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Twenty-six years ago, the horrific murder of a tiny boy in England shocked the world.
While his mother was momentarily distracted, the two boys led the toddler away from a shopping centre in Kirkby, Merseyside.
In the hours that followed, two-year-old Bulger was horrendously tortured and killed before being left by nearby rail tracks. His body was discovered two days later.
On November 24, 1993, Thompson and Venables, then aged 11, became the youngest convicted murderers in modern British history.
Sentencing the two boys to a minimum sentence of eight years, the judge, Mr Justice Morland, declared that the pair had committed a crime of “unparalleled evil and barbarity”.
In 2001, after eight years in prison, Thompson and Venables were released on life-long parole, and given new identities.
What happened to Jon Venables?
Jon Venables was 11 years old when he was sentenced to eight years in a Young Offenders Institute for killing James Bulger.
Following his release from prison, Venables was given a new identity and received extensive rehabilitation.
He was later given another new identity after he told friends he was a convicted murderer, which compromised his identity.