US News James Bulger’s mother considered suicide after toddler’s murder

15:21  14 january  2018
15:21  14 january  2018 Source:   Press Association

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  Mother of James Bulger shares her biggest regret 25 years on from his murder Jon Venables and Robert Thompson killed two-year-old James in Liverpool in 1993.Jon Venables and Robert Thompson tortured and killed two-year-old James in Liverpool in 1993, after abducting him from the Bootle Strand shopping centre.

The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger said she seriously considered suicide in the weeks after his horrific death. Denise Fergus said she and the two-year-old’ s father, Ralph Bulger , hit “rock bottom” as their son’ s third birthday approached

The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger said she seriously considered suicide in the weeks after his horrific death. Denise Fergus said she and the two-year-old’ s father, Ralph Bulger , hit “rock bottom” as their son’ s third birthday approached

James Bulger’s mother Denise Fergus: James Bulger's mother Denise Fergus © Provided by The Press Association James Bulger's mother Denise Fergus

The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger said she seriously considered suicide in the weeks after his horrific death.

Denise Fergus said she and the two-year-old’s father, Ralph Bulger, hit “rock bottom” as their son’s third birthday approached, shortly after he was abducted from Bootle Strand shopping centre in Liverpool and killed in February 1993.

A video still of James Bulger being led away by a youth in the New Strand shopping centre in the Bootle area of Liverpool © PA A video still of James Bulger being led away by a youth in the New Strand shopping centre in the Bootle area of Liverpool

In an extract from her forthcoming memoirs, I Let Him Go, serialised in the Mail on Sunday, Ms Fergus said: “I think we both hit rock bottom, I certainly felt I had nowhere left to fall.

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The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger said she seriously considered suicide in the weeks after his horrific death. Denise Fergus said she and the two-year-old’ s father, Ralph Bulger , hit “rock bottom” as their son’ s third birthday approached

The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger said she seriously considered suicide in the weeks after his horrific death. Denise Fergus said she and the two-year-old’ s father, Ralph Bulger , hit “rock bottom” as their son’ s third birthday approached

“Did I try to kill myself? Not quite. Did I think about killing myself? Absolutely. Very often in great detail.”

James Bulger © PA James Bulger

Ms Fergus said their grief was compounded by her feeling that Mr Bulger blamed her for momentarily letting go of James’s hand while at the shopping centre, clearing the way for child killers Jon Venables and Robert Thompson to swoop and commit atrocities that would send shockwaves across the country.

Venables and Thompson, who were just 10 at the time of the killing, were jailed for life but released on licence with new identities in 2001.

In her memoirs, Ms Fergus described her horror at the behaviour of the defendants’ families during their murder trial.

She said: “Imagine my surprise when I saw smiles and laughter coming from their supporters as they interacted with Thompson and Venables in the dock. I just couldn’t believe my eyes.

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The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger said she seriously considered suicide in the weeks after his horrific death. Denise Fergus said she and the two-year-old’ s father, Ralph Bulger , hit “rock bottom” as their son’ s third birthday approached

The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger said she seriously considered suicide in the weeks after his horrific death. Denise Fergus said she and the two-year-old’ s father, Ralph Bulger , hit “rock bottom” as their son’ s third birthday approached

Jon Venables © PA Jon Venables “Then I saw their shoulders start shaking and I thought, finally, some tears, but as I looked closer I saw they were laughing at something that had been said to them.

“I have no idea if they knew who I was, but that image of them is burned on my memory and will be with me until my dying day.

“My son was dead and they were chuckling without a care in the world.”

She added that she had not gone shopping alone since James was snatched, almost a quarter of a century ago.

Earlier this month, Venables was charged over indecent images of children for a second time.

The Samaritans offer support and advice to people feeling suicidal or vulnerable 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.   Their website is http://www.samaritans.org, email address jo@samaritans.org or call free on 116 123.

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