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.

IneedAsockamnesty Sun 17-Feb-13 20:24:44

According to reports at the time JV did say " tell his mum I'm sorry" but that's rarely referred to. And its more usual to have remorseless tagged onto stories

pigletmania Sun 17-Feb-13 20:10:58

It would sock, and would be good to hear mabey not from them directly that they were remorseful for their crimes

IneedAsockamnesty Sun 17-Feb-13 20:02:04

Does anybody expect any paper to print a story saying how deeply sorry he is and how he wishes he hadn't done it?

True or not,would that make a really good story? Do you reckon it would sell papers that those waving figurative pitchforks would want to buy it because after all that's who those rags are aimed at.

BettySuarez Sun 17-Feb-13 19:51:30

A 36 year old father committed suicide last year following false allegations that he was one of the killers. I would be horrified if anyone I knew was stupid enough to share these pictures on Facebook.

pigletmania Sun 17-Feb-13 19:49:56

I do even though it's sensationalist it still reports factual information too

IneedAsockamnesty Sun 17-Feb-13 19:46:45

I'm not an apologist either. Just because I don't believe every word of the sensationalist nonsense spouted in the daily fail or believe the sun to be an actual newspaper does not make me one.

pigletmania Sun 17-Feb-13 19:45:31

Dies not sound very remorseful of his crime just the strain of keeping his identity secret

pigletmania Sun 17-Feb-13 19:44:19

Glad he is being let in prison where he belongs

pigletmania Sun 17-Feb-13 19:43:47

He obviously is revealing to people who he is, seems round of it if you ask me

lockets Sun 17-Feb-13 19:42:02

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pigletmania Sun 17-Feb-13 19:38:20
lockets Sun 17-Feb-13 19:36:20

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pigletmania Sun 17-Feb-13 19:34:19

Well it des not seem like venables has learnt his lesson pressing chi,d pornography. God I can't stand all these apologists for the murderers

IneedAsockamnesty Sun 17-Feb-13 19:20:12

There is no evidence that he breached that condition more than once.

But either way. You do not know what he did or didn't do. Neither does anybody who is not professionally involved and those that are, are prohibited from saying

lockets Sun 17-Feb-13 19:17:38

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zukiecat Sun 17-Feb-13 19:00:29

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pigletmania Sun 17-Feb-13 18:58:50

Lockers this was public information I believe, why te hell should I know of his identity

IneedAsockamnesty Sun 17-Feb-13 18:55:11

I would question the word of a police officer who provided such information in the full knowledge that they were not supposed to and knowing that information could be emotionally harmful to the person who it was repeated to.

I would also be curious as to how one would define flouting the conditions again and again.

Given that its quite subjective. Are 2/3 minor breaches over the course of a decade the same as 2/3 major breaches in 6 months?

Saying some one told someone who wrote it down and I read it,does not make it real.

Robert Thompsons identity is protected, from everyone, apart from anyone who he has a relationship with, no one knows.

zukiecat Sun 17-Feb-13 18:40:11

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lockets Sun 17-Feb-13 18:27:24

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zukiecat Sun 17-Feb-13 18:25:31

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edam Sun 17-Feb-13 18:08:45

oops, sorry, meant to say Zukie that yes, I'm quite prepared to believe James' family have been let down by the criminal justice system. It's never been designed to look out for the interests of victims - that's quite a recent idea - and is very bad at it.

lockets Sun 17-Feb-13 18:08:32

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HollyBerryBush Sun 17-Feb-13 18:08:10

We can all be amateur psychologists - I think JV wants to go back inside. It's safe there, in reality it's all he knows. His formative years were institutionalised, the outside world? I doubt he sleeps at night.

RT on the other hand, a shrewder character, if reports to be believed, more intelligent. Knows how to not draw attention to himself. I think I've read (although how much truth?) that he is homosexual and in a stable relationship.

20 years is a long time, they are very differnt people to when they were ten. I know I am.

I draw parallels with The Shawshank Redemption (I know its a film) but Morgan Freemans character, Red, he changed for the better didnt he? knew he'd made a foolish, tragic mistake as a teenager and paid for it dearly.

I don't know what the correct solution to either of those boys would have been. The judicial system used the tools in place at the time - and an adult prison would have turned them back to crime I think. They have been given a chance to make good their lives. I hope they do.

JV I think will probably end up committing suicide. I really don't think he is equipped to cope, or come to terms for the past. Some will say thats a fitting end.

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