More than almost any recent crime, the killing of two-year-old James Bulger shocked and horrified all those who witnessed its unfolding on security camera footage. The discovery that the killers were but boys themselves forced a national (and international) self-examination: what kind of society could breed such a monstrous act? Reporter Mark Thomas tells the story of this unthinkable crime and its aftermath. He asks the questions: How did it happen? and How can we make sure it will never happen again?
Mark Thomas is a journalist for the Press Association, Britain's national new service, and in the past worked as a newspaper crime reporter, he lives in London.