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A chilling police interview with Robert Thompson has a recording of the child killer mimicking the voice of two-year-old victim James Bulger.
The recording was aired in the new documentary Lost Boy: The Killing of James Bulger, on Channel 5 on March 11 and Thompson explained how he and Jon Venables kidnapped the toddler on February 12, 1993.
In the interview, detective sergeant Phil Roberts asks him about how James was acting when the boys, both aged 10 at the time of the murder, abducted him from New Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle, Merseyside.
"Was he able to talk?" asks the detective.
"Yeah," replies Thompson.
"What did he say to you?"
At this point, Thompson puts on a frightened child-like voice to mimic James and says: "I want my mum."
Looking back at it years later for the documentary, Phil said: "That's actually quite cold, quite eery, the fact that he actually said it in the way James would have said it."
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The documentary's police tape files also revealed that both Thompson and Venables would cry in interviews, which detectives thought were attempts at manipulation.
Both child killers also tried to pin the blame on one another.
Eventually, Venables confessed to the crime after his mum told him to tell the truth and he simply stated: "I killed James."
Tragically, because of their ages, police initially couldn't believe that James would come to any harm when CCTV showed that it was two young boys who had taken him.
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Detective Inspector Jim Fitzsimmons said: "I felt in my mind, and I was being quite positive, that it’s likely to be less sinister than if it was an adult.
"You know, it might be a prank that’s gone wrong."
In the same documentary series, James Bulgers' brothers describe the lasting impact the murder of her son had on mum Denise and how it affected their own childhoods.
Lost Boy: The Killing of James Bulger, Channel 5, Weds, 10th March & Thurs, 11th March, 9pm
- James Bulger
- Jon Venables
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