Friday, February 12th: CCTV footage (above) from the Strand shopping centre in Bootle, near Liverpool showed two-year James Bulger being abducted by truant school boys Robert Thompson and John Venables, both aged only ten.
The pair forced James to walk a 2.5 mile route that led to a railway line at Walton, where they tortured and beat him. The toddler died from his forty-two injuries (including ten to his skull), and his body was found two days later.
The killing generated great anger on Merseyside and throughout Britain, and twenty years on, still provokes much debate. The child killers were convicted of James' murder at Preston in November 1993, but Thompson (pictured, top right) and Venables (top centre) were both released on licence in 2001 after serving only eight years in detention.
James' parents, Denise and Ralph still campaign for justice for their murdered son.