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

She added that in addition to her grief, she felt her husband blamed her for letting James out of her sight in the shopping centre, giving child killers Jon Venables and Robert Thompson a chance to swoop and commit the murder that would send shockwaves across the country.

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Even when she discovered her husband was having an affair Micheal gave her a reason to carry on.

‘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.

In her memoirs, Ms Fergus described her horror at the behaviour of the defendants’ families during their murder trial when she saw them laughing and joking with Venables and Thompson.

Denise Fergus said she and James’s father,  Ralph Bulger, hit ‘rock bottom’ as their son’s third birthday approached a month after he was abducted from Bootle Strand shopping centre in Liverpool and killed in February 1993, by Jon Venables and Robert Thompson.

‘My son was dead and they were chuckling without a care in the world.’

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