Thursday 26 April 2018

25 years later, Venables still haunts the psyche

Hidden from the mob: Jon Venables
Hidden from the mob: Jon Venables
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

In the Information Age, any crime can shock the world. Whether it's a celebrity having some jewellery stolen from their hotel or footage of someone being bullied in a small American town, the proliferation of social media ensures that anything can go viral at any time.

Back in 1993, however, it was a very different story. Satellite TV was in its relative infancy and while those people in Ireland who had access to CNN were able to see the OJ chase unfold live, most stories were confined to their own country.

But the James Bulger case was different. This was an atrocity which genuinely did shock people all over the world.

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