The brothers of murdered James Bulger have spoken out about the two-year-old’s tragic death for the first time.
In a new documentary, Lost Boy: The Killing of James Bulger, the toddler’s family open up about the impact his death had on their lives.
James was killed on February 12, 1993, after two schoolboys snatched him from the Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle, Merseyside.
Robert Thompson and Jon Venables were convicted of his murder and it emerged he was tortured, beaten, sexually assaulted, and had modelling paint poured into his eyes before they stoned him and clubbed him to death.
The children then left his body on the railway line to be hit by a train but his body was discovered two days later.
James’ half brother Leon, 21, said he still "can’t fathom exactly what happened" and does't want to know "all the details" about it.
Michael, 27, who was born nine months after James’ disappearance, said being the two-year-old’s brother is not "a weird thing."
He said he’s "always" grown up "knowing he was there, what he was like, his character," and added that James used to be talked about in the household a lot.
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James’ mother, Denise, who was in a butcher shop when her son was taken, always gave her other boys "little stories and insights" about what the toddler was like.
Michael said he grew up "wishing” James was there rather than speak about him as someone "in the background all the time."
He told The Sun: "We have always grown up knowing he was there, what he was like, his character. In the household, we talk about James a lot.
"My mum will give us little stories and insights about what he was like.
"He has always been a character we wanted to know more about, wishing he was there, rather than someone who was in the background all the time."
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Michael does admit that James’ murder meant he wasn’t allowed to go on school trips or to the shops with his friends.
He was only allowed to play in the front garden or “literally outside the gate” but if he went out of view of the window his mum would be “straight out.”
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