James Bulger killer Robert Thompson says he had a 'better life and education' after he was jailed for the murder
A new documentary shows how the now-36-year-old child killer admitted he saw the irony in his statements and expressed remorse for his involvement in the killing
Robert Thompson, one of the ten-year-old boys who was responsible for the torture and murder of toddler James Patrick Bulger in Liverpool in 1993, has expressed how he's had a "better life" as a result of being jailed for the horrific crime in a new documentary set to air this week. According to the Daily Mail, the documentary includes comments from Thompson — whose new identity is unknown — made to the parole board who was considering his application for freedom. The now-36-year-old reportedly claims that his time at the Barton Moss secure unit in Manchester, where he spent close to a decade in incarceration, brought him huge benefits.
He was quoted saying, "I do feel aware that I am now a better person and have had a better life and a better education than if I had not committed the murder," but admitted he saw the irony in his statements and expressed remorse for committing the murder as well. Unsurprisingly, the revelations did not sit well with Ralph Bulger, the slain toddler's father. Bulger could do little to contain his fury as he ranted on about how he and his wife had insisted that the killers were being rewarded rather than punished for the crime and that was now proving to be true.
"For 25 years I have insisted that Thompson and Venables have been rewarded not punished for murdering my baby son," the 51-year-old father told the Mail. "The message here is horrific – kill a child and you will get a privileged and cozy life in return."
He continued, "'I have always said that the pair have never been punished at all.' The cost of locking up the two killers was put at £2.5million in 2001 when they were released on license. When these two were still locked up they went without nothing," adding, "They got a first class education, counselors and therapists while James' family was thrown to the wolves with our grief. It terrifies me that this sends out a message that you can commit a crime as heinous as killing James and get away with it."
Thompson also revealed to the parole board he had initially lied about his involvement in the murder after being taken aback by the furious public reaction to the crime but said he was now "deeply ashamed of having played a part in this horrible murder." Bulger, however, was not one to be placated. He refused to consider Thompson's statements and said, "Their false words mean nothing to me. They might have hoodwinked the Parole Board and the do-gooders who let them out but they will never deceive me."
While Thompson has managed to steer clear of trouble, the same can't be said of the other killer, Venables. Even though they were both released from rehab under new identities in 2001, in 2010, the Ministry of Justice revealed that Venables had returned to prison on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography. Then, in 2017, it emerged that he had been once again put behind bars after he was found having more child abuse images on his computer.
The news had resulted in Bulger calling for Venables to be stripped of his new identity, and till now the father's pleas remain unanswered.