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Thompson and Venables were charged on 20 February 1993 with Bulger's abduction and murder.
They were found guilty on 24 November 1993, making them the youngest convicted murderers in modern English history.
Bulger was led away from the New Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle whilst his mother was distracted.
His mutilated body was found on a railway line two-and-a-half miles (4 km) away in Walton, Liverpool, two days after his murder.
When Thompson and Venables were questioned about this aspect of the attack by detectives and a child psychiatrist, Dr Eileen Vizard, Thompson and Venables were reluctant to give details; they also denied inserting some of the batteries into Bulger's anus.That same afternoon, Bulger, from nearby Kirkby, went with his mother, Denise, to the New Strand Shopping Centre. Thompson and Venables took Bulger on a meandering 2.5-mile (4 km) walk across Liverpool to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal where he was dropped on his head and suffered injuries to his face.The boys joked about pushing Bulger into the canal.In November 2017, Venables was again sent to prison for breaching his licence by allegedly possessing child abuse images on his computer.The Bulger case has prompted widespread debate on the issue of how to handle young offenders when they are sentenced or released from custody.