Jon Venables, 10, says I killed James in police interview heard for first time

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James Bulger’s killer is heard admitting the brutal murder of the toddler in a chilling police interview heard for the first time.

Jon Venables, then aged 10, breaks down beside his mother as a detective questions him about the gruesome crime that shocked the nation.

He abducted and mutilated the two-year-old along with his friend Robert Thompson in Bootle, Merseyside, in 1993.









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Undated police handout photo of Jon Venables, as a petition demanding answers about how James BulgerÕs killer was free to commit new offences could be debated in parliament after winning 100,000 signatures.

Jon Venables admits killing James in a police interview in 1993 (Picture: PA)

Venables gets trapped in a web of lies during the interview, as he pleads to both the detective and his mother.

He admits being in the Bootle Strand shopping centre, but says: ‘But we never got a kid mum. We never, we never got a kid.’

The officer then mentions a conversation Venables had with his mother before the interview.

He says: ‘What was it you told us?’

Venables, in tears, replies: ‘That I killed James.’

James Bulger the 2 year old boy who went missing in the Bootle area of Liverpool. 2/2/01 Proceedings which could decide the release of the killers of toddler James were getting under way in private. * Lawyers for Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, both 18, were presenting their arguments before a parole board hearing, held at a secret location believed to be somewhere in London, for the first time. The killers were not at the preliminary hearing but were being informed of its outcome at the separate secure accommodation centres in northern England where they have been since their convictions for James' murder in 1993. The three-strong parole board panel was today listening to legal arguments, examining reports and dossiers and discussing which witnesses are required for the full hearing. * 3/12/93 3 youths being questioned. 4/5/93 Two 10yr olds pleaded not guilty to the abduction and murder of James. 31/10/93 Boys go on trial 24/11/93 Court verdict 25/5/94 12/6/97 Home Secretary Michael Howard to increase the sentence to 15 years Undated library filer of murdered toddler James Bulger, from Liverpool. 30/07/1996 - James Bulgers killers Jon Venables and Robert Thompson were sentenced to indefinite life sentences. 12/06/97: The House of Lords is due to rule on whether former Home Secretary Michael Howard was right to increase the sentences of the two boys convicted of James' murder from eight to fifteen years. 06/03/98: Lawyers for Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, the two boys convicted of murdering James, are taking their case to the European Commission of Human Rights, claiming they were not given a fair trial. 16/12/1999 - Thw European Court of Human Rights rules that Jon Venables and Robert Thompson were given an unfair trial. Judges ruled that the environment of an adult court and the intense publicity surrounding the trial prejudiced the hearing and breached human rights 12/3/00 British shadow home secretary Ann Widdecombe reacted with 'great disappointment' to news that killers of toddler James Bulger could be freed in three years. She said the Bulger family would be 'devastated' by moves to release Robert Thompson and Jon Venables so soon after the 1993 murder of the two-year-old on a Liverpool railway line. The Home Office has refused to comment on reports that Home Secretary Jack Straw will this week announce he will stand by the minimum 10-year sentences set by the Lord Chief Justice. 8/1/2001: Family Division President Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss ruled that the boys identities and whereabouts must be kept confidential for the rest of their lives. 20/6/01: The Parole Board was beginning its deliberations on the second schoolboy killer of toddler James Bulger. Robert Thompson, now 18, was due to attend the meeting at a secret location after the panel completed its examination of his partner in the February 1993 murder, Jon Venables. Both could be freed within days if the panel decides they are no longer a risk to the public. 20/06/01 The Parole Board was, beginning its deliberations on the second schoolboy killer of toddler James Bulger. Robert Thompson, now 18, was due to attend the meeting at a secret location after the panel completed its examination of his partner in the February 1993 murder, Jon Venables. Both could be freed within days if the panel decides they are no longer a risk to the public. The pair were just 10 when they abducted two-year-old James from the Strand shopping precinct in Bootle, Merseyside, before torturing him and battering him to death on a railway line. *07/08/2001....Undated handout family collect photo of murdered boy James Bulger. A controversial comedy centered on a teenager who abducts and kills a child was, taking to the stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Age of Consent has faced a barrage of criticism by some people who say the story is too similar to that of James Bulger. The play by award-winning writer Peter Morris tells the story of a toddler's murder through the eyes of teenage killer Timmy. 12/2/03: Thousands of Merseysiders were expected to observe a one-minute silence, to mark the tenth anniversary of the murder of toddler James Bulger. The Liverpool Town Hall flag was being flown at half-mast in memory of the two-year-old Kirkby boy whose battered body was found on an isolated railway line.

