**** him, what chance was James Bulger given?It looks like the internet has named, shamed and shared photographs of Jon Venables. I've seen the photographs (which I'm not going to post for obvious reasons) and they all show a man that I'm convinced is him...and it seems to be backed up by reports that he's now demanding plastic surgery to save him from vigilante attacks.
Personally, I don't think it's right to share his new identity and those who do should be punished heavily. Who the hell do these people think they are? riding roughshod over our laws because they think they know better and are working in the "public interest". It's nothing more than mob justice.
I watched a documentary on James Bulgers death a few weeks ago and while the crime was heinous, a few other things disturbed me. One was the way we collectively demanded the blood of ten year old children, manifesting itself in an angry mob demanding justice and attacking their prison vans. I also didn't like the way they were tried as adults and named after the trial. What good did this naming do? Has it protected anyone? All it's done has cost us millions protecting their identities and destroyed any hope of any real rehabilitation. There's also the opportunism...by the press who sold copies of their papers by stoking the flames and politicians who played to the same crowd by trying to undermine our judiciary and demanding longer sentences.
It's not just me who thinks there was something wrong with the trial and aftermath as other sources, including the European court of human rights, have slammed certain aspects of it.
One explanation for the emotional response to this case was that we were so surprised that people so young could be so cruel to other youngsters. Our society had disturbing cracks and had obviously failed if things like this were allowed to happen. You can turn it around and look at the way society reacted to the children who did this...isn't that also evidence of failure? In fact, you could say it was worse as the people reacting in the latter instance are adults who are supposed to be more developed, civilised and rational. The leaders of our society.
In my opinion, their identities should've remained a secret, giving them a chance of living a normal life after their sentence. Knowing that your face will be recognised after you have been released, what sort of effect will that have on your mind? Especially a child's one that hasn't even developed.
People point to the crimes Venables committed after he was released as evidence that he should have been locked away for longer and that some people are just born evil. Well why hasn't Robert Thomson been in the News for reoffending if people are just born bad?
To me, any ten year old child is a blank page and can develop into anything given the right guidance. I don't think the two boys were given that chance and I wonder how Venables mind would work if he had been.
Deserves everything he gets, I would out him in a minute too if I discovered him in my community.