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 took her eyes off him momentarily.His mutilated body was found on a railway line 2.5 miles (4 km) away in Walton, Liverpool, two days after his murder.Eventually the boys arrived in the village of Walton, and with Walton Lane police station across the road facing them, they hesitated and led Bulger up a steep bank to a railway line near the disused Walton & Anfield railway station, close to Anfield Cemetery, where they began torturing him.He sustained 10 skull fractures as a result of the bar striking his head.
He was abducted, tortured and killed by two ten-year-old boys, Robert Thompson (born 23 August 1982) and Jon Venables (born 13 August 1982).
After they left the scene, his body was cut in half by a train.
Police suspected that there was a sexual element to the crime, since Bulger's shoes, socks, trousers and underpants had been removed.
In November 2017, Venables was again sent to prison for breaching his licence by 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.
The e-fit, the result of a combination of 12 famous faces, looked strangely familar, drawing comparisons with former England rugby captain Jonny Wilkinson, and fellow rugby playing peer and ex-partner of Charlotte Church, Gavin Henson.