JON Venables was just 10 years old when he cruelly murdered tot James Bulger.
The vile killer, now 39, abducted the two-year-old in Merseyside with his friend Robert Thompson before the pair tortured him before leaving his body on a railway track.
Is Jon Venables dead?
Rumours that Venables is dead are not true.
Fake rumours started appearing online overnight, claiming that he had been killed in Port Talbot, Wales.
It was even claimed that he had had his eyes gouged out.
The hoax was quickly squashed, however.
The Ministry of Justice have rubbished the claims as “absolute nonsense”, stating that they are “not true.”
Several users posted on Twitter that the killer had died after being attacked in prison, but the claims were unsubstantiated.
Why is 'Jon Venables dead' trending?
Claims that Venables is dead are trending on social media as users keep sharing rumours.
"Allegedly Jon Venables has been murdered," one wrote.
Another said: "Rumours Jon Venables has been murdered. If this is true, justice has been served."
"Is Jon Venables dead?," a third asked.
Where is Jon Venables now?
Since being convicted of James Bulger's murder, Venables has found himself in and out of prison.
He was given a SECOND new identity following his release from jail in 2013.
But he found himself back in a maximum category A jail, which we cannot identify for legal reasons, after being caught with vile child abuse images following a top-secret police operation.
He could now be kept in prison for the rest of his life if the board decides he poses too much of a risk to ever be freed again.
- February 12, 1993 James Bulger is taken from shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside.
- February 14 His battered body is found by railway line.
- February 18 Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, then aged ten, are arrested.
- November 24 Venables and Thompson, now 11, are convicted of abduction and murder and detained indefinitely.
- 1993-2001 Venables is held in the eight-bed Red Bank secure unit in St Helens, Merseyside, while Thompson is held at Barton Moss, outside Manchester. Reports later claim Venables had sex with a female member of staff at Red Bank, who was accused of sexual misconduct and suspended. She allegedly never returned to work there. Reports also claimed Venables was told to tell other residents he was detained for stealing cars, not for murder.
- January 2001 Killers win unprecedented lifelong anonymity amid most draconian banning orders on their whereabouts ever
- June 2001 They are freed under new identities
- September 2008 Venables was arrested on suspicion of affray after a drunken brawl and was given a formal warning by the probation service. He was given a caution for possession of cocaine after he was found with a small amount of the class A drug later that year.
- February 24, 2010 Venables back in jail after breaching life licence by hoarding child abuse images
- July 2010 Venables sentenced to two years after admitting downloading and distributing indecent images of children
- August 2013 Venables freed from prison after Parole Board recommends his release
- November 2017 Venables recalled to prison after allegedly being caught with indecent images of children again
- January 2018 Venables charged by CPS over indecent images
- February 7, 2018 Venables jailed for 40 months after he admits to possessing more than 1,000 indecent images of children
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