Thursday 21 June 2018

Channel 4 documentary 'The Bulger Killers: Was Justice Done?' sparks outrage from viewers

Jon Venables (left) and Robert Thompson
Jon Venables (left) and Robert Thompson
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Some viewers of Channel 4's documentary about the killers of James Bulger have reacted with outrage to the programme.

The Bulger Killers: Was Justice Done? aired on Monday night, three days before ITV's documentary featuring Trevor McDonald interviewing James' mother Denise Fergus.

James was just two when he was abducted, tortured, and murdered by two ten-year-old boys – Robert Thompson and Jon Venables - in 1993.

The documentary purported to examine whether 'justice was truly served' and asked if the criminal justice system failed the Bulger family by being too lenient on the murderers or whether it failed the two boys who were 'unable to fully understand the consequences of their actions?'.

Many viewers took issue with the documentary title and with some of the interviewees, including the boys' solicitors, who suggested the boys were victims themselves.

Others took issue with the fact that former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie was also a talking head on the programme.

James' mother Denise Fergus took to Twitter to clarify that she was not involved in the production and directed her followers to her upcoming interview with McDonald for ITV.

Here are some of the viewers' reactions:

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