These are troubling issues!

Freda Savahl
3 min readMay 9

When encountering a crying child with adults or other kids in your environment. How do you intervene to ascertain the guardian/parent is not a kidnapper?

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I still cringe when I think about the 1993 incident of little Jamie Bulger, the two-year-old dragged along by two ten-year-old boys when Jamie was shopping with his mother.

Her son was snatched from a Merseyside shopping center in 1993 and tortured to death for kicks. The killers served just eight years before being let out.

According to news reports, many people saw him being dragged along by the boys, crying, yet no one stopped them.

The folks who witnessed the scene assumed Jamie was the little brother of the boys.

Little Jamie ended up being brutally murdered by those two monsters! This horrific crime may have been prevented if only one person had intervened or said something!

Always go with your gut. The worst thing that could happen if you’re wrong is feeling embarrassed and maybe being confronted by an annoyed parent. But, on the other hand, if you’re right, you might save a life.

As a grandparent, I would be okay with someone asking me questions.

There is no shame in getting embarrassed. Mistakes are always forgivable. A humble apology is the superglue of life; it can repair almost anything.

It takes a village to raise a child; somehow, we forgot that along the way.

The awful things that Thompson and Venables did to the child before eventually ending his life are too gruesome to write about here.

This particular murder made headlines everywhere. It shook the world in the 1990s.

About the Lives of the Murderers:

Freda Savahl

Retired Nurse Practitioner WHC /Contract Provider Deployment Military Services. US Citizen. Immigrant from South Africa 1978.