James Bulger was abducted and mutilated by Jon Venables and Robert Thompson in 1993 (Picture: PA)

The interview was played for the killer’s 1993 trial and broadcast for the first time in the Channel 5 documentary James Bulger: The New Revelations.

Venables and Thompson led James away while his mother wasn’t watching.

They took him to a railway line and poured modelling paint into his eyes, stoned him and clubbed him with bricks.

They then dumped his body on a railway line so a train could hit it.

The documentary also revealed how Thompson managed to convince the Parole Board to free him in 2001 by saying he was ‘desperately sorry’ for murdering James.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (338444a) POLICE MUGSHOT OF ROBERT THOMPSON, ONE OF THE MURDERERS OF JAMIE BULGER, TAKEN SHORTLY AFTER HIS ARREST BULGER KILLERS, LIVERPOOL, BRITAIN - FEB 1993 On this day: 20th February, 1993 : Two 10 year old boys have been charged with the abduction and murder of two-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool. The toddler went missing from the Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle last Friday and his body was found on a railway embankment on 14 February.

Robert Thompson was released by the Parole Board in 2001 (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

Thompson, now 36, claimed he was a ‘better person’ after becoming the country’s youngest murderer for 250 years alongside Venables.

He was aged 18 when he told the Parole Board: ‘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.

‘There is obviously an irony to this, but it is part of my remorseful feelings as well.

‘I, personally, wish Mr and Mrs Bulger and their families to know that I am desperately sorry for what I did, and aware of the enormity of what I did.

‘Mr and Mrs Bulger have made statements in the press indicating that they would view any statement of remorse by me as a cynical manoeuvre to secure my release.

391286 04: FILE PHOTO: A surveillance camera shows the abduction of two-year-old James Bulger from the Bootle Strand shopping mall February 12 1993 at 3:42pm near Liverpool, England. Bulger holds the hand of Jon Venables, one of two ten-year-old boys later convicted of his torture and murder. The government announced the release of Venables and Robert Thompson, now the age of 18, despite a public outcry to keep them in jail, June 22, 2001. The boys will be given new identities which a judge has barred the British media from disclosing. (Photo by BWP Media via Getty Images)

A surveillance camera shows the abduction of two-year-old James Bulger from the Bootle Strand shopping centre on February 12 1993 (Picture: Getty)

‘It is difficult, given that, to see how I could ever communicate my remorse in an effective way.’

He then spoke about the horrific murder, telling the Parole Board: ‘Looking back, I very much regret that I did nothing to stop it.

‘I had a strange energy in me where I had to be doing something, getting chased, stealing something, getting into trouble, and Jon Venables with James Bulger was stopping me from doing this.

‘I am deeply ashamed of what I did, of having played a part in this horrible murder.’

He said: ‘My trial was an ordeal. The Judge’s robes included gloves and a black cloth, which I asked my lawyers about, and the answer frightened me.

‘The courtroom was totally packed with reporters, and I felt paralysed by their attention.

‘I didn’t feel it was possible for me to make an admission of my involvement, having seen the public reaction to the crime, and to myself and Jon Venables as the people accused of that crime. I didn’t feel able to give evidence.’

The Parole Board recommended releasing Thompson and Venables on a lifelong licence. They were freed under new identities.