Jon Venables was just 10 years old when he killed toddler James Bulger. Now under a new name, he is seeking out women through an online dating site.
It’s a crime that no one could forget – the murder of two-year-old James Bulger in 1993.
The names of the two young boys who lured him to his death and killed him, Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, etched on our minds forever. Their actions changed the way we thought about children and crime.
Thomson was 11 and Venables just 10 when they tortured and beat the toddler to death.
It destroyed the belief that many of us had about the innocence of children.
So the thought that one of these killers might be someone an unknowing and vulnerable woman could get involved with is chilling, and yet a reality.
The British newspaper, The Mirror has revealed that one of the convicted killers of James Bulger, Jon Venables – now aged 32 – has uploaded his profile to a dating site, searching out love and companionship.
The site, which isn’t named for legal reasons, invites women to contact him online.
Under a new name which cannot be reported due to a lifelong anonymity order, Venables claims his best quality is his sense of humour. In 2001 Venables was granted a new identity after he was released having served eight years for his part in murdering James Bulger in 1993.
The Mirror reports that in his online profile he says he loves music and the UK football club Everton.
According to the reports women who contact Venables through the site would have no idea that they were getting involved with one of the UK’s most notorious criminals.
It is a frightening thought and one the woman whose child Venables killed is greatly concerned about.
The mother of James Bulger, Denise Fergus, told The Daily Mail “It’s quite disgusting that a child murderer and paedophile can have access to online dating websites.”