Unforgiven: The Boys Who Killed A Child (Jamie Bulger Documentary)…


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Date: May 24, 2020

01) Unforgiven: The Boys Who Killed A Child (Jamie Bulger Documentary)


“This powerful and disturbing documentary covers the outcry approaching the release of Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, the two 10 year old boys who killed 2 year-old James Bulger in 1993. Re-telling the tragedy, the film presents the protests against their release from an institution, delves into the backgrounds of the killers, their terrible violent act and the impact it caused in UK. It also explores claims that their punishment has been a sham, as reporter Deborah Davies investigates how inmates at secure units are treated and interviews experts to learn whether eight years has been sufficient time to successfully rehabilitate the pair.”

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3 thoughts on “Unforgiven: The Boys Who Killed A Child (Jamie Bulger Documentary)…

  1. feinmann0

    “… interviews experts to learn whether eight years has been sufficient time to successfully rehabilitate the pair.”

    But the damage had already been done to these boys up to the time that they committed the murder. Both boys were the product of dysfunctional single-parent families. Rehabilitation is impossible because society will always blame the boys for what happened – the phrase “successfully rehabilitate the pair” is a joke. instead, society should be blaming itself for creating dysfunctional family environments at the outset, and allowing them to persist totally unchecked over long periods of time.

    The UK government and media has been at the forefront of preaching a stranger-danger mantra to families for decades now. Ironic, as the real danger often lies much closer to home. Ironic too that the stranger-danger fear has eradicated a sense of community within communities. No-one gives a F**K about anyone else but themselves any more. The perfect recipe for breeding more Venables and Thompson monsters.

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    1. eqfoundation Post author

      From what I’ve experienced, the biological family unit is highly dysfunctional…on average. Some way more than others, but…it makes arguments for “chosen families” seem attractive…or, hell…Maybe we should just have a system which shelters and feeds everyone, and allows people to freely associate…or disassociate, as they see fit?

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  2. feinmann

    Yes, agreed. Commune-style living evidently works for tribal societies. Jay Edson’s post-apocalypse story: A Galaxy Of No Stars, puts a boy-lover spin on free association between kids and adults, empowering kids to make decisions on who they want to be within the ‘village’.

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