The Bulger Killers: Was Justice Done?

February 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of a unique crime that continues to impact British life: the abduction and murder of James Bulger by two ten-year-old boys – Robert Thompson and Jon Venables.  Key individuals involved in the trial are brought together for the first time since 1993 to debate whether, with Britain having one of the lowest ages of criminal responsibility in the world, justice was truly served. 

The Bulger Killers: Was Justice Done?

February 2018 is the 25th anniversary of a unique crime that continues to impact British life: the abduction and murder of James Bulger by two ten-year-old boys – Robert Thompson and Jon Venables. Key individuals involved in the trial are brought together for the first time since 1993 to debate whether, with Britain having one of the lowest ages of criminal responsibility in the world, justice was truly served.  The programme includes excerpts from police interview tapes with Venables and Thompson, footage from the time and interviews to examine the press, public, and political influence on the prosecution of the case and ask two core questions: Did the criminal justice system fail the Bulger family by being too lenient on the murderers, or did it fail two young boys unable to fully understand the consequences of their actions?

 

The documentary interviews those personally involved to ask them whether the British criminal justice system got it right or wrong.  Interviewees include Laurence Lee (Jon Venables’ solicitor), Dominic Lloyd (Robert Thompson’s solicitor), DET SGT Phil Roberts (who conducted the interviews with Thompson), Detective Inspector Jim Fitzsimmons, Richard Henriques, QC (barrister for the prosecution), Home Secretary at the time Lord Michael Howard, former Sun Editor Kelvin MacKenzie, journalist Shelagh Fogarty and author Blake Morrison.

Production Detail

Broadcaster: Channel 4

Year: 2018

Length: 1 x 60