Robert Thompson was born on August 23, 1982 — the fifth of seven children. To join the conversation, please Log in. Who is Robert Thompson and where is he now? Here is what we know about the child killer and who was released from a young offenders’ institution under licence in 2001. His dad abandoned the family five years before Bulger's murder – leaving mum Ann devastated. He was a 10-yr-old kid then. After bringing in Thompson and Jon Venables for questioning, Phil said: “As far as I’m concerned that day — 20 years ago — I stared evil in the face. Venables and his girlfriend were living together when probation workers discovered a laptop hidden behind a headboard in his bedroom last year. hitType: 'event', "The reality is that the case for varying the injunction has simply not been made.". It is not yet known where the documentary, James Bulger: The New Revelations, will air in Australia. In 2006, reports claimed Thompson was in a stable gay relationship and had settled well into his local community in the North West of England. So far, the parole board has made 2,393 decisions on paper and conducted over 200 telephone or video hearings, according to the report. window.googletag.pubads().addEventListener('impressionViewable', function(event) { window.googletag.pubads().addEventListener('slotRenderEnded', function(event) { But I suspect you wouldn't have known that. hitType: 'event', Jon Venables, one of little James Bulger's killers, has reportedly had his prison release bid referred to a parole board. We and our partners use cookies on this site to improve our service, perform analytics, personalize advertising, measure advertising performance, and remember website preferences. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. ROBERT Thompson abducted and tortured to death two-year-old James Bulger alongside his partner in crime Jon Venables when they were just ten years old. But due to the coronavirus outbreak, there is a suspected monthly backlog of over 1,000 cases yet to be heard by the Board. "We can confirm the parole review of Jon Venables has been referred to the Parole Board and is following standard processes," a Parole Board spokesman said. } if(document.querySelector("#ads")){ His dad abandoned the family five years before Bulger’s murder — leaving mum Ann devastated, The Sun reported. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. "Jon Venables and I did not speak to each other at all, as I remember, during the attack," he said. They went out that day to kill — I truly believe that. The 36-year-old was said to be the ringleader in the death of James Bulger in 1993. He had passed five GCSEs, taken A-levels and enjoyed trips to the Lake District and the theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. "This is, therefore, a wholly exceptional case and the evidence in 2019 is more than sufficient to sustain the conclusion that there continues to be a real risk of very substantial harm to (Venables).". She turned to drink and fell into depression, as well as allegedly trying to take her own life with an overdose. Detective Phil Roberts was on Merseyside’s serious crime squad when he got a call at 6am on February 13, 1993, about a two-year-old boy who had gone missing from the New Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle. Robert Thompson was born on August 23, 1982 - the fifth of seven children. After bringing in Thompson and Jon Venables for questioning, he said: “As far as I’m concerned that day — 20 years ago — I stared evil in the face. “They were a match made in hell. Along with Robert Thompson, Venables was jailed for torturing and battering two-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool in February 1993. MEAWW is an initialism for Media Entertainment Arts WorldWide. eventCategory: event.slot.getSlotElementId(), Would like to watch it. Robert Thompson was born on August 23, 1982 – the fifth of seven children. A surveillance camera shows the abduction of two-year-old James Bulger from a shopping mall in Liverpool on February 12, 1993. The documentary will speak to several people close to the case and promises to share "new and startling" revelations about the crime. However, his statements still suggest that he viewed Venables as the lead killer. But the President of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane rejected the bid, saying it was in place to protect Venables from being "put to death". }); “There is obviously an irony to this but it is part of my remorseful feelings as well.”. And if they hadn’t been caught I fear they would have struck again. :rolleyes: Poor woman, how? I know that and its best that they do but it doesn't mean i agree with it. Detective Phil Roberts was on Merseyside’s serious crime squad when he got a call at 6am on February 13, 1993, about a two-year-old boy who had gone missing from the New Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle. eventAction: 'load' eventAction: 'click_ads' Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. window.googletag.pubads().addEventListener('slotOnload', function(event) { I don't really see the point in it either, I thought it had been reported some years ago that he was gay and had moved in with his partner after revealing details of his crime to them. eventCategory: event.slot.getSlotElementId(), Venables has now been caged for 40 months for admitting having a paedophile manual explaining “how to have sex with little girls” as well as over 1000 vile child abuse images. “Looking back, I very much regret that I did nothing to stop it at the time and the sight of those photographs fills me with shame and revulsion.". In 2006, reports claimed Thompson was in a stable gay relationship and had settled well into his local community in the North West. His identity is protected by a worldwide injunction — meaning that even trying to find out where he lives could land you in jail. Their horrendous crime was made more difficult to understand by the then-10-year-olds’ silence. Please sign in to contribute to the Mamamia Community. And even by 2000, top child psychiatrist Sir Michael Rutter claimed the risk posed by Venables on his release was "trivial". eventCategory: event.slot.getSlotElementId(), ga('ads.send', { Welcome to the Digital Spy forums. “I think Thompson was in charge, but they both attacked James. He had passed five GCSEs, taken A-levels and enjoyed trips to the Lake District and even to the theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Venables has now been caged for 40 months for admitting having a paedo manual explaining "how to have sex with little girls" as well as over 1,000 vile child abuse images. if(document.querySelector("#google_image_div")){ }); The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). His dad abandoned the family five years before Bulger's murder – leaving mum Ann devastated. Jon cried his eyes out through court, Robert sat a stared at the judges/jury trying to psych them out, apparantly bored kicking his shoes off and has never showed any remorse during the trial. In their bid to have Venable's identity disclosed, lawyers for Ralph and Jimmy Bulger argued certain details about the killer and his life are "common knowledge" and easily accessible online.