When the website closed I assumed James Bulger's mother, Denise Fergus, had given up the fight for justice for her son, defeated by a criminal justice system institutionally biased in favour of the offender and against the victim. The boys who abducted the toddler, sexually tortured him (batteries had been inserted in his anus) and beat him to death with bricks served less than eight years in youth custody before being released, during which time they were given one-to-one schooling, a better education than poor James could ever have had.
On their release Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss granted an injunction guaranteeing the killers anonymity for life, and a fortune was spent on resettling them under assumed names.
James' mother hasn't given up.
From the News Of The World story.
In a long-running battle with the Home Office, distraught Denise has asked for pictures of the killers and a meeting with them.
"Jack Straw, (the then Home Secretary) the probation service, the social workers and the judges have all kept me in the dark. But the system does not really care about victims and their families," said Denise.
"They refused me point blank—so when I got the letter I decided to take action myself."
Denise hit out at the lifetime injunction that bans publication of anything that might identify the killers.
"I think it is disgusting newspapers cannot report about them now," she said. "There are families out there with young kids who are probably playing close by them and they don't know who they are."
She admitted she once wondered whether she could forgive her son's killers if she ever met them.
"Before I saw Thompson, I did think that if I ever saw his face then maybe I could in some way forgive him, but now that I have I still can't," said Denise.
"I still have the hate inside me from the day they murdered my James. There will be no closure for me. And I am only telling what I am doing now because I want people to know that I haven't given up.
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