Friday, June 1, 2001
Justice for James
Then in cold blood they seized trusting, innocent two-year-old James from a shopping centre at Bootle, near Liverpool.
On February 12th 1993, James Bulger was abducted and brutally killed by two ten year old boys in Liverpool, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables. On June 20, 2001, Andrea Yates, a Texas mother drowned her five children in the family bathtub. Police found the oldest Noah, 7, still floating face down in the bathtub where they died. The other four, John, 5, Paul, 3, Luke, 2, and Mary, six months, were wrapped in a sheet on the bed. Two days later, on June 22nd 2001 Robert Thompson and Jon Venables were granted release on parole. Annoy.com linked the two cases with this cover, which was misunderstood by many in the U.S. who did not know about the James Bulger case, and assumed the kids in the bath were the Yates children.
We see them everywhere. Those security cameras that hang in corners, bolted to the ceiling, silently monitoring us as we shop. Do they make us feel safer? Or do we ignore them, assuming nothing bad happens in the safe haven of our suburban shopping centers? Like millions of cameras installed in almost every modern shopping plaza, they are set up to identify shoplifters and thieves. But on February 12, 1993 in the calm of a Friday early afternoon, the security cameras at the Bootle Strand Shopping Center near Liverpool, England, captured the most tragic of thefts -- on this day, something priceless was stolen.
Two-year-old James Bulger was beaten to death on a railway line in Liverpool in February 1993 by Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, themselves only ten years old.
Harris County prosecutors have sent more people to death row than any other county in Texas, which lead the nation in executions during the last decade. Andrea Yates now faces that fate if convicted during a trial capturing international attention.
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