On Sunday 28 August 2011 the “Sunday Times” reported that Operation Weeting police officers have warned Robert Thompson, one of the killers of James Bulger, this his telephone may have been hacked by the “News of the World”. It is reported that details relating to him and others close to him appear in the papers being examined by the investigation. The story is by David James Smith, author of a book about the Bulger case, The Sleep of Reason and was, surprisingly, not front page news. It was picked up in the Metro but has received very little media attention.
Mr Smith draws attention to a series of “exclusive” stories about Robert Thompson published in the “News of the World” between the years 2002. For example, in June 2002 it claimed he had been “rushed to hospital” after taking an overdose; in January 2003 the newspaper reported that he was starting a course at art college; in April 2004 he was said to have a job and was “living in the lap of luxury in a trendy apartment block on Merseyside” in November 2004 the tabloid’s exclusive was that Denise Fergus (the mother of James Bulger) had come face to face with her son’s killer.... read more