On Sunday 28 August 2011 The Sunday Timesreported that Operation Weeting police officers have warned Robert Thompson, one of the killers of James Bulger, that his telephone may have been hacked by the News of the World (NoW). 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.
Smith draws attention to a series of ’exclusive’ stories about Thompson published in the NoW. In June 2002 the tabloid claimed Thompson 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 Bulger’s mother Denise Fergus had come face-to-face with her son’s killer... read more