authorities February 20, 1993 in the United Kingdom. (Photo Courtesy of BWP Media via Getty Images)

The toddler's manner of death was no less gruesome as Venables and Thompson weighed his head down with rubble and lay him across railway tracks with the hope that he would be hit by a train and his murder would look like an accident. His body was was sliced in half by a train and his body was discovered a couple of days later. An autopsy revealed that he had suffered 42 injuries in total. Thompson and Venables became the country's youngest killers at the time after they were found guilty and sentenced to a minimum of eight years in prison. 

Chilling confession

In one of the most chilling images of the 20th century, the young victim was seen on CCTV walking out of the shopping center hand-in-hand with one of his killers. One of the recent shocking detail revealed was the toddler's last words, said to Venables, right before he was killed. According to the documentary, the killer told one of the interrogating officers that Bulger had said: "I want my mum". What made it perhaps more chilling is the fact that Venables,10, imitated Bulger's voice when he made the revelation.

Mother of murdered toddler James Bulger, Denise Fergus leaves the Old Bailey on July 23, 2010 in London, England (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Venables also added during his confession to the police that it was his partner Thompson's idea to kill the toddler. "It was Robert's idea to kill him," a young Venables can be heard saying. The victim's mother also spoke about her regret over the moment she let go of Bulger's hand as she took out her purse to pay for her shopping. "I shouldn't have let go," Fergus said, opening up about her son's murder in the documentary. "I shouldn't have let go of his hand. That was the biggest mistake of my life. I shouldn't have let go." Venables and Thompson were both released from a young offenders’ institution under license in June 2001 after they turned 18.