re Facebook and the pictures of James Bulger's killers

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A friend of mine on Facebook has posted the pictures of James Bulger's killers as they look 'today'. I have no idea where they have come from or if they are actually the two men involved (and I don't know if she knows any of this information).

AIBU to report these pictures? She has had loads of support under her post.

pigletmania Fri 15-Feb-13 20:40:14

Though iwouldent I think, a lot f people on here have forgotten that thse boys tortured a little toddler and made his last moments hell on earth, no punishment IMHO is enough forth em. I don't care h old they are, they knew wht they were doing. That little boy was not only killed but tortured in the most horrific way

pigletmania Fri 15-Feb-13 20:41:00

Silly I pad typing meant for them

pigletmania Fri 15-Feb-13 20:41:50

So don't blame people for feelings running high

PatButchersEarring Fri 15-Feb-13 20:45:15

Well said, on all counts Widow and Jessie

You've just helped me make my mind up to unfriend the dim wits who have contaminated my news feed with this shit.

Fairylea Fri 15-Feb-13 20:45:20

I don't think people feel justice was done. I think they want them dead, they want them to feel the pain and fear James felt. That alone is the reason for sharing the images I would imagine for a lot of people, to hope someone would kill them.

They are not looking to undo the crime itself by posting them.

I get very annoyed when people seem to think somehow it was different because they were children. My dd is the same age as them and I have no doubt that her and her friends have total understanding of empathy and right from wrong. The boys were found to have acted with cunning and planning. They knew what they were doing.
They could have been 30 or 10. It makes no difference. They knew they acted absolutely horrifically.

MortifiedAdams Fri 15-Feb-13 20:46:04

Piglet what an awful thing to say. NObody on here has forgotten what those two boys did.

Nobody.

pigletmania Fri 15-Feb-13 20:47:20

It seems so mortified te way some people are talking

AmberLeaf Fri 15-Feb-13 20:47:43

I read comments saying they should have been hung when they were 10 years old.

Th irony of it is lost on them.

RandallPinkFloyd Fri 15-Feb-13 20:47:49

My BIL posted it. If it was anyone else I would have defriended in a heartbeat.

We've always had very different views on a lot of things but I'm genuinely sad that he's done this. Sounds ridiculous I know but I'm really disappointed in him. It's made me see him very differently.

Fairylea Fri 15-Feb-13 20:48:23

I don't think they should have been killed. I don't think they should have been let out either.

pigletmania Fri 15-Feb-13 20:49:16

Though I don't agree with lynch mob and vigilante goings on, I believe they should have gotten a far longer custodial sentence that fits the crime

FoxyRevenger Fri 15-Feb-13 20:49:52

Piglet, but why are people's feelings running high? Because they're being told that's how they should feel by a stupid Facebook rumour?

Makes as much sense as those annoying 'share this picture of a flower to help cure this mum dying of cancer' type things.

Do you honestly think that if those men (whether they are actually them or not) are murdered and others end up in prison for that, that you'll all feel better somehow?

If yes, I think that's quite disgusting, actually.

pigletmania Fri 15-Feb-13 20:51:32

I said nothing about killing them roxy, just that they shoud have been locked away far longer

shockers Fri 15-Feb-13 20:52:56

I have reported the pictures because the language that went with them sickened me. Women talking about 'carving them up'. The man in the picture might be one of the killers, but then again, he may not be. It is really irresponsible to post rubbish like these pictures unless you are absolutely sure of the facts. The woman that posted the share I got was clearly acting like some kind of bloodthirsty sheep.

pigletmania Fri 15-Feb-13 20:52:59

Sorry foxy doh

Feelings are not running high because of Facebook but the horrific and sadistic way that this little boy was killed. 20 years on its still in my mind before facebook

MortifiedAdams Fri 15-Feb-13 20:55:08

Well we dont practive capital punishment in this country so the killers being killed was never going to be an outcome. A much much longer custodial sentance (mirroring that of the States) would be ideal but the sentencing has been and gone.

It is not for Joe Blogs on the street to take tge law into their own hands.

MrsKeithRichards Fri 15-Feb-13 20:57:08

The whole thing is disgusting.

FoxyRevenger Fri 15-Feb-13 20:57:33

Yes, that was a cross post.

But - that's presumably what people sharing the picture have in mind. What else could they be trying to hint at?

fairylea - "I think they want them dead, they want them to feel the pain and fear James felt" - well, there's any moral high ground slipping away.

I also recall hearing a police officer involved in the case talking about the upbringing either one or both of those boys had, and he said it was horrifically abusive, he/they were never taken care of, loved, given any kind of proper parenting or guidance. No wonder they lacked any empathy at all. What they did was horrendous, just heartbreaking and vile. And their upbringing doesn't negate the crime. But it does provide context, maybe?

Fairylea Fri 15-Feb-13 20:57:47

I still can't believe they only served 7 years.
Much too short a sentence in my opinion.

gordyslovesheep Fri 15-Feb-13 20:57:55

yeh but Piglet they where not - mainly because they where CHILDREN

the law spoken - you can't change that - witch hunting possibly innocent people all over FB makes 'you' a twat quiet frankly I would defriend anyone who posted such garbage

I was 21 when it happend Piglet and living in Liverpool - so yes I remember it well - what about you or are you just jumping on a vigilante bandwagon?

iheartmycat Fri 15-Feb-13 20:58:43

This terrifies me. I have an ex partner who looked very like a grown up version of one of the killers (100% not him!!) and when they were first released, I used to be so scared that he wOuld be mistaken for Robert Thomson and attacked. Sending these pics round Facebook is just appealing to vigilantes.

Remotecontrolduck Fri 15-Feb-13 20:58:51

I don't think justice was done at all, I am pretty disgusted in fact at how lightly they got off and regardless of whether they were children or not knew exactly what they were doing and should be permanently put away.

That said, no way should anyone be sharing pictures of supposed killers now on facebook. That's just so wrong, putting the law into your own hands.

Piglet - what makes you think people have forgotten? Because they don't agree with the photos being posted?

AmberLeaf Fri 15-Feb-13 21:00:23

Foxy, yes RT had a horribly abusive homelife and TBH social services should be ashamed that they didn't step in years previously.

Fairylea Fri 15-Feb-13 21:00:36

Foxy I can see what you're saying but at the same time plenty of people suffer horrific childhoods. It doesn't necessarily mean they end up void of empathy. Often the best and most caring people are the ones who missed out on it in their childhoods.

So something was clearly a bit askew somewhere.

